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The Game Changer - How Team Sports Teach the Value of Diversity

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Learning Objective: Examine the role of sports in teaching lessons on diversity

Sports can be the ultimate teacher of life’s lessons. Sports bring people together from various backgrounds, regions, and financial levels, and this is nowhere more prevalent than at high school and college athletics and even top sporting events like the Super Bowl, the World Series, the World Cup, or the Olympics. During these times, a culturally diverse community is created where people are free to share their culture with other people. In this microcosm of society, participation in sports can teach us volumes about diversity and the way we respond to it. Sports are learning laboratories where we can discover a setting to learn about each other’s values and bridge social divisions.

At the end of this seminar, participants will be able to:

a. Understand the role that participation in sports teaches about the human spirit, cultural differences, and teamwork.
b. Address the stereotypes of cultural differences and successful teamwork.
c. Use sport analogies to build camaraderie and structure teams.
d. Help teams focus on what they have in common and put aside individual differences.
e. Apply lessons learned from sport teams’ working dynamics to everyday situations.

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The Game Changer - How Team Sports Teach the Value of Diversity

  1. 1. The Game Changer How Team Sports Teach the Value of Diversity
  2. 2.  Bachelors and Masters in Information Technology Management  MBA from University of Maryland, College Park  Worked for 9 Years at Lockheed Martin Other Interests/Facts:  Traveling, mentoring, public speaking, intramural sports  Co-Founder of iLP Solutions, LLC  Rising Technology Star Award recipient, Women of Color STEM Conference Nicole Patton Manager of Desktop Engineering, Proskauer Rose, LLP
  3. 3.  Bachelors and Masters in Mechanical Engineering from the Northeastern University  MBA from University of Arizona  20 years with Raytheon Company Other Interests/Facts:  Married with two kids!! (Sandra, Darien, & Camila)  Collegiate Swimmer  Past BEYA MDTL  Traveling, Tech geek and Star Wars fan! Cedric Fletcher Raytheon, Chief Engineer for Cybersecurity
  4. 4.  Bachelors in Mechanical Engineering from the Virginia Military Institute  MBA in Finance from Georgia State University  Worked for 18 Years at Lockheed Martin (Engineering Director) Other Interests/Facts:  Married (Myesha), have a daughter (Alexis), a son (Carter)  Collegiate Football Player / Track & Field  Former BEYA Special Recognition Award Winner  Board Chairman for Excel to Excellence Inc., Co-Founder of Unified Need for Courageous Leadership & Empowerment (UNCLE) Mentoring Program and Promaji Alumni Impact (PAI) Inc. Andre W. Thornton Founder & CEO, Whitman Consulting
  5. 5. Learning Objectives • Understand the role that participation in sports teaches about the human spirit, cultural differences, and teamwork. • Address the stereotypes of cultural differences and successful teamwork. • Use sport analogies to build camaraderie and structure teams. • Help teams focus on what they have in common and put aside individual differences. • Apply lessons learned from sport teams’ working dynamics to everyday situations.
  6. 6. Be the Best Be the Best Be the Best Be the Best Be the Best Sports Team Team Goal: Be the Best1. Each individual has the same goal. 2. Respect and appreciation is gained for each other based on physical results which transcends race, gender, background, etc.
  7. 7. Sports Team 3. The leader emerges as the person who has confidence in their position and understands how to accomplish the broader team’s goal while aligning it with each individual’s goals. Be the Best Be the Best Be the Best Be the Best Be the Best Team Goal: Be the Best1. Each individual has the same goal. 2. Respect and appreciation is gained for each other based on physical results which transcends race, gender, background, etc.
  8. 8. Become a Subject Matter Expert Receive Recognitio n Expand Network Make More Money Support the Community Company Team 1. Different individuals may have different goals. 2. It’s more difficult to see results and thus harder to gain respect and appreciation for each other. Team Goal: Achieve the Mission
  9. 9. Company Team Become a Subject Matter Expert Receive Recognitio n Expand Network Make More Money Support the Community 3. The leader emerges as the person who has confidence in their position and understands how to accomplish the broader team’s goal while aligning it with each individual’s goals. 1. Different individuals may have different goals. 2. It’s more difficult to see results and thus harder to gain respect and appreciation for each other. Team Goal: Achieve the Mission
  10. 10. How do you get confidence in your position and accomplish the broader team’s goal of achieving the mission while aligning it with each individual’s goals?
  11. 11. Becoming the Best YOU • Train, Train, Train • Practice…yes we are talking about “practice” • Get a Coach/Mentor • Then Perform
  12. 12. Birth Death Place a dot on the line where you think you are today Exercise
  13. 13. What is the one professional goal you would focus on accomplishing? Imagine that you have one year to the right of your dot
  14. 14. Building Camaraderie • Invest in getting to know your team • Build trust • Handle conflicts well • Recognize, reward and cultivate team work
  15. 15. Exercise • Share your goal from the prior exercise with the person next to you • Answer these questions… • Are your goals alike? • Have one of you had the same goal and already achieved it? If so how did you? • If your goals are completely different then give the other person advice on how you would achieve that goal if it were yours.
  16. 16. Aspire to be the best both on your team and for your team

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