Van Adams, president of the WISE (Women In Sports and Events) NYC Metro Chapter and president of VanAdams Sports Group, has been named one of 25 2014 Leading Women Entrepreneurs and Business Owners by Leading Women Entrepreneurs, a media and events company that recognizes outstanding women business owners.
The award recognizes service, leadership, and contribution to the community based on four areas: Market Potential, Innovation, Advocacy for Women and Community Involvement.
Prior to starting her own company, Ms. Adams held positions in media and public relations, marketing, and business development for leading organizations including the United States Golf Association, Sports Illustrated, the Buffalo Bills and Grambling State University. She is the creator of Gathering on the Greens (a golf initiative for businesswomen), a frequent contributing writer for various industry publications, guest speaker for events, adjunct professor of sports marketing and has been affiliated with WISE for nearly a decade. With expertise in talent management, event marketing/management and corporate consulting, she represents a number of iconic sports celebrities and is proficient at negotiating deals and adept at strengthening the athlete’s brand and business ventures.
Kathleen Francis, chairman and president of the WISE National organization, said, “As a founding Chapter board member and more recently as president of the WISE NYC Metro Chapter, Van’s innovative leadership has been the source of career development and growth for hundreds of metropolitan area women as she has expanded the educational programming, outreach, and networking opportunities available for women in our traditionally male-dominated industry. In her professional capacity, she stands as a role model for young women in building a successful sports marketing agency from scratch and in giving back to the community along the way.”
Ms. Adams said, “This recognition is particularly meaningful to me as a milestone in the goals I have strived to achieve in my professional career and as president of the WISE NYC Metro Chapter of creating and supporting programs that enhance the success and growth of women. Contributing to the career growth of others signifies far greater accomplishment to me than any personal professional success.”
WISE is the leading voice and resource for professional women in the business of sports. Through ongoing meetings, special events and mentoring programs, WISE offers its members the opportunity to gain valuable insights and connections that can provide them a competitive advantage in their current position and as they advance in their careers. Founded in 1993, WISE is a membership organization headquartered in New York City with chapters in Atlanta, the San Francisco Bay Area, Boston, Chicago, Cleveland, Los Angeles, NYC Metro, Pittsburgh, San Diego and Washington, DC, as well as Syracuse University’s WISE on Campus. More information on the NYC Metro Chapter can be found at www.wisenyc.org.
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WISE NYC METRO CHAPTER APPOINTS FOUR NEW BOARD MEMBERS
NEW YORK, NY – October 13, 12014 – The NYC Metro Chapter of WISE (Women in Sports and Events) recently appointed four leading sports industry executives to its Board of Directors: Danielle Zulauf, vice president of marketing for the Prudential Center and the New Jersey Devils; Nicole Smart, legal coordinator at the National Football League; Tamika Clanton, vice president of promotions and partnerships for productions marketing at Madison Square Garden; and Kristine Tripoli Krische, a marketing and event management consultant who was most recently vice president, events & hospitality for the NY/NJ Super Bowl Host Committee.
In addition, Nachamah Jacobovits, communications chair, was appointed chapter vice president.
Van Adams, WISE NYC Metro Chapter president, said. “Not only are these women leaders in the business of sports in the New York area, but they have each made impressive contributions to WISE as active members of our chapter. We are looking forward to the enhancements and growth they will bring to our efforts within their individual areas of expertise.”
Zulauf, who previously held positions with CBS Sports Network, the Atlantic 10 Conference, and the New York Mets, will chair the chapter membership, New Jersey Outreach committee. She is also involved with Special Olympics and the Event and Arena Marketing Conference.
Smart who will chair Membership, Development, previously held legal and administrative roles at Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison and in the Global Human Resources department at Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu. She is the VP of Development for U Want Game which helps improve life skills of high school student athletes, a member of the NYU class of 2009 Reunion Committee, and a committee leader for the NYU Alumni Women’s Initiative. She also served as vice president of the New York Chapter of the National Association of Black Sports Professionals.
Clanton, who was also director of marketing for the Washington Wizards and Mystics and event marketing promotions manager at the Meadowlands Sports Complex, will chair partnerships.
Tripoli Krische will chair Membership. Before leading the team that successfully produced more than 30 events and programs leading up to Super Bowl XLVIII, she served as vice president, public programs and marketing for the Municipal Art Society of New York and was a private consultant with clients and projects that included NYC Culture Fest for NYC & Company; New Year’s Eve in Times Square and Taste of Times Square for the Times Square Alliance; American Museum of Natural History; New York Botanical Garden; New York Public Library; Winter’s Eve at Lincoln Square for the Lincoln Square BID; Taste of the Village for the Village Alliance; and NYC2004’s Salute to Broadway.
Jacobovits, president of Nachamah Jacobovits, Inc., a strategic communications and marketing consulting firm, has been a chapter board member since 2010. She previously headed communications for Newedge Americas, Fimat Americas, and the New York Mercantile Exchange and has overseen sports sponsorships that have ranged from a five-year title sponsorship of the annual interleague series between the Mets and Yankees – the first corporate sponsorship of a regular season series in MLB history to the introduction of a live ticker feed of energy prices at Minute Maid Field to a Mount Everest climb to celebrity charity events and hospitality at the Super Bowl, World Series and All Star events.
WISE is the leading voice and resource for professional women in the business of sports. Through ongoing meetings, special events and mentoring programs, WISE offers its members the opportunity to gain valuable insights and connections that can provide them a competitive advantage in their current position and as they advance in their careers. Founded in 1993, WISE is a membership organization headquartered in New York City with chapters in Atlanta, the San Francisco Bay Area, Boston, Chicago, Cleveland, Los Angeles, NYC Metro, Pittsburgh, San Diego and Washington, DC, as well as Syracuse University’s WISE on Campus. More information on the NYC Metro Chapter can be found at www.wisenyc.org
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CALL FOR NOMINATIONS AS WISE GETS SET TO HONOR
THE 2015 WISE WOMEN OF THE YEAR AT ANNUAL LUNCHEON
September 10, 2014 (New York, NY) — In every corner of our industry there are extraordinary women who leave an impression as they strive to be their best, make an impact and help others along the way. Now the WISE membership has the chance to recognize and celebrate these amazing women for their accomplishments and contributions.
Women in Sports and Events (WISE), the leading voice and resource for women in the business of sports, is now accepting nominations for the prestigious WISE Women of the Year honors for the WISE membership. This coveted award will be presented to three women at the 21st Annual WISE Women of the Year Awards Luncheon on June 16, 2015 in New York City.
To nominate a candidate, WISE members can click here. Submissions are due by September 30th.
Members of the National Board of Directors will review all submissions and issue the final ballot to all WISE members for a national vote.
Women who are visible leaders and continue to be a voice for women in the industry;
Women who break down barriers, help create new opportunities and serve as a resource for other women;
Women who exemplify professional experience and are role models for others;
Women with a minimum of 10 years work experience with at least five years working in or with the sports industry.
Click here to see a full list of honorees from past years.
WISE (Women in Sports and Events) is the leading voice and resource for professional women in the business of sports. Through ongoing meetings, special events and mentoring programs, WISE aims to offer its members the opportunity to gain valuable industry insights and connections that can give them a competitive advantage in their current position and as they advance in their careers. Founded in 1993, WISE is a membership organization headquartered in New York City with chapters in Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Cleveland, Los Angeles, NYC Metro, Pittsburgh, San Diego, San Francisco, Syracuse University Area and Washington, D.C. For more information on WISE, please visit WISEworks.org
WISE Announces the Rodin Scholarship to Foster Professional Development of Female Small Business Owners
Five $4,000 scholarships will provide funding for recipients to attend inaugural WISE Executive Leadership Institute
NEW YORK, July 21, 2014 —Women In Sports and Events (WISE), the leading voice and resource for women in the business of sports, is pleased to announce the creation of The Rodin Scholarship for the professional development of female small business owners in partnership with Coca-Cola.
Five scholarship recipients will receive $4,000 each to help fund their attendance at the first-ever WISE Executive Leadership Institute in partnership with Tuck Executive Education at Dartmouth, set for November 9-14, 2014, on the Tuck campus in Hanover, N.H.
The scholarship was inspired by WISE founder Sue Rodin, who has helped to change the landscape for women in the sports business, especially related to gender equity, female entrepreneurship and the concept of building mentorships among women across the United States.
“My younger self would have never imagined going into business, let alone business for myself,” said Rodin, who established WISE in 1993. “But when WISE was in its infancy, I realized that I was not alone. I’m Exhibit A, B and C of what WISE can do. And I’m humbled by this honor. Thank you to the WISE National Board and Coca-Cola for establishing this wonderful scholarship.”
WISE will select up to 40 outstanding women for its inaugural Executive Leadership Institute in partnership with Tuck Executive Education at Dartmouth from all applications received by August 8. When completing the program application, hopeful participants will also answer several questions to be reviewed by the WISE committee for scholarship consideration.
“Coca-Cola is proud to join WISE in the establishment of the Rodin Scholarship,” said Sharon Byers, Senior Vice President Sports and Entertainment Marketing, Coca-Cola North America, and 2013 WISE Women of the Year honoree. “This effort reinforces our global commitment to support the advancement of women in leadership positions and women’s economic empowerment around the world. We are honored to recognize Sue Rodin’s contributions to WISE, and the industry at large, that has benefited so many women with fantastic careers in sports.”
The WISE Executive Leadership Institute will leverage faculty and resources of Tuck Executive Education at Dartmouth, which is consistently ranked among the world’s Top-10 business schools by Forbes, The Wall Street Journal, The Economist and U.S. News & World Report.
The customized curriculum is targeted to high-performing women, at the vice president level or above, who aspire to senior-level positions, with the ultimate goal of establishing a deep bench of female leaders who are prepared to ascend to the C-suites.
Key Tuck faculty for the WISE Executive Leadership Institute are Professors Ella L.J. Bell Smith, Sydney Finkelstein, Leslie Robinson, Pino Audia, Judith White, Paul Argenti, Stacy Blake-Beard, and Tuck partner Action Learning Associates. To learn more about the faculty, visit http://exec.tuck.dartmouth.edu/about-us/faculty.
Women, from multiple disciplines, who are employed full-time in a line management or staff position in the sports industry or by a company that is engaged in the sports industry, (i.e., brands, agencies and/or media companies) are encouraged to apply for one of the 40 available slots in the inaugural 2014 class of the WISE Executive Leadership Institute. If not self-employed, they must be endorsed by their company’s senior management for participation in the program.
For additional information and program applications, please visit WISE-Institute.org. Applications must be submitted online by August 8, 2014. All submissions are confidential and will be reviewed by a WISE committee.
WISE (Women in Sports & Events) is the leading voice and resource for professional women in sports. Through ongoing meetings, special events and mentoring programs, WISE aims to offer its members the opportunity to gain valuable industry insights and connections that can give them a competitive advantage in their current position and as they advance in their careers. Founded in 1993, WISE is a membership organization headquartered in New York City with chapters in Atlanta, the San Francisco Bay Area, Boston, Chicago, Cleveland, Los Angeles, NYC-Metro, Pittsburgh, San Diego and Washington, DC, as well as Syracuse University’s WISE on Campus. To become a member of WISE, please visit www.WISEworks.org.
The Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth is consistently ranked one of the top global business schools, recognized for general management, strategy, innovation, leadership development, and teamwork, and renowned for excellence in teaching. Tuck Executive Education has developed preeminent programs for women leaders in partnership with Smith College (Smith-Tuck Global Leaders Program for Women), with ASCENT—Leading Multicultural Women to the Top (ASCENT Managing Management Program), and with Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (Tuck-WBENC Executive Program). Tuck’s world-class faculty brings research-based insights, real-world experience, and highly-developed facilitation skills to fully engage experienced executives in an active and collaborative learning process. Executives emerge with skills and insights to help them address the challenges their organizations face and to take their own leadership development to the next level. For more information, please visit http://exec.tuck.dartmouth.edu.
WISE To Celebrate 20th Anniversary Of Annual Awards Luncheon By Honoring ‘Women of Distinction
First-Ever WISE Symposium To Be Held Prior To Luncheon On June 16; Focused On Helping Women At Every Professional Level Grow Their Network And Improve Skills
NEW YORK, April 16, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — Women In Sports and Events (WISE), the leading voice and resource for women in the business of sports, today announced the four recipients of its 2014 “Women of Distinction” Awards, which will be presented when WISE celebrates the 20th anniversary of the organization’s annual awards luncheon on June 17 at the Marriott Marquis in New York City.
For the first time and as part of the 20th anniversary celebration, WISE will replace its iconic “WISE Women of the Year” award and recognize four “Women of Distinction.” The four honorees – Val Ackerman, Christine Driessen, Barbara Paddock and Judy Sweet – were selected based on criteria including 20-plus years of experience in the sports industry, showing strength in their overall body of work, and continued support in and around the industry while setting a milestone as the first to accomplish something in their field. The honorees were nominated by previous “WISE Women of the Year” recipients and ultimately selected by the WISE National Board of Directors.
“The 2014 ‘Women of Distinction’ honorees represent everything WISE works to inspire and promote for women in the business of sports and events,” said Kathleen Francis, national chair of WISE. “They are not only leaders, but also supportive mentors to many and their commitment to excellence is a shining example for the next generation.”
The 2014 “Women of Distinction” honorees are:
Val Ackerman was named the fifth Commissioner of the Big East Conference in June 2013. She was the founding President of the Women’s National Basketball Association (WNBA) and a past President of USA Basketball. She currently serves as the U.S. representative for men’s and women’s basketball on the Central Board of the International Basketball Federation (FIBA), the sport’s world governing body. Ackerman is also an adjunct professor in the Columbia Universitygraduate sports management program and a member of the Knight Commission on Intercollegiate Athletics. She is a graduate of the UCLA School of Law and the University of Virginia, where she was one of the school’s first female student-athlete scholarship recipients and a four-year starter, three-time captain and two-time Academic All-American for theCavaliers’ women’s basketball team.
Christine Driessen is executive vice president and chief financial officer for ESPN. She is responsible for overseeing all of the company’s financial operations worldwide. Throughout her career at ESPN, Driessen has been instrumental in setting the financial direction of the company. Her financial and strategic influence is key in all of the company’s acquisitions, new business ventures and in the multimedia programming rights deals, including agreements with Major League Baseball, Monday Night Football, the new college football playoff, the SEC, WNBA, US Open Tennis and The Masters. Driessen has received many honors and awards throughout her career, including being ranked #3 by Sports Illustrated in its 2013 “10 Most Influential Women in Sports” list. Driessen’s impact is felt by many at the company as she founded ESPN’s Executive Women’s Forum, a group dedicated to helping women executives succeed in business and at ESPN. She has served on the Board of Trustees of Fordham University, where she graduated and serves on the Board of Trustees of the Women’s Sports Foundation.
Barbara Paddock is a Senior Vice President with JPMorgan Chase and has worked on the development and implementation of corporate sponsorships since joining Manufacturers Hanover Trust Company (a predecessor to JPMorgan Chase) in 1977, as well as numerous initiatives conducted by the firm’s philanthropic arm: the JPMorgan Chase Foundation. As one highlight of her many accomplishments, she transformed the JPMorgan Chase Corporate Challenge from a one-city running event into a worldwide phenomenon, with year-round races for more than 250,000 runners in seven countries on five continents. A native New Yorker, she also has taught as an adjunct professor at New York University’s School of Continuing Education on Sponsorships and Event Marketing.
Judy Sweet was elected to a two-year term as membership President of the NCAA in January 1991 and was Secretary-Treasurer of the NCAA from 1989 to 1991, becoming the first woman to serve in each of those positions and the only woman to serve as President. Sweet was a member of the NCAA Television Negotiating Committee, which resulted in the first $1 Billion seven-year television contract with CBS beginning in 1991. She retired from the NCAA as Senior Vice President for Championships and Education Services in September 2006 and returned to San Diego, where in 1975 she became one of the first women in the nation selected to direct a combined men’s and women’s intercollegiate athletics program at the University of California, San Diego. She now serves on several boards, including the ESPNW Advisory Board and Women’s Sports Foundation Advocacy Committee, is doing Title IX consulting work nationally for universities and organizations, and is Co-Founder and Board President of the Alliance of Women Coaches. Sweet is a graduate of theUniversity of Wisconsin, the University of Arizona and National University, San Diego.
WISE Annual Awards Luncheon And First-Ever Symposium
The WISE Annual Awards Luncheon draws individuals from across the country and the sports industry, with more than 60 organizations represented across leagues, facilities, teams, apparel, brands, manufacturers, agencies, media, athletes and universities. For ticket and sponsorship information, visit www.WISEworks.org.
One day prior to the luncheon, WISE will also hold its first-ever WISE Symposium on June 16 at the Marriott Marquis in New York City. The Symposium is designed to be an accessible event where women, at every level, can grow their network, improve their skills and find the resources for personal and professional development. The event will include a combination of engaging panels, collaborative round-table discussion and speed mentoring. For more information, please visit www.WISEworks.org.
WISE Promotes Fall 2014 Launch Of Executive Leadership Institute At Dartmouth
In conjunction with the 2014 WISE Annual Awards Luncheon and the first-ever WISE Symposium, WISE is encouraging women to apply for the Fall 2014 launch of its Executive Leadership Institute in partnership with Tuck Executive Education at Dartmouth. The customized program was created specifically for the advancement and retention of female executives in the sports industry, and will convene November 9-14, 2014, on the Tuck campus in Hanover, N.H. Forty women will be selected for the inaugural class. Applications will be accepted through June 10 and are available at www.wise-institute.org.
Additional information about the 2014 “Women of Distinction” honorees, the WISE Annual Awards Luncheon, the first-ever WISE Symposium and the WISE Leadership Institute can be found at www.WISEworks.org.
WISE (Women In Sports and Events) is the leading voice and resource for professional women in sports. Through ongoing meetings, special events and mentoring programs, WISE aims to offer its members the opportunity to gain valuable industry insights and connections that can give them a competitive advantage in their current position and as they advance in their careers. Founded in 1993, WISE is a membership organization headquartered in New York City with chapters in Atlanta, theSan Francisco Bay Area, Boston, Chicago, Cleveland, Los Angeles, NYC-Metro, Pittsburgh, San Diego and Washington, DC, as well as Syracuse University’s WISE on Campus. To become a member of WISE, please visit www.WISEworks.org. SOURCE WISE (Women In Sports and Events)