Happy New Year! Our first interview of 2020 breaks us into the NFL as we speak to Lara Juras, the Vice President of People and Culture with the Minnesota Vikings. We start our conversation, with the most important topic in Front Office Features interviews: how our guest connects to Battle Creek, Michigan. She walks us through her career path from Disney to the Detroit Tigers, which jumpstarted her baseball journey, and how it all eventually led to her role with the Vikings. We dive deep into the culture of organizations and how to forge a collaborative, unified team. It is not a perfect science, but Lara’s insights are, in my opinion, spot on; she even uses a great phrase to always "be professionally curious". In fact, her own curiosity led her to build and grow an HR department at the Major League Level with Detroit and also play key role in the opening of Comerica Park. She also dives in to her current leadership role and the responsibility she feels as a female sports sports executive.
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