Navigating Transitions with “Dawg” Mentality
WNBA Champion Kelsey Plum is passionate about helping others prepare for and navigate transitions with resilience, mental health awareness, and “dawg” mentality. Kelsey offers inspirational insights from her “dawg” mentality – creating a community that empowers young people, especially young women in male-dominated environments, to approach challenges by showing up consistently, ready to attack the day, and not taking ‘no’ for an answer. This motivational talk that resonates with college and university audiences and young professionals across industries.
A Winning Culture Takes Every Player
WNBA Champion and 2022 All Star Game MVP Kelsey Plum is no stranger to victory, and she credits her meteoric rise to her consistent mentality – showing up every day despite setbacks and challenges. Now the “un-guardable” guard and MVP of 2022, Kelsey shares actionable insights for teams in any industry looking to commit to a shared vision, stay accountable for bringing their personal best, and work together to achieve greatness.
Caring for Your Mental Health Like a Champion
2022 WNBA All Star Game MVP Kelsey Plum has soared to the top of her sport but she still remembers what it took to get there. Transitioning from college success was a shock, the physical, emotional, and mental demands of the professional game made an impact. After working to care for her mental wellbeing and continue to show up for herself and her team, Kelsey has become an advocate for mental health awareness, and shares her experience and her takeaways for those looking to feel their best and be at their best no matter the challenge.
Leaving Your Legacy Through Community Impact
Professional basketball phenom Kelsey Plum comes from a long line of athletes and grew up learning how to bring her best to every game and make a difference in the world around her. Through her passion for philanthropy, Kelsey has connected with numerous communities and works with young people in coaching clinics and through her Dawg Class Camp with Under Armour. In this talk, Kelsey shares how she uses her platform to create opportunities to build community and uplift others, and her dreams for starting the Kelsey Plum Foundation.
Born and raised in Southern California, the “un-guardable” Kelsey Plum comes from a lineage of athletes. Her mother, Katie Plum, was a college volleyball player, and her father, Jim Plum, an All-American football and baseball player for San Diego State. Kelsey initially followed her mother’s footsteps as a volleyball player before transitioning to basketball in high school, where she became a star and a McDonald’s All-American. Kelsey continued her playing career at the University of Washington, where she graduated as the NCAA Division I women’s basketball all-time scoring leader, which she achieved during a 57-point performance on her senior night. That year, she went on to be named the AP, John Wooden, Naismith, and USBWA College Player of the Year, and went No. 1 overall in the 2017 WNBA Draft.
Despite having a huge set back with a torn Achilles during her 2020 season, Kelsey rehabbed and returned to training camp within just 8 months. She went on to lead the inaugural USA Olympic 3x3 Team to an Olympic gold medal, earned the WNBA 6th Woman of the Year and All-Star MVP awards, and was named to the All-WNBA First Team. Kelsey capped off her 2022 season by leading her Las Vegas Aces to it first WNBA championship in franchise history, the first major league sports title ever for the city of Las Vegas. In March 2023, Kelsey introduced her inaugural Dawg Class Camp with Under Armour that will work on and off the court with nine of the top women’s college basketball guards. The camp is built to help navigate the transition from the college level to the professional level.
Off the court, Kelsey is known for her fashion sense but most importantly, her heart and passion for philanthropy. In her free time, she gives back to the city of Las Vegas by working with the kids at Safe Haven NV and coaching at several youth basketball clinics. Kelsey hopes to one day soon start the Kelsey Plum Foundation. The Ace’s star is also all about family and just tied the knot with Raider’s tight end Darren Walker.
Kelsey ’s rise to the top has led to her generating 51.7 billion impressions via online and social in the past 12 months, and she has seen her Instagram followers increase nearly 36% year-over-year.