NFL to host women’s symposium for front office job development

Wednesday March 9th, 2016

The NFL will host a two-day women’s symposium regarding leadership development in front office positions, reports ESPN’s Jane McManus.

The symposium, starting March 18 in Boca Raton, Fla., will be made up of nearly 40 women chosen by each NFL team as candidates for front office jobs at the club level. 

Symposium speakers will include Dolphins executive vice president of football administration Dawn Aponte, Bengals executive vice president Katie Blackburn, Chargers executive vice president and CFO Jeanne Bonk and Lions senior vice president of administration and CFO Allison Maki.

NFL commissioner Roger Goodell announced in February that the league would adopt a Rooney Rule for females in executive roles, indicating that at least one woman would be interviewed for each open position. 

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The Rooney Rule that was previously in place was established in 2003 and required the NFL to interview minority candidates for head coaching and senior football operations positions.

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