Field of Dreams: Student-Athlete Uses Business Leader Development Program to Prepare for Management Career

Brittany Striewski eyes a career as a sports executive.

Brittany Striewski eyes a career as a sports executive.

To date, no Major League Baseball team has ever had a female general manager. Brittany Striewski hopes to one day become the first.

The Rutgers University–Camden sophomore management major already knows her way around the diamond — she’s a pitcher and a corner infielder for the Rutgers–Camden softball team — but when her playing days are over, Striewski plans to transition from contributing to a team to building one.

“I’d love to be involved in sports management or sports marketing,” says Striewski, a Lindenwold resident and graduate of Paul VI High School. “I took a sports management class in high school and saw that it blends my love of sports with my love of business. It’s something that I’ve strived to do ever since.”

Striewski is honing her leadership skills through the Business Leader Development Program (BLDP) at the Rutgers School of Business–Camden. Through this program, undergraduate students gain enhanced leadership training, networking, and mentoring by faculty and business leaders from a wide variety of industries.

Admitted students must complete a BLDP seminar during the semester following their acceptance into the program and remain in the BLDP community throughout the rest of their undergraduate experience. Activities include service learning, a speaker series, and an executive shadowing program.

“One of the biggest takeaways from the BLDP is all of the connections you make and networking is a very important part of business,” Striewski says. “You’re meeting your future business partners and learning from them. That’s invaluable.”

Striewski says one factor that helped convince her to come to Rutgers–Camden to pursue her bachelor’s degree was Rutgers–Camden’s BizEd summer program, an intensive week-long collegiate business education seminar for high school students.

“I got to know Rutgers–Camden’s professors through BizEd and became familiar with all of the opportunities that Rutgers offers its students and I love it here. I’m a student ambassador and I’m in the Honors College, so it’s provided me with so many leadership opportunities.”

In addition to balancing classwork with softball practice, Striewski interns at AmeriQuest Business Services in Cherry Hill, which she says provides real-world business experience.

“I think the key to being successful is being driven and focused and passionate about what you do,” Striewski says. “I think females face a lot of challenges in business, and especially in the sports world, but I’m not afraid to take on those challenges.”

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