LAS VEGAS — The annual Katy Feeney Management Luncheon befell on the MLB Fall Enterprise Conferences on Tuesday, celebrating Feeney’s dedication to mentorship and management, and her dedication to the development of ladies within the sport of baseball.
For the previous seven years, Main League Baseball has hosted the Katharine Feeney Management Luncheon, to which every Main League membership, the MLB workplace and MLB Community nominate a complete of 32 feminine executives to attend.
Feeney was the senior vp of scheduling and membership relations, and he or she labored for Main League Baseball for 40 years. After her passing in 2016, the league created the luncheon as part of the Katy Feeney Leadership program.
“That is at all times considered one of my favourite days of the 12 months in baseball,” stated Billy Bean, MLB’s senior vp of range, fairness and inclusion, and particular assistant to the Commissioner, through Zoom. “[Feeney’s] reminiscence and her legacy remind us that we should at all times be pushing for fairness within the office.”
This system focuses on creating profession improvement and networking alternatives for the selectees to fulfill MLB’s most influential girls.
The Major League Baseball Diversity, Equity & Inclusion group joined the Sports activities & Leisure Affect Collective (SEIC) as a accomplice for the occasion this 12 months. Collectively, they created a networking connection and a studying expertise for the selectees across the league on the Katy Feeney Management Awards Luncheon.
Together with the discussions, Meghna Majmudar — the pinnacle government and management providers from ReadySet — supplied workshops all through the luncheon.
This 12 months’s keynote speaker was Marlins president of enterprise operations Caroline O’Connor, one of many two energetic girls presidents in Main League Baseball. The opposite president, the Mariners’ Catie Griggs, was the keynote speaker at the 2022 luncheon.
In her tackle to the group on Tuesday, O’Connor spoke about how she had been unaware of the alternatives for girls to work in sports activities.
“I did not know sports activities careers existed,” O’Connor stated. “I believe us getting collectively right now, us spreading the phrase about careers in sports activities and simply displaying the potential — but additionally the achievement of ladies in sports activities — is so necessary.”
O’Connor mentioned her profession path, from working at Morgan Stanley to working in Main League Baseball.
“I began my profession first in laptop science, but it surely developed into know-how for finance corporations,” O’Connor stated. “In 2017 when Bruce [Sherman] was buying the group, somebody who I had labored with at Morgan Stanley beforehand known as and stated they wanted a chief working officer.”
O’Connor credited the Marlins group for being honest and inclusive in who they rent to their entrance workplace.
“I went to Miami six years in the past and actually discovered an setting that was a meritocracy, actually dedicated to having the perfect individual in each function,” O’Connor stated. “I used to be lucky to rise by the ranks there to be the chief working officer and earlier final 12 months to be named president.”
O’Connor emphasised her optimism surrounding the expansion of ladies working in increased enterprise positions — not simply in baseball but additionally locally.
“In South Florida, we have now a really numerous market of all totally different sorts of features,” O’Connor stated. “Our mayor, of one of many largest counties in America, is a girl. The president of the biggest school by enrollment in america, Miami-Dade School, is a girl. We sit in a tradition that acknowledges the worth and significance of ladies.”
To shut out her tackle, O’Conner famous that the best power of the ladies working in Main League Baseball is each other — their group.
2023 Katy Feeney Management selectees
Angels: Alex Tinyo
Astros: Kristen Lundgren
Athletics: Colette Lucas-Conwell
Blue Jays: Jessica Wooden
Braves: Daybreak Truemper
Brewers: Sarah Olewinski
Cardinals: Ashleigh Middlebrook
Cubs: Morgan Bucciferro
D-backs: Meagan Hermosillo
Dodgers: Alex Tinyo
Giants: Clara Ho
Guardians: Ilana Mishkin
Mariners: Renee Gallegos
Marlins: Jessica Crosson
Mets: Laura South
Nationals: Wendy Bailey
Orioles: Emily Maranto
Padres: Ashley Hoffman
Phillies: Corinne Landrey
Pirates: Judy Hindes
Rangers: Erin McMurray
Rays: De Anna Sheffield Ward
Reds: Lisa Braun
Purple Sox: Stacey Lamboni
Rockies: Kimberly Molina
Royals: Melissa Lambert
Tigers: Taylor Olson
Twins: Quin Handahl
White Sox: Julie Taylor
Yankees: Alexa Klein
MLB central workplace: Lindsey Ingraham
MLB Community: Lisa Smith