WISE To Celebrate 20th Anniversary

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.

About WISE

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)

 

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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