for two action-packed days we will focus on women + sports and how we can individually and collectively create change.

On October 2, 2017, the eighth annual espnW: Women + Sports Summit will unite a stellar group of female athletes, leaders in the sports world and industry influencers for a two-day program of speakers, sports activities and networking, all focused on creating positive change and opportunity for women in sports.

Through keynotes, panel discussions and interactive work sessions, the Summit will address a wide range of topics, from global access to sports and opportunities for the advancement of women, to the marketing of female athletes and the business of women’s sports.

The Summit is a one-of-a-kind event that connects, motivates and enables attendees to gain valuable insights and data points, and collaborate on creating an actionable vision for the future of women and sports.

Please join us at The 2017 Summit.


Last year’s agenda brought together a diverse and inspiring mix of thought leaders, world-class athletes and influencers from the sports industry and beyond.



Summit Kick-Off and Welcome Remarks, with Laura Gentile and Sage Steele

Interview In Pursuit of Excellence, Tatyana McFadden/17-time winner of World Major Marathons, Wheelchair Division (Boston, New York, London and Chicago) with Sage Steele (25-minute interview, 5-minute Q&A)

W Power Talks: 10-minute focused talks by key industry leaders, hosted by Jemele Hill

• The Power of Female Entrepreneurship, Lisa Stevens/Wells Fargo

• The New Frontiers of Youth SportsRenata Simril/LA84

• Investing in the Future: A Long-Term Commitment to Athletes, Jeff Kearney/Gatorade Head of Sports Marketing

• The Freedom to Play: Shifting Perceptions of LGBTQ Athletes, Chris Mosier/Triathlete and transgender activist (with Continuing Conversation on Friday)         


Interview, Raising the Bar: Goal Setting, Leadership and Life Lessons, Gillian Zucker/Los Angeles Clippers President of Basketball Operations with Cari Champion introduced by Ramona Shelburne (25-minute interview, 5-minute Q&A)

Research Presentation, Health, Wellness + Fitness: The Evolving Consumer, Aarti Kapoor/Investment Banker, Health & Wellness Coverage, Moelis & Company (25-minute presentation plus 5-minute Q&A)

Panel Discussion, Mean Tweets + Social Media Harassment, Brad Burke/Just Not Sports, Jemele Hill, Kelley Carterr, Kavitha Davidson moderated by Sarah Spain (40-minute panel discussion, 5-minute Q&A)

Move to Grand Lawn

Showcase espnW's The Trifecta LIVE, with Sarah Spain, Jane McManus and Kate Fagan with introduction by Christine Driessen

Reception and Dinner presented by Toyota

Announcement of Toyota’s Everyday Heroes with Danielle Benjamin/Toyota, former Everyday Hero and Kate Fagan

Panel Discussion, Voices of the Future, Brighton Zeuner/Skateboarder, Sydney McLaughlin/US Olympian -Track & Field and Chloe Dygert/Silver Medalist - Track Cycling with Julie Foudy

Closing Remarks with Sage Steele

Cocktails, Networking & Musical Guests - The Lucky Chops

What’s the weather like in Newport Beach in October?
The average daytime high in the Newport Beach area in October is 71 degrees. The overnight low averages 62 degrees. In short, bring a sweater - it can be a little chilly.
What is the dress code?
The Summit is a casual, athletic environment. We encourage you to dress comfortably. Feel free to bring a dressy-casual outfit for dinner and cocktails, but don't forget your athletic gear for sports activities!
Which airport should I fly into?
The Resort at Pelican Hill is serviced by three airports:

• John Wayne - Orange County Airport (SNA) - 10 miles
• Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) - 50 miles
• San Diego International Airport (LINDBERGH FIELD - SAN) - 85 miles

Note that you are responsible for your own transportation to/from the airport.
Will transportation be provided?
You are responsible for your own transportation to/from the airport.
When should I arrive?
Plan to arrive between 12pm and 1pm Monday, October 2. The Summit will begin at 3pm.
What should I bring?
Bring your ideas, your energy and your enthusiasm! Other suggestions: sun block, moisturizer, lip balm, sunglasses, sports wear, and a sweater, jacket or wrap for cooler evenings.
How much does the Summit cost?
The total registration fee is $2,500. This includes resort lodging for three days/two nights, Summit-sponsored events and activities, all meals and all receptions throughout the Summit.
What does the registration fee cover?
The Registration Fee for the 2017 espnW: Women + Sports Summit covers your resort lodging for three days/two nights, Summit-sponsored events and activities, all meals and all receptions throughout the Summit.

This is an exclusive, invitation-only event. Invitations are non-refundable, non-transferable and may not be passed on to colleagues.

All payments are processed and charged when your credit card information is submitted. You will receive an order confirmation in your e-mail. If you have any questions about the Summit, please contact
Can I bring a guest? Is my invitation transferable?
The Summit is by invitation only. If you have questions or a colleague referral, please contact us at
Who is attending?
Influencers like you. Business, brand and agency executives, professional athletes, experts, and leaders in the educational and non-profit sectors.
How do I select my workshop and activity preferences?
Prior to The Summit, you will receive a questionnaire that asks for additional information and allows you to choose your preferred sessions and activities.
What is the format of the Summit?
The schedule will include keynote speakers and presentations, work sessions and interactive panel discussions, as well as sports activities and evening receptions. Please refer to the agenda section of the site for details. The 2016 Agenda »
What if I have additional questions?
Please email (or use the link at the bottom of every page) and we'll get right back to you.


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