More than a Number: New Rockets president of business operations Gretchen Sheirr is making history

More than a Number: New Rockets president of business operations Gretchen Sheirr is making history

As prestigious as the title of President of Business Operations in the NBA is, only four women that hold such a distinction.

Four.

For a league that preaches diversity and inclusion as much as the NBA does, that’s a shockingly low number.

The Rockets’ Gretchen Sheirr, who was promoted to the position from her previous role of Chief Operations Officer just two weeks ago, is well aware of the statistic. There has been a recent admirable charge for increased diversity in sports, and while the number of hirings of women and minorities show at least some signs of progress, there is still a long way to go. Sheirr understands that her hiring is a big step not only for the Rockets, but for the NBA overall. She’s spent the last two weeks responding to the flurry of congratulatory calls, texts and emails. At some point, she says, there will be time to sit and reflect on the moment.

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