FELLOWSHIP PROGRAM DESCRIPTION
In December of 2016, the Minnesota Timberwolves & Lynx began accepting applications for the newly developed fellowship program available exclusively to female college graduates. The objective of the program is to help close the gender gap in the workplace and grow future leaders within our organization.
The fellow will participate in eight, six-week business rotations. The business units will include marketing, public relations, ticket sales, membership services, corporate partnership sales, corporate partnership activation, business intelligence and live programming and entertainment. The experience will also include one-on-one mentoring, executive-level coaching and a glimpse into basketball operations.
Timberwolves & Lynx CEO Ethan Casson
“The sports industry has historically under-represented women and our goal is to create a more inclusive and diverse workplace. We’re committed to closing the gender gap and growing future leaders within our organization. We want this fellowship to give a holistic view of working for a professional sports organization and help the fellow gain the experiences necessary to be prepared for a career in any area of the business.”
ABOUT THE FIRST 'FELLOW'
Hey All! My name is Megan Skelly, and as you probably know by now, I am the first Timberwolves and Lynx fellow. As a true Minnesotan, I learned to skate shortly after I learned how to walk, idolized the Big Ticket and Kirby Puckett, and sang ‘Skol Vikings’ on Sunday afternoons. Needless to say, I have been a lifelong lover of sports. Ultimately I decided to play collegiate hockey at St. Olaf College. My experiences being marginalized as an out-lesbian female athlete, inspired me to investigate the issue in an academic setting by developing my own major centered around gender and sport. My senior thesis focused on the intersection of gender, sexuality, and student-athlete experience within the Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (MIAC), the NCAA DIII conference in which I competed.
At St. Olaf, I was involved in numerous areas of our athletics department. I enjoyed working in sports information and video broadcast, leading our Student Athlete Advisory Committee, and being a Women’s Basketball super fan (which I, obviously, took most serious). But, it wasn’t until I was near the end of my playing career that I realized all my sporting role models were male. This encouraged me to find female mentors within St. Olaf’s Athletics to build a community of support for my passions centered around sports as a vehicle for societal change. My experiences, good and bad, leading up to my final year of college helped me come to the realization that a career in sports, as a part of a historically marginalized demographic, was my ‘why’.
I first heard of the Fellowship position with the Minnesota Timberwolves and Lynx on the radio during the spring semester of my senior year. The advertisement said it was looking to grant the opportunity to a recent or upcoming female graduate as an entry point into the sport industry. It’s as if the radio was speaking directly to me, as I thought to job-less self “Hey! That’s me!” As I applied and went through the hiring process, I was introduced to successful and confident woman leaders in the organization. This fueled my desire to be a part of an organization leading the way in its league’s best practices for gender equality. Since starting the Fellowship, I have seen that the empowerment of women in the Pack is a direct reflection of its core values. Follow this fellow along as I learn and grow through the next year as a Timberwolves and Lynx fellow!Read First Blog Entry Read Second Blog Entry Read Testimonial