“Cry like a baby, fight like a girl, and change the world like a woman”
Cynthia Marshall is the current CEO of the Dallas Mavericks, as well as the first black female CEO of the NBA. Marshall graduated from the University of California, Berkeley, with a degree in business administration and human resources management. While studying there, she made history as the first black cheerleader at the school, promoting inclusivity. Following university, she spent nearly four decades successfully climbing the corporate ladder at AT&T, eventually being hired by the Mavericks in 2018 in order to clean up the league’s toxic work culture. Throughout her time with the Mavericks, Cynthia has worked tirelessly to transform and improve the league by implementing zero-tolerance policies, establishing six core moral values for the organization, gradually closing the gender pay gap, and making sure that female employees feel represented and respected.