WISE NYC Metro Celebrates Women’s History Month

WISE Celebrates Women’s History Month with Power Play Panel featuring BIG EAST Commissioner Val Ackerman in Spirited Discussion Moderated by WABC’s Laura Behnke

New York, March 26—WISE (Women in Sports and Events) NYC Metro Chapter presented its Fifth Annual “Power Play” panel today in recognition of Women’s History Month. Dave and Buster’s at Times Square was the venue for “Power Play: Up Close with Women from the BIG EAST Conference,” featuring an all-female, all-star lineup of senior executives. The well-attended, spirited discussion included: Val Ackerman, Commissioner of the BIG EAST Conference; Amber Cox, Associate Commissioner of the BIG EAST for Women’s Basketball; Ann Crandall, Chief Marketing Officer of the BIG EAST; and Kimberly Keenan-Kirkpatrick, Associate Athletics Director for Compliance at Seton Hall. The moderator was Laura Behnke, Channel 7’s Eyewitness News/Weekend Sports Anchor.

WISE was represented by NYC Metro Chapter President Van Adams; National Board Chair Kathleen Francis, and a number of board members from both the national and chapter level.

“Power Play is a meaningful way to celebrate Women’s History Month each year, bringing the success of leading female sports executives to the forefront and championing the goals of WISE,” said Adams. “While all of our panel discussions are geared to providing attendees at all professional levels with new insight into the business of sports, Power Play is unique in showcasing major sports institutions with multiple women in senior positions, and highlighting the accomplishments of talented women working together in a supportive environment.”

The leading ladies discussed their current job responsibilities, shared insights on career paths, and spoke to industry trends. Previous WISE “Power Play” panels have included: the women of ESPN (2010), the women of MLB (2011), the women of golf (2012), and the women of the NY/NJ Super Bowl Host Committee (2013).

About WISE NYC Metro Chapter: Women in Sports and Events (WISE) is a professional non-profit organization founded in 1993 in New York City. WISE is the voice and the resource of women in the business of sports. There are WISE 10 chapters throughout the U.S. The NYC Metro Chapter, established in 2007, has a membership of more than 300 women, and a few men, of various levels of management and industry disciplines. The NYC Metro chapter holds workshops, panels, and networking events year-round. WISE’s annual signature industry event is the national Women of the Year Awards. Past honorees have included: Christine Brennan, Sports Columnist, USA Today; Pat Summitt, Head Women’s Basketball Coach, University of Tennessee; Roxanne Jones, Founding Editor, ESPN the Magazine; Rita Benson LeBlanc, Owner and Executive Vice President, New Orleans; Robin Roberts, Journalist/On-Air Host, ABC/GMA; and many others.

Here’s a sampling of what the WISE Big East panelists had to say:

Val Ackerman – “I am also a student athlete, it certainly has been relevant for me, especially now because it feels full circle. I played women’s basketball at the collegiate level at a time when women’s sports were just post Title IX, but Title IX wasn’t really what it is today in terms of programs you see, but it was very impactful to be a student athlete and have that experience.”

Kimberly Keenan Kirkpatrick – “We are taking the conference to a new level, building a brand.”

Amber Cox – “There is a great opportunity at the collegiate level to build a brand of women’s basketball. And connect the dots and follow the success that the WNBA has had.”

Val Ackerman – “Most students will not be professional athletes …They are going to school to get an education, to get ready for life and sports is a component of that education so it’s up to us to maximize that.”

On Women in Male-dominated field and on Women’s Basketball

Ann Wells Crandall – “I want to prove it to them that I can do it.” (On being a female in a male dominated work place.)

Amber Cox – “In women’s basketball there are a lot of naysayers.“

After losing big women’s teams like UConn, Rutgers and Louisville

“What we do have is 10 great schools that are really motivated to be relevant on the national stage.”

“It is a matter of exposing people to the product” (when talking about how women’s basketball is good but people do not know because they have never seen it.)

“Donors to the athletic department were enjoying women’s basketball after seeing a game for the first time”

“It was about working really hard. I followed my passion and doing what I loved and I didn’t look around and see if anyone was saying ‘What is this woman doing here?’ I just continued to move ahead and do what I believed was the right thing to do.” (On working in a male dominated field)

Val Ackerman – “Using ‘being a woman’ as a crutch is not the way to go”

“To be good at what you do, to have a skill, to have a point of entry.”

“You have to have some skill that you can sell, you have to be able to work really hard.”

“You have to be opportunistic and create your own breaks.”

“Your career isn’t a straight line.”

Ann Wells Crandall – “I think you have to take a gamble; you have to trust the opportunity is a good and that you’ll make the most of it. “

Val Ackerman– “I am happy with ten. The group is more aligned, I think because they are the same size.” (On the new BIG EAST)

“We have good coverage but there are sporting events of ours that are not making it on to national air, and so we are trying to make out what we need to do to get those events covered.

“I think there are things we can be doing as a conference where we take the BIG EAST name and extend that to non-sports initiatives. Those are the kinds of things to work on this year. “

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SportsBusiness Journal Becomes WISE’s Official Media Partner

SportsBusiness Journal Becomes WISE’s Official Media Partner

In 2012, Street & Smith’s SportsBusiness Journal, the leading trade publication on the business of sports, became the official media partner of WISE (Women in Sports and Events). Through this partnership, WISE and SportsBusiness Journal will look for ways to create membership benefits together in addition to SportsBusiness Journal’s on-going support of the WISE Annual Women of the Year Award and Luncheon.

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WISE Names CBS Sports Chairman Sean McManus

WISE Names CBS Sports Chairman Sean McManus

Winner of Second Annual WISE Champion Award

NEW YORK, NY (May 17, 2012) — Women in Sports & Events (WISE), the leading voice and resource for professional women in the business of sports and events, announced today that CBS Sports Chairman Sean McManus will be presented the second annual WISE Champion Award as part of its 2012 WISE Women of the Year Awards Luncheon. The WISE Champion Award is given to a male executive who has championed women in the workplace.

Sean McManus was named Chairman of CBS Sports in February 2011, overseeing all CBS Sports properties. Prior to being named Chairman, McManus served concurrently as president of CBS News & Sports for more than five years. He was named President of CBS Sports in November 1996 and then added the title of President of CBS News in October 2005 becoming only the second person to hold both division titles. During McManus’ more than 15 year-tenure leading CBS Sports, CBS has become the year-round leader in network sports television.

“Sean McManus’ actions throughout his successful career as an advocate and supporter of the advancement of women make him the perfect recipient for this year’s WISE Champion Award,” said Kathleen Francis, National Board Chair and President, WISE. “Sean is a true leader who understands the value of creating an environment where women, both on-air and as part of his management team, thrive and help to serve as mentors for a new generation of professional women in sports.”

McManus was selected as the recipient of the WISE Champion Award based on the following criteria:

Champions the role of women in the business of sports and events through the successful creation of new jobs, mentoring and networking opportunities;
Clearly communicates a vision for women in the industry and their continued advancement; and
Shows consistent commitment to the promotion of women’s careers and recognition of their professional accomplishments.

“As the proud father of a soon-to-be teenage daughter, I am honored to be recognized by WISE as a champion of women in the workplace,” said McManus. “CBS Sports has some of the most talented and accomplished women both on-air and behind-the-scenes in the sports television industry. I am proud of the environment we have created and fostered at CBS Sports where strong and successful women are paving the way for our daughters to learn, grow and succeed. CBS has produced three WISE Woman of the Year. I have no doubt that we will be adding to that list in the years to come.”

As previously announced, the honorees for this year’s WISE Women of the Year are Gail Hunter, Senior Vice President of Events and Attractions, National Basketball Association; Marla Miller, Senior Vice President, Special Events, Major League Baseball; and Kim Williams, Chief Operating Officer, NFL Network. These three distinguished women will be honored at the 18th annual WISE Women of the Year Awards Luncheon on Tuesday, June 19 at the Marriott Marquis Hotel in New York City. The inaugural recipient of the WISE Champion Award, which was presented at last year’s awards luncheon, was Ross Greenburg, former president of HBO Sports. This year’s event will once again be hosted by Tracy Wolfson of CBS Sports.

Additional information about the WISE Women of the Year Awards Luncheon, including purchasing of tickets and/or sponsorship can be found at www.WISEworks.org.

About WISE
WISE (Women in Sports & Events) is the leading voice and resource for professional women in the sports and events industries. 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 and Washington, DC, as well as Syracuse University’s WISE on Campus. To become a member of WISE, please visit www.WISEworks.org.

WISE and NFL Join Forces to Help Industry Women

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WISE AND NFL JOIN FORCES TO HELP INDUSTRY WOMEN

NEW YORK, NY (April 16, 2012) — Women in Sports & Events (WISE), the leading voice and resource for professional women in the business of sports and events, announced today the National Football League is working with the organization as its first corporate partner.

Founded in 1993, WISE continues to support women in the business of sports and events industries as well as provide resources for them to grow and advance in their careers through a series of initiatives. WISE serves more than 1,000 members across the country and hosts its annual WISE Women of the Year luncheon honoring three women leaders within the industry. Kim Williams, Chief Operating Officer of NFL Network is one of the honorees being recognized at this year’s luncheon on June 19th, 2012 in NYC.

The NFL partnership marks the first time WISE is forming a year-long partnership with a single entity. Through the partnership, WISE and the NFL will collaborate on programming and other targeted platforms to benefit the WISE membership and NFL employees.

In conjunction with its WISE partnership, the NFL recently launched its first internal employee affinity group, the Women’s Interactive Network (WIN). The mission of WIN is to assist with the career development of female employees while deepening the engagement of all league staff.

“With more than 280 women employees, we are thrilled the NFL recognizes the importance of supporting and celebrating women within their workplace,” stated Kathleen Francis, National Board Chair and President, WISE. “We are confident that WISE’s unique resources and programs, along with the reach of the NFL, will benefit current women employed by the NFL as well as future female employees wishing to work in professional football.”

”We are pleased to be working with WISE to develop programs and resources for our employees and other WISE members,” said Robert Gulliver, the NFL’s Chief Human Resources Officer. “We are excited to be the first sports league to partner with this industry leader and look forward to evolving the networks and resources for professional women in the sports and events business.”

About WISE
WISE (Women in Sports & Events) is the leading voice and resource for professional women in the sports and events industries. 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 and Washington, DC, as well as Syracuse University’s WISE on Campus. To become a member of WISE, please visit www.WISEworks.org.

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