November 28, 2018

On this final episode of The FAB Podcast, Kristin Ray chats with Lauren Clayborne, formerly of the Detroit Pistons and the Detroit Lions.  Lauren is currently in a career transition moment where she stepped away from her role in community relations and is taking time to re-evaluate where she wants her career to go before stepping back in.  She shares some great advice for any women, especially those in the sport industry, who may be questioning whether or not it’s time to make a change. She mentions the anxiety that can come when women leave a job by choice because of the fear they may never get a shot to rejoin the industry.  She also talks of how to be intentional with both time off and the next job search. Don’t miss this final episode.

November 21, 2018

On this episode, FAB Founder, Kristin Ray speaks with Katie Gwinn Hewitt, Associate Director of External Communications and PR for University of Michigan Athletics.  They tackle the topic of planning a family when you’re a woman working in college athletics. From the fears and anxieties of being away from the job to the stresses of being away at important times of the seasons for a soon-to-be mom. A valuable episode for any woman who is even contemplating marriage or having a family in the coming years.

November 14, 2018

On this final episode of our Women of BTN Series, we speak with Kristen Hayman, Web Video Producer for Big Ten Network.  She introduces listeners to the world of digital media in sports as a career. She spreads her message of calculated risk taking and having initiative in order to get your foot in the door in the sports industry.  She also has an interesting take on the education vs. experience topic regarding whether or not a Masters Degree is worth it.

November 7, 2018

In this week’s episode, Kristin Ray talks to Brooke Fletcher, Digital Host for Fox Sports Detroit as part our Young Female Professionals Series.  Brooke she tells us about how patience and appreciation helped her get to this amazing point in her career.  She also stresses the importance of capitalizing on opportunities and not shying away from ones that might not seem perfect on paper. Brooke tells us how she knew she wanted to work in sports and what decisions she made a long the way to make the dream come true.  She started this summer in working with Fox Sports in Detroit and tells us about her role and responsibilities.  Brooke also talks about the importance of social media for women wanting to work in sports and how she honed your social media skills.  For young women who desire to work in broadcast sports, Brooke shares advice about what would have made her journey smoother or quicker.  One of topics surrounding women in broadcast sports that has been swirling around in the past year or so is the trolling that on-air talent sometimes receive on social media so Kristin asks and Brooke if she had any experience with that and if so how she handled it.  They also discuss the pros and cons of being so young and having such success at such a relatively young age.  A must listen for any young women debating a career in sports journalism. 

October 31, 2018

On this episode we chat with Allison Butler of the Big Ten Network.  She enlightens us about the differences between working in marketing for a broadcast TV Network, professional teams, and professional leagues, like the NBA.  She talks about the pros and cons of the differing communication styles and work environments and how they might fit different personalities. This is a must listen for anyone trying to decide which environment in sports will work best for them.

October 24, 2018

Continuing our series on the Big Ten Network Kristin’s guest is Taylor Washington who was a summer marketing intern at BTN. Taylor talks about how to make the most of an intern opportunity. Taylor works with Kristin and is also involved with Females in Athletic Business (FAB).  Taylor talks about how she researched internship opportunities. She recommends Team Works as an online resource for internships.  Taylor explains the roles and duties of her internship and how she navigated and networked within the Big Ten Network.  She explains how she used her connections, did her research and initiated contact with a ‘warm’ introduction and how these have led to professional, life-long contacts.  Taylor talks about the open and welcoming environment that prevailed at the BTN and how with confidence and a positive attitude she has aspired to be the best she can be and stand out from the crowd.

October 15, 2018

On this week’s FAB Podcast, Kristin Ray chats with Hannah Bradley, Assistant Director Of Media Relations at the Southern Conference as part of the Young Female Professionals Series.  Hannah has experience working in three different university’s athletic communications office and is now working on the conference level.  Hannah shares her experiences of interning with the Augusta Greenjackets, her batgirl transition to SID student worker then SID transition to GA, the importance of volunteering — she recommends asking to volunteer; no one turns that down, it’s great experience and grows your network.  They discuss how your network is so important, to continue to grow and maintain it constantly, to join professional organizations, and to reach out to others in the profession for advice and mentorship, within organizations, as well as joining committees and mentoring programs. Hannah shines a light on the demands and perks of working as a sports information director sharing some unique opportunities for women to learn more about her side of the industry. And she has also take on the education vs experience question that is often discussed.

October 10, 2018

We finish up our Salary Negotiation for Women series with this third installment with Kathy Grayson, Career Consultant for PGA of America. This week host, Kristin Ray and Kathy cover the ins and outs of negotiating your salary during a job change.  When we switch employers, Kathy tells us we should take advantage of that unique career moment to reevaluate our salary and benefit needs. She reminds us that women in sports often leave money and opportunities on the table during salary negotiation and that we should never be too shy to negotiate.

October 3, 2018

On this week’s episode, we sit down with Jessica Bryant, Event Coordinator for Palace Sports and Entertainment, as part of our Young Female Professionals Series.  Jessica tells us a little bit about how the worlds of entertainment collide with sports on a regular basis based on how often the industries share venus. One of Jessica’s main messages for young women looking to break into the industry is how important the role of volunteering is in terms of gaining experience and padding your resume.  

September 26, 2018

On this episode, we hear from Akisha Lockhart, Production Assistant for the Big Ten Network. Akisha talks about the importance of considering all job opportunities after college, because you never know which one will be the one for you. She also touches on the ins and outs of working behind the scenes on broadcast television and all of the different roles that she interacts with on a daily basis.  Hear about her favorite aspect of the job and the parts that are the most stressful. Thanks to Akisha for being with us on another installment of our Women of BTN Series.

September 19, 2018

On this, our final episode in our Networking Like A Pro series, Janice Porter, Master Networker, gives us the most important aspects of how to follow up after a sports industry networking event. She cites the 24-7-30 method which explains when and via which methods we should be following up with the people we made connections with, in order to make the most of our time and the new relationships.  She also recommends carving out specific time slots the next day, during which we should schedule some time to put our follow up plan into action. Listen for these and more tips on being your best self at networking events.

September 13. 2018

On this week’s episode we speak to Inside Sales Representative for the Pittsburgh Penguins, Dani McSweeney.  She kicks off our Young Female Professionals Series.  She talks about the role sales plays in a professional athletic team and why women excel at sales. She also gives advice on how to maximize volunteering, internships between college and your first job.

September 5, 2018

This week, Kristin Ray visits with Meghan Ziehmer, Associate Director of the Greater Lansing Sports Authority. She introduces us to the world of sports tourism and all that it has to offer women who want to work in sports. From events specialists to marketing experts, sports tourism has something for everyone, although it’s among the least sought after segments.  She also talks about how important persistence is when job searching, especially for those looking for their first opportunity.

August 29, 2018

This week on the FAB Podcast, we have the honor of speaking with trailblazing sports broadcaster, Lisa Byington, as the kick-off of our Women of BTN (Big Ten Network) Series. She has so much to say about the sports broadcasting industry and women’s role in it. She shares with us one of her mantras and how she has lived by it and recommends how we can all put it into action in our careers everyday. Also hear about some of the groundbreaking moments in broadcasting that Lisa has been a part of and where she thinks women in sports on TV are headed.

August 22, 2018

This week, Kristin Ray chats with Mia Corsini, Director of Events for U.S. Figure Skating. With events jobs in such a high demand from young women around the country, Mia shines some light on the ins and outs of handling events in the sports industry. They discuss how the events industry is more than movies and television portray it to be—and most of the time not nearly as glamorous—while listing some of the traits that the most successful events professionals often possess, like organization and strong communication. She also tells us about her journey to working in events and how it started with her following her instincts very early on in college.

August 15, 2018

On this week’s episode Kristin Ray chats with Professional Image Expert, Janice Hurley. Having worked with many former female athletes on their professional image, Janice talks with Kristin about the two words women should use when framing their work image: successful and attractive. If we strive for those two things, rather than words like “feminine” or “respectable”, we may find it easier to decide how to present ourselves at work, especially in male-dominated environments. She also shares with listeners the pros and cons of dressing an athletic frame and how to do it best.

August 8, 2018

On this week’s episode, Kristin Ray, speaks with Bobbi-Sue Doyle-Hazard, Assistant General Counsel of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.  The conversation covers a plethora of topics, including sexual harassment at work, male-dominated work environments, the importance of showing your personality in your career and how to overcome tough hiring environments.  As the host of another empowering podcast, Bobbi-Sue also touches on the importance of women in sport sharing their wisdom with others.

August 1, 2018

Statistics show that women are less likely to fight for the raise or promotion that they believe they are due, based on how they will come across at work.  On this episode, we continue our Salary Negotiation series with Career Consultant for PGA of America, Kathy Grayson. We talk about how to know when it’s time to approach your supervisor about a raise or a promotion as well as how to start that sometimes awkward conversation.  Kathy talks about how research is very important when negotiating a raise so that you are as prepared as possible for any “stalls” leadership may throw at you. Find out if it’s best to let your boss think it over for a few days or attempt to come to an agreement during the first meeting. These and other tips and advice for forwarding your career when you are a woman in the sport’s business.

July 25, 2018

This week’s episode features master networker, Janice Porter, of  Host Kristin Ray and Janice continue the Networking Like a Pro series. Earlier this spring, in Episode 1 of the series Janice introduced the first step to her networking process, which is doing the appropriate research before you attend a sports industry networking event.  This episode dives into step 2 of her process which is what to do once you are at the actual event. She reminds us about the importance of punctuality at these events and she even tells us why sometimes you should wear those ugly name tags, and sometimes, its ok not to. All these and even more tips for trade shows and networking events on this episode of the FAB Podcast.

July 11, 2018

This week we continue our series on social media for our careers and sit down with Caroline Drake of Bloom Social Media for a focus on Twitter.  This conversation is relevant to any female in our industry who is growing their career from the ground up, or even an industry veteran looking to make their personal brand more well-rounded.  Find out the ideal number of posts per day when some are posting by the hour, and how to use scheduling apps to balance demands of keeping current on Twitter with your career.  Caroline reminds us of the importance of harnessing the power of Twitter specifically to forward our personal brands but also show our professional personalities. She encourages to not only remember what we’re looking for out of our Twitter presence but also to mention in our bio what we have to OFFER our target audience (employers?) and to try using 3 key words to draw users to our profile when they are searching.  Listen to hear even more of Caroline’s amazing tips for using Twitter for your career.

July 4, 2018

On this week’s episode of The FAB Podcast, Kristin Ray speaks with Christina Hovestadt, Community Relations Manager for the National Football League (NFL) about the importance of female mentoring in the sports industry and how to help yourself to stand out among the crowd, even when you haven’t had a strong career mentor.  Christina talks about her journey in this industry and how she came to be working in your position for the NFL.  She explains what her job entails and why she finds it fulfilling. Christina also shares her experiences with female mentors and why she believe it’s so important for women in the sports industry to be casting aside the competitiveness that this industry breeds, in order to mentor and support each other.

June 27, 2018

On this week’s episode, Kristin Ray speaks with Kaleigh Krish and Emily van Buskirk, hosts of the Sideline Sasss Podcast.  Kaleigh and Emily, along with being hosts of their own show, are sports journalism professionals in the bay area of California.  They have experience working in both the newspaper and video journalism sectors of the sports journalism world and share some of their experiences and wisdom with us this week.

June 21, 2018

On this week’s episode, FAB founder Kristin Ray chats with Chris Stafford, Founder & President of WiSP Sports about the topics that The FAB Podcast has covered in its first six months and what has resonated with them.  They also discuss what’s in store for the show in the coming months, the subjects they plan to cover and how the podcast has become a valuable resource to reach the FAB audience nationwide. 

June 13th

On this week’s episode, Kristin talks with Dr. Janice Hilliard, Ph.d. on the similarities and differences between working in college athletics versus professional sports.  Dr. Hilliard is able to use her years both in the NBA and in Division I College Athletics to help us sort out what side of the industry might be best suited for us.

June 11, 2018

[FAB] Founder/Director Kristin Ray joins the hosts of the Girls, Beer, Sports Podcast to talk about the [FAB] Podcast and all the [FAB] has to offer!

June 6, 2018

On this week’s episode, Kristin Ray talks to Jerica Williams, Chief Marketing Officer at Q4 Sports, and Owner/Founder of AllJace Consulting.  Jerica uses her experience as a student athlete, career consultant and marketing expert to shed some light on career mistakes that women in our industry fall into.  The conversation also hits on social no-no’s at work and tackling being a young mom and juggling life in the sports industry.

Coming May 30, 2018

We continue our mental health series this week with our second installment. We chat with Dr. Kimberly Elsbach, Ph.d. about the effects of crying and showing emotion for women in the workplace.  She speaks about her study regarding the impact of crying and how co-workers view women when they cry at work.  Dr. Peggy Keiper of University of Alaska Fairbanks also joins us with her first empowering book review.

May 23, 2018

On this ‘by request’ episode, Kristin Ray chats with two of FAB’s most successful students—and recent professional—members, Jazmyn Patterson and Remi Monaghan.  They shed some light on their detailed and intentional processes that have helped them secure high-level sports internships and student jobs, and, in Jazmyn’s case, eventually even her first salaried position. Learn exactly how many applications they turned in this year to secure that coveted professional sports summer internship.  We also hear from Datorria Robinson about a specific position in the sports industry that many women aspire to, but only a select few are ever chosen for.

May 17, 2018

This week FAB begins a three part series on networking like a pro with Janice Porter sharing her expertise with host Kristin Ray on how to research and prepare prior to attending a networking event in order to get the most out of the experience.  Datorria Robinson focuses on another notable woman in the industry in the Strong Woman in Sports segment.

May 9, 2018

On this week’s episode we explore social media and how women in sports business can use it to promote themselves and advance their careers. Kristin Ray talks to Caroline Drake, founder of Blossom Social Media based in the UK, to talk about LinkedIn and Twitter and how we can best utilize these platforms to stay relevant in our industry. Caroline offers some tips on how to maximize these platforms to suit your particular needs. Caroline will be back on the show to share more advice on how to utilize other social media platforms.

May 2, 2018

Kristin Ray tackles the hot topic of salary negotiation in your first job alongside Kathy Grayson, Career Consultant for PGA of America. They discuss the reasons why women in sports often find it difficult to negotiate their first salaries, and how exactly to begin the negotiation process.  In this week’s Career Spotlight. Datorria Robinson shines some light on one of the sports industry’s less well-known departments; Facilities and Special Events.

April 25, 2018

Females in Athletic Business, Inc. Founder, Kristin Ray takes over the helm of the now weekly [FAB] Podcast.  Her conversation this week is with Jodi Murphy of Rise Science, an organization that supports healthy sleep habits for high level athletes and athletic organizations.  They talk about some of the mental health challenges that women in sports business face like exhaustion, pressure and burnout. Jodi provides both scientific and experiential advice on how to combat these challenges.  Our mini-segments this week include Empowering Reads, a review of the book, Energy Bus, by Jon Gordon with Kristen Reenders, and Datorria Robinson shines the spotlight one of our favorite #strongwomeninsports, that is making a splash in our industry today, NFL Agent, Nicole Lynn.

April 5, 2018

FAB Podcast host Kristen Reenders met this month’s guest Jocelyn Verveldes six years ago when they both played volleyball at Central Michigan University. Jocelyn is currently the Assistant Director of Strategic Communications for Penn State’s Athletic Department. On this episode we hear about Jocelyn’s career journey and why she choose this path, the influences and decisions that led her to strategic communications. We find out what a day is like, is there a regular routine? We also hear about her different experiences in the schools and her roles, and some of the advantages or disadvantages. Jocelyn offers advice to young women who are planning a career in sports administration, and also shares some information that she wished she would have known at the start of her career. Jocelyn was featured in FAB’s March newsletter. 

March 14, 2018

On this month’s FAB podcast Datorria Robinson talks to Jacqie McWilliams, the first African American female Commissioner of the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA), the governing body of 12 member institutions and 14 championships. Commissioner McWilliams was a student athlete at Hampton University where she was a member of the 1988 NCAA DII Women’s Basketball Championship team and the 1987 and 1990 CIAA Volleyball Championship teams. Player of the Year, Freshman Player of the Year, All Conference all four years. A former two sport student-athlete, she also spent time at the NCAA where she served as the Director of DI Women’s Basketball Tournament from 2006-2009, and the Men’s DI Tournament from 2007-2012. A former two sport student-athlete, Jacqie also spent time at the NCAA where she served as the Director of DI Women’s Basketball Tournament from 2006-2009, and the Men’s DI Tournament from 2007-2012, Chair of the NCAA DII Management Council and NCAA Board of Governors. Commissioner McWilliams currently serves on the board of directors for Women Leaders in College Sports, the Collegiate Women’s Sports Awards (CWSA), and the NCAA Board Ad Hoc Committee for Cultural Diversity. A native of Colorado Springs, Colorado McWilliams has a Bachelor’s of Arts in Psychology from Hampton University and a Masters of Arts in Sports Administration from Temple University.  

February 13, 2018

On episode 2 of The FAB Podcast, Kristen Reenders and Datorria Robinson talk to Kierra Washington who is an Athletic Training GA at Northwestern University. A graduate of Grand Valley State Universities Athletic Training Program, she is no stranger to breaking barriers. As one of few women in this industry, Kierra represents that no matter how young or old you are, you can do anything you put your mind to. Kierra shares her journey and what it’s like to work in an industry that has traditionally been male dominated. She hopes to inspire young women who are interested in going into the industry but may think they are limited by size and strength. Hear what it’s like to be an athletic trainer or sports physician.

January 9, 2018

Welcome to a brand new podcast with Females in Athletic Business (FAB) that will be  covering the many aspects of women working in the sport’s business. DaTorria Robinson and Kristen Reenders are the hosts of this monthly show and their first guest is the founder of FAB, Kristin Ray.  And a big welcome and thank you to our sponsors It’s On Everywhere.

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