Far from a legend, but thanks, Chris aka “Pants,” it was great for a photo opp!
Wow… I’m embarrassed at how long it’s been since I have posted! But, I’m hoping that today’s post will make up for it…at least a little!
The last few weeks been had their ups and downs which is the explanation for my absence. Two big things happened that are life-changing. One is the loss of a friend who impacted my little corner of the world so so much. She’ll be missed so much by so many and I know her grace, kindness and compassion is something that will continue to be in my thoughts every day. So many times during the five years I’ve known her have I referenced how she’d handle a situation in my own life and I know that’s not changing anytime soon. Since we received the news of her passing, I have lacked a lot of inspiration until, really, the last couple of days. It’s just been hard to process and know that she’s no longer a phone call away, but that doesn’t mean she and her family who mean so much to me aren’t in my thoughts every day.
The other life-changing news … I’m starting a new job….TODAY! (I told you … ups and downs!)
I am now the campaign manager in the sports and entertainment division for the American Diabetes Association. (!!!)
As I sit on a plane en route to D.C. for my first day, it’s hard to articulate how special the last eight-plus years have been with the Pelicans/Hornets and Saints.
Jimbote & Lindseybote
Working in PR for an NBA team was my dream job in college. After working in sports information for a couple years and landing an summer internship with the Charlotte Bobcats (now Hornets), I knew the NBA was where I wanted to be. The game of basketball has been so influential on my life for about a million reasons – and it’s also been IN my life since I was born.
The best around – Kory & Big Shot, Pelicans equipment
Here’s a short history: I moved to New Orleans in August of 2007 and took the role of basketball communications coordinator. It was SO. COOL. Being at practice today and working every home game and facilitating interviews with players – I mean, I was loving my job. The following year – being able to travel with the team and take in games around the country – I thought it couldn’t get better. In the spring of 2011, the team’s corporate communications manager left and my boss asked if it was something I would be interested in. I was, but, I mean, how am I going to leave this super fun job that I’m in love with?! When I was told it was the best way to continue to grow and move up within the organization, it was a decision I knew I needed to make, but I was really terrified to do it. At that point, the team was owned by the league and, sometime in the near future, someone new would buy the team, and change was imminent. I took the leap and it ended up being the perspective, growth, opportunity for creativity and chance to take ownership of a role that I really need to grow personally and professionally. When the team was bought by the Benson family, I had the chance to do the job for both teams, work with ownership, including its philanthropic efforts, and my job was literally one of a kind in the world. So darn lucky.
Around the time that the team was bought, I was reading an article (and wish like crazy I had the link) that included the quote:
“…Take a deep breath. Be confident in your abilities. Be open to new ideas. Find comfort in knowing that it’s okay for dreams to change.”
I LOVED it and it’s been taped to my monitor ever since – and made an appearance in my ‘See you later’ email to my co-workers.
PR + CR + Digital = Work Fam
That’s where my luck gets even better (if I could ever imagine). After a few years working for both teams and learning SO much, I wondered what was next. I loved my job (despite the stressors and minutia that sometimes drags you down that EVERYONE deals with) and so many of the people I worked with, but it was hard being a one-person show and, not to mention, having my husband in the building. We loved seeing each other, but the pace and hours we were both putting in were starting to be tough and we spent a lot of time at home talking about work, which is fine, but also can get old. I hadn’t applied for any other jobs, but family comes first and I wanted to be a better wife, daughter, cousin, niece and friend, too, so I wasn’t ruling out a change.
After volunteering with the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network and seeing the organization’s culture, I really loved the non-profit sector. In the last few years, there have been so many negative events and happenings, and also some negative cultural patterns that really have pushed me to want to do something to make the world a little better and help people when I go to the office every day.
On Monday, Feb. 10 (I remember because the Pels played that day, of course! Ha!), a former co-worker and friend of mine called to tell me about a few opportunities across a couple of non-profits, including one with the American Diabetes Association in its sports and entertainment division (where she had recently taken a job).
Talking to Morgan made me so excited about having the chance to unite two of my passions at the same time. How was that a thing?! I couldn’t believe it and immediately wanted to know more. After talking with her and the department head, Suzanne (who I knew through her husband and through a committee for a charity gala), I was in.
So, here I am, flying to D.C. to start another dream job – feeling incredibly lucky and, despite literally finishing my last day of work with the Saints and Pelicans earlier in the day, energized and excited for a new chapter. The department is relatively new at ADA and the organization has gone through a lot of changes and has a ton of new faces. The opportunity to be a part of building something special is really exciting.
For all of my Pelicans/Saints co-workers, colleagues and anyone who’s path intersected mine during my time in New Orleans and along the way that are reading this: THANK YOU! Each of you has had a profound impact on molding me into the person and professional I am today. I’ve learned so much from so many and that makes me feel pretty darn lucky – and so many friendships have come from work and those relationships mean so much to me. It made it a lot easier to walk out of the building and not be a mess knowing that those friendships aren’t going anywhere.
It’s a new chapter. The chance to have more balance in life and take better care of my loved ones and myself and also, hopefully, make a difference in people’s lives every day at work.
Can’t wait to see how it all works out…but, forever, GO PELICANS & SAINTS!
Thanks for reading and have a great day!