REWATCH THE espnW: WOMEN + SPORTS SUMMIT
All of our Summit conversations are available on-demand here
The espnW: Women + Sports Summit took place November 1-3, 2022 at the Ojai Valley Inn.
We gathered with our Summit community both virtually and in-person for three days 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!
Chief of Evaluation, Research, and Accountability
Center for Sport, Peace, & Society The University of Tennessee, Knoxville
espnW columnist and ESPN soccer commentator, World Cup Champion
Athlete, New Balance
Chief Executive Officer, New York Liberty
New York Liberty
Head of Gatorade Brand Strategy
Executive Vice President, Club Business Affairs
Mary Ellen Kelly
Owner & Founder, Fuel Forward
Partner, Bailey Glasser, LLP
Bailey Glasser, LLP
Producer, Pink Card
UFC's Bantamweight #1 Contender
Chief of Sports Diplomacy
U.S. Department of State
Chief Revenue Officer and Executive Vice President, NFL Partnerships
Executive Vice President, Event & Studio Production, ESPN
Director of Global Sports & Entertainment Marketing Partnerships, Content and Media, Google
Co-Founder, Gaming Society
The Gaming Society
Vice President, espnW
Founder & CEO, Voice in Sport
Voice in Sport
Vice President, Production, ESPN
ESPN Basketball Game and Studio Analyst
Coordinating Producer II, LA SportsCenter, ESPN
Grammy Award Winning Artist
Chairman, Disney Media & Entertainment Distribution
NBA Reporter and Host of 'NBA Today', ESPN
Dr. Courtney Flowers
Associate Professor of Sport Studies & Sport Leadership (SSSL)
USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year 2022
SportsCenter Anchor & Summit Host
Vice President, Executive Producer, ESPN Films and 30 for 30
Cindy Parlow Cone
President, U.S. Soccer
U.S. Soccer Federation
Head of Revenue, Angel City
Dr. Jessica Bartley
Senior Director of Psychological Services, United States Olympic and Paralympic Committee
United States Olympic and Paralympic Committee
Dr. Jordan Metzl
Sports Medicine Physician
Hospital for Special Surgery, New York
espnW Writer, ESPN Radio Host & TV Personality
Coordinating Producer II, ESPN
Speakers are subject to change.
Tuesday, November 1 - Thursday,
How to participate:
If you want to watch any of our Summit conversations again, they are available on demand here
2022 SUMMIT AGENDA
On-site Registration and Summit Welcome Suite Open
espnW Welcome Reception
Summit Opening and Welcome
With Laura Gentile
/ Executive Vice President, Commercial Marketing, Disney Networks & ESPN and Founder, espnW and Elle Duncan
Toyota Everyday Heroes Spotlight
Jessica Long / Team Toyota Athlete with Sarah Spain
The Walt Disney Company Spotlight Conversation
/ Chairman, Disney Media & Entertainment Distribution with Elle Duncan
Pink Card: Fandom, Freedom, and Watching Soccer in Iran
/ Peabody and duPont Award-Winning Producer with Elle Duncan
espnW Opening Night Celebration
Featuring DJ Spinderella & Daughter DJ Christy Ray
What is your COVID-19 policy?
We follow CDC, Disney, and local guidelines. As they have been updated, we too are updating the guidelines for the Summit. We are now providing an option for guests who are not vaccinated to attend. Keeping in mind that the health and safety of our guests is very important, we would require anyone not vaccinated to self-test daily.
What is the cancellation / refund policy?
This is an exclusive, invitation-only event. In the event that you can no longer attend, we will issue you a full refund up to 4 weeks prior to the start of the event (on or before October 4). If you cancel your registration after October 4 we are unable to refund your registration fee, but you may either transfer your registration to a colleague or defer your registration to next year’s event.
How much does the in-person Summit cost?
The total registration fee is $3,000. 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 in-person registration fee cover?
The Registration Fee for the Summit covers your resort lodging for three days/two nights, Summit-sponsored events and activities, all meals and all receptions throughout the Summit.
All payments are processed and charged when your credit card information is submitted. You will receive an order confirmation in your email. If you have any questions about the Summit, please contact [email protected].
What's the weather like in November?
The average daytime high in the Ojai area in November is 70 degrees. The overnight low averages 42 degrees. In short, bring a sweater / jacket - it can be a little chilly.
What is the in-person 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?
LAX and Santa Barbara Airport are the two recommended arrival airports. LAX is approximately 2 hours from the resort and SBA is approximately 1 hour from the resort. Once you’ve arrived there are several ground transfer options.
Ground transfers between LAX and Ojai Valley Inn:
- We will be providing limited shuttle service between LAX and Ojai Valley Inn, departing at pre-specified times on November 1st and 3rd. Additional details to come, check back often!
- Car rental or car service
- Uber/Lyft (note there may be limited availability for rides to LAX from the resort)
Ground transfers between SBA and Ojai Valley Inn:
- Car rental or car service
- Uber/Lyft (note there may be limited availability for rides to SBA from the resort)
- No shuttle service will be provided between SBA and Ojai Valley Inn
Will transportation be provided?
We will be providing limited shuttle service between LAX and Ojai Valley Inn, departing at pre-specified times on November 1st and 3rd. No shuttle service will be provided between SBA and Ojai Valley Inn.
Additional details to come, check back often!
If you are not taking the provided shuttle service from LAX to Ojai, please plan to arrive between 12pm and 4pm Tuesday, November 1. The Summit will begin at 5:30pm. Please note that check-in time at the Ojai Valley Inn is not until 4pm so your bags will need to be stored by the hotel if your room is not yet available when you arrive.
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.
Can I bring a guest? Is my invitation transferable?
The in-person Summit is by invitation only. If you have questions please contact us at [email protected].
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 in-person 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. Click here »
How do I participate in the virtual summit?
Virtual registration will be open in September, and participation is free. Once registered the link to view live will be sent via email on November 1.
What if I have additional questions?
Please email [email protected] (or use the link at the bottom of every page) and we'll get right back to you.
ABOUT THE RESORT
Tucked within the Topatopa Mountains in the mystical Ojai Valley, the iconic AAA Five-Diamond Ojai Valley Inn continues to redefine luxury, beckoning travelers since its opening in 1923 to the tranquil setting known as “Shangri La.” Located 90 minutes north of Los Angeles in the chic bohemian enclave of Ojai, the resort balances the relaxed glamour of Southern California with reverence for the unspoiled natural beauty of the region for an unrivaled experience that embodies the authentic spirit of Ojai. Sprawled across 220 lush, oak and olive tree studded acres scented with wild sage and lavender, Ojai Valley Inn offers an abundance of freshly renewed settings, activities and amenities for inspired escapes including: the 31,000 square foot Spa Ojai and its surrounding Spa Village, The Artist Cottage, a working artist studio and apothecary for instruction in aromatherapy oil blending; a historic, George C. Thomas designed golf course; apiary and immersive beekeeping program; multiple pools and more than five dining concepts including signature restaurant Olivella, the sole restaurant between Los Angeles and Northern California to hold both the Forbes Four Star and AAA Four-Diamond designations. New for 2019, the resort introduced The Farmhouse at Ojai Valley Inn, a 20,000 square foot epicurean event center, connecting world-class food culture, sublime indoor/outdoor settings and bucket list events.