Leading with Grace in the NBA: How Lauren Ware Creates Safe Spaces On & Off The CourtGuilty Privilege

Leading with Grace in the NBA: How Lauren Ware Creates Safe Spaces On & Off The Court

In this episode of Guilty Privilege, Amber Cabral sits down with Director of Production Management at the National Basketball Association (NBA), Lauren Ware, to talk about the importance of setting boundaries in the workplace, building relationships, and promoting diversity, equity, and inclusion authentically.

Tune in as Lauren shares insights on how she navigates being a woman of color in a male-dominated sports industry, how to enforce boundaries with grace, and the significance of fostering diverse perspectives in content creation. They also highlight the value of intentional conversations, genuine relationships, and a sense of wonder in exploring different cultures and identities. Both Amber and Lauren emphasize the need for meaningful DEI initiatives that go beyond tokenism and quotas, focusing on creating impactful change and amplifying underrepresented voices in the workplace and beyond.

Join Amber and Lauren in their discussion as they offer valuable insights on leveraging privilege to make a positive impact and fostering a culture of inclusivity and respect.


  • On setting boundaries and creating a space for open dialogue
  • Lauren’s experience working in sports industry as a Black woman
  • On creating equity in a male-dominated field
  • The importance of empathy and active listening
  • DEI in NBA: Focus on intentionality and progress measurement
  • The pivotal role of diverse identities in storytelling
  • Lauren’s song recommendations
  • On seeking for help and building relationships
  • The importance of investing in self-care
  • Laren’s privilege that she refuses to feel guilty about


“Boundary violation is an opportunity to have a conversation. it doesn't mean we have to have a fight.”  — Lauren Ware

“Community is so important. Building relationships is important. Leaning on those relationships is important. Because you really do find that it impacts your life in a measurable, tangible, really wonderful way.” — Lauren Ware


Lauren Ware

LinkedIn | @laurenaware

Amber Cabral

IG | @bamcabral

LinkedIn | @ambercabral

Facebook | @amber.cabral

Twitter | @BamCabral

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Allies and Advocates: Creating an Inclusive and Equitable Culture

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