espnW will again unite top female athletes and sports leaders for the fourth annual espnW: Women + Sports Summit, to be held October 9-11, in a new location, Dana Point, Calif. The three-day conference, the premier event of its kind, will be held at the St. Regis Monarch Beach. The Summit brings executives in the sports industry together with athletes and influencers for work sessions, presentations and activities – all geared to advance the dialogue around women in sports and create positive change.
“espnW is proud to host the most comprehensive and vibrant Summit for women in sports that will, for the fourth consecutive year, bring together key influencers and athletes in our industry,” said Laura Gentile, vice president, espnW. “We’ve fostered a network of leaders and several initiatives resulted directly from the Summit. We will ensure it continues to inspire new thinking and real progress for women.”
Past Summit attendees have included Olympians Kerri Walsh, Jennie Finch, Michelle Kwan, Aly Raisman, Shannon Miller, Swin Cash, Gretchen Bleiler, Carmelita Jeter and Summer Sanders; soccer icons Julie Foudy, Alex Morgan, Kristine Lilly, and Abby Wambach; tennis legend Billie Jean King and budding star Sloane Stephens, fitness expert Gabrielle Reece; basketball legends Ann Meyers Drysdale, Lisa Leslie, Jody Conradt, and Sheryl Swoopes; and boxer Laila Ali.
Industry leaders have included NBA’s Adam Silver, Columbia University’s Val Ackerman, Good Morning America’s Robin Roberts, Burton Snowboard’s Donna Carpenter, WTA’s Stacey Allaster, NYRRC’s Mary Wittenberg, Women’s Sports Foundation’s Kathryn Olson, Equinox’s Sarah Robb O’Hagan, activist and former NFL quarterback Don Macpherson, Lululemon’s Sheree Waterson, USOC’s Lisa Baird, Dr. Richard Lapchick of the Institute for Diversity and Ethics in Sport, WNBA’s Laurel Richie, and ESPN’s President John Skipper and Christine Driessen, executive vice president and CFO.
The St. Regis Monarch Beach, a Forbes Five-Star, AAA Five-Diamond awarded resort, is located along the shores of the Pacific Ocean in Dana Point, Calif. and was voted one of the “Top 25 Hotel Spas in the World” by Travel & Leisure Magazine. The Summit moves back to Southern California after being held in Tucson, Ariz. for the past two years.
espnW’s mission is to serve women as fans and athletes. espnW.com provides an engaging environment that offers total access to female athletes and the sports they play, takes fans inside the biggest events, and shares a unique point of view on the sports stories that matter most to women. Founded in July, 2010, espnW lives across television, films, events, digital and social platforms. The annual espnW: Women + Sports Summit is the leading event of its kind in the sports industry. The Women’s Sports Foundation is a charity of choice for espnW.