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NBA Wants More Women In Leadership Roles

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Commissioner Adam Silver has set up several upcoming events aimed at providing more opportunities for women in the league.

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NBA commissioner Adam Silver is determined to have women occupy more leadership roles in the league, according to several memos recently sent out to teams, and as reported by the Associated Press.

Per the AP’s report,

The NBA has told teams that it will have several events in the coming months designed to help improve workplace cultures, as well as find more ways to have women in leadership roles around the league.

The NBA’s memo, sent Wednesday and obtained by The Associated Press, revealed plans to hold workshops in Atlanta and Los Angeles in mid-November on diversity and inclusion efforts. An event is also planned in Charlotte, North Carolina over the All-Star break to expand “the pipeline of female talent in basketball operations roles.”

In a separate memo last week, NBA Commissioner Adam Silver told teams that he wants to see more women hired around the league — particularly leadership and supervisory positions. And earlier this week, the league hosted its inaugural Women’s Leadership Forum.

The report comes in the wake of the revelations of workplace misconduct in the Dallas Mavericks organization, which resulted in owner Mark Cuban donating $10 million towards causes that aim to help eradicate the epidemic, which extends far beyond the professional sports industry.

There are currently two female assistant coaches in the NBA, San Antonio’s Becky Hammon and Jenny Boucek of the Mavericks. Nancy Lieberman has also served as an assistant coach for the Sacramento Kings, and recently guided the Power squad to this summer’s BIG3 championship.