Pivot Play: Transitioning from Sport to Career
Updated: Oct 11
The HNP Varsity Board hosted their first Career Accelerator Network Event. Over 50 former and current female athletes came to hear from a panel of powerful women leaders and former athletes who have successfully made the transition from sport to career.
Jessie Doig is the Enterprise Business Sales Manager at SportsEngine, Inc. Doig is responsible for the strategy and execution of SportsEngine's corporate sports business sales strategy, which includes pro sports, International bodies, for-profit sports businesses and National Governing Bodies. A lifelong athlete, Doig played hockey at Gustavus Adolphus College where she graduated magna cum laude with a bachelor's degree in English.
Ragan Duax is the Community Relations Manager for Minnesota United FC. She started her career as a seasonal ticket sales representative in 2015 with the Iowa Wild Hockey Club then worked her way into the NHL with the Minnesota Wild in 2017. Prior to her career in sports, she was a collegiate track and field athlete.
Ashley Ellis-Milan, currently lead coordinator of the Minnesota Timberwolves & Lynx Basketball Academy, started her career as a Kindergarten teacher and slowly worked her way into High School Coaching. She then became an Assistant Women’s Basketball Coach at Concordia University in St. Paul, earning her master’s degree in Educational Leadership. Ashley earned a basketball scholarship to play at the University of Minnesota and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Education. After graduating, she had the opportunity to play professionally for the Minnesota Lynx and overseas in Germany & Greece
Sloane Martin is the radio broadcaster for the Minnesota Lynx and a reporter at WCCO Radio. She is the first woman radio play-by-play broadcaster for a professional team in the Twin Cities, and last March, became the first woman do to play-by-play for the Minnesota state boys' hockey tournament. Sloane also does play-by-play for the Prep Bowl and girls' hockey tournament on 45TV, as well as women's basketball on Big Ten Network. A former Division III basketball player, Sloane is the former radio voice of University at Buffalo women's basketball.
Sue Newton is a Business Development Director for Salo, a staffing and consulting firm focused on driving business success in Minneapolis and Chicago by connecting clients to an unrivaled assembly of finance, accounting and human resources talent with a proven history of success. As a basketball player, the Goodhue, Minnesota native drew the curtain on a rewarding four-year playing career at UMD in 2000 by receiving Kodak All-American honorable mention honors and being named to the All-NSIC first team. In addition, she captained the Bulldogs to their second straight NCAA II North Central Regional berth that year.