Women in sport: Achieving personal bests

At Genius Sports, one of our key priorities is harnessing the incredible talent of our people and supporting them to achieve their personal best.

One way to do this is to provide a supportive and flexible approach to peoples’ working lives. Our aim is that people are equipped to perform to their very best in their day-to-day role, whilst also living a rewarding and fulfilling life outside of work.

Both National Girls and Women in Sports Day (NGWSD) and International Women’s Day were a perfect opportunity to highlight how our Geniuses are doing exactly that.

In honour of the occasions, and to celebrate 50 years of the Women’s Sports Foundation, we spoke to a number of women from across the business who told us about their sporting passions and how they balance them with their Genius careers.

Molly, a Product Services Agent for Genius Sports based in the UK, is also a professional footballer for Crystal Palace Football Club in the Women’s Championship.

“I have played football for as long as I can remember,” Molly told us. “Ever since I was a young girl I have always wanted to play professionally. I am now lucky enough to be able to say that I do!

Molly went on to explain how the flexibility of her job at Genius Sports allows her to achieve great things on and off the pitch.

“Playing full time and the nature of my role at Genius means that I am able to work on days off and evenings,” she added. “Genius are great at allowing me to work around my football schedule to ensure I have the right balance.”

We heard more about the physical and mental benefits of sport from Mona, Genius Sports’ Information Security Director, and Ironman athlete. She underlined how taking time out to exercise or train – in her case for a particularly strenuous sport – can have a huge positive impact on your work.

“When I’m training for an event (especially an Ironman!) it takes a lot of discipline and time management to fit training in around work,” she said.

“However, it’s also a good incentive to take a break from my desk and I always feel much better for it.

“I always find that exercising helps me to process and think deeply about any tricky situations or complex problems at work. My brightest ideas tend to form when running, cycling or swimming!”

It’s a view shared by Claire, Head of Internal Comms and a keen marathon runner, who added: “It just takes a lot of planning and discipline, so when I’m training for something, it’s about scheduling in your workouts around your work and home life and sticking to the schedule as much as you can.

“I’ve always found Genius to be really understanding of individuals’ working patterns. As long as you get the work done and you don’t let your colleagues down, it’s fairly easy to fit training into your working days.”

Carolina, based in Medellín, Colombia, plays Ultimate Frisbee outside of her role as a Junior Media Buying Executive at Genius Sports. It’s a sport that has gained huge popularity in the country, with the women’s team recognised as one of the world’s best.

She explained how her work-life balance is essential in achieving personal and career goals: “I greatly appreciate being in a place like Genius, which not only revolves around sports – something I am truly passionate about – but is also a space where I can grow professionally while continuing my athletic pursuits.

“Remote work is a significant advantage, allowing me to make better use of my time and achieve the right balance in my life. Managing your time effectively is crucial for accomplishing everything you need to do in a day, and Genius gives me the autonomy to do that.”

Carolina finished with a message to her Genius colleagues and all women in sport: “Embrace your passions and believe in yourselves – we can achieve everything we set our minds to and more!

“Whether it’s in sports or any other field, cultivate discipline, believe in your capabilities, and make sure doubts don’t hold you back. Don’t let any ‘ifs’, ‘buts’ or fears prevent you from progressing toward the best version of yourself!”

This is just a snapshot of the views we heard from our colleagues, with an incredibly wide range of sporting passions. From a basketball star, to an artistic swimmer, a cyclist and an underwater rugby player, we’ve certainly got an eclectic mix of sports stars at Genius. Follow us on Instagram to see more.

Like what you hear and think you might be Genius material? Learn more about Genius and find our open roles at geniussports.com/careers.