From time to time we at the Greater Lansing Sports Authority are proud to step to the side and let one of our great sports partners jump up on the soap box and share some information with our audience. This situation is no exception. Please welcome Kristin Porter, Sport Operations Assistant-Men's Basketball and Director of Females in Athletic Business (FAB).
Growing up in Lansing provided me with plenty of ways to develop my passion for all things sports. Spartan Basketball, Lugnuts games, Red Cedar Gymnastics and don’t forget ice skating at Munn. But it is now, as a young-ish professional that I am harnessing my passion for sports in order to give back to the city, the state and the industry I love. Having my dream job in the sports world as Operations Assistant to Michigan State Men’s Basketball makes me a very lucky girl. But that’s just it…I am lucky…was lucky to have gotten to where I am. I’ve always known that working for my university in the sports realm was what I wanted to do, but I never had the forethought or direction to make it my intentional plan. Rather, I wandered aimlessly down my path after college, hoping and praying that I somehow would get to this place. It is with that struggle in mind that I created Females in Athletic Business, or FAB. This trade organization represents and supports professional women on the business side of sports, along with guiding young women towards their goals in the sports industry. Our goals are to help develop the careers of women already on the sports path while also giving students direction and intention to their studies, internships and volunteer endeavors. Since its inception in February, FAB has grown to 186 members, 50% of which are current industry professionals, and 50% of which are students (it’s a mere miracle that the membership is that equally represented). FAB even has members in 11 states already. We are proud to say that MSU Women’s Basketball Coach, Suzy Merchant is our Chairwoman and advisor and she delivered a most inspiring key-note speech this April at FAB’s Kick-Off event. The format for FAB’s efforts is quarterly events focusing on mentorship, education and networking, a mentorship program that pairs up professionals and students with like interests, a monthly e-newsletter, a job postings page and even the formation of an annual scholarship that will pay for a member to job-shadow big-name members like Dana O’Neil of ESPN. I am so grateful for the many strong women in Lansing’s sports industry that have helped me along the way. With support from the likes of Coaches Suzy Merchant and Cathy George, GM of the Crowne Plaza Lansing West Hotel, Cindy Bowen, and Alex Sims of WLNS Sports, FAB is destined to continue to grow and provide our region and eventually our nation’s sports-minded women with development, advocacy and education on their path to success.
[FAB] Females in Athletic Business
Sport Operations Assistant-Men's Basketball
534 Birch Road-Room 150
East Lansing, MI 48824