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The espnW Summit NYC took place on Thursday May 4, 2023. It was a day of conversation and inspiration, all focused on driving change and impact in the women + sports space.

We brought together thought-leaders, professional athletes, and agents of change across sports and entertainment for an experience that left attendees inspired and ready to take action!
More speakers will be announced in the coming weeks
Sarah Spain - Host
espnW and ESPN TV Personality and Writer
Julie Foudy
espnW Podcast Host, Soccer Commentator, World Cup Champion
LaChina Robinson
Basketball Host and Analyst
Monica McNutt
Basketball Game and Studio Analyst
Laura Gentile
Executive Vice President, Marketing
Rachel Epstein
Vice President, espnW Marketing & Female Audience Expansion
Molly Qerim
First Take Host
Jessica Robertson
Co-Founder and Chief Content Officer
Ari Chambers
Kaitee Daley
Vice President of Social Media
Lauren Fleshman
Author, Former Professional Athlete, and Coach
Katlyn Gao
Co-Founder and CEO
League One Volleyball (LOVB)
Blake Bolden
On-Air Talent/Reporter
Cristina Alexander
On-Air Talent
Kelsey Riggs
Anchor and Reporter
Jade-Li English
Head of the Women's Basketball Division
Taylor Jacobs
Associate Athletic Director of NIL and Strategic Initiatives
Dan Murphy
Staff Writer
Niele Ivey
Women's Basketball Head Coach
University of Notre Dame
Jaden Ivey
Professional Basketball Player, Detroit Pistons
Breanna Stewart
Professional Basketball Player, New York Liberty
Jonquel Jones
Professional Basketball Player, New York Liberty
Susie Piotrkowski
Vice President, espnW
Cynt Marshall
CEO, Dallas Mavericks
Andrea Brimmer
Chief Marketing and Public Relations Officer
Nicole Mann

Speakers are subject to change.


Date: Thursday, May 4th, 2023

How to Participate: If you want to watch any of our Summit conversations again, they are available on demand here.


Join us for insights, conversation, and connection with leading voices and personalities across the women + sports space.

Thursday, May 4
8:00 - 8:45am
Morning Workout Presented by Gatorade
For in-person attendees only
9:00 - 10:00am
Registration Opens
10:00 - 10:30am
Summit NYC Welcome and Opening with Sarah Spain
Performance by freestyle+, featuring members from the Tony award-winning hip-hop improv group Freestyle Love Supreme.
10:30 - 11:20am
The Growth and Momentum of Women's Sports Media
A conversation about the challenges and opportunities for media companies dedicated to women's sports coverage, featuring leading voices and brands in the space.

Introduction by Laura Gentile / EVP Marketing, ESPN 
Featuring Jessica Robertson / Co-founder and Chief Content Officer, TOGETHXR, Ari Chambers / Founder, HighlightHER and Kaitee Daley / Vice President of Social Media, ESPN with Julie Foudy 
11:20 - 11:50am
Women at the Helm
A centerpiece Summit conversation with leading NBA executive Cynt Marshall on the path to her history-making role leading the Dallas Mavericks with LaChina Robinson
11:50 - 12:20pm
espnW Keynote Conversation
One-on-one conversation with Lauren Fleshman about her journey as an elite runner and her NY Times best-selling book “Good for a Girl”.

Featuring Lauren Fleshman / Author, Former Professional Athlete, and Coach with Sarah Spain
12:20 - 1:20pm
1:20 - 1:30pm
Looking Ahead: The Business of espnW
Featuring Susie Piotrkowski / Vice President espnW, ESPN with Sarah Spain
1:30 - 2:20pm
Live Laughter Permitted with Julie Foudy and Lynn Olszowy
A live taping of the hit podcast; a thoughtful, candid conversation with Astronaut Nicole Mann about the joy and chaos of life after returning from 154 days in orbit. With plenty of laughter mixed in.

Introduction with Andrea Brimmer / Chief Marketing and PR Officer, Ally
Featuring NASA Astronaut Nicole Mann
2:20 - 2:30pm
W. Power Talk
Single-topic talks by industry leaders and experts in their fields, hosted by Monica McNutt.

- Katlyn Gao / Co-Founder and CEO, League One Volleyball
2:30 - 3:10pm
Hoops Family: The Iveys
Mother-son duo Niele and Jaden Ivey discuss their unique bond as they pursue their basketball dreams alongside each other.

Featuring Niele Ivey / Notre Dame Women's Basketball Head Coach and Jaden Ivey / NBA Player, Detroit Pistons with Monica McNutt
3:10 - 4:00pm
Refresh and Movement Break Presented by Gatorade
Activities for in-person attendees only
4:00 - 4:35pm
Navigating the NIL Era of College Sports
Industry leaders share their unique perspectives and insights around the ever-changing Name, Image, and Likeness landscape for female college athletes.

Featuring Jade-Li English / Head of Women's Basketball Division, KLUTCH SPORTS GROUP, Taylor Jacobs / Associate Athletic Director of NIL and Strategic Initiatives, LSU and Dan Murphy / Staff Writer, ESPN with Sarah Spain 
4:35 - 5:15pm
The New, New York Liberty
The newest stars of the Liberty discuss their upcoming season and the new era of WNBA superteams. 

Featuring Breanna Stewart / Professional Basketball Player, 2x WNBA Champion, 4x All-Star, 2018 MVP and Jonquel Jones / Professional Basketball Player, 4x WNBA All-Star, 2021 MVP with LaChina Robinson
5:15 - 5:55pm
Women of ESPN
Lively and frank conversation taking you behind the scenes and into the lives of the incredible women who make up ESPN.

Featuring Blake Bolden, Cristina Alexander, and Kelsey Riggs with Molly Qerim 
5:55 - 6:00pm
Closing Remarks
Sarah Spain, Laura Gentile and Rachel Epstein 
6:00 - 7:00pm
Cocktail Reception


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