Thursday, August 18

Kiesha Nix: First black vice president in the Los Angeles Lakers organization


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It’s amazing when things just fit together.

As vice president of charitable affairs for the Lakers, Kiesha Nix is ​​one of the most powerful women in the sport of philanthropy. When she was first promoted from executive director of the Community Lakers Youth Foundation to her current office, NBA legend Magic Johnson called to congratulate her personally. “I was in the middle of a call from Zoom to plan a community holiday event when his name appeared on my phone. I hardly answered the call, “he says. But he did, and she heard him say, “Hello, Miss Vice President.”

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