Employee Spotlight | Celebrating Women's History Month with Vaoesea Leota
In celebration of Women’s History Month, we are highlighting the achievements and stories of our Women employees across the LA Clippers, Agua Caliente Clippers, and the Forum.
Learn more about Vaoesea Leota, Entertainment Associate for the LA Clippers! Vaoesea assists with managing all our in-house entertainment teams that perform at LA Clippers and Agua Caliente Clippers home games.
Job before joining the Clippers?
Before I joined the Clippers, I was a Game Operations and Entertainment Intern for the LA Sparks which was my very first gig working in professional sports. As an intern there, I learned all the ins and outs of planning and executing all in-game promotions and entertainment.
When did you realize you wanted to work in sports?
I grew up in a big Samoan family where sports are a big aspect of our culture, so I was always in that environment. As a kid, I enjoyed being a fan going to my brother's football games and watching primetime NBA and NFL games as a family at home. I was always intrigued about how the behind the scenes of these big live sporting games were conducted, so I knew that it was the perfect industry for me to pursue a career in.
What’s your favorite thing about your job?
My favorite thing about my job is I'm having fun while doing so, and I think that's important in any position you take on. Being able to plan an amazing show for our Clippers fans and executing it every game night is a thrill to me. From hard-hitting performances done by our Clippers Spirit to high energy t-shirt tosses, the experience is truly one of a kind.
What advice do you have for women trying to break into the sports industry?
My biggest advice is to stay true to yourself and never give up! There are going to be challenges and closed doors, but if you're passionate about working in sports and know your value, an opportunity will present itself. Just keep knocking! Take different opportunities to learn as much as you can about the industry. Just get your foot in the door, gain exposure and build relationships. We are women, there is nothing we can't achieve!
If you could have dinner with any woman in the world, who would it be and why?
Michelle Obama, most definitely. Her gracious spirit, strong-character and fight for women's rights are only a few of the admirable qualities that I love about her.