Bills’ Sean McDermott, Brandon Beane to participate in NFL’s Women’s Careers in Football Forum

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Buffalo Bills head coach Sean McDermott and general manager Brandon Beane will again be among featured speakers at the fifth annual Women’s Careers in Football forum, sponsored by the NFL.

The Bills have been part of the forefront of providing women opportunities in roles traditionally reserved for men in the league. Starting at the top, the Bills’ co-owner Kim Pegula highlights that list. Pegula will not speak at the event this year, but has in the past.

Along with Pegula’s front office guidance, the Bills also hired Kathryn Smith during Rex Ryan’s tenure as head coach. Smith was the NFL’s first full-time female assistant coach in league history in 2016 (special teams quality control coach).

From the NFL’s press release:

The NFL will host the fifth annual Women’s Careers in Football Forum virtually Feb. 24-25 as part of its ongoing commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion. The Forum will connect 40 women, 75% of whom are women of color, with leaders in professional football to help those women network and build relationships in the areas of coaching, scouting and football operations.

This year’s conference will be held online only due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

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