Event Marketing Manager
Lee Gleiser grew up in New York where her parents gave her the gift of a deep appreciation for the arts. She was taken to Broadway, the Met, Lincoln Center and museums from a very young age, and has loved it all ever since. It is no surprise that she wound up at the Meadows School of the Arts in spite of an unusual career path in professional sports.
After graduating Haverford College in Philadelphia, Lee worked at Veterans Stadium while getting her law degree at Temple University. There she learned the ropes about marketing professional sports teams and planning big events. Lee passed the New York and Florida bar exams only to learn that the practice of law would never be for her. She took a job with a minor league baseball team in Pompano Beach, Fla., and eventually became the first female Assistant General Manager in the Grapefruit League. The team relocated to Ft. Myers, Fla., where Lee ran spring training for the Minnesota Twins. Lee later moved to Tyler, Texas, to become the General Manager of the Tyler Wildcatters. There she broke attendance records and gained national media attention for the team. She then took on the challenge of marketing hockey to the Metroplex when the Dallas Stars came to town. During her long tenure with the Stars, Lee experienced the triumph of the team winning the Stanley Cup championship.
Lee left the Dallas Stars to enjoy raising her daughter, Bethany. While "at home" she took on special projects for the Dallas Morning News, the Dallas Museum of Art and the Dallas Mavericks, among others. It wasn't long before her love of marketing and promotions brought her to the Meadows School at SMU. Her favorite part of the job is working with so many incredibly gifted and talented students and faculty.