For Bright—a lifelong sports and Braves fan—working alongside executives like CEO Derek Schiller is a dream come true.
Bright graduated from Florida A&M University in the summer of 2020 with his bachelor’s degree in journalism, but after securing a job as a reporter, he realized he wanted to work in the business of baseball.
“My dream now is to become a CEO, become a GM, something of that caliber in the world of baseball or just in sports in general,” says Bright.
Investing in equity on and off the field
For Truist, investing in HBCUs is a strategic approach to advancing equity. While only 3% of all colleges and universities are HBCUs, they enroll 10% of all African American students. Many of the top-performing professionals of color across industries graduated from an HBCU.2
“My HBCU experience prepared me to cultivate my way through an industry that’s not necessarily diverse,” says Watkins.
While she’s excited to gain in-office work experience, Watkins is most proud of carrying on Hank Aaron’s legendary work as inspiration for others. “It is truly an honor to be a representation of little Black girls who look just like me. I am more than happy to be the face in this industry.”
That representation comes with more responsibility. “Growing diversity in baseball is so important because there are players on the field who look like us, but then in the offices, the people sometimes don’t look like us,” says Bright.
Building on Aaron’s legacy, Truist and the Atlanta Braves are committed to leading the charge for change in the business of baseball.
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1 “The 2021 Racial and Gender Report Card: Major League Baseball,” TIDES, April 15, 2021.
2 “The Numbers Don’t Lie: HBCUs Are Changing the College Landscape,” UNCF, accessed October 27, 2021.