Monday, June 11, 2007
Kara Linse
"Are you the new intern?"

Kara Linse often confronts that question in meetings full of people twice her age. With grace and a glowing smile, she responds, "No, I've actually assigned tasks to the interns, so they won't be joining us. I'm Kara, the president."

At 21, Linse became the youngest president of a professional basketball team, The Eugene Chargers in Oregon. Most presidents of minor league men's basketball teams don't have much in common with Linse -- many are men in their 40s and 50s who own the team. But Linse dribbled over convention with her move to The Chargers after her first job out of college in Sydney, Australia, with the National Basketball League.

As the president of the Chargers, Linse basically runs the team, from managing the marketing campaign to overseeing the players, dance team, general manager and, of course, the interns.

Update: Watch the CNN.com Live interview
In minor league sports, especailly baseball, it is not uncommon to have young people at high level positions. General Managers and Team Presidents are important positions no matter how you look at it, but turnover in front offices is like that of a local McDonalds, with pay being not that much different either.

Congrats to her for getting the position. Hopefully she still has it.
I happen to know Kara from studying abroad in Chile and I thought she was motivated then! Reading this news that someone who is young and passionate can really utilize her skills in a high level position is exciting and now motivates me...congrats Kara!

Natalie Ottenweller
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