Women in Sports: Calling the Shots & Leading the Way Conference

Gerri C. LeBow Hall
DiPiero Grand Meeting Room and Rose Terrace
3220 Market Street
Rm. 220/221
Philadelphia, PA 19104
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Everywhere you look in the sport industry, women leaders are an essential part of the workplace, whether they are working for players’ associations or as player agents; behind the camera making programming decisions or standing in front of the camera and offering commentary; running charities or running marathons; and creating the vision for where sport is going or communicating that vision to sponsors and consumers. This half-day conference is designed to bring girls and women interested in sport careers, along with men supportive of women’s sport and women working in the industry, together to talk about their shared passion for sport and moving forward together.


9:30 to 10:00am: Registration
10:00 to 10:15am: Welcome & Introductions
10:15 to 10:50am: Women Sport Management Majors: How We Got Here & Where We’re Going
11:00 to 11:50am: Breakout Sessions
11:50 to 12:10pm: Lunch
12:10 to 1:10pm: Women Sport Executives Panel
1:15 to 2:15pm: Breakout Sessions
2:15 to 3:15pm: Tour of the Drexel Campus
3:30 to 4:30pm: Drexel Pre-Game at the DAC
4:30 to 5:00pm: Networking before game starts
5:00om: Drexel Women’s Basketball v. University of Delaware

Women’s Sport Executives Panel

Cynthia Weiss, Vice President, Marketing, NBC Sports Philadelphia
Denise Sullivan, Vice President, Flyers Charities
Mary McElroy, Executive Senior Associate Director of Athletics, Temple University
Ashley Dabb, Chief Marketing Officer, National Lacrosse League

Moderator: Danielle Cook, SMTG ’19, Intern, Stafford Sports/Positive Impact Sports & Entertainment;
Assistant Coach, Track & Field, Roncocas Valley Regional High School, Mt. Holly, NJ

Drexel Alumnae & Others For Breakout Sessions

Madeline Barlow, Performance Coach/Sport Psychology, Department of Athletics, Drexel University
Tyisha Butler, SMT ’14, Coordinator, Member Services, Drexel University Department of Athletics
Elizabeth Devita, Director, Communications, Arena Football League
Abigail Ferguson, SMTG ‘18, Manager of Event Operations, Department of Athletics, Princeton University
Lauren Ferrett, Director of Strategic Communications, Temple University Department of Athletics
Alexandra Gomez, SMTG ’17, Ad Sales Designer, SportsNet New York
Laurelle Holley, SMT ‘16, Marketing and Events Manager, US Squash
Britt Kleine, SMTG ‘14, Vice President of Sales & Operations, City Fitness
Chloe Lewis, US National Rowing Team hopeful
Sarah Napoli, SMTG ’14, Adjunct Professor, Department of Sport Management
Ainslie Rhoads, SMT’16, Marketing Manager and Director of Sports Challenge Recruiting, Strive: How You Lead Matters
Jade Richardson, SMTG ’16, Director of Community Development, Pennsylvania Care Associates
Cecily Scavicchio, Head Volleyball Coach, Ursinus College
Arin Segal, EAM’16, Solutions Consultant, Associate at Conviva
Molly Sweeney, SMT ’13, MBA ’15, Project Manager, Marketing by TKE
Emily Tome, SMT ’17, Fan Engagement Specialist, NBC Sports Philadelphia
Renne Washington, Senior On-Air Talent/Producer, National Lacrosse League
Kamille Watson, SMTG ‘19, Manager of Facilities Development, Oak View Group; Donor Relations Specialist, The Malcolm Jenkins Foundation
Layne Werner, General Manager, Dragon Sports Properties


This event is free, but registration is required. Please RSVP by February 1, 2019. Please include guests’ names and emails when you register.

Planning Committee

Co-Chair: Ellen J. Staurowsky, Professor, Sport Management, ejs95@drexel.edu
Co-Chair: Holly Bridgman, SMT ’21, Sport Management, hgb26@drexel.edu
Aqila Clement, Assistant Director, LeBow, Recruitment
Sarah Grogan, SMT ’07, MS’09, Associate Director, Undergraduate Advising, LeBow
Michele Hastings, Assistant Softball Coach, Drexel University
Sarah Napoli, SMTG ’14, Adjunct Professor, Department of Sport Management
Ainslie Rhoads, ’16, Marketing Manager and Director of Sports Challenge Recruiting, Strive: How You Lead Matters
Kristin Segers, SMTG ’16, Director of Marketing & Tickets, Drexel University Athletics
Caitlin Mahon Brady, Associate Director of Undergraduate Programs, LeBow

Conference Sponsored by LeBow’s Sport Management Department

Partner: Drexel Women in Business

This event coincides with National Girls & Women in Sport Week.

Free tickets to first 75 registrants to attend Drexel women’s basketball game against the University of Delaware after the conference (game time currently scheduled for 2pm; might change depending on television schedule).


Who should attend?


  • Students


  • Undergraduate
  • Graduate


  • Accounting
  • Decision Sciences and MIS
  • Economics
  • Finance
  • International Business
  • General Business
  • Legal Studies
  • Management
  • Marketing
  • Sport Management
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