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Mentorship program nurturing the next generation of

Black & Brown sports & entertainment leaders.

Sports & Entertainment Equity Network (SEEN) is a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit striving to close the diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) gap prevalent in the business of sports & entertainment. 

Our goal is to provide Black and Brown professionals with opportunities to:

  • Advance themselves professionally and personally

  • Build authentic relationships with a community of peers

  • Give back to support the next generation of young leaders

Sports & Entertainment Equity Network’s mentorship program, NextGen, gives a select group of high-potential, early-career professionals a chance to learn from and build relationships with top leaders in the sports & entertainment industry. Each mentee will be paired with two mentors and SEEN will curate a series of program-related events to promote learning and authentic relationships between all participants.

Mentees and mentors are expected to have at least one monthly touchpoint and participate in supplemental monthly SEEN programming with the cohort.  


April - October 2023



All mentees and mentors will have to complete a program application to be considered for the NextGen program. Select candidates will then have an interview with a member of the SEEN team prior to final selections being made.



Applications Live: Monday, Jan. 23rd to Sunday, Jan. 29th at 11:59pm PST

Applicants should expect to hear back in 4 to 6 weeks

For questions or concerns about the application or program itself please reach out to us at

Program Timeline

Application Process

Key Dates

Application & Program Questions

Program Overview


Program Benefits

  • Two experienced Mentors

  • Cohort of fellow NextGen mentees

  • Professional advancement programming

  • Mentee / Mentor networking opportunities


  • A professional identifying with at least one or more of the following groups: Black or African American, Hispanic, Latinx, or Spanish, Native American or American Indian

  • Currently working full-time in Sports or Entertainment (not currently accepting students)

  • 2-5 years of previous work experience in Sports or Entertainment (no more than 5yrs total post-undergrad)


Program Benefits

  • One vetted, high-potential mentee

  • Cohort of experienced, minority and ally mentors

  • Mentor focused programming

  • Mentee / Mentor networking opportunities



  • Experienced professional (Black, Brown, or ally) working in Sports & Entertainment

  • 6+ years of previous work experience

NextGen Live Apps


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Chanel Zapata

Coordinator, MLB

The SEEN NextGen Mentorship Program provided me with a network of life-long friends as well as two outstanding mentors that have supplied endless support, guidance and knowledge. I will be forever grateful and a huge advocate for all they do.

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Gerverus Flagg

Manager, Facebook

It was clear how intentional the mentor pairings were and the staff has done everything to ensure the mentees have had the support and resources needed to elevate in our respective career fields. As a result of the program and the guidance from my amazing mentors, I feel more confident and validated in my abilities.

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Alésha Smith

Director, PeacePlayers

I think one of the most beautiful parts about the SEEN Community is not only being mentored by professionals in the field, but  being side by side with a cohort of young professionals who are also trying to grow in the field.

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