The NFL has seen a steady growth in the number of women working in executive roles over the past two years. In 2016, women held 21.1 percent of team vice president roles and 26 percent of VP titles at the league levels.
Only 47 women, however, have full-time jobs in football operations for the league’s 32 teams, representing a paltry 5 percent of all positions. In an effort to raise that percentage, the NFL has decided to make jobs in football operations — which includes coaching, scouting, player personnel, training and officiating — the focus of its second annual Women’s Career Development Symposium, which will be held Friday and Saturday in Phoenix.
Bringing together more than 40 female executives from across the 32 NFL teams and league office, the symposium will educate, develop and train participants on specific career paths in football operations. The two-day event will include presentations, panel discussions, breakout sessions and networking opportunities with club and league executives and industry experts.
“The mission of this year’s symposium is to connect, develop and educate women within various roles in Football Operations,” Sam Rapoport, NFL director of football development, said. “The attendees will strengthen their networks within the NFL through interactive sessions with each other and with NFL executives.”