A League of Their Own Reunion Game: https://library.espnimages.com/?c=21757&k=a8047333cb
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Key panels from the espnW Women + Sports Summit can be viewed at: www.espnW.com/summit2015
At the sixth annual The espnW: Women + Sports Summit presented by Toyota, espnW united top sports industry leaders and female athletes at the St. Regis Monarch Beach in Dana Point, Calif. The three-day conference – held October 14 – 16 — featured work sessions, presentations and activities geared towards advancing the agenda of women in sports and focused around the theme “Vision, Action, Impact.”
This year’s Summit kicked off with A League of Their Own Reunion Game at Saddleback Community College hosted by Walmart and the Bentonville Film Festival, with the film’s director Penny Marshall, five original members of the film’s Rockford Peaches, along with coaches Sue Enquist and actor Mo McRae, espnW, ESPN commentators and executives who participated. Walmart announced the launch of several year-long initiatives to support women in media, in collaboration with espnW.
Speakers at the Summit included some of the most accomplished people in the sports world: Under Armour CEO and founder Kevin Plank; NBA Players’ Association president Michele Roberts; U.S. Women’s National Soccer Team members Carli Lloyd, Ali Krieger, Abby Wambach and coach Jill Ellis. Other prominent athletes and influencers who were featured included women’s Olympic hockey player Hilary Knight; six-time Olympic gold medalist in swimming Amy Van Dyken; former college football player Katie Hnida, who was the first woman to play and score in an NCAA Division I football game; and youth football phenom Sam Gordon.
ESPN executives also participated in several panels and discussions, including executive vice president and CFO Christine Driessen; executive vice president, digital and print media, John Kosner; senior vice president, SportsCenter & news, Rob King; and espnW vice president Laura Gentile.
The Summit not only put the spotlight on athletes and executives, but also released research analysis and grant recipients, among other announcements:
espnW Announces Sponsors for the Sixth Annual Women + Sports Summit
espnW announced the roster of sponsors for its sixth annual espnW: Women + Sports Summit presented by Toyota. Toyota returned as the presenting sponsor, along with Gatorade, Under Armour and EY. The latest sponsors to join the Summit include Northwestern Mutual, Walmart, The V Foundation for Cancer Research and Trek. Full Release
espnW and U.S. Department of State Launch Fourth Year of Global Sports Mentoring Program
espnW and U.S. Department of State launched the fourth year of the Global Sports Mentoring Program on September 12 and culminated at the sixth annual The espnW: Women + Sports Summit, when 16 emerging female leaders from around the world participated in a four-week mentorship in the United States with top American female executives from some of the most influential organizations in sports and business. During the program, the mentors shared valuable business leadership skills and assisted the emerging leaders in developing strategic action plans aimed at creating sports opportunities for underserved women and girls in their home countries. The Summit recognized all 16 emerging leaders and featured a discussion of the program – the impact made by program alumnae, this year’s experience and the vision for the future. Full Release
Sport is a critical lever in advancing women at all levels, according to new EY/espnW report
The EY Women Athletes Business Network and espnW released their newest joint research report, Where will you find your next leader? The report examines how sport advances gender parity at every level – from girls to rising young leaders to C-suite executives – and analyzes how sport primes women for leadership while boosting career opportunities and earning power. The report also highlights the “virtuous cycle” that results from female athletes winning medals in the Olympics and provides four key steps that both business and political leaders can take to support the role of sport in advancing more female leaders globally. Full Release
espnW and Toyota Announce “Everyday Heroes” at 2015 espnW: Women + Sports Summit
espnW and Toyota announced the third class of “Everyday Heroes,” an award that celebrates individuals making a difference for women and girls in their local communities through sports. Grants in the amount of $10,000 are provided to the organizations honored. Full Release
espnW serves women who love sports. espnW.com provides an engaging environment that offers total access to female athletes and the sports they play, takes fans inside the biggest events, and shares a unique point of view on the sports stories that matter most to women. Founded in July, 2010, espnW lives across television, films, events, digital and social platforms. The annual espnW: Women + Sports Summit is the leading event of its kind in the sports industry. The Women’s Sports Foundation is a charity of choice for espnW.
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