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SBJ/October 10-16, 2011/Opinion
How, why we created ‘Game Changers’
Published October 10, 2011, Page 11
That said, we recognize that there are great stories of all kinds of successful executives to be told. It’s our hope that this week’s inaugural list of “Game Changers: Women in Sports Business,” will shed light on the careers, accomplishments and perspectives of some women who are taking the lead across all areas of the sports industry.
The hope is that highlighting the talents of these worthy executives and finding out what makes them tick could help develop professional relationships or personal outreach; maybe mentors will be sought or future CEOs will be shaped.
We started this project before the summer, when Assistant Managing Editor Mark Mensheha began compiling a massive list of names to be considered. Taking that initial list of more than 600, we began paring it down — looking for representation across certain segments of the industry. People were considered because of their influential voice or deal making, their ability to make a mark on the sports business or the fan experience, their willingness to innovate, their stomach for entrepreneurialism or the compelling nature of their personal journey. This list is not a “best of”; it’s simply a way to tell the stories of women who are having success, serving as leaders or just kicking ass in a largely male-dominated industry.
Special thanks to all those who gave us suggestions and feedback; your contributions to this inaugural feature were greatly appreciated. In addition, kudos to two people behind the scenes: Mark Mensheha, who ran point on this project for months; and Susanne Corrado, who brought her vision and design talents to bear to create a dynamic and eye-popping feature.
Our goal is to offer compelling stories of women in sports every year going forward, but the first one is always special. Please let us know what you think. We welcome your thoughts and ideas on what we can do better — and most importantly, suggestions on future Game Changers.
Abraham D. Madkour can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.