On January 20, 2021, Kamala Harris will enter the White House as the country’s first black woman to ascend to the Vice Presidency. The past five years have been emblazoned with the mark of social movements for the empowerment of women and minorities in the United States. Cue Shavonne Dargan. Dargan, a child of a single mother, attended Syracuse University on a track & field scholarship, earning All-Big East medal honors in 1993, and graduated with a degree from the Whitman School of Management. As revealed over the course of the 45 minute interview with John Wallace on the latest episode of “Power Forward,” Dargan’s is another success story, like VP Harris’, to further the positive agenda of today’s social movement.
Dargan was hand-picked by Jerry West – yes, The Logo himself – to join the marketing team in Memphis the very year that the Grizzlies left Vancouver. During the “Power Forward” interview she recounts the story of how the new team ingratiated itself to a city which had never housed a team from one of the four major leagues. The tale is a master class in grassroots marketing on a grand scale. Following her time with the Grizzlies, Dargan would join Live Nation as a marketing director before being hired by MSG Networks as the Director of Partnership Strategy. As we learn in the interview, Dargan’s time at MSG would prove pivotal for her longtime friend and host of “Power Forward,” Mr. Wallace, as she would serve as the conduit to John’s cultivation of a career with the organization following the end his playing days.
Dargan would later return to Live Nation to serve as VP of Brand Management for nine years before, as she announced to the masses on “Power Forward,” receiving a well-earned promotion to Senior VP of Brand Management. Beyond developing an impressive resume and an impressive career, Shavonne is also a poignant social analyst. Towards the latter part of the interview with John the conversation moves into the territory of the Black Lives Matter movement, the vitality of the Black Oranges organization in the wake of the incidents of racism on the Syracuse campus, and the role of influential black women such as Dargan in actively promoting opportunities for black people in the workforce. It is during this conversation that John tells a touching and illuminating story about his daughter. If ever there were an interview to illustrate the intention of “Power Forward,” episode 3 with Shavonne Dargan is it.Listen to “Power Forward w/ John Wallace” on Spotify Tags: CBK, NCAA, NCAAB, SportsCastr, Syracuse, Syracuse basketball, Syracuse Orange Last modified: November 18, 2020