Lindell Galvan is a first-generation college student from Weslaco, TX in the Rio Grande Valley. She graduated from The University of Texas in December 2019 with a B.B.A in Finance and a B.S. in Sport Management. Throughout her time at Texas, Lindell has been named a Hispanic Scholarship Fund Scholar, a Manhattan Sports Business Academy alum, interned at the NBA with the WNBA in NYC and has been a part of CSLi since 2017.
How did the CSLi fellowship facilitate your entry into sports? How did the fellowship prepare you for your current work?
CSLi introduced me to a variety of different opportunities from volunteering in sports, to working at major events and being the first to know of speaker/networking events on campus with professionals in the industry. The fellowship has served as a tool for learning and growing in an industry that is unpredictable, constantly changing and looking for the next generation of leaders to guide it into being better.
What was it like to be a fellow?
Being a part of CSLi not only introduced me t o major professionals in the sports business industry, but also surrounded me with people who are in the same boat and looking to break into the industry. Aside from building relationships, I was part of the financial literacy task force (a topic I am truly passionate about), which focused on doing research to help find a solution to tackle financial literacy for college students and more specifically, student athletes. CSLi has also provided fellows the opportunity to help develop the next generation of leaders in sports with Captains Academy, a one-day programming event where high school team captains learn about mindfulness, vulnerability, and social-emotional intelligence.
What was the highlight of the CSLi fellowship?
My CSLi highlight was having the chance to speak with and hear Dr. Jen Walter, the first female coach in the NFL, speak about her journey into pro football. Her can-do attitude and hard work broke barriers for women in coaching and women in sports overall. She is an inspiration to not allow your gender define the quality of work your work and despite all the obstacles, you have to believe you can do whatever you set your mind to.
What was the toughest transition from college to the professional world?
In college, you sit in a classroom and learn from a book, whereas in the professional world, you are doing actual work that is meant to produce results to help the business. The most challenging part is understanding that the work you do day-to-day has a greater purpose than you may see at that point in time. You are a part of a team, whether you are working individually or with others, there is someone counting on you as much as you are on them. No longer do you rely on a textbook for answers but your own experience and knowledge with the help of your colleagues along the way.
How did you get your foot in the door in sports?
Initially, I began by volunteering at events such as the American Flag Football League, the San Antonio Spurs Tournament Series, and more. Last summer, I participated in the Manhattan Sports Business Academy, which not only served as my crash course on the sports business industry, but also helped me receive my offer with Modell's Sporting Goods working as an eCommerce Intern in NYC. Aside from the internship, we had the opportunity to visit sports organizations like the NBA and NFL to meet with current employees, have professional development workshops and learn about the different careers in sports.
What is the sports community like?
To my surprise, the world of sports is very small. The amount of connections among professionals and across sport-related organizations are many. No matter where you are, you will always find a group of people who have passion for their work, are hard-working and constantly learning, and willing to help with any of your sports biz questions.
What are your short term and long term career goals?
With my recent graduation, short term I want to land a job that will act as a springboard to my career. Not just find a job for the sake of one, but work at an organization and with people who truly care to personally and professionally develop and mold me into the next sports business leader. Long term, I want to drive and grow a business whether it be my own or at an already established organization. Personally, I plan to create a non-profit organization targeted towards youth sports and a scholarship program for low-income students pursuing a college education.