An old photograph is projected on a screen at the front of a large hotel meeting room located in downtown Indianapolis. The photo shows two boys in football uniforms and a splotchy-faced little girl off to the side, almost out of the frame. She had been crying because she wanted to be in the football picture.
Years later, she is.
In fact, she’s Jane Goodell – the NFL’s First Lady, married to Commissioner Roger Goodell and an award-winning multimedia journalist and producer responsible for the recent NFL Films feature, “A Lifetime of Sundays,” which profiles four women owners that largely helped shape the NFL as we know it. Today, she’s introducing a panel of the next generation of female owners – Bucs Co-Owner and President of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers Foundation and Glazer Family Foundation Darcie Glazer Kassewitz and Buffalo Bills Owner Kim Pegula at the Careers in Football Forum. In its fourth iteration, the event is spearheaded by the NFL’s Senior Director of Diversity and Inclusion, Sam Rapoport, and it aims to help women who are looking to make a career in football get that break.
The Forum has helped 89 of those women get opportunities in scouting, coaching, operations and so many more facets of the industry. It’s about broadening the candidate pool, which is something the Bucs have been doing for decades.
“Diversity is really a core value at the Buccaneers,” Glazer Kassewitz said. “I feel like…