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Game Changers: Progress in hiring, but not at the top

Published in SportsBusiness Journal on 09 / 26 / 16

T he message from our Game Changers 2016 conference was clear to me: Gender diversity has improved at the mid-to-lower level of the sports industry, but we still need to see significant progress at the executive level. The event, in i...

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