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

On October 21, 2019, we will kick off the 10th anniversary of the espnW: Women + Sports Summit! Our biggest Summit yet will unite 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 enables attendees to gain valuable insights and meaningful data points, while joining forces to shape an actionable vision for the future of women in sports.

Please join us at The 2019 Summit.




Summit Welcome Suite Open
Headshot Sessions presented by Wells Fargo
Kate Parker book signing

Summit Opening and Welcome
with Laura Gentile, Christine Driessen & Sage Steele 

Women in Leadership Panel
Val Ackerman / Commissioner, Big East Conference, Titi Cole / Executive Vice President, Head of Operations at Wells Fargo, Jessica Gelman / CEO, Kraft Analytics Group, and Michele Roberts / Executive Director, National Basketball Players Association with Sage Steele

USA Hockey: Road to GOLD! and Equality.
Gold medal winners Meghan Duggan, Hilary Knight, Jocelyne Lamoureux-Davidson and Kendall Coyne Schofield with Julie Foudy

W Power Talks: 10-minute focused talks by key industry leaders
introduced by Allison Glock
Kate Parker - author & photographer - "Strong is the New Pretty"
Michael Ian Black - actor, producer & writer

espnW Keynote Interview
Featuring Danica Patrick with Hannah Storm

Summit Welcome Suite Open

Opening Night Dinner 

A Moment of Gratitude

Introduction of the Toyota Everyday Heroes Awards with Sarah SpainSamantha Goot and Courtney Payne-Taylor

espnW's Be Honest with Cari Champion
Featuring Andra Day

Musical performance by Andra Day

Concluding Remarks with Sage Steele 

W Rise Up! 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 21. 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 2019 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.
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 2018 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