Phoenix Mercury executive visits Columbia College

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By REN BISHOP

neighborhoods@ColumbiaMissourian.com

Columbia College’s former assistant athletic director returned to Dulany Hall Tuesday, Oct. 5, to provide tips and connections to students seeking a career in professional sports marketing.

Amber Cox is currently the chief operating officer for the Phoenix Mercury, a Women’s National Basketball Association team.

“I wanted to pay it forward, give them information about my career path and establish a contact for them if they have questions or want to send me a resumé,” Cox said.

Cox spent five years at Columbia College. She said she believes her time there granted her the skills to effectively tackle her job with the Mercury.

“I got a little bit of knowledge in a whole lot of areas,” she said. “At Columbia College, I may have to set up the chairs, keeps the stats, sweep the floors if no one was around. No I don’t have to set-up chairs anymore, but I never think ‘that’s not in my job description.'”

Because of Cox’s job with the college, students could easily relate to her, which made them want to listen, said Angela Kinworthy, an instructor in Columbia College’s sports marketing class.

“Learning from a successful individual that is young and gone through what it takes to succeed is very important for students,” Kinworthy said. “It provides them with insights on how to prepare for a professional career, and can also help solidify their career choice.”

Kinworthy said she hopes presentations like Cox’s will continue.

“Of course, we will try to bring as many speakers to campus as possible,” Kinworthy said.

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