via press release:


espnW: Women + Sports Summit Brings Together Top Female Athletes & Innovators Oct. 1-3

Attendees include Aly Raisman, Adam Silver, Gabrielle Reece, Julie Foudy and Sheryl Swoopes; Select Panels Available for Viewing Via Livestream


espnW will unite some of the most talented female athletes, leaders and sports innovators for the third annual espnW: Women + Sports Summit presented by Lexus, Oct. 1-3, in Tucson, Ariz. This year’s Summit, The Future Is Ours, will focus on the significant role of women in sports through a mix of panel discussions, interactive work sessions and speakers. Summit attendees include gymnast and two-time Olympic Gold medalist Aly Raisman, sprinter and three-time medalist Carmelita Jeter, basketball legend Sheryl Swoopes, soccer icons Julie Foudy and Kristine Lilly and beach volleyball player and fitness expert Gabrielle Reece. Industry leaders include the NBA’s Adam Silver, Columbia University’s Val Ackerman, Burton’s Donna Carpenter, the WTA’s Stacey Allaster, Facebook’s Rebecca Van Dyck, DeVos Sports Business Management’s Dr. Richard Lapchick and ESPN President John Skipper and ESPN Executive Vice President & CFO Christine Driessen.


“The Summit will stimulate an important dialogue on the role and future of women in sports with key industry influencers and athletes, said Laura Gentile, vice president, espnW. “This year has been a momentous one for women in sports with the 40th Anniversary of Title IX and the remarkable performance of female athletes at the London Olympic Games; we look forward to maintaining that momentum and growing the prominence of women in sports.”


Key panels and speakers will be available via Livestream at .


Livestream Schedule (All times ET)


–         Monday, Oct. 1, 9:30 p.m. ET“Join the rEVEolution” with Faith Popcorn (BrainReserve)


–         Tuesday, Oct. 2, 3:45 p.m.“A Global Perspective on Women’s Sports” with Stacey Allaster (WTA), Mary Wittenberg (NYRR) moderated by Amy Stanton, Founder & CEO, Stanton & Company, LLC


–         Tuesday, Oct. 2, 9:45 p.m. – “The WNBA: a Story of Commitment, Resilience, and Innovation” with Adam Silver (NBA) and John Skipper (ESPN), hosted by Hannah Storm


–         Tuesday, Oct. 2, 11:15 p.m. – World-Class Athletes:  the Ultimate Multi-Taskers” featuring Carmelita Jeter, Kristine Lilly and Gabrielle Reece, hosted by Jemele Hill


–         Wednesday, Oct. 3, 4 p.m. – Closing session, “Smart Power: The Future of Women and Sports is in Our Hands“- The US State Department and espnW Global Mentorship Program plus, “Voices of the Future” with Lakey Peterson, Sasha Digiulian and Aly Raisman, moderated by Julie Foudy


For more information about the espnW: Women + Sports Summit and to see the complete agenda visit or follow on Twitter with @espnW and #espnWsummit.


Sponsors of the espnW: Women + Sports Summit presented by Lexus

The espnW Summit sponsors include LEXUS, the event’s first presenting sponsor and a new official partner of espnW. The Lexus sponsorship includes an opportunity for all attendees to experience the new Lexus ES with transportation to/from the event. In addition, Lexus ES vehicle displays will be prominent throughout the Ritz-Carlton resort. The Lexus sponsorship also includes Livestream content, and inclusion of the first female Lexus Culinary Master, Michelle Bernstein. UNDER ARMOUR, the exclusive training partner of the espnW Summit, will provide apparel and footwear from their new training and studio collections in support of their new women’s campaign, “No Matter What, Sweat Every Day. I WILL.” The campaign encourages female athletes to challenge themselves and honors a lifestyle in which a day without sweat is a day that is incomplete. GATORADE is espnW’s exclusive sports nutrition partner. Additionally, SECRET, COVER GIRL, OAKLEY, LULULEMON ATHLETICA and COLAVITA are sponsoring the espnW: Women + Sports Summit.


About espnW

espnW’s mission is to connect female fans with the sports they love and follow. provides an engaging environment where women are an integral part of the sports conversation, share their perspective on men’s and women’s sports and find the motivation and support for their athletic goals and interests. Founded in July 2010, espnW, [], is an emerging business that consists primarily of a digital product suite including pc web, mobile web and social media. espnW is also supported by a strong social media presence on Twitter and Facebook. The Women’s Sports Foundation is a charity of choice of espnW.

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