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Our Chapter History

Born out of an outgrowth of demand for the metro area to have a dedicated chapter, WISE NYC Metro officially launched the fall of 2007. Prior to 2007, New York metropolitan area activity was under the direction of the WISE National Board of Directors. In February 2008, the NYC Metro Chapter held its official kick-off event, ‘Behind the Business of Sports Tourism’ at the ESPN Zone Times Square.

Snapshot of NYC Metro Chapter Timeline

2016
February
Introduced the New York Mets as the presenting sponsor for NYC Metro Chapter’s WISE Within Mentoring Program.

2015
December
NYC Metro presents Women of Inspiration awards event to honor sports business women in the NYC metro area. The event will serve as the chapter’s year-end holiday celebration event.

October
Introduced ‘Financial Fitness’. A program offered exclusively to NYC Metro Chapter members as part of on-going membership professional development efforts.

March
Introduced ‘Dine & Learn’. A program offered exclusively to NYC Metro Chapter members as part of on-going membership professional development efforts.

January
Introduced the Signature Programs of NYC Metro.

2013
June
Expanded the board of directors to include additional chairs for membership areas. Specifically to expand New Jersey outreach and enhance professional development opportunities.

March
Introduced targeted approach to Women’s History Month promotion through social media platforms.

2011
April
NYC Metro Chapter launches wisenyc.org

2010
December
NYC Metro Chapter holds first experiential holiday event at Lucky Strike Lanes in NYC with activities including billiards, bowling, and retail vendors.

May
Introduced ‘Summer Fun’ concept. A series of turn-key events around sporting events throughout the metro area for members to enjoy at their leisure during July and August.

March
NYC Metro launches “Power Play” series-Power Play: Up Close with the Women of ESPN. Event was hosted by The ESPN Zone Times Square February.

January
NYC Metro Chapter established social media presence on Twitter and develops social media strategy.

2009
November
NYC Metro names board of directors for 2010: Van Adams (VanAdams Sports Group), President; Donna Providenti (LeadDog Marketing Group), Finance Chair, Alexandra Sklansky (Taylor PR), Secretary of the Board, Patricia Bifulco (Events Co-Chair); Ellen Fong (Consultant), Events Co-Chair; Patience Ramsey (Momenum Worldwide), Membership Chair.

August
Online event registration established for all events.

February
NYC Metro establishes a group on Facebook.

NYC Metro fine-tunes core programming and networking agenda. Industry focused events held in the mornings. Networking events held after work.

2008

December
NYC Metro Chapter 1st annual holiday party held at Bacchus of NYC.

March
NYC Metro establishes a presence on Linkedin as Women in Sports and Events.

February
NYC Metro Chapter holds official kick-off event, Behind the Business of Sports Tourism at the ESPN Zone Times Square.

2007

November
WISE NYC Metro Chapter is organized. Founding board members: Melissa Brody Garden (MLB.com), President; Van Adams (VanAdams Sports Group), Vice President; Patricia Bifulco (Hill and Knowlton), Secretary of the Board; Donna Providenti (LeadDog Marketing Group), Treasurer; Patience Ramsey (Momentum Worldwide), Sponsorship Chair; Ellen Fong (Consultant), Events Chair; Alexandra Sklansky (Taylor PR), Membership Chair.

*all titles and company names reflect affiliation at date of occurrence on timeline.