Minor League Baseball Diversity Initiative
PAT O'CONNER'S HBCU SPEAKER SERIES
Minor League Baseball President Pat O'Conner developed a speakers' series at Historically Black Colleges and Universities as a means of educating and informing young people on the opportunities within Minor League Baseball, as well as practicum and internship experience opportunities for minority college students interested in a sports administration career. O'Conner's visits include Florida A&M, Grambling State University, Morehouse College and Virginia State University.
O'Conner has also participated in events at the Black Coaches & Administrators National Convention in Clearwater, Fla.; The Bobby Bonds Memorial Symposium at North Carolina A&T University; and the inaugural Major League Baseball Diversity Business Summit in Chicago. He was the keynote speaker at the High School of Sports Management in Brooklyn, N.Y., as part of the school's Diversity in Sports Spring Symposium, titled Fields Beyond "The Field."
Any school or organization interested in having President Pat O'Conner visit should contact Vince Pierson at 727-456-1704, or vpierson@MiLB.com.
BASEBALL WINTER MEETINGS INTERNSHIP PROGRAM
Every December, Minor League Baseball hosts the Baseball Winter Meetings, a gathering of Major and Minor League professional baseball executives, Baseball Trade Show exhibitors, Professional Baseball Employment Opportunities (PBEO) attendees, media and affiliated parties. Attendees include baseball team owners, top executives and staff members who partake in league, committee and organizational meetings.
For the past few years, the MiLB office has invited college students from Grambling State University, St. Leo (FL) University, Florida A&M University and Virginia State University to work as interns during the Baseball Winter Meetings.
Minor League Baseball expects to provide additional internship opportunities for minority and female students interested in a baseball career.
Contact Courtney Jantz at 727-456-1740, or CJantz@MiLB.com, for more information about the Baseball Winter Meetings Internship Program.
PROFESSIONAL BASEBALL EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES
The Professional Baseball Employment Opportunities program was established in 1994 to provide a year-round job placement service where member clubs could connect with and find job seekers. For a small annual fee, PBEO members have their résumés entered into a databank that is accessible to any club searching to fill a vacancy. Members also receive a monthly PBEO newsletter with current job openings, articles from clubs and information on upcoming job fairs and events.
PBEO holds its annual Job Fair in conjunction with the Baseball Winter Meetings. The 22nd annual Job Fair will be held from Dec. 6-9, 2015, at the Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center in Nashville, Tennessee.
Click here for more information about the Professional Baseball Employment Opportunities program.
WOMEN IN BASEBALL
Since 2008, Minor League BaseballTM has hosted an annual event at the Baseball Winter Meetings to provide information and networking opportunities for women employed by Minor League BaseballTM and Major League Baseball clubs and leagues. Women have chosen a professional career in the game of baseball and this event has been designed to allow those women executives to interact and obtain guidance on career development and enhance professional skills through a series of discussions. Each attendee has the opportunity to share ideas and discuss working in baseball with other women currently in the industry. For those interested in networking and finding out more about how this event can benefit you both personally and professionally, please contact Heather Raburn at hraburn@MiLB.com, or (727) 456-1777.
To read an article from the New York Times about 2009's event, click here.
To read an article from ESPNw about the 2010 event, click here.
To read an article about the 2012 event, click here.
Testimonials from women who have attended the event:
"The Working Women In Baseball forum is a constructive way to meet other female executives in minor league baseball. It is a great way to network and discuss ideas with each other. I enjoyed the topics and the round discussion format. You never leave that event without taking something useful back home and being able to apply to your own club."
— Amanda Warner, Community Relations Manager - Clearwater Threshers
"The Working Women In Baseball event helps unite women who have the passion to work in baseball but want to learn from other peers how to overcome some common obstacles we might encounter. The event offers a relaxed environment; sharing thoughts and/or challenges we might otherwise be hesitant to express."
—Katie Dannemiller, Vice President, Baseball Operations - Greensboro Grasshoppers
"Attending the Working Women In Baseball seminars has really recharged me for the next season!! I see that I am not alone in this world of Minor League Baseball and that what we do really matters."
— Babs Rogers, Director, Tickets/Group Sales - Huntsville Stars
"The Working Women In Baseball Session provides a unique forum to share ideas and experiences. Women work in a vast array of roles proving Professional Baseball continues to move forward in providing women with leadership and growth opportunities."
— Ellen Harrigan, Director, Baseball Administration - Los Angeles Dodgers
"The Working Women In Baseball forum is one of my favorite events at the Baseball Winter Meetings. It's well orchestrated, yet relaxed. The forum encourages an honest and open dialogue among peers. The varying topics are not only appropriate, but right on target. I always learn something from other attendees. The comfortable environment made networking easy and fun! I look forward to it every year!"
— JaMay Edwards, Manager of Promotions - Toledo Mud Hens Baseball