Minor League Baseball Announces Four Recipients of the Women in Baseball Leadership Event Scholarship
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - Minor League Baseball and the Women in Baseball Leadership Committee today
announced the four recipients of the Women in Baseball Leadership Event Scholarship. This year's award winners are: Jessica
Aveyard, Winston-Salem Dash; Abby Kappel, Colorado Springs Sky Sox; Margaret "Maggie" Schleismann, New Orleans
Baby Cakes and Destiny Whitmore, Nashville Sounds.
The Women in Baseball Leadership Event Scholarship was created to assist female executives in baseball who may not
otherwise have the opportunity to attend the Baseball Winter MeetingsTM and the Women in Baseball Leadership Event. After its
inaugural year in 2017, the scholarship expanded its reach from two to four recipients, providing more women in the industry
an opportunity to attend the annual events.
The award includes registration to the Baseball Winter MeetingsTM, which will be held Dec. 9-13, in Las Vegas at the Mandalay
Bay Resort and Casino, lodging at the host hotel and flight accommodations. The four women will also attend the Women in
Baseball Leadership Event on Tuesday, Dec. 11.
The Women in Baseball Leadership Event was established in 2008 at the Baseball Winter Meetings, providing a platform for
female executives in Minor League Baseball and Major League Baseball the opportunity to network with their peers, obtain
guidance on career development and enhance their professional skills. Since then, the event has grown to include other
ancillary events and opportunities such as the scholarship program.
Aveyard is the current Director of Entertainment for the Winston-Salem Dash. She is responsible for creating memorable
experiences at all Winston-Salem Dash events but has also taken on the role of developing the office culture and providing
leadership to staff members. According to CJ Johnson, President of the Winston-Salem Dash, who nominated her for this award,
"Jessica's genuine excitement and passion for Minor League Baseball and the Dash is infectious."
Kappel, who currently serves as Director of Promotions and Production for the Colorado Springs Sky Sox, started as a gameday
employee with the team. In only two years, she has worked her way to manager and head of the department.
"Abby has established herself as a core member of this staff and continues to bring excellent ideas to the table," said Chris
Phillips, General Manager of the Sky Sox, who nominated Kappel for the award. "There is a lot of potential for her to continue to
grow in this industry and this opportunity can help ensure that she receives further knowledge and experience to not only
better herself, but our organization and Minor League Baseball as a whole."
Schleismann is an Account Executive for the New Orleans Baby Cakes, having joined the organization as a merchandise intern
in 2017. She was instrumental in brand and merchandise efforts, putting the Baby Cakes in the top 25 for merchandise sales
among all MiLB teams that year. By the end of her first season, Maggie was hired as a full-time employee.
"Usually the first in the office and one of the last to leave, she has set the standard of what we expect from our front office staff
and interns," said Bob Moullette, Assistant General Manager of the New Orleans Baby Cakes, who nominated Schleismann for
the award. "Maggie exemplifies many characteristics of what it takes to be successful in the business of baseball and continues
to push herself daily."
Whitmore is the Community Relations Manager for the Nashville Sounds, working closely with fans and the people of Nashville
to make a positive impact in the community. In her application, Destiny stated, "an organization is only as successful as the
community it represents," so she strives to help transform her community using Minor League Baseball as her platform.
The Women in Baseball Leadership Event will be held Tuesday, Dec. 11, from 2-5 p.m. at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino.
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