Thanks to those of you for coming to the blog … I started blogging regularly last Fall.  It’s been fun thus far.   Most of the blogs are focused on the passions in my life … Sports, Philanthropy, Education, Diversity, Family and Friends.

My background? I just left AOL this past Spring after a wonderful 14 years there.  I’ve started my own strategic advisory firm, JLynn Associates, which is focused on Sports Marketing, Sports Media, Clubs / Athletes and Sports Retail.

My most recent position at AOL was as the Vice-President, Diversity Partnerships and Strategic Relationships — managing the 13 employee affinity groups and non-profit partnerships … my first 11 years at AOL were spent doing business development, strategic planning and account management for our Sports partnerships, including the NFL, NBA, NASCAR, NHL, MLB, NFLPA, CBS Sports, HBO Sports, Sports Illustrated, Turner Sports, ABC Sports, WWF, STATS, SportsTicker, NTN, Rodale, etc.

I also teach two courses at Georgetown University.  I’ve taught  Sports Marketing Strategy, which is in the McDonough School of Business, for the past four years.   I also just started co-teaching a graduate class,  Sports Executive Leadership, the Sports Industry Management program.

I also work with over 10 non-profits, including the Hoop Dreams Scholarship Foundation, Asian-American LEAD, Giving Back Fund, Capitol Movement Project, Super Leaders, Year Up, Posse Foundation, Hispanic Heritage Foundation, America’s Promise, etc.  Other new ones include Greater DC Cares and the Case Foundation.  My roles vary – either as a board member, advisory board member, mentor, connector, advisor, volunteer, etc.

Thanks for those of you that send comments and suggestions.  I greatly appreciate the input – and it keeps me to keep doing this on a regular basis.