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Volume 22 No. 3
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Voices of Diversity

Creating a diverse and inclusive culture is imperative. But where is the progress in sports, and who is courageous enough to make the changes that are needed?
Photo: illustration by liz spangler

We contacted a cross section of industry executives who have seen, up close, the opportunities and challenges that come with career growth and organizational inclusion in sports. The comments on our cover and at left are a sampling of their thoughts about diversity and why it’s important.

 

Over the past month, we asked for their points of view about opportunities that were available to them in sports, what opportunities are missing in sports compared to other industries, the role human resources should play and a call to action for the sports business.

What emerged is a snapshot of the diversity landscape in sports and a way to improve that landscape through respect, commitment and investment.

In addition, we asked them to give us their champion of diversity in sports. If you have a champion of diversity in sports, let us know — we’d love to
feature them in the future.

Katrice Albert, NCAA

Scooter Clark, PGA of America

Don Cornwell, PJT Partners

Kim Davis, National Hockey League

Mandisa Diggs, Octagon

Luis "Lou" Garate, NASCAR

Natara Holloway, National Football League

Zaileen Janmohamed, GMR Marketing

David Kelly, Golden State Warriors

Warde Manuel, University of Michigan

Elisa Padilla, Miami Marlins

Kim Pegula, Petula Sports & Entertainment

Sean Pyun, LPGA Asia

Vincent Pierson, Minor League Baseball

Kim Stone, Miami Heat and ArmericanAirlines Arena

Oris Stuart, National Basketball Association

Kevin Warren, Minnesota Vikings

Renee Washington, USA Track & Field

Fred Whitfield, Charlotte Hornets

Michael Yim, IMG