On October 19, 2020, we will kick off our annual espnW: Women + Sports Summit! The Summit unites a world-class group of leaders in sports and business, female athletes, and industry influencers for a two-day program of speakers, sports activities, and collaboration – all focused on creating positive change and opportunity for women in sports.

Through a compelling series of keynotes, panel discussions and interactive work sessions, The Summit addresses 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, inspires, and empowers attendees to shape an actionable vision for the future of women in sports.

Please join us at The 2020 Summit.



Executive Headshot Sessions presented by Wells Fargo

Summit Opening and Welcome
with Laura Gentile & Sage Steele 

Women in Leadership Panel
Jill Abbott / Head of Consumer and Athlete Engagement, Gatorade, Elie Donahue / Vice President, Marketing, Rothy's, Christy Hedgpeth / Chief Operating Officer, WNBA, and Shari Van Cleave / Head of Digital Labs, Wells Fargo with Sarah Spain

Sage Steele in conversation with Jessica Mendoza

Global Sports Mentoring Around the World
Featuring the 2019 GSMP Delegates, Dr. Sarah Hillyer, and a conversation with mentor Julie Eddleman and GSMP alumna Julia Vergueiro with Julie Foudy

Opening Night Dinner 

ESPN Storytelling with Connor Schell & Alison Overholt

espnW's Be Honest with Cari Champion
Interview with Ella Mai

Musical performance by Ella Mai

W Reception 

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 19. 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 $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 registration fee cover?
The Registration Fee for the 2020 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 [email protected].
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 [email protected].
Who is attending?
Influencers like you. Business, brand and agency executives, professional athletes, experts, and leaders in the educational and non-profit sectors.
Who Is Speaking?
The espnW: Women + Sports Summit stage has been graced by a deep roster of world-class speakers, innovators and disruptors over its 10 year tenure (see more here). Speakers for The espnW Summit will be announced soon, so please check back often!
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 2019 Agenda »
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.


Set along Southern California’s chic Newport Coast®, The Resort at Pelican Hill® is a Five-Star, Five-Diamond destination offering unparalleled service and luxury. Inspired by Italy’s renowned Renaissance architect, Andrea Palladio, Pelican Hill is a sanctuary of beauty, sophistication, architecture, exquisite accommodations, epicurean delights, ocean-view golf and Five-Star Spa experiences.
The Resort at Pelican Hill
22701 S Pelican Hill Road,
Newport Coast, CA 92657

(855) 315-8214