Portia Archer makes history as the first G League COO

Sports Illustrated and Empower Onyx highlight the diverse journeys of black women across various sports—from veteran athletes to rising stars, coaches, CEOs, and more—in the series, Elle-evate: 100 Influential Black Women in Sports.


Portia Archer was asked to fill the newly created position of Chief Operating Officer for the NBA’s G League because she was in the right place at the right time. Archer has gone through her life thinking that if she works hard, she can make her dreams come true, but after sitting at a panel at Columbia University, where she went to business school, she sensed how networking can land you in some very cool places. So when the question is: What do you want to do next in your career? Leading Archer to be the first in a role of its kind, she was open and ready to embrace a position that would allow her to lead and grow one of the most important components of the NBA.

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