MEDFORD - Wendy Selig-Prieb, a 1982 Tufts University graduate whose career has evolved from corporate law to baseball to fashion, will receive the 2017 Distinguished Achievement Award (DAA) presented by the Jumbo Athletics Department on Friday night (Oct. 7).
|Wendy Selig Prieb will be the 34th recipient of the Distinguished Achievement Award|
Selig-Prieb will accept the honor as part of Tufts Athletics’ Annual Awards Ceremony to be held at Cohen Auditorium beginning at 7:30 pm. The event kicks off a weekend full of Homecoming activities in Jumbo Athletics.
The DAA was established to recognize extraordinary contributions to sports by individuals with Tufts and/or New England identities. Selig-Prieb joins an outstanding list of DAA recipients. Boston Celtics legend Red Auerbach was the first to receive the honor in 1987. New England Patriots and Revolution owner Robert Kraft was the 2003 honoree. Selig-Prieb is the 34th recipient of the DAA.
Recently, as the event has become more of a celebration of Tufts, the DAA committee has looked for a stronger Tufts connection. Selig-Prieb will be among other Jumbos who earned the award such as past president Larry Bacow, master swimming coach Don Megerle and former student-athlete, coach and Director of Athletics Bill Gehling.
“Wendy epitomizes the very best qualities of what our current students and our many alumni of Tufts University represen," said Director of Athletics John Morris. "She has achieved success as an innovative business leader and entrepreneur in multiple professions, helped break gender barriers, served as an advocate for women and children through her community service, and accomplished all of this by creating and fostering an inclusive, empowering culture for all under her leadership.”
Selig-Prieb is a highly accomplished business leader whose success has come from her ability to create a strategy for transformative growth and her keen eye for talent, together with her to ability to lead her team and develop a culture that is collaborative, empowering and fosters innovation.
After graduating magna cum laude from Tufts and then earning her Juris Doctor, magna cum laude, from Marquette University Law School in 1988, Selig-Prieb first worked as a corporate attorney for Foley & Lardner in Milwaukee.
From 1990-2004, Selig-Prieb had a successful 15-year career as General Counsel, President & CEO and then Chairman of Major League Baseball's Milwaukee Brewers. During her tenure, Wendy was the only female President and Chairman of a Major League Baseball Club. Leading the development and design of the Brewers' Miller Park is one of her proudest accomplishments. Miller Park was essential to ensuring the Brewers’ survival and long-term success. Now among the elite franchises, the Brewers have drawn three million fans three times, a feat they had never previously accomplished.
Selig-Prieb represented the Club at Major League Meetings. She was a member of The Commissioner’s Initiative on Women and Baseball, and a driving force in efforts to bring more women and families to the game. As part of management’s Labor Committee, Wendy was the first woman to represent Major League Baseball in its collective bargaining with the MLB Players Association (1994-1995). The Brewers also enhanced their community support through various initiatives under her leadership, including the creation of the Brewers Community Foundation. Her final achievement was leading the sale of the Club to a group led by current owner Mark Attanasio.
In 2005, Selig-Prieb transitioned from a high-powered sports executive to an entrepreneur, starting a business representing Worth New York. Her business became one of the largest in the country. In 2012, Selig-Prieb became the President of Worth New York. Under her leadership, the business achieved double-digit growth and new heights in almost every key metric. She was promoted in 2014 to President of New Ventures for Worth LTD and developed a plan to catapult Worth from one of the best in-the-know fashion secrets to a coveted lifestyle brand. In 2015, she joined Worth’s Board of Directors.
Selig-Prieb also serves on the Board of Directors of Delaware North Companies, a global leader in hospitality and food service, as well as on the Board of the Milwaukee Brewers Community Foundation.
"I’m a very proud Jumbo so receiving this Distinguished Achievement Award is truly an honor I will always cherish," she said. "Being honored by Tufts, which so positively impacted my life, together with joining the distinguished list of past DAA recipients, is extraordinarily special."
Wendy is married to Laurel Prieb, Vice President-Special Projects for Major League Baseball. They have a daughter, Natalie.