Leveling The Playing Field: Janis Burke, CEO of the Harris County-Houston Sports Authority

Bobbi-Sue Doyle-Hazard’s guest this week is Janis Burke, CEO of the Harris County–Houston Sports Authority. She became the third chief executive and first woman to hold the position. In addition to overseeing the billion dollars of bond debt service for Houston’s professional sports stadiums, under her leadership, Houston has been awarded major sporting events to include: U.S. Olympic Trials, collegiate tournaments, numerous National and World Championships, AAU Junior Olympics, and the Transplant Games of America. She sits on the Board of Directors for the National Association of Sports Commissions, and has also been recognized locally by Conference USA and Rice University for her outstanding contributions and achievements as a woman in the Houston sports industry, identified by the Texas Executive Women’s Association as a “Woman on the Move,” and recently named one of “Houston’s 50 Most Influential Women.” Prior to her time at the Houston Sports, she worked in hospitality and events. An amazing story. She does not have a college degree and she proves that you don’t need one to succeed!

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