As one of a handful of women working in the NBA in a player evaluation role, Liz Jenkins provides thoughtful insights and recommendations on all 76ers scouting matters, while overseeing departmental processes and logistics. In her free time, she serves as part of the Emerging Leaders Board for Shooting Touch, an international sport-for-development organization whose mission is to use the power of basketball to bridge gaps for youth and women facing racial, gender, and economic inequalities.
Have there been any recent strides for gender equity in your industry?
As sports teams, agencies, and organizations start to value the perspective and insight that women bring to the table, they’ve begun to prioritize having female voices in the rooms where decisions are made. We’re seeing more and more women being given the opportunity to lead from positions of power in the sports industry, and they’re crushing the game!
What more do you think needs to be done to support women in Philadelphia?
The problem of the gender gap in Philadelphia won’t be solved overnight, but we can make great strides and set the foundation for many years of success if we begin to prioritize the next generation of female leaders. Prioritizing young women and girls and putting them in positions to succeed should be a main focus for our community.
Which women have paved the way for you?
In sports, there have been many women lately who have set the bar and held the standard for what women can do in the workplace. By being excellent in their positions, they’ve paved the way for the rest of us to be given opportunities to prove we can succeed as well.