SPORTS SERIES – This April, we’re casting a spotlight on T. Howard Foundation (THF) alumni who are working and/or pursuing careers in Sports. Each week we will highlight an alumnus who will share their experience(s) working in the industry, how they got started and advice for others interested in pursuing a career in sports.
Deyanirse Jourdain (THF ‘13)
Please describe your role.
I am currently the Manager of Corporate Diversity Initiatives which encompasses various components of the business. I work on projects such as diversity reporting to MLB, executing the Make A Wish Program for the Yankees, tracking procurement business and even planning and executing events for our local 501 C3’s.
What do you enjoy most about your company?
I enjoy the team I work for the most. My boss is fantastic and it makes those super long nights more bearable when you work with people you like.
In what way did this type of work interest you and how did you get started?
I always had a passion for speaking up for diverse groups and trying to get situations to be more inclusive. I was lucky that I was able to work in diversity in my first position out of college and it just took off from there.
How has your affiliation with the T. Howard Foundation influenced your career?
My network is significantly stronger because of T. Howard. In this market, skills aren’t enough and having a strong network is key to getting your foot in the door. I still keep in touch with colleagues whom I worked with during my first T. Howard internship!
What personal attributes have been essential to your career success?
Being personable, remaining teachable and willing to tackle any project no matter how small has been essential to my growth not only as an employee but as a person.
If you were entering this career today, how would you prepare to facilitate entry?
I would network, network, network especially during my collegiate years. Yes, you do need the skills to back you up once you get into your desired field but opening that door is just as important and that is what networking does.
Do you perform your work in a cubicle, office or open work space? Please describe what’s on your desk at this moment.
I work at a cubicle inside of a stadium which makes things pretty interesting. On my desk I keep tons of pictures of my family especially my little girls as well as thank you notes from people I have met in my role. They are a constant reminder of why I do what I do and also keep me smiling on the tough days. I also keep souvenirs of my travels to remind me that there is more to learn than just what I learn inside those walls.
Use one word to describe how you practice self-care.
Are you extroverted or introverted? How does this show up in your professional life?
I am a complete extrovert. Due to this, I have had opportunities to work on projects that normally would not have fallen under my exact job title and I find that to be such a blessing.