Sports Management Professionals gear up for fulfilling futures through First Annual Introduction to Careers in Sports Business Seminar

Sports Management Professionals gear up for fulfilling futures through First Annual Introduction to Careers in Sports Business Seminar

June 8, 2016

By: Holly Moody  

The Washington Redskins, Monumental Sports and Entertainment and NFL Players Association were only a handful of the sports organizations represented at the Introduction to Careers in Sports Business Seminar by First Sports Job. In November, over 20 aspiring sports professionals took a deep dive into their career transitions with interactive sessions focused on setting career goals, professional development and resume building with local Washington D.C. sports business executives.

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LaRhonda Burley, Senior Director of Partnership Marketing for the Washington Redskins, offers advice to sports professionals during the Career in Sports Seminar. Photo by Omar Davis

“We were so honored to have representatives from various aspects of the sports industry join us to share their expertise and experiences with the seminar attendees,” said Dawn Ridley, Founder of First Sports Job. “Our group included students, younger professionals and seasoned managers seeking new opportunities and our speakers were able to provide valuable insight and guidance for each of them.”

        Hosted by the Georgetown University School of Continuing Studies, the seminar offered participants a chance to hear from professionals such as Glendalyn Junio, Marketing Manager for the Washington Redskins. Junio provided an in-depth overview of how she landed her first job in the sports industry while attending the University of Hawai’i.

“Whether it was coverage for the UH football team or coverage of the NFL Pro Bowl, I made sure to take advantage of every opportunity to add to my

portfolio and experience while I was the sports editor for our college newspaper, Ka Leo. In the end, these unique experiences opened up enormous opportunities, including  an internship with the NFL Players Association after graduation,” said Junio.

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Glendalyn Junio, Marketing Manager for the Washington Redskins, speaks to aspiring sports professionals about her first job in sports. Photo by Omar Davis

Participants found value in the opportunities to discuss their career goals one-on-one with professionals in their prospective fields and take part in career exploration exercises. A panel featured operations, licensing, legal and events professionals such as Chartese Burnett, Founder and CEO of Chartese Enterprises, whom contributed to insightful discussion about navigating your career path.

Burnett was also joined by fellow panelists and DC professionals such as Jana Brooks of the Maryland Stadium Authority, Amanda Shank, NFL Players Association, LaRhonda Burley and Bryan Van Balen of the Washington Redskins to share their career journeys. “The seminar was very effective and I look forward to taking advantage of the information provided,” said participant Danielle Lawrence.

The program concluded with a with resume review and a well-rounded discussion on career development featuring John Ferguson, PHR, Director of Human Resources for Monumental Sports & Entertainment as well as Sam

Yarin of the Georgetown University Sports Management program.

“The program was not only beneficial to people new to the industry, but industry vets as well,” said Georgetown SIM master’s candidate Nicholas Booth.

First Sports Job plans to host its second career seminar in the coming months. Additionally, First Sports Job will launch an online course this summer to provide the same insight and access for sports career aspirants around the country.  If you interested in participating or becoming a panelist, please contact us at holly@firstsportsjob.com.

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Chartese Burnett, Founder and CEO of Chartese Enterprises, leads career exercises with seminar participants. Photo by Omar Davis

For more information on future professional career development opportunities in the sports industry, please visit www.FirstSportsJob.com , the First Sports Job Facebook page or email holly@firstsportsjob.com.

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