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July 21, 2014

WISE Announces the Rodin Scholarship to Foster Professional Development of Female Small Business Owners

Five $4,000 scholarships will provide funding for recipients to attend inaugural WISE Executive Leadership Institute

NEW YORK, July 21, 2014 —Women In Sports and Events (WISE), the leading voice and resource for women in the business of sports, is pleased to announce the creation of The Rodin Scholarship for the professional development of female small business owners in partnership with Coca-Cola.

Five scholarship recipients will receive $4,000 each to help fund their attendance at the first-ever WISE Executive Leadership Institute in partnership with Tuck Executive Education at Dartmouth, set for November 9-14, 2014, on the Tuck campus in Hanover, N.H.

The scholarship was inspired by WISE founder Sue Rodin, who has helped to change the landscape for women in the sports business, especially related to gender equity, female entrepreneurship and the concept of building mentorships among women across the United States.

"My younger self would have never imagined going into business, let alone business for myself," said Rodin, who established WISE in 1993. "But when WISE was in its infancy, I realized that I was not alone. I'm Exhibit A, B and C of what WISE can do. And I'm humbled by this honor. Thank you to the WISE National Board and Coca-Cola for establishing this wonderful scholarship."

WISE will select up to 40 outstanding women for its inaugural Executive Leadership Institute in partnership with Tuck Executive Education at Dartmouth from all applications received by August 8. When completing the program application, hopeful participants will also answer several questions to be reviewed by the WISE committee for scholarship consideration.

"Coca-Cola is proud to join WISE in the establishment of the Rodin Scholarship," said Sharon Byers, Senior Vice President Sports and Entertainment Marketing, Coca-Cola North America, and 2013 WISE Women of the Year honoree. "This effort reinforces our global commitment to support the advancement of women in leadership positions and women's economic empowerment around the world. We are honored to recognize Sue Rodin's contributions to WISE, and the industry at large, that has benefited so many women with fantastic careers in sports."

The WISE Executive Leadership Institute will leverage faculty and resources of Tuck Executive Education at Dartmouth, which is consistently ranked among the world's Top-10 business schools by Forbes, The Wall Street Journal, The Economist and U.S. News & World Report.

The customized curriculum is targeted to high-performing women, at the vice president level or above, who aspire to senior-level positions, with the ultimate goal of establishing a deep bench of female leaders who are prepared to ascend to the C-suites.

Key Tuck faculty for the WISE Executive Leadership Institute are Professors Ella L.J. Bell Smith, Sydney Finkelstein, Leslie Robinson, Pino Audia, Judith White, Paul Argenti, Stacy Blake-Beard, and Tuck partner Action Learning Associates. To learn more about the faculty, visit http://exec.tuck.dartmouth.edu/about-us/faculty.

Applicant Requirements
Women, from multiple disciplines, who are employed full-time in a line management or staff position in the sports industry or by a company that is engaged in the sports industry, (i.e., brands, agencies and/or media companies) are encouraged to apply for one of the 40 available slots in the inaugural 2014 class of the WISE Executive Leadership Institute.  If not self-employed, they must be endorsed by their company's senior management for participation in the program.

For additional information and program applications, please visit WISE-Institute.org. Applications must be submitted online by August 8, 2014. All submissions are confidential and will be reviewed by a WISE committee.

About WISE
WISE (Women in Sports & Events) is the leading voice and resource for professional women in sports.  Through ongoing meetings, special events and mentoring programs, WISE aims to offer its members the opportunity to gain valuable industry insights and connections that can give them a competitive advantage in their current position and as they advance in their careers.  Founded in 1993, WISE is a membership organization headquartered in New York City with chapters in Atlanta, the San Francisco Bay Area, Boston, Chicago, Cleveland, Los Angeles, NYC-Metro, Pittsburgh, San Diego and Washington, DC, as well as Syracuse University's WISE on Campus.  To become a member of WISE, please visit www.WISEworks.org.

About Tuck
The Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth is consistently ranked one of the top global business schools, recognized for general management, strategy, innovation, leadership development, and teamwork, and renowned for excellence in teaching. Tuck Executive Education has developed preeminent programs for women leaders in partnership with Smith College (Smith-Tuck Global Leaders Program for Women), with ASCENT—Leading Multicultural Women to the Top (ASCENT Managing Management Program), and with Women's Business Enterprise National Council (Tuck-WBENC Executive Program). Tuck's world-class faculty brings research-based insights, real-world experience, and highly-developed facilitation skills to fully engage experienced executives in an active and collaborative learning process. Executives emerge with skills and insights to help them address the challenges their organizations face and to take their own leadership development to the next level. For more information, please visit http://exec.tuck.dartmouth.edu.