Golf and Sports Leadership: How One Woman Broke into a Male-Dominated Field

Golf and Sports Leadership: How One Woman Broke into a Male-Dominated Field

Growing up, Michelle Krasodomski was no stranger to golf courses. She learned how to play as a teenager from her father, who adores golfing. But as an athlete, she preferred to stick to her sports of choice: volleyball and basketball.

Much later — after earning her Master of Sports Leadership degree from Northeastern and an internship with the Vermont Golf Association got her hooked — she joined the Southern California Golf Association as its Communications Coordinator in 2012.

“Golf was a great field to get into after playing team sports my whole life,” she said.

While earning her Master of Sports Leadership degree, Krasodomski tested out many types of jobs in the sports industry and spent time with the Patriots, Boston Red Sox, Boston Cannons, and the YMCA.

“I realized that I had ‘hit’ all my favorite areas (football, baseball, lacrosse, youth sports) and what I enjoyed most about all of them was communications and public relations,” she said. Writing is something I enjoy and being able to do it in the sports industry is just icing on the cake.”

A passion for sports communication

Despite her love for the field, she recognizes her job can be hectic.

“Working in communications, you never know what the day may entail,” she said. “I’ve learned how to talk to a wide array of people, calming them down or chatting about an awesome hole-in-one experience. ”

She said she especially loves to writes stories about SCGA members, who are always excited to talk about their experiences.

“I recently wrote about a veteran who gives back by teaching other veterans how to golf,” she said. It’s amazing what people can do with a sport, and the impact that the sport makes on people.”

On any given day, Krasodomski manages SCGA’s website; conducts interviews; writes for the organization’s magazines; plans photo shoots; coordinates with the media; and acts as the organization’s internal email communications guru. She finds the time to get outside to enjoy the warm California sun by working tournaments by doing media coverage and photography.

A woman in the field

Being in a highly visible role—and in such a highly visible organization—is a welcome challenge for Krasodomski , and she relishes her position as a woman in a male-dominated field.

“Golf is, in my eyes, the hardest sport to break into as a female,” she says. “Luckily, more women are moving into golf at high levels and making a nice pathway for the rest of us. But it’s still a long journey.”

It helps that she’s had practice. Krasodomski grew up in a small town without good organized sports for girls, so in middle and high school she played on the boys’ teams.

“I had to show the boys that I could play with them—and at a higher level than they were at,” she said. “Once I showed them that I could score points and help the team win, they were more than willing to pass me the ball. It’s the same being a female in a male industry. Show them what you got and they’ll take you in.”

Her degree’s lasting benefits

Being able to show the sports field just what she was made of entailed building a broad but deep base of knowledge about the industry. It’s what drew her to Northeastern’s program.

“I didn’t know what part of the sports industry I wanted to be in,” she said. Earning my degree allowed me to focus in on figuring out what I wanted to do.”

It also gave her the leadership skills she needed, and she applies many of them on the job. One she regularly draws upon is all about presence.

“Lots of people say that first impressions matter, and I learned why at Northeastern,” she says. “Professors taught us about the impact you make when you walk into the classroom, go on an interview, or speak to a group of people—and how to make it.”

She also learned the power of relating. “Developing relationships is big in my current role and in the golf industry as a whole,” she says. “I believe leadership capabilities develop over the years. I’ve been able to establish a foundation of stability, which I believe is one of a leader’s most important skills.”

Krasodomski enjoys her job with the SCGA and sees herself remaining there for a few more years. After that, she’ll continue exploring.

“I would love to work for the PGA or LPGA one day, probably sticking to the communications side of things, and earn my doctorate,” she says.

In the meantime, she’s hitting the golf courses, where she says she’s happy to be bonding over backswings with her dad.

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