Minor League Baseball Diversity Initiative
MiLB FIELD Program
Minor League Baseball's 'Fostering Inclusion through Education and Leadership Development' (FIELD) Program was created under the MiLB Diversity Initiative as a way to engage the next generation of diverse leaders in sports business. The FIELD Program combines educational and leadership development with skill-specific training, access to a vast network of sports professionals, and industry knowledge and exposure to create a unique experience for selected participants. This five-day program, hosted in the sunshine state, introduces selected participants to the game and business of professional baseball in preparation for a career within the industry.
In addition to the programming in Florida, the FIELD Program provides a pathway directly into a career in baseball. Participants will be given the opportunity to attend the 2017 Professional Baseball Employment Opportunities (PBEO®) Job Fair at the 2017 Baseball Winter Meetings (BWM) in Orlando, Florida. Each year, approximately 400-500 jobs are posted at the PBEO Job Fair.
- Learn the Business of Baseball
- Learn about the business of baseball from Major and Minor League office executives and club representatives.
- Exclusive behind-the-scenes look into all of the elements that go into successfully running a MiLB club.
- Professional Development & Networking
- Get real-world experience through participating in group project presentations.
- Enhance your toolkit with resume-building workshops, interview tips, sales training and much more.
- Direct Path to a Career in Baseball
- Chance to attend the 2017 Baseball Winter Meetings in Orlando, Florida, and compete for nearly 500 job opportunities.
- Mentorship program helps prepare participants for the Baseball Winter Meetings experience.
PAT O'CONNER'S COLLEGE SPEAKER SERIES PROGRAM
Minor League Baseball President & CEO Pat O'Conner developed a speakers' series as a means of engaging underrepresented groups of students who will be the next generation of executives in sports and increasing their awareness of the opportunities that exist within Minor League Baseball. In addition to the industry exposure and knowledge, students are often given the opportunity to learn about internship opportunities at the MiLB Headquarters or with local Clubs. Recently, O'Conner's visits have included Florida A&M University, Florida State University, Grambling State University, Hampton University, Morehouse College, Tennessee State University, University of Central Florida, Virginia State University and many more.
O'Conner has also participated in events at the Black Coaches & Administrators National Convention in Clearwater, Florida; The Bobby Bonds Memorial Symposium at North Carolina A&T University; and every Major League Baseball Diversity Business Summit since the inaugural event in Chicago. He was the keynote speaker at the High School of Sports Management in Brooklyn, New York, as part of the school's Diversity in Sports Spring Symposium, titled Fields Beyond "The Field."
Any school or organization interested in having President & CEO Pat O'Conner visit should contact Vince Pierson at VPierson@MiLB.com or 727-456-1704.
BASEBALL WINTER MEETINGS INTERNSHIP PROGRAM
Every December, Minor League Baseball hosts the Baseball Winter Meetings, a gathering of Major and Minor League Baseball executives executives, Baseball Trade Show exhibitors, Professional Baseball Employment Opportunities (PBEO) attendees, media and affiliated parties. Attendees participate in league, committee and organizational meetings.
For the past few years, the MiLB office has invited college students from Grambling State University, St. Leo (FL) University, Florida A&M University and Virginia State University to work as interns during the Baseball Winter Meetings.
For more information about the Baseball Winter Meetings Internship Program contact Vince Pierson at VPierson@MiLB.com or 727-456-1704.
WOMEN IN BASEBALL LEADERSHIP EVENT
Since 2008, Minor League Baseball has hosted an annual event at the Baseball Winter Meetings to provide information and networking opportunities for women employed by Minor League Baseball and Major League Baseball clubs and leagues. Women have chosen a professional career in the game of baseball and this event has been designed to allow those women executives to interact and obtain guidance on career development and enhance professional skills through a series of discussions. Each attendee has the opportunity to share ideas and discuss working in baseball with other women currently in the industry. For those interested in networking and finding out more about how this event can benefit you both personally and professionally, contact Mary Marandi at MMarandi@MiLB.com or 727-456-1780.
MOVING DIVERSITY FORWARD
The focus on diversity and inclusion continues to gain momentum thought the entire sports industry. This event is designed to bring many of the topics and experiences surrounding diversity and inclusion to the forefront for a collaborative discussion with all members of the baseball family. All Major and Minor League Baseball personnel are welcome to attend the event and be engaged through a mixture of expert panels, educational workshops, roundtable discussions and best practice sharing, all in an effort to continue to advance our Diversity Initiative.
Introduced as an event at the Baseball Winter Meetings in 2015, Moving Diversity Forward has become an impactful educational tool for the entire baseball industry. For more information on this event, contact Vince Pierson at VPierson@MiLB.com or 727-456-1704.