Benita Fitzgerald Mosley has led a life dedicated to pursuing excellence.
For instance, Fitzgerald Mosley is chief of organizational excellence for the United States Olympic Committee, a role she’s filled since 2013. But many know her for the gold medal she won in the 100-meter hurdles during the 1984 Summer Games in Los Angeles. Fitzgerald Mosley became the first African-American woman and only the second American woman — period — to win gold in that event.
“One would think winning a gold medal — that would be your highest point,” said Fitzgerald Mosley’s nominator Queen Brown, president of Queen E. Brown and Associates Management Consultants. “But, with her, it seems the high points just continue.”
As chief of organizational excellence, Fitzgerald Mosley’s responsibilities include the oversight of three Olympic Training Centers nationwide, as well as leadership roles in athlete career programs, diversity issues, human resources and strategic planning. She has also served on the International Olympic Committee Women and Sport Commission since 2012.
“I’m charged with creating a high-performance culture within the staff, so it operates at a level of excellence that’s on par with our athletes,” Fitzgerald Mosley said. Prior to her current role, she worked as director of the Chula Vista Olympic Training Center in California and director of public relations programs for the USOC. She was also president and CEO of Women in Cable Telecommunications.
In 2009, Fitzgerald Mosley became chief of sport performance for USA Track & Field, where she managed national teams and programs. She was instrumental in America’s highest medal count in 20 years.
“Helping Team USA Track & Field win 29 medals at the 2012 Olympic games in London,” was her proudest professional moment, she said. “It was very gratifying to help other athletes achieve their Olympic dreams.”
Fitzgerald Mosley said she has actually earned two gold medals — the second for being a mother of two and a wife, her greatest personal accomplishment.
And as far as being a Woman of Influence goes, Fitzgerald Mosley said the recognition “means a lot. I’ve only been in the community for a couple years and, to feel that in some small way, I’ve had an impact in making this community better — that is certainly a goal wherever I go. I’m grateful to the U.S. Olympic Committee for giving me a chance to represent the Olympic community. It’s been a lot of fun getting to know leaders of this community and be part of the work they’re doing in elevating [Colorado Springs] to a higher level.”
Personal mission statement: Go for the gold. Even if you fall short, you’ll receive so many blessings by just being in the race.
— Bryan Grossman