Emily Olsen, President, @AWSMMaryland
Hometown: Frederick, Md.
Major: Broadcast journalism
Other activities/interests: ViewFinder, an advanced storytelling program at the University of Maryland that focuses on putting faces to the stories and numbers in the news through video journalism. WMUC Sports, online director for the only University of Maryland student-run sports radio station. D.C. United beat reporter for The Left Bench. Runner, shower-singer, lover of stories and storytelling.
What do you do in your role as chapter president?
I took over AWSM Maryland at the start of the 2016-2017 school year. In previous years, AWSM Maryland only met once or twice a semester. As president, I talked with our other members and met once a month with two additional speaker events throughout the semester. Christine Brennan, Sarah Kogod, and our professional mentor, Heather Dinich, were some of the women who stopped by to talk to us.
What have you gained/learned through AWSM or hope to gain and learn?
I have gained an amazing network and community of women not only at University of Maryland but also around the country in the field. I have emailed Heather Dinich, a woman with plenty of experience in the field and at ESPN, for personal advice that I wouldn’t necessarily feel comfortable asking just any professor. Our group at Maryland also provides a group of women to get to know and grow with who all share similar passions.
What inspired you to pursue a sports media career?
Growing up, going to Washington football games was always my dad and my favorite bonding activity. Through good weeks and bad weeks, we always had section 226, row 17, seats 1 and 2. I loved how connected I felt to 60,000 other people in that moment. I love thinking about the stories that flow through not only the players but also the fans. From childhood to now, my fascination turned into an obsession that has turned into a passion that drives me to find stories in sports and share them with as many people willing to listen.
What’s your bucket list sporting event and why?
I have been fortunate to have attended both an Olympic Games and a World Cup. In 2012, I went to London to watch the Summer Olympic Games, and in 2015, I traveled to Canada to watch a women’s soccer World Cup match. I think that my bucket list sporting event is the Monaco Grand Prix in all of its lavish glory.
Where do you hope to be in five years?
My mom used to say the same thing to me every morning before school. It was a long-winded mantra about going to school, getting a job and taking care of those who have taken care of you, but the most important part was the phrase I had to say back to her, “Be happy in life.” I hope to travel the world, sharing stories along the way through sports. I hope to have covered at least one World Cup or Olympics through any company. Most importantly, in five years, I hope that I am happy.