There are two phrases very commonly heard when a person lands a job:
“I was at the right place at the right time.”
“It’s all who you know.”
It’s time to add another: “We’re going to change your life!”
AWSM outreach reached out in full force over the past few days with events Dec. 2 in Philadelphia on Dec. 2 and Dec. 6 in Washington, D.C. Both events were sponsored by Major League Baseball Advanced Media.
The Washington D.C. event was held in conjunction with the Baseball Winter Meetings at the Gaylord Hotel and highlighted by a wonderful, inspiring speech by Claire Smith, who earlier in the day was awarded the J.G. Taylor Spink Award “for meritorious contributions to baseball writing.” The Spink plaque is showcased in a special wing of the National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, NY.
“To know that they were going to put my name on that plaque with Wendell (Scott) and Sam Lacy, I was undone,” Smith said fighting back her emotions one more time on the historic day. “… Then to realize there were no women on that plaque today and to know there were never any women nominated; and to be the first, and the first and now soon to be the fourth person of color.”
(video via Lisa Delpy Neirotti)
For the crowd in the tight-packed room, made up of MLB executives, media professionals and those looking for employment in the baseball industry at the PBOE Job Fair, it was silent, except for the occasional tear-induced sniffle, listening to the soft-spoken Smith.
“There were so many inspiring women in that room,” said Emily Milliron, a senior at Temple University who drove from Philadelphia with a classmate solely for the AWSM regional event. “Meeting Claire Smith was a thrill, I was misty eyed as everyone was toasting her. I was so honored to be able to witness that moment.”
Smith, who was AWSM’s Mary Garber Pioneer Award winner in 2000, received a special toast, champagne included, from Joan Ryan, a founding member of AWSM in 1988.
“We know who’ve you been and what you have meant,” Ryan said. “Now there will be a plaque that will be there forever and there will be girls and boys that grow up and do their sixth-grade paper on a significant American and it’s going to be Claire Smith.”
(video via Lisa Delpy Neirotti)
After the toast, Claire, Joan and all of the professionals in the room turned their focus on the “Job Seekers” (an actual credential designation at the Winter Meetings) to help the next generation better understand what lies ahead.
“Listening to Claire speak about the honor of receiving the Spink award and the role previous awardees have played in the history of baseball, was so inspiring especially for the women in the room who have hopes of continuing in her footsteps” said Dr. Lisa Delpy Neirotti, vice president of Women In Sports and Events (WISE). “It was great for AWSM to host this event and to celebrate women in media.”
On Dec. 2, the Philadelphia 76ers donated two suites as professionals and students from Temple and St. Joseph’s universities met for a Sixers-Magic NBA game. Rhea Hughes, co-host of the WIP Morning Show with Angelo Cataldi; Maureen Quilter, senior director communications for Comcast Sportsnet and sports agent Sylvia Lind, CEO of Caliente Esquina provided the guidance and words of wisdom for about 30 students.
As AWSM’s outreach for new members continues, remember to let them know:
Right person, right time.
It’s all who you know
AWSM will change your life.
And finally, awsmonline.org/membership.