Louise Amsili was born in Marseille, South of France, where she grew up fully embracing the soccer culture. After graduating from Sciences-Po where she earned a Bachelor in Political Science and Masters in Mass Media Studies, Louise became a Longhorn in 2017 as part of the graduate Sport Management program. Here she occupied a variety of positions within the Athletic department as well as local entities such as the Austin Sports Commission. Dedicated CSLi fellow. Louise then secured a post-grad seasonal position as Corporate Partnerships Assistant with the Atlanta Falcons and Atlanta United.
How did the CSLi fellowship facilitate your entry into sports?
The CSLi fellowship gave me access to sport professionals through speaker series and fellows-only events, I had the opportunity to exchange with them and eventually expand my network. Additionally, the CSLi fellowship allowed me to develop certain skills (such as Social Media Management or Budgeting) that are currently usefully in my career. It's always a plus to show on your resume that you invest yourself in sport-related activities beyond physical activity or paid opportunities.
What was it like to be a fellow?
It was fun for the most part, I got to befriend people I probably would've never talked to without the fellowship. It was like being part of a small diverse community on campus outside of my classmates. I also enjoyed all the events that we had and helping putting them together, promoting them and giving feedback.
What was the highlight of the CSLi fellowship?
There are a lot of speaker series I enjoyed but I especially likes having fellows-only lunched with the guest, for instance Galen Duncan from the Sacramento Kings or Courtland Bragg from NFL film. These were my favorite events.
How did the fellowship prepare you for your current work?
I ended up being put in charge of one of the Falcons' official social media accounts (@tailgateteam) and I was able to use things I've learned from being in charge of CSLi's socials. Moreover, it's ultimately an advice from Jimmy Sexton (CAA) on how to stand out in a pool of applicants that got me thinking and helped shape my application to the Falcons.
What was the toughest transition from college to the professional world?
I really just miss having class and being intellectually challenged on non-work related subject so I started reading a lot more. But I'm a big school person so not sure that would apply to everyone. Eventually, you find out life outside of college is even more expensive than you thought.
How did you get your foot in the door in sports?
With the background that I had it was really a hustle for me. It definitely took going the extra mile every single time and reaching out to strangers and going out of my comfort zone to talk to people. Yes, experience matters a lot but ultimately it's the little things like volunteering or my sustainability experience that intrigued interviewers the most. As of today, I know I have a strong support system of former supervisors, faculty and professional acquaintances that are ready to vouch for me because I made sure to always be top notch in my work, be flexible, honest and stay in touch.
What is the sports community like?
I absolutely love working in sport and the people I get to meet but it's not for everyone. It stays a very competitive world where favoritism is major and can take you a long way so it feels very unfair at times but I truly think hard work with genuine motivations eventually gets you where you want to be. It just requires a lot of patience, resilience and the shoulders for all the stress it brings.
What are your short term and long term career goals?
Short-term is to finally get my full-time non-temporary gig, it's really the hardest part and sometimes you have to look at the bigger picture rather than your immediate achievement. Meaning, you may have to settle for a position that is not exactly with the team or in the league you'd love but that can help you grow, get better and take you where you want to go in the future.
Long-term is to become president or general manager of a major league (NBA) team. It's a long way there but it's a process that can't be rushed if you want to be good at it anyways so I keep my eyes on the prize.