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Cancelled: Preview a Career with the NBA

This event has been cancelled and will be rescheduled.

Chrysa Chin ’84, the vice president for player development at the National Basketball Association (NBA), will speak on Thursday, April 26 as part of the Salisbury Center for Career Services’ Professional in Residence series. The talk will take place at 7:30 p.m. in Gulick 100.

She will conduct small workshops and one-on-one meetings with students on Friday, April 27, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Trinity 210. Interested students should contact Career Services at ext. 3514.

Chin has worked for the NBA for more than 20 years, providing personal, professional and social development for players through education programs, support services and mentoring.

Selected as one of the “25 Most Influential African American Women in Business” by The Network Journal this year, Chin was the first woman to be named a director of NBA Player Programs. In 2008, she was promoted to her current position as the vice president for player development.

In addition to working closely with player families, she administers the 20 and Under Program and continues to play a role in the execution of the Rookie Transition Program and support networks for player development.

In her community, she works with UWANTGAME, a mentoring program for high school athletes. In addition, she helped create Behind The Bench for the National Basketball Wives Association with Dr. Deborah Williams, wife of former NBA player Herb Williams. Chin remains a trustee on the organization’s charitable trust, and was recognized for her leadership in this organization in 2008.

Chin has held several roles within the NBA, and is known for her role at the NBA draft, where she is affectionately known as the “Hat Lady.” Chin hands the draftee the hat of their new team before they step on stage and meet NBA Commissioner David Stern.

Joining the NBA in 1997, Chin initially assisted in the launch of the Women’s National Basketball Association, the first successful professional women’s basketball league in the United States. After the inaugural season, Chin’s focus shifted to NBA players. Prior to the NBA, Chin worked as a consultant for Nike, Inc., working to produce events often including athletes. 

Before consulting for Nike, Chin worked at the National Basketball Players Association as manager and special assistant to the executive director.  She was recruited to this position from the law firm of Chadbourne and Parke, where she worked as a case manager on high profile litigation cases. Prior to that, she worked as a social worker for the City of New York. 

While at William Smith, she was an individual studies major, the recipient of the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Leadership Award and was a member of WEOS-FM.

The Professionals in Residence Series is sponsored by the Salisbury Center for Career Services and Professional Development.

In the photo above, Chrysa Chin, stands between Earvin ‘Magic’ Johnson, and Eric Holoman, the first NBA official.