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A Catalyst for the Cause: Fostering Greater Equity in Sport

Online event

Drexel University’s Department of Sport Business invites you to the third annual conference focused on women in sport. Acknowledging the time, place and space we find ourselves in the sport industry as well as society as a whole, this two-day virtual conference is dedicated to inspiring discussion and action beyond gender to include all underrepresented groups in sport.

The keynote discussion will feature Renee Montgomery, 2x WNBA champion & Atlanta Hawks studio analyst who was named to the TIME100 2021 Next.

This event is open to Drexel students, faculty and staff; industry professionals; college students; members of the media; and the general public.

By registering here, you will automatically be registered for both days of the conference. Please register to receive the Zoom webinar link for day one. Zoom links for day two will be sent via email prior to the event.

Schedule and Speakers:

Event will be hosted by Renee Washington, Sports Reporter, FOX Sports & ESPN

Day One: Friday, April 16th. Conference opens at 10 a.m. EDT. Keynote will begin promptly at 10:30 a.m. EDT

Experienced Professionals Panel will begin at 11:45 a.m. EDT. Panelists to Include:
Nona Lee, Executive Vice President, Chief Legal Officer, Arizona Diamondbacks
Jessica Berman, Deputy Commissioner at National Lacrosse League
Kavitha Davidson, Podcast Host/Editorial Director, The Lead at The Athletic
Regina Johnson, Director of Football Academics at Florida State University
Taryn McCarty, Head of Network & Community Development, Nerd Street Gamers

Young Professionals Panel will begin at 1:00 p.m. EDT. Panelists to Include:
Jourdan Skirha, Former Assistant General Manager, Chicago Bandits
Danielle Cook, Marketing Sponsorship Associate, Gymshark
Ariana Palmer, Assistant Director of Marketing, University of Delaware
Jennifer Pichette, Overwatch Caster/Analyst, LemonKiwi

Day Two: Participants will be able to choose from four breakout sessions that speak to the themes that were discussed during the keynote and panel addresses. Breakout Session #1 will begin at 10 a.m. EDT and Breakout Session #2 will begin at 11 a.m. EDT

Moderators to Include:
Cultivating Your Support Squad
Lindsay Gibbs, Founder of the Power Plays newsletter about women’s sports, Co-host of the podcast, Burn It All Down
Larry Cohen, Associate Clinical Professor, Drexel University

Finding the Tools to Navigate DEI in the Workplace
Carly Helfand, Scouting Assistant, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Kimberly Gholston, Vice President and Chief Diversity Officer, Drexel University

Strategies for Discussing Pay Equity
Kelsey Trainor, Business and Legal Affairs, Abrams Media
Danielle Melman, Associate Athletics Director, External Engagement & Marketing, University of California, San Diego

Becoming a Change Agent in Your Organization
Joe Briggs, Public Policy Counsel, NFL Players Association
Raquel Arredondo, Associate Director, Outreach, Engagement, and Professional Development, Drexel University

A full program schedule will be available in advance of the conference.



2021 Women in Sport Conference Agenda

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Who should attend?


  • Faculty
  • Staff
  • Students
    • Prospective Students
  • Alumni
  • Business Community


  • Sport Business

This event is part of the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion series.

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