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.”
'FELLOW' KAILEY EKSTROM
Hello! My name is Kailey Ekstrom and I’m honored to be selected as the second Minnesota Timberwolves and Lynx Fellow. To say I’m excited would be an understatement, and I am so ready to step into this role to learn about each department within this organization. I’m originally from Osceola, Wisconsin and have grown up around Twin Cities sports all my life. I graduated from the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse where my sport management journey all began, and it truly started when I did an informational phone call interview with Ashley Carlson, who was previously with the MN Lynx. I asked her about her role in the organization, her day to day tasks and I changed my major 24 hours later to get myself on that career path. I got involved in UWL’s Athletic program and was immediately drawn to the chaos and shine of a sport event. I came to a MN Timberwolves game with a group where we were learning from Dan Chapman and later I did a job shadow with Terry Horstman at another Wolves game. The dream started there…
This past summer I completed an internship at the National Sport Center in Blaine, Minnesota. I was part of the soccer program and was the dorm and registration intern housing over 800 international participants of our USA Cup soccer tournament. It was one of the best experiences of my life watching international teams play right here on our home turf! There was an Olympic style opening ceremony, lots of late nights, some charades from me to try and communicate with international teams and so many memories watching kids play soccer. The dream continued to build, in hopes of working in professional sport one day….
For the beginning of the Timberwolves season, I’ve been a part of the Wolves Assist team welcoming guests into the stadium, helping with ticketing resolution and assisting fans around the arena! It’s been awesome to be a part of game day and soon it was time to apply for the fellowship again. The fellowship was an opportunity I became aware of as I was searching for something post college. I had been challenged in college as to why I wanted to be a part of sports, how women were historically underrepresented and how I could differentiate myself. This program was the perfect opportunity to see those initiatives come to life for me to continue developing my career path. Throughout the entire hiring process, I was blown away by the kindness of these people here with the Wolves and Lynx, their willingness to help answer questions and guidance from Megan- the first fellow. So today, here I sit-- here’s the dream! I’m so ready and extremely excited to be the next fellow. Thank you in following along with my dream… I can’t wait to get started!