Ninth Annual espnW: Women + Sports Summit


Ninth Annual espnW: Women + Sports Summit

GRAMMY-Nominated Singer Andra Day, Maverick Carter, the USA Women’s Olympic Hockey Team, Danica Patrick, Candace Parker, Breanna Stewart, and Jordyn Wieber Headline the Ninth Annual espnW: Women + Sports Summit
Featured Speakers additionally embody Michele Roberts, Val Ackerman, Willow Bay, Audrey Gelman and ESPN’s Sam Ponder, Maria Taylor, Doris Burke and Beth Mowins Discuss Breaking Barriers in Sports Media


The ninth annual espnW: Women + Sports Summit introduced by Toyota will once more showcase key figures in sports activities, enterprise and leisure, and will probably be headlined by GRAMMY-nominated singer Andra Day, retired motorsports star Danica Patrick, WNBA greats Candace Parker and Breanna Stewart, former gymnasts Jordyn Wieber and Sarah Klein – two of the Sister Survivors who spoke out in opposition to sexual abuse by their former group physician, the USA Women’s Olympic Hockey Team and Maverick Carter (LeBron James’ accomplice in SpringHill Entertainment). The yearly gathering will happen October 1-Three at The Resort at Pelican Hill, in Newport Beach, Calif., and can embody keynotes, work classes, panels, displays and actions centered on advancing ladies in sports activities.

On the primary evening of the convention, Andra Day will supply an intimate musical efficiency after sitting down for a wide-ranging interview with SportsHeart’s Cari Champion. Day’s debut album, Cheers to the Fall, was nominated for Best R&B Album and the one “Rise Up” was nominated for Best R&B Performance on the 2016 GRAMMY Awards. She was additionally nominated with rapper Common for a GRAMMY in 2017 for his or her music “Stand Up for Something.”

Danica Patrick will probably be featured in a keynote interview with ESPN’s Hannah Storm, additionally on Monday, Oct. 1. ESPN The Magazine’s Mina Kimes will conduct a keynote interview with Jordyn Wieber and Sarah Klein on Tuesday, Oct. 2, to debate their journeys to assist to carry justice to a whole bunch of feminine athletes. Carter, a childhood good friend of James’, who has managed the basketball star’s profession for the final 15 years and is his manufacturing accomplice, could have a candid one-on-one interview with Champion Tuesday night, as a part of her signature Be Honest interviews.


“The Summit all the time goals to additional the dialog round key points for girls in sports activities,” mentioned Laura Gentile, senior vice chairman, espnW, Business Operations & Content Strategy. “This yr we’ve a lineup of highly effective voices who will allow us to deal with probably the most related points impacting ladies today- from the disturbing abuse of feminine athletes to pay fairness in sports activities.”


On Monday, Julie Foudy will host a dialog with leaders of the gold medal-winning U.S. Women’s Hockey Team – Jocelyne Lamoureaux-Davidson, Meghan Duggan, Hilary Knight and Kendall Coyne Schofield – about their highway to gold and their combat for equality. On the ultimate day of the convention, WNBA superstars Breanna Stewart and Candace Parker will focus on their lives and objectives, on and off the court docket, with ESPN’s Sarah Spain.


On Tuesday, College SportDay’s Maria Taylor will be part of ESPN’s Doris Burke, Beth Mowins and Sam Ponder for a panel on “Breaking Barriers in Sports Media.” ESPN The Magazine and espnW editor in chief Alison Overholt will conduct a Female Founder Interview with The Wing’s Audrey Gelman, then later that night, ESPN President Jimmy Pitaro will sit down for a dialogue with SportsHeart anchor Sage Steele.


Other audio system and panels will embody:

  • “Voices of the Future” – that includes dual-sport star Kiana Clay (adaptive motorcross and snowboarding), 2018 USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year Rachel Garcia (softball), 15-year-old World Championship bronze-medalist Jade Howson (paddleboarding), and 2018 Olympian and World Junior Short Track Speed Skating gold medalist Maame Biney (speedskating);
  • “The State of Journalism” – by Willow Bay, dean of USC’s Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism, and Annenberg professors Vince Gonzalez, Stacy Smith and ESPN’s Shelley Smith;
  • “World Cup Preview” – a have a look at the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup by former U.S. Women’s National Team stars and World Cup champions Julie Foudy and Kate Markgraf.


Also becoming a member of this yr’s Summit will probably be espnW’s Allison Glock, ESPN commentator Victoria Arlen and ESPN The Magazine/espnW senior author Alyssa Roenigk. In addition, ESPN executives Christine Dreissen, Connor Schell, Laura Gentile and Alison Overholt will every formally deal with attendees through the Summit.


The espnW: Women + Sports Summit is the one one in all its sort within the trade. Through structured and considerate dialog, the occasion pushes the boundaries on matters surrounding ladies and ladies in sports activities, and has supplied perception from such notable and groundbreaking individuals as: Los Angeles Lakers proprietor and president Jeanie Buss, WWE chief model officer Stephanie McMahon, civil rights legal professional Gloria Allred, phenom pitching ace Mo’Ne Davis, tennis legend and civil rights activist Billie Jean King, Under Armour CEO Kevin Plank, Olympic gymnast Aly Raisman, journalist and philanthropist Maria Shriver, Ambassador Madeline Verveer, soccer stars Mia Hamm, Carli Lloyd, Abby Wambach and Alex Morgan, and extra.


Interviews, images and extra content material will probably be posted to all through the Summit. In addition, this yr’s convention will probably be livestreamed from begin to end on and the ESPN app. For extra details about The espnW: Women + Sports Summit and to see the entire agenda go to or comply with on Twitter with @espnW and #espnWsummit.


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espnW is a world multiplatform model devoted to partaking and galvanizing ladies by means of sports activities., the model’s content material house, presents whole entry to feminine athletes and the sports activities they play, takes followers inside the largest occasions, and captures the largest traits in sports activities life/model.  espnW additionally gives a singular perspective on the sports activities tales that matter most to ladies and highlights the crossroads of sports activities and tradition. Founded in July 2010, espnW’s content material and voices stay throughout digital, tv, radio, movies, occasions, instructional platforms and social media. The annual espnW: Women + Sports Summit, now in its ninth yr, brings collectively prime athletes and trade leaders for significant conversations round ladies and sports activities, and is the main occasion of its sort within the sports activities trade.