Each Monday, we will introduce an AWSM member as part of our “Member Mondays” initiative. Get to know some of your AWSM colleagues!
Iliana Limon Romero
When did you join AWSM? I wish I had done it much earlier. I went to school in the Southwest and didn’t hear about it early in my career. I joined a few years ago as soon as I learned more about the group.
How AWSM has helped you? As a hiring manager, AWSM has been a great resource to connect with a diverse pool of potential reporters. It also has provided training and offered me an opportunity to share what I’ve learned with others.
Job/place of employment: Assistant sports editor, supervising college sports and pro soccer coverage at the Orlando Sentinel.
Previous position: Beat reporter covering the University of Central Florida, with an emphasis on football and athletic administration.
Residence (city): Orlando
Favorite team/s: San Antonio Spurs
Favorite sporting event/s: During my career, I’ve come to enjoy a wide range of sporting events, but college basketball conference tournaments and the NCAA Tournament are my favorite.
Favorite sports venue/s: My couch. If I’m there watching a game, I’m most likely not working and not on deadline.
Quote (your own or someone else’s): This is the hardest question on this list. I’ll go with:
“Be the change that you wish to see in the world.”
It’s often attributed to Mahatma Gandhi, but it’s really a modification of one of his quotes that urges both personal transformation and an active push to achieve change in the world. When I get frustrated by limitations in my professional life imposed by others, I try to take a deep breath and recognize I can still achieve progress through my work and my personal interactions with others.
The truncated version of this quote someone came up works for me and I don’t consider it an endorsement of some of the more egregious things in Ghandi’s past (not so good on racial diversity), but feel free to look it up and learn more about the general idea behind the quote.