LA Chargers Business Alliance Highlights Women in Leadership
The 2019 Los Angeles Chargers Business Alliance event season started off with a successful evening of networking that celebrated local female business leaders. Presented by Pacific Premier Bank, the Chargers Business Alliance connects L.A. Chargers corporate partners, suite holders, club seat members, and local business leaders with each other at themed networking events throughout the year.
The goal of the organization is simple, yet the impact can be profound: make connections in order to create meaningful introductions, dialogue, and relationships that will have a positive effect on the greater community.
The Leading the Charge event featured a panel discussion about each panel member’s experiences that led her into a prominent leadership role. Some important career advice from the panel includes:
- Nothing replaces good old-fashioned hard work
- Gain exposure and get your name out there
- Develop the skill of “deep listening”
- Be a lifelong learner
Moderated by KABC’s weekend sports anchor and reporter Ashley Brewer, the panel included: Jeanne Bonk, L.A. Chargers EVP, COO/CFO; Nicole King, L.A. Chargers general counsel; Maria Salinas, President and CEO for the L.A. Area Chamber of Commerce; and Lucy Dunn, President and CEO of the Orange County Business Council.
Below are five key takeaways from the panel discussion:
- What is one of the most important lessons you have learned to date in your career?
Jeanne Bonk, Los Angeles Chargers: I believe that if you make gender an issue, it will be an issue. Whether you are male or female, nothing replaces good old-fashioned hard work and preparation. Have confidence in yourself and everything will work out just fine.
- Which female leaders do you admire and why?
Maria Salinas, L.A. Area Chamber of Commerce: I’ve been surrounded by strong, smart, and supportive women throughout my career, women who have been giving of their time to share words of wisdom and guidance. Latinas, in particular, have been a significant influence in my life. One of the most influential Latinas that I admire is Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor. I admire her life story and the person of impact she has become.
- What advice can you offer to women who want a career in your industry? Are there any strategies you can share to help women overcome obstacles to advancement?
Nicole King, L.A. Chargers: Gain exposure and get your name out there. When you are active among people working in sports and entertainment and you have cultivated a strong reputation, people notice and will start to seek you out for more interesting roles. Cultivate your reputation by being prepared, using your voice, touting your successes, connecting others, and demonstrating integrity.
- What are the top three tips you can offer to set yourself up for success?
Lucy Dunn, Orange County Business Council: Develop the skill of “deep listening” and seek to understand the other point of view; be a lifelong learner, open to new ideas, new ways of thinking—important in a fast-changing world; don’t be afraid to “walk through an open door” and explore new career paths.
- What advice can you offer to women who want a career in your industry?
Ashley Brewer, KABC: Make sure to figure out exactly what you want to be and be it. If you want to be on air, go for it and don’t settle for anything less. Put time into your craft, research, study, and enjoy improving each day. Never allow a rejection or obstacle stop your mission of becoming what you want to become. If I can do it, so can you!
For more information about the Chargers Business Alliance, visit Chargers.com/Business-Alliance.