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Sue Black First Woman to Head a Wisconsin Professional Men's Sports Team

Sue Black First Woman to Head a Wisconsin Professional Men's Sports Team

Milwaukee, WI  written in part by Bernell Hooker, Founder and CEO-  Images of Us (IOU) Sports

On the day of the National Girls and Women in Sports Day, we celebrate and congratulate Sue Black as she becomes the First Woman to head a Wisconsin Major Men's Professional Sports Team. All the local headline neglect to announce this exciting news in the sports world, especially in terms of women in a leadership role. 

 “I think women leadership in sports has the same positive impact as it has for women as CEOs, presidents, superintendents,” said Saint Augustine’s University President Dianne Boardley Suber. “Women bring a different brand of leadership to any job. There’s a misnomer that because athletics are male dominated, that women couldn’t do the administrative jobs as well as men. In truth, women are focused on principles, strategies and growth just as men are."  Huffington Post - Jacqie Carpenter, CIAA Commissioner, Blazes New Trail For Conference, Women In Athletics

What does this mean...well, the glass ceiling just obtained another crack.  But importantly,  the Milwaukee Wave owner James Lindenberg made a decision to hire a woman to get the job done.  He took a step that many men in his position either are afraid to do or won't  do...hire a Woman.

Sports is big business.  Young Girls are witnessing something great here in Milwaukee and Nationally.  They too can set their goals and dreams high.  Look at Sue Black!  If you can see it, you can be it!

I added the quote about women leadership by Dianne Boardley because she hit it on the head.  Sue Black did a great job for Milwaukee County Parks and I see her doing the same for the Milwaukee Wave.

The Milwaukee Wave of the Major Indoor Soccer League today named Sue Black president and chief executive officer of the organization.

The announcement came at a press conference today at U.S. Cellular Arena.

"I love giving back," said Black of her new position. "I'm excited to get people to know the players...and to get more families to the games. I bring results. This is going to be a blast."

Black said she is happy to be staying in Milwaukee for her new job.

She will also head the team's "Wave of Hope" charity.

Black said she was enthusiastic about the career change.

"This isn't going to be work, it's going to be fun," she said.

"It's all about the same connections," Black said. She'll be able to use her community contacts to help promote the Wave, she said. Part of her job will be to line up corporate sponsorships.

"I want the community to rally around these players," Black said. "They're from all over the world. They're just a neat bunch of athletes who are so dedicated."

The team has already clinched a playoff berth, she noted.

"She's driven, hard-working, has a great track record and she's ready for a new challenge. It's perfect for her," said Keith Tozer, coach of the Milwaukee Wave, at the press conference.

Black was described by Milwaukee Wave owner James Lindenberg as the perfect individual to lead the team.

As reported in the Biz Journal and the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.


Bernell Hooker

Bernell Hooker is the Founder and CEO of Images of Us (IOU) Sports; a non-profit organization that empowers girls and women through education and sports. "Think of yourself as an athlete. I guarantee you it will change the way you walk, the way you work, and the decisions you make about leadership, teamwork, and success." - Mariah Burton Nelson