The Women in Baseball Leadership Committee is composed of women executives from the Minor League Baseball national office and meets regularly to create programming and initiatives, discuss topics relevant to women in sports and help build comradery among women in the baseball industry. The Women in Baseball Leadership Committee executes several events and programs each year, including:
Women in Baseball Leadership Event
Created in 2008 and hosted annually by Minor League Baseball, the Women in Baseball Leadership Event at the Baseball Winter Meetings began as a singular women's industry event to provide information and networking opportunities for women employed with Minor League Baseball and Major League Baseball clubs and/or leagues. The event is designed to allow women executives to interact with one another, obtain guidance on career development and enhance their professional skills through a series of discussions. Each attendee can share ideas and discuss working in baseball with other women currently in the industry.
The Women in Baseball Leadership Event hosted its 10th annual event in 2017 at the Baseball Winter Meetings in Orlando. More than 200 women attend the Women in Baseball Leadership Event annually to network, hear from and interact with other women in the baseball industry, and share their keys to success.
The mission of the Women in Baseball Leadership Event is to empower and inspire women who currently work in baseball. The event allows women to strengthen their professional skills while encouraging them to continue contributing to America's favorite pastime for years to come.
In more than a decade of evolution and progress, the Women in Baseball Event has been a catalyst in furthering women's initiatives in baseball. Each event features its own unique programming, including keynote speakers, panelists composed of industry leaders, informational roundtables, and much more.
As the event continues to grow, the Women in Baseball Leadership Committee will expand its current agenda to include additional programming geared toward senior level executives and sports executives beyond the game of baseball. Information will be posted here as it becomes available.
For more information about the Women in Baseball Leadership Event, contact Mary Marandi at MMarandi@MiLB.com.
Women in Baseball Leadership Event Scholarship
Created in 2017 by Minor League Baseball, the goal of the scholarship program is to give more women the opportunity to attend the Baseball Winter Meetings and the Women in Baseball Leadership Event, despite their circumstances. Each year, between two and four recipients will be chosen by the Women in Baseball Committee from a pool of deserving, talented, up-and-coming MiLB female executives. Each scholarship covers registration fees for the Baseball Winter Meetings and flight and hotel accommodations.
The 2018 Women in Baseball Leadership Event Scholarship recipients with Minor League Baseball President & CEO Pat O'Conner.
An individual can nominate herself or be nominated by a supervisor, colleague or counterpart based on the following criteria:
- Currently works as a full‐time employee for a Minor League Baseball team
- Has not previously attended the Baseball Winter Meetings or the Women in Baseball Leadership Event
- Would not otherwise have the opportunity to attend the Baseball Winter Meetings (i.e., the club did not plan on bringing the individual to the annual meetings due to financial limitations or other obligations)
- Shows exemplary work ethic, passion for the baseball industry and a desire to grow as a professional
For more information about the Women in Baseball Leadership Event Scholarship, contact Courtney Nehls at CNehls@MiLB.com.
Coffee & Connections
In 2017, Coffee & Connections was added to the Innovators Summit (formerly known as the Promotional Seminar) as an opportunity for attendees to gather before the day's events to network with women in the industry. In 2018, programming expanded to include speakers and interactive workshops that allowed attendees to openly discuss the day-to-day challenges and triumphs of women in the baseball industry, as well as share ideas on how to promote gender inclusion in the workplace.
Coffee & Connections at the Innovators Summit features dialogue among both women and men attendees on how to promote gender inclusion in the workplace.
This event is open to all registered Innovators Summit attendees, both women and men.
For more information about Coffee & Connections, contact Paige Hegedus at PHegedus@MiLB.com.
LIFT Mentorship Program
The Women in Baseball LIFT (Leaders Inspiring Future Talent) Mentorship Program was created to promote the growth of women in baseball through emphasis on building meaningful relationships with like-minded individuals in the industry. Through a strategic year-round program, participants can take steps towards achieving their career goals, expand their professional development and, most importantly, gain a supportive community within Minor League Baseball.
The mission of the Women in Baseball LIFT Program is to build continuous lines of communication and support, develop the next generation of women executives, and retain quality professionals in Minor League Baseball. By empowering individuals to inspire each other through mentorship relationships, this program will encourage women to seek career advancement, positive networking connections and increased self-confidence in the working environment.
Applications for participation are available each fall, with each LIFT Mentorship Program class beginning in January of the following year.
Are you a woman currently working in a full-time capacity for a Minor League Baseball team or league and interested in connecting with other women in MiLB? Request to join the Women in Baseball LinkedIn group and take part in the conversation!
Email the Women in Baseball Leadership Committee at WiBLE@MiLB.com.