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February 1, 2010

2009 Women of the Year Recap


The 15th annual WISE Women of the Year luncheon was held on Wednesday, May 27, 2009 in New York City. The WISE Women of the Year Award is a prestigious honor that recognizes three extraordinary women who have made a significant impact on the business of sports and events. The WISE membership voted to honor these women while considering the following criteria: Women who in their careers are visible leaders and continue to be a voice for women in the industry Women who have broken down barriers, helped create new opportunities and serve as a resource for other women Women who exemplify professional excellence and are role models for others Read about all 2009 nominees, the press release, and past winners. Click for a recap from last year and photo gallery. WISE Women of the Year - Previous Honorees 2009:Kathy Carter, Executive Vice President, Soccer United Marketing/MLS Jamie McCourt CEO, Los Angeles Dodgers Jacqueline Parks, Vice President of Advertising and Marketing 2008:Rita Benson LeBlanc, Owner and Executive Vice President, New Orleans Saints Pam Oliver, Reporter, NFL on Fox Molly Solomon, Coordinating Producer, NBC Olympics 2007: Cindy Alston, Chief Marketing Officer, The Gatorade Company Mary Carillo, On Air Talent, HBO Donna Orender, President, WNBA 2006: Sheila Johnson, Owner, Washington Mystics, Founder BET Beatriz Perez, VP Sports and Entertainment Marketing, North American Division of The Coca Cola Company Mary Wittenberg, President and Chief Executive, New York Road Runners 2005: Christine Brennan, Sports Columnist, USA Today Christine Driessen, Executive Vice President/Chief Financial Officer, ESPN Jo Ann Ross, President, Network Sales, CBS 2004: 10th Anniversary Celebration Honoring All Past Winners 2003: Dockery Clark, Senior Vice President, Olympic Sports and Event Marketing, Bank of America LeslieAnne Wade, Vice President, Communications, CBS Sports Deborah Yow, Athletic Director, University of Maryland 2002: Billie Jean King, Founder/Coach, World Team Tennis, and Sports Pioneer Lesley Visser, Broadcaster, CBS Sports 2001: Lee Ann Daly, Senior Vice President, Marketing, ESPN Kathleen Francis, Senior Vice President, Sales, Marketing and Communications,NJ Sports and Exposition Authority Stephanie Tolleson, Senior Vice President and Head of Women�s Tennis, IMG 2000: Marla Messing, CEO, Organizing Committee, 1999 FIFA Women�s World Cup Kim Ng, Assistant General Manager,Los Angeles Dodgers Sue Wellington, Quaker Oats/Gatorade 1999:Nancy Brinker, Creator of the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation Jackie Joyner-Kersee, Olympic Champion, Track and Field Pat Summitt, Head Women�s Basketball Coach, University of Tennessee 1998:Val Ackerman, President, WNBA Robin Roberts, News Anchor, Good Morning America Elizabeth (Eli) Primrose-Smith, VP, Worldwide Olympic & Sports Sponsorships, IBM 1997: Liz Dolan, Co-Founder, Satellite Sisters, and formerly VP, Global Marketing, Nike 1996: Lydia Stephans, Former President, Oxygen Sports 1995: Sara Levinson, President of Women�s Publishing Group, Rodale Press