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SBJ/20080623/In the Office
Donna Orender, President, WNBA
Published June 23, 2008
From her 16th floor office at the corner of Fifth Avenue and 52nd Street in New York City, WNBA President Donna Orender has views of Central Park to the north and of the west side of the city. She moved into the space when she took the position in February 2005.
The prevailing theme in the office is of her two families: her husband and 11-year-old twin boys, and WNBA teams and players. Photos of her sons line the windowsills and desk, and mementos, plaques, glassware, books, tributes and artifacts related to her work with the league are everywhere in the neat and organized space.
“It’s comfortable and representative of my experiences,” Orender said, “and provides good feedback of where we want to go and where we have been.”
1. WNBA poster; 2. Glass-encased ring from the 2005 champion Sacramento Monarchs; 3. American Girl WNBA doll; 4. Signed poster of the Monarchs
5. A framed saying above the book “Game Face” and next to a ball from the 2005 All-Star Game; 6. Wheaties boxes depicting 2005 and 2007 champions; 7. All-Star Game tickets/paperweights; 8. Autographed basketball sits atop a hand-painted vase
A T-shirt from the WNBA’s newest franchise in Atlanta. “The ‘Dream’ says it all,” Orender said.
Affectionate personal notes and artwork from her sons cover the bulletin board adjacent to Orender’s desk.
A ceramic Ameriquest blimp, made by a friend
Copy of “Girls Hold Up This World,” by Jada Pinkett-Smith and Donyell Kennedy-McCullough; an award for Orender’s work at the PGA Tour
Inspirational and religious books; zebra figurine from Africa, part of the office menagerie