In a recent #NeverStandStill conversation, Phoenix Mercury basketball player Diana Taurasi spoke to PayPal CEO Dan Schulman virtually from the WNBA’s “bubble,” where she and other players recently tipped off the season in isolation due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The wide-ranging conversation included discussion of the WNBA’s recent stance in support of social justice, how Diana has stayed grounded throughout her successful career, and what makes for a winning team.
Diana, who is the all-time leading scorer in the WNBA, shared, “In my 16 years of playing professionally, the teams that won weren’t necessarily the best team on paper. I’ve had teams where you look up and down the roster and you’re like, ‘How can this team lose?’ [But]…people weren’t willing to sacrifice a little bit of themselves.”
PayPal CEO Dan Schulman agreed that the same mindset can be translated into business. As a global payments company, PayPal is comprised of a team of employees and partners from different backgrounds and perspectives, all united by a mission to democratize financial services. It’s also why PayPal has led a strategic partnerships model to solve some of the biggest moonshot initiatives across the industry and ecosystem. PayPal can only achieve its mission together as one unit.
To that end, PayPal is also the official payments partner of Phoenix Mercury, integrating seamless payments options into touch points with the team’s fans. In 2018, PayPal became the first-ever jersey patch partner of the Arizona’s professional sports franchise. “We’ve got you guys on our chest, so we’ll be representing for sure!” Diana said.
This conversation took place as part of PayPal CEO Dan Schulman’s business and leadership discussion series, “Never Stand Still,” which is now in its third season. The show is available on YouTube, Apple Podcasts, and Spotify.