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Building While Flying

Jun 3, 2021

There’s a nuance between networking and relationship building. While the former can feel superficial and, at times, self-serving, our podcast guest this week explains how the latter can impact your career and life, and how it has helped her grow as a professional and human.

Welcome to Building While Flying!

This weekly podcast is brought to you by the Sasha Group. We’re the small-to-medium-sized business arm of the VaynerX family of companies. We help ambitious companies build strong brands that flex with the times through strategy, branding, media, and marketing.

In ever-changing times, businesses and brands have to shift and adapt. And across all sectors, there is an air of experimentation. Business owners are trying new things out in the wild;  building the plane while flying.

Our pilots, Katie Hankinson and Mickey Cloud, will be talking to a diverse range of business leaders and founders. They’ll explore how these guests tackle various challenges while staying resilient and committed to growth. Through these real-life examples of strategies put into practice, we hope to inspire you to experiment and develop your own strategies as we all navigate these uncertain times together. 

Raleigh Anne Gray is the founder and CEO of Must Love Sports, an organization that empowers and educates current and future industry professionals.

She also is the Director of Business Development at DraftKings, following time spent at Wasserman, The Players' Tribune, Twitter, and ESPN. Her career has been a continual intersection of media, technology, and sports. When the COVID-19 pandemic forced companies to cancel summer internships for college students and graduates, Raleigh Anne saw a need and opportunity to pivot. She changed Must Love Sports from an LLC to a 501c3 organization and launched a 10-week online summer internship program for sports industry students impacted by the pandemic.

In her conversation with Mickey, Raleigh Anne breaks down how each step of her career—and the people she’s met along the way—influences her work with Must Love Sports. She talks about making side hustles successful and the positive changes she sees coming for women in the sports industry. Most importantly, Raleigh Anne breaks down the nuances between networking and relationship building, and how getting to know people can make a difference in your networking efforts.

Other in-flight topics:

  • Networking vs Relationship building
  • Being a woman in the sports industry
  • Pivoting your business based on need
  • Balancing a side hustle with a full-time career 
  • Applying learnings from your career to your side hustle/passion project
  • Emerging female sports broadcasting voices