Maitlyn Healy,’14, is a woman on a mission. After graduating from Meredith in three years, she earned her master’s degree in sports industry management from Georgetown University. Since then, she has worked as manager of fan development for a professional soccer team and recently took on her current position as resource director for Leveling the Playing Field, a Maryland-based nonprofit that provides sports equipment to underserved youth.
Making the most of opportunity is a skill she built at Meredith. Throughout her college career she engaged in a range of activities including staff writer and sports editor for the school newspaper and residence hall assistant. She also conducted undergraduate research and held a PR internship.
“Meredith prepared me for success as a young professional because of the confidence I gained as a woman during my three years on campus,” said Healy.
Healy’s undergraduate education prepared her well for her graduate program because of Meredith’s focus on writing and critical thinking. And while her impressive organizational and time management skills were essential during her time at Meredith, they also came into play in graduate school. While at Georgetown, she worked with the Washington Redskins, interned with Most Valuable Kids (a non-profit that sends underprivileged children to sporting events), and volunteered on the White House lawn at the Easter Egg Roll alongside current NFL and MLS players.
According to Healy, her dream job has changed several times since she started her undergraduate career. Ultimately, she knew she wanted to work in community relations for a team or league while giving back to her community.
Her new role as resource director for Leveling the Playing Field fits perfectly into that career path. She is responsible for generating new connections for donation drives and coordinating volunteers to sort donations in their 4,000 square foot warehouse.
“I strongly believe that every child should get the chance to play sports, regardless of the neighborhood they are from, because sports do so much for kids mentally, physically, and emotionally,” said Healy. “This role is right in line with my career goal of working to help kids through sports.”