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Nov. 29, 2016

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Tania Pedron (BBA ’11) has a passion for soccer. Her love for the game has led her to Toronto Football Club (Toronto FC), where she organizes the daily operations of the first team and Academy teams as executive assistant to the general manager. We recently sat down with Tania to catch up.

Q: What have you been doing since graduation?
A: After graduating, I went overseas to pursue my dream of playing professional soccer in Europe. I suffered a career-ending injury and had to return home to have the necessary operation. Staying involved in soccer was never a question for me so I made the move into coaching. I started volunteering and working small jobs within the soccer industry, including as the local coordinator for the FIFA Women’s Football Regional Coaching Workshop during the U-20 Women’s World Cup. During this time, I also decided I wanted to further my education. As part of the Sports Business Management certificate program at Durham College, I was given the opportunity to be the academy operations intern for the Toronto FC. After working in the Academy for a few months, I was hired for my current role, which I have done for almost two years now.

Q: What was the most memorable part of your BBA experience?
A: I thoroughly enjoyed working in teams for group projects because it allowed me to meet a variety of people with unique personalities, diverse skillsets and various perspectives about business and life. I not only learned from the new people I interacted with, but also more about myself. Along with the memorable relationships with some of my fellow classmates, I met some special staff members that were extremely supportive throughout my undergrad and helped me grow.

Q: How has your BBA helped you in your career?
A: The Lazaridis School BBA program has helped me develop many transferable skills needed within a business environment and taught me the fundamentals needed to make a business successful. Learning to work in teams is crucial because in order to have a successful organization, you must have a strong, unified team. Working in groups for various projects taught me how to bring different personalities together in a way that makes everyone want to work towards a collective goal.

Q: What's next on the horizon?
A: Although I have a career path set in the back of my mind, I’d like to see where my current path takes me. I have only been shown kindness, respect and support since starting with Toronto FC, and in such a short period of time, they have become a second family. A really great club is being built and I’m very fortunate and excited to be a part of it. One thing is for certain, I will always be involved in soccer – this sport is what makes me happiest.


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