Navigating Career Transitions in Professional Sports: An Interview with Fatimah Gilliam, Esq.

Fatimah Gilliam Founder, and CEO The Azara Group

November 04, 2018

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The conversation with Fatimah takes a deeper look into the sports industry beyond the glitter of championships by focusing on the journeys and struggles of the athletes on the field.

Whether or not you are a sports fan, industry professional, or focused on professional development, we can all relate to the difficulties faced when one chapter in our careers closes and another must open.

In this interview, Fatimah shares valuable information, tips, and strategies that can help athletes make a smoother transition into a post-playing career.

She discusses why professional athletes face challenges in leveraging their sports careers into lasting careers after the game—including the role of agents and sports leagues and unions. She shares interesting data and statistics from studies to highlight the economic and emotional realities faced by retiring athletes and discusses the views of notable sports stars.

The Sports360 podcast hosted by leading sports attorney Jeff Fannell offers a unique perspective on the business of sports, well beyond the field. Click here to listen to Fatimah Gilliam (S1-E20) by Sports360 with Jeff Fannell #np on #SoundCloud.

To explore this topic or to support your professional success, go here to read Fatimah's articles on sports, career advancement, negotiating, and diversity.

Fatimah Gilliam, Esq. is the founder and CEO of The Azara Group, which is a consulting firm providing leadership development, negotiation, diversity, and strategy consulting services to Fortune 500 companies, professional athletes, and private clients.

As a negotiation and diversity expert and a career strategist, she leads her company in finding innovative and strategic ways to help people and organizations get what they want. In the sports industry, her firm provides a variety of essential services to professional athletes to prepare them for life after sports.

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