By NETTA-LEE LAX
The cocked heads, the raised eyebrows, the look of pure bewilderment.
As a woman in the sports industry, I’m no stranger to the fact that I don’t fit the image of what society has dictated a sports journalist should look like.
When I arrived in Orlando for my first AWSM conference in May of 2014, I was a month away from graduating college and looking for some guidance as I entered the work force.
I was energized and excited to learn about the industry, but did not expect the extraordinary solace and understanding that I was greeted with.
I was quickly embraced by a community of women and men who not only had a breadth of experience and knowledge, but who understood those questioning looks and befuddled expressions. Women, like last year’s Pioneer Award winner Susan Fornoff, who welcomed me with open arms and embraced me as one of their own.
I left Orlando with a new support system that gave me a sense of renewed strength and purpose. I am eager to build upon the sense of community and the career advancement skills that I took away from last year’s conference when I arrive in Denver.
Netta-Lee Lax is a production assistant with the original programming department of the National Basketball Association. She lives in New York City.