Two Tribe Executives Named to Inaugural Class of LIFT Mentorship Program

Minor League Baseball initiative aims to support women advancing their careers in baseball

Indians front office executives Kim Stoebick (far left) and Hayden Barnack (second from right) were placed in the first class of MiLB's LIFT Mentorship Program. They filled in on the grounds crew with colleagues before a game last August. (Kim Stoebick)

By Indianapolis Indians | November 29, 2018 10:00 AM

INDIANAPOLIS - Indianapolis Indians front office executives Kim Stoebick and Hayden Barnack have been named to the inaugural class of Minor League Baseball's LIFT (Leaders Inspiring Future Talent) Mentorship Program.

The mission of the LIFT Mentorship Program is to build continuous lines of communication and support for female professionals in MiLB, develop the next generation of women executives, and continue to retain quality professionals in the baseball industry. The formation of the LIFT Mentorship Program was announced in August.

Mentees (individuals working in MiLB for fewer than four years, also known as LIFTees) are paired with mentors (females working in the industry for more than four years, also known as LIFTers) with whom their application matched based on a series of in-depth analyses, including current job responsibilities, long-term career goals and work history.

Stoebick, the Tribe's director of marketing and promotions, and Barnack, its game presentation and promotions manager, will serve as a mentor and mentee, respectively, to other executives across the country. In total, 68 women were chosen for the program's first class.

The LIFT Mentorship Program was created by the Women in Baseball Leadership Committee, which hosts events and develops programs to bring together female professionals from the baseball industry. Women who have chosen careers in professional baseball can interact with and obtain guidance from each other to develop their careers, enhance their professional skills and build their individual networks.

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