Bonnie-Jill Laflin, Former Scout for the LA Lakers. She was the first female scout in NBA history.
"First of all, when you are a female working in a male dominated world, you are more so subjected to being under a microscope. Everything I do is scrutinized and looked at more than anyone else- I am kind of micromanaged. You know, there is always someone looking over your shoulders. A male can mess up and make an error, but if a female does, it’s magnified. When I'm scouting players, I am extremely detailed and conscious of everything I do. I am expected to make fully in depth decisions and to always know what I am talking about. These are things that I’ve noticed. I really don't think there is too much difference between a male and female scout because we are still looking for the same thing. It all boils down what the coach is looking for in offense or defense. Having said that, I am always searching for players with a high basketball IQ."
"After having a conversation with me, people become fully aware that I am competent, knowledgeable and that I am credible. However, during those first two years as I scout, it was difficult because I was trying to prove myself. I have a solid work ethic and I feel I’ve shown an all-boys club that I belong there."
Women for Action, Photograph via People Magazine.