Noun wom·an \ˈwu̇-mən
A: an adult female person
B: a woman belonging to a particular category (as by birth, residence, membership, or occupation) —usually used in combination
C: someone who can take on absolutely anything that life throws at her
2017 is a time to feel inspired, motivated and most importantly, hungry.
So, let’s ask, “Why aren’t females dominating in every industry?” If you think females are, let’s take a closer look at the sports industry. In the last decade, women have finally started to infiltrate this industry. There are more women holding prominent positions in sports media today than ever before. From popular sports broadcasters like Doris Burke and Michele Tafoya, to Olympic decorated athletes such as Serena Williams and Simone Biles, there is a lot of media buzz about women in the sports industry as a whole.
Conversely, there are areas within the sports industry that are still male dominated. Marie Wilson once said, “We can’t be what we cannot see”, and what we [the public] are not seeing is the statistical, methodical side. You know, all those stats under the players’ name or game winning predictions? Yeah, those numbers didn’t just calculate themselves. It is someone’s job to crunch the numbers behind the scenes.
The masses were first introduced to the sport statistical field when the movie Moneyball aired in theaters in 2011. The movie was an American sports drama focusing on the Oakland A’s baseball team’s 2002 season and the general manager, Billy Beane, attempted to reconstruct and assemble a competitive team.
The combination of sports and analytics is a newer marriage. And in this marriage, there are no “brides.” Men run this industry and while they are doing an extraordinary job, there is a wide opening for women to also do an extraordinary job. Imagine pioneering an industry just like Oprah Winfrey, who pioneered American TV, or how Virginia Rometty became the first woman ever to lead IBM, a century-old tech company, to more than $100 billion in revenues. This can most certainly be you in the sport statistic world. Time to roll up the sleeves and dig in. I hope to see your face in Forbes some day!
Loving this idea and don’t know where to start? If you’re a rising high school junior or senior, enroll in Wharton Moneyball Academy at University of Pennsylvania. The program focuses on using data to make deep discoveries in sports with a focus on becoming a data driven decision maker. Need more encouragement? Wharton Moneyball Academy now offers merit-based scholarships for those who qualify. There’s no better time than now to make history. See you at the top!