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February 13, 2009

WISE Announces 2009 Women of the Year Award Winners

Contact: Robin Waxenberg



New York City, February 11, 2009 -- Women in Sports and Events (WISE), the leading voice and resource for professional women in the sports and events industry, announced today the recipients of its 2009 WISE Women of the Year Award: Kathryn Carter, executive vice president of Soccer United Marketing/Major League Soccer; Jamie McCourt, Chief Executive Officer of the Los Angeles Dodgers; and Jacqueline D. Parkes, executive vice president and chief marketing officer for Major League Baseball.

The three women will be honored at the 15th Annual WISE Women of the Year Awards Luncheon to be held in New York City at the Marriott Marquis on Wednesday, May 27, 2009. NBC Sports reporter Andrea Joyce will once again host the luncheon, as she has several times previously.

“These outstanding women have not only made a number of significant contributions as leaders in their respective industries, but have broken barriers to do so,” said Sue Rodin, founder and national president of WISE. “They each also have proven track records in serving as a resource and increasing the opportunities for others along the way, establishing themselves as true role models for the next generation of women in this industry.”

The honorees were chosen by a vote by the WISE membership nationwide. Criteria for the honorees include leadership in their field, service as a voice and resource for women in the industry, and general professionalism and performance on and off the field that have significantly affected the business of sports.

About the honorees
Carter oversees all sponsorship, advertising sales and marketing, as well as fan development, creative services and partnership marketing activities for Major League Soccer’s commercial subsidiary. She is responsible for all sales and servicing for some of the premier soccer properties in the U. S., including Major League Soccer, the Mexican National Team and Mexican club team Chivas de Guadalajara’s rights in the U.S., domestic Mexican club tournament InterLiga, the SuperLiga tournament, and U.S. Soccer and all of its National Teams. She also serves as the U.S. representative on FIFA’s Standing Committee for Women’s Football and the FIFA Women’s World Cup and is a standing member of the SUM Business Development Committee. Carter has been the recipient of both the SportsBusiness Journal and Crain’s New York Business Forty Under 40 awards.

McCourt is the highest-ranking female executive in Major League Baseball. As president, she has brought business development, financial acumen, and marketing aggressiveness to the Dodgers, while restoring a family atmosphere and a fan-friendly attitude, which has resulted in increasing club attendance records each year under her leadership. She has transformed the Dodgers community relations efforts, launched DodgersWIN, (Women’s Initiatives Network) and expanded the outreach of the Dodgers Dream Foundation. McCourt is admitted to the bars of Massachusetts and New York and also serves as a member of the Visiting Committee and the North America Executive Board of the MIT Sloan School of Management. She serves on several Los Angeles area boards and was appointed to the California Governor’s Council on Physical Fitness.

Parkes is the first executive at MLB to hold the Chief Marketing Officer title. She works with all 30 clubs and MLB’s partners to promote the brand and leverage all assets to drive long-term revenue. Specific responsibilities include running advertising, marketing, promotion, research, design services, community relations and educational programming. In 2003 and 2005, she was named one of the “40 under 40” most influential people in sports by the Sports Business Journal. In 2005, she was also named to Crain’s New York Business “40 Under 40” list and Advertising Age named her a “Woman to Watch”. In 2006, she was recognized as a “Woman of Achievement” by the Greater New York Exploring Council.

Headquartered in New York City, WISE was founded in 1993 and currently has more than 1,000 members in chapters across the country including Atlanta, New York, San Francisco/Bay Area, Cleveland, Los Angeles, Chicago, and Washington D.C. For information about attending the luncheon, joining WISE or becoming a sponsor, please send an email to info@wiseworks.org.