TSL Leadership Series: Andrea Williams

Williams became the first African American woman to lead a DI conference.

The TSL Leadership Series focuses on men and women of color who are blazing a trail through the world of sports. Athletes, coaches, executives and media personalities are some of those who are leading the charge and driving success both on and off the field of play.


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As we continue to reflect on Martin Luther King’s legacy, it’s only fitting that we highlight Big Sky Commissioner Andrea Williams, the first African-American woman to lead an NCAA Division I conference.

Access. Opportunity. A seat at the table of power, and not simply a disposable commodity on the playing field. This is what’s being fought for and demanded in the next frontier for people of color in the business of sports.

It’s no secret that we’re woefully underrepresented when it comes to ownership and the leadership positions of head coaches, general managers and athletic directors, among others. And when it comes to women of color, the dearth is beyond staggering.

But quietly, and with little fanfare, a historic step in the right direction was taken by Williams.

We spent some time with her at the Big Sky offices in Ogden, Utah recently to hear, in her own words, the power of her journey and her vision for the future.

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