This week Good Morning Nashville is meeting women making an impact in Middle Tennessee. And one of those women is the Nashville Predators Chief Legal Eagle.
General Counsel Heidi Bundren is a native Texan who moved to Nashville four years ago. And it’s safe to say she was not hooked on hockey when she got here.
“I didn’t, being from Houston, we didn’t have a hockey team, I didn’t know a lot about hockey, said Bundren.” I was candid with Michelle and let them know in the interview. I had been to a few hockey games, my husband being from Nashville, and every time we visited he always wanted to go to a hockey game if it was in season”
Bundren’s husband is from the Nashville. The couple was looking for a smaller community to raise their family.
She took some time off and then answered an ad from the Predators for an attorney.
She said her previous experience working with oil and gas companies in Texas helped make it a smooth transition.
“A lot of the law is the same. Now the uniqueness comes in the competitiveness and how difficult it is to get into the sports industry so we are very fortunate in that respect to be working for a sports team.”
Bundren is now hooked on Nashville and the Preds.
We asked her about the outlook for women working in pro sports organizations.
“I have seen initiatives for sports teams to have diversity in the organization, especially in leadership positions. I think there is some disparity in women not having leadership in other sports organizations. I think the Preds have done a good job about being intentional about having diversity”
Earlier this year, Heidi led a group of her Preds coworkers back to the Houston area to help with the continuing recovery from Hurricane Harvey.