In honor of Women’s History Month, the Kings organization are highlighting women who have made a profound impact in the field as well as help inspire others.
Why is it important to you that the NBA and its teams celebrate Women’s History Month?
The NBA has a huge impact on young boys and girls around the world. If these young kids are seeing some of their role models shining a spotlight on women, they are going to want to shine their own spotlight on the women in their everyday life – not just for the month of March, but every day.
How would you characterize what it means to work for a league that empowers its teams and players to foster progress on and off the court?
You know how long I’ve waited to be part of a team that promotes equality? I can’t imagine how the women before me feel. It’s still not perfect, but people are educating themselves and this league does a great job of providing the proper training for organizations around the league. Adam Silver just gets it. Talk about someone who empowers women and promotes diversity; he is such a great leader that listens to his players and the fans. He cares about making changes that will eventually help impact so many other work cultures around the world.
What has been your favorite experience during your time at the NBA?
When I was an intern at KHTK Sports 1140 I flew myself to New York to cover the NBA Board of Governors meetings that were all about the possible move of the Sacramento Kings to Seattle. I wanted to be recognized as a serious media member, so I used my media credential to get into as many meetings as I was allowed to go to, wrote about anything that I was able to write about, and photographed Vivek [Ranadivé] and the others in New York trying to save the Kings. I guess that was before I officially worked for the Kings, so some of my favorite experiences with the Kings so far have been interviewing Doris Burke, Adam Silver and Chris Webber.
What advice would you offer to fellow women seeking to make an impact in sports?
Build relationships with everyone. You can do anything and be anything you want to be, you just need to put in the work. Take chances and be willing to fail but do not accept failure.
Who have been your biggest female role models?
Doris Burke, hands down, is my number one. She has not only created so many firsts for women in sports broadcasting but has done it the right way. She is composed, educated and confident. She does her homework and not only has passion for the game, but has passion for what she does for a living. You can hear it in her voice. She is someone you look at and go, “what an amazing broadcaster,” not “what an amazing female broadcaster.”
You wear many hats within the Kings organization – which is your favorite?
It is so hard to pick my favorite gig with the Sacramento Kings because the feeling I get when I am on a basketball court building the confidence of a young boy or girl through the game of basketball just makes me smile and melts my heart. But my favorite job is being on the call for the Stockton Kings broadcasts as the color analyst. It’s literally a dream of mine that came true; every time I am watching the game at the scores table I have to pinch myself and put it in perspective that it is my dream job, and I am living it. I get to watch and talk about the thing I love most – basketball.