Alumna Kelly Flanagan Featured in Forbes Magazine

Kelly Flanagan (M.S. in Sports Management, ‘11) was featured in an article for Forbes magazine, “The NFL's Female Financial Scorekeepers”:

“It’s a real misconception that football is a man’s sport,” said Kelly Flanagan, the CFO of the Jacksonville Jaguars.
That’s the experience of a 31-year old who has spent two-thirds of her career working for NFL teams. After three years with accounting firm PricewaterhouseCoopers Flanagan joined the finance staff of MetLife Stadium in its last year of construction in 2009, essentially working with both the New York Giants and New York Jets. She headed south in 2012 to follow her boss, Jaguars current president Mark Lamping, and was promoted to CFO of the team at the age of 29. She’s not the lone female in upper management. She works alongside Megha Parekh, the team’s senior vice president and general counsel, and a former member of Forbes 30 Under 30 sports list, a testament to the philosophy of the NFL’s first ethnic-minority owner Shahid Khan.
“I grew up in an era where gender wasn’t a factor in sports so it feels more of an accomplishment that I am here despite my age, not my gender,” said Flanagan. “It takes moments like going to a sports business conference and looking around at how few women there are to put it into perspective that it hasn’t always been easy and still isn’t always easy for women in the sports business.”

Forbes profiled Flanagan and the eight other female C-suite executives in the NFL about their career trajectories, their financial responsibilities for the league, and the possibilities for the next generation of sports leaders.

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