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Newsroom Archive

May 10, 2007

2007 WISE Women of the Year Awards Luncheon Highlights


The Marriott Marquis in New York City was the place to be on May 16, 2007 as more than 450 celebrated the achievements and contributions of three outstanding women in the sports and events industry for the 13th annual and 2007 Women In Sports And Events (WISE) Women of the Year Awards.

With leaders in industry and sports in attendance, this year’s event had a distinguished group of honorees including Cindy Alston, CMO, The Gatorade Company, Mary Carillo, Peabody and Emmy® Award-winning television journalist; and Donna Orender, president, WNBA. WISE founder and president Sue Rodin provided introductory comments and Andrea Joyce, NBC sports hosted the event for a record fourth time.

WISE also introduced a WISE Within pilot mentoring program in New York City. While women have made significant achievements in the sports and events industry there is still a clear challenge to move into executive roles. The program is designed to provide up-and-coming women with resources for building important relationships, accessing counsel and gaining new perspectives from leaders in the industry.

We hope you were able to join us for this most special celebration.

Here’s a sneak peak at some of the day’s highlights. Look for more coverage of the 2007 awards in a special summer WISE Words newsletter.

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The 2007 Women in Sports and Events (WISE) Women of the Year Awards celebrated the outstanding achievements of three women in industry at the Marriott Marquis, New York Cityon May 16, 2007. Pictured left to right: Sue Rodin, founder and president of Women in Sports and Events (WISE); the three honorees -- Donna Orender, president, WNBA, Cindy Alston, CMO, The Gatorade Company; Mary Carillo, Peabody and Emmy® Award-winning television journalist; and Andrea Joyce, awards host, NBC Sports.

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The 2007 Women in Sports and Events (WISE) Women of the Year honorees, recognized for their outstanding achievements in industry celebrate their awards with their presenters and colleagues at the Marriott Marquis, New York City, on May 16, 2007. Pictured left to right: Honoree Donna Orender, president, WNBA; presenter Robin Roberts, co-host, Good Morning America (ABC), Andrea Joyce, awards host, NBC Sports; honoree Mary Carillo, Peabody and Emmy® Award-winning television journalist; Sue Rodin, founder and president of Women in Sports and Events (WISE), presenter Kristine Lilly, international soccer star; honoree Cindy Alston, CMO, The Gatorade Company; and presenter Geraldine Laybourne, CEO, Oxygen Media.

A special thank you to our:
National sponsors: IBM and The New York Times Presenting sponsors: CBS Sports, NBA, WNBA, Taylor, USTA; Event Sponsors: Danskin, Gatorade, ESPN, Inc.; HBO Sports; IMG; Lady Foot Locker; Major League Baseball; MLS W.O.R.K.S., MassMutual Financial Group, New York Mets, World Wrestling Entertainment.

We also thank Tiffany & Co. for generously providing the awards.