Lisa Peterson, Oregon Athletic Department
May 17th, 2016
This week we got to hear from Lisa Peterson, from the Oregon Athletic Department. Lisa first shared some parts of the path that brought her to Oregon. She started as an athlete at a junior college in Kansas, but completed her degree in business management and received her MBA from St. John’s University in New York. Lisa learned through the jobs she had, made connections, and wasn’t afraid to take big opportunities when they arose. After meeting Rob Mullens early in her career, Lisa still works closely with him in Oregon, highlighting the importance of good relationships in business.
Lisa fills many roles with the Oregon Athletic Department, including overseeing seven of our women’s teams and working with Title IX. She shared some of the specific Title IX issues that affect Oregon athletics, as well as educating us about Title IX in general.
There are numerous challenges that come with working in her field, but Lisa finds great reward in giving back to people who gain so much through sports. Sports are all about providing good experiences, and the passion involved in sports makes them great.
Lisa closed our meeting by sharing some wonderful advice:
- Know that everything happens for a reason
- Relationships are important – you never know when you’ll be working with, or for, someone
- Under promise and over deliver
- Take advantage of every opportunity
- Get a mentor and be open to hearing honest feedback
- Anything is possible if you’re willing to put in the work
- Get into a career you have passion for – follow your passion and not the money
- Remember the quote by Maya Angelou – “I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.”
Thank you Lisa for sharing with us!
Hope to see you all at the next meeting!