HPU Students to Shadow Cynt Marshall During Dallas Mavericks Externship

1. Dallas Mavericks Externship

During her time on campus, Cynt Marshall, CEO of the Dallas Mavericks and Sports Executive in Residence at High Point University, networks with students, answers their questions and provides insight into developing a successful career.

HIGH POINT, N.C., Oct. 18, 2019 – On Wednesday, Oct. 23, four High Point University students will travel to Dallas, Texas, to complete an externship with the Dallas Mavericks and spend the day shadowing Cynt Marshall, Dallas Mavericks CEO and HPU’s Sports Executive in Residence.

As part of the externship, students will gain hands-on experience and learn what it takes to prepare the Mavericks for their home season opener against the Washington Wizards at the American Airlines Center in Dallas.

For individuals interested in a behind-the-scenes look at HPU students’ experience with the Mavericks, follow @highpointu on Facebook or Instagram and tune in to stories on Wednesday, Oct. 23. 

“I never could have imagined I’d have the opportunity to work with Cynt Marshall and the Dallas Mavericks,” says Parker Murphy, an HPU senior majoring in sport management. “That’s the unique thing about High Point University. On this campus, I’ve learned that nothing is impossible if I’m willing to work hard.”

In March, HPU announced Marshall as its Sports Executive in Residence. From working with a sport management class, to networking with students during lunch and participating in a campus wide Q&A, Marshall serves as a valuable mentor for students, sharing insights on what it takes to succeed in the workplace.

The consistent presence of innovators like Marshall so frequently on campus reinforces HPU’s belief in the art of the possible. When students regularly meet and work with global leaders, they discover that they, too, can accomplish much.

“We’re fortunate to have innovators like Cynt Marshall serve as mentors for our students,” says Dr. Ginny McDermott, interim dean for the Nido R. Qubein School of Communication. “This externship will help students understand how to navigate complex organizational situations and how to use communication to bring people together. These are the life skills that set our students apart when they enter the workforce.”

Marshall joins other global leaders who serve in residence by mentoring HPU students. This includes Netflix Co-Founder Marc Randolph, HPU’s Entrepreneur in Residence; Apple Co-Founder Steve Wozniak, HPU’s Innovator in ResidenceABC News’ Byron Pitts, HPU’s Journalist in Residence; and Scott McKain, best-selling author, business consultant, trainer and HPU’s Corporate Educator in Residence.

About Cynt Marshall:

Marshall has been CEO of the Dallas Mavericks since May 2018. Before joining the professional basketball team, Marshall served in leadership roles at AT&T. She started in 1981 and held a variety of line and staff positions in the operator services, network engineering, operations, external and legislative affairs departments. Marshall served as the president of AT&T North Carolina for more than six years before becoming senior vice president and chief diversity officer for AT&T nationally.

She left that role in December 2012 to serve as the senior vice president of human resources for the global corporation. In 2010, Marshall became the first African American chair of the North Carolina state chamber. In 2013, Marshall received the prestigious Leadership North Carolina Governor’s Award for her efforts relative to education.

Marshall retired in May 2017 as senior vice president of Human Resources and chief diversity officer. As chief diversity officer, Marshall was responsible for the company’s people strategy, including succession planning, leadership development and culture transformation.

Marshall’s son is a graduate of HPU. She will be returning to HPU on March 20 to mentor students in the Nido R. Qubein School of Communication.

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