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   Sponsor: AEG
Networking Breakfast

Morning Sessions:
  • REAL Relationships
  • REAL Careers
  • REAL Power
  • REAL Careers
    Sponsor: FOX Sports
Lunch and Office Hours

Afternoon Sessions:
  • REAL Communication
  • REAL Leadership
  • REAL Insight

* Agenda, timing, sessions and speakers are subject to change.
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WISE/R Symposium | Agenda, Sessions & Speakers

WISE/R offers the opportunity to learn from top industry leaders, improve your communications skills, connect with peers and so much more! Details will be added as they become available.


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Session descriptions:

  • REAL Relationships: HR — An Untapped Strategic Partner

  • At each level of your career, it is important to build strong strategic partnerships within your organization. One of the most overlooked, yet important partners, is your Human Resources team. This panel will explore the value of this internal business unit to helping you navigate your company, uncover opportunities, building your skill set and strategically building a successful team and career.
    Panelists: Kerry Chandler, Shauna Gilhooly, Jenny King  |  Moderator: Amy Latimer

  • REAL Careers: Who's Running the Show?

  • Production can be an unpredictable thing — breaking news, live broadcasts and all the moving parts. The rarely seen, but critically important players in our sports viewing experience are the people behind the cameras — the producers and directors. An increasing number of women are forging a path in sports television production, rising in the ranks and paving the way for others. This panel will dispel the myths behind the role, help you navigate the space — where to start, how to transition and the skills needed to excel. They will discuss how these roles are changing and share how they built successful careers while still achieving work/life harmony.
    Panelists: Rebecca Chatman, Suzanne Smith, Maria Soares  |  Moderator: Reena Ninan

  • REAL Power: Becoming the Best Version of Yourself

  • Executive, activist and entrepreneur Sarah Robb O'Hagan sits down with sportswriter Jane McManus for a candid and inspirational conversation about self-discovery, taking big risks, dealing with failure, and rising to the top. Learn what inspired O'Hagan to develop a movement she describes as "Extreme Living," and explore this roadmap for individuals, teams and businesses who want to be the best version of themselves.

  • REAL Careers: Sales 2.0

  • When we think of sales, we typically think of cold calling and rejection. The reality is, selling pervades all we do in our daily lives. The traditional ways of selling have changed — from how advertising has evolved from the 30-second spot to larger marketing programs, to how the product mix around selling tickets now focuses on selling an in-game guest experience. When we begin to consider sales as a medium to align brands, a way to engage with your target audience, and a bridge to partnerships, we see its impact on your career along the way.
    Panelists: Ann Rodriguez  |  Moderator: Elisa Padilla

  • REAL Communication: Building Your Executive Presence

  • The art of spoken communication affects the thousands of daily interactions that determine the trajectory of our careers. What is called "executive presence" isn't just for executives, and touches on every phase of one's professional and personal life. In this session, participants will learn how to change negative communication habits and improve their presence with simple, actionable and repeatable techniques for any situation. Using a variety of tools and kinesthetic activities, participants will learn simple and effective fixes to some of the biggest communications pitfalls experienced by professionals.
    Facilitator: Michael Chad Hoeppner

  • REAL Leadership: Executive Education

  • Dubbed the most valuable program for women in the sports industry, the WISE Executive Leadership Institute provides participants the tools and resources to become more effective leaders. Hear from WELI alumnae as they detail the lessons learned, the personal gains and why you should consider attending.
    Presenter: Johanna Faries

  • REAL Insight: The Master Class

  • For more than two decades, WISE has recognized extraordinary women — those who have broken barriers, acted as a voice for other women and made a significant impact on the business of sports. Hear from current and previous WISE Women of the Year honorees as they share their challenges, pivotal moments of leadership and insights from their own unique journeys. How can you recognize those big transitional moments — and know what to do when they are right in front of you? How do you build your career and position yourself for leadership? What they'd tell their younger selves. These Masters are worth the wait.
    Panelists: Stacey Allaster, Doris Burke, Kathy Carter, Buffy Filippell, Gail Hunter, Amy Latimer, Kim Ng  |  Moderator: Caroline Clarke

Meet our panel of experts and business leaders:
(Partial listing. More to be added as details become available.)
  • Stacey Allaster   |   Chief Executive, Professional Tennis, USTA

    Tasked with setting the strategic vision for the USTA's pro tennis division, Stacey Allaster works closely with the USTA board of directors and pro tennis staff to ensure the continued viability of professional tennis in the United States. Allaster came to the USTA following a successful tenure at the WTA, where she served as president (2006-09) and chairman and CEO (2009-15).

    Among her many honors, Allaster has been recognized by Forbes as one of the 10 most powerful women in sports and by the International Tennis Hall of Fame for her contributions to tennis. She is also a 2011 WISE Women of the Year honoree.

  • Doris Burke   |   Basketball Analyst & Reporter, ESPN

    Doris Burke has covered men's and women's basketball for ESPN since 1991, including as a sideline reporter and game analyst during select telecasts, including the NBA finals. She previously served as a WNBA analyst for the New York Liberty and was a women's college basketball analyst for CBS Sports and Westwood One Radio. The first woman to call a Knicks broadcast and a Big East men's basketball game on television, she was a frequent columnist for Basketball Times and Eastern Basketball magazines.

    Burke served as an assistant coach at Providence, where she was a former basketball standout, was inducted into its Hall of Fame and received an honorary doctorate. She is a 2017 WISE Women of the Year honoree.

  • Kathy Carter   |   President, Soccer United Marketing

    Kathy Carter oversees the revenue business for Major League Soccer's commercial subsidiary. She and her team are responsible for all development and monetization for some of the premier soccer properties in the United States, including MLS, U.S. Soccer, the Mexican National Team and multiple CONCACAF properties. She previously served as VP sales and marketing for AEG where she worked on major partnership deals with The Home Depot Center and oversaw the sponsorship sales division.

    Carter has been named to SportsBusiness Journal and Crain's New York Business 40 Under 40, and is a 2009 WISE Women of the Year honoree. A graduate of the College of William and Mary, she was a starter on the nationally ranked women's soccer team.
  • Kerry D. Chandler   |   Chief Human Resources Officer, Under Armour

    Kerry D. Chandler is responsible for all human resources strategy and operations — including talent acquisition, organization and talent development, performance management, compensation and benefits, employee relations and budget — for Under Armour teammates worldwide. She has held senior positions at Christie's International, NBA, The Walt Disney Company (Hong Kong Disneyland, ESPN), McDonnell Douglas Corporation, Exxon Chemical Company, Motorola and IBM Global Services.

    Chandler is a member of the Human Resources Policy Institute and the Executive Leadership Council, and serves on the espnW advisory panel, the New York Urban League board and the College Football Hall of Fame board of trustees. She has been named to The Network Journal 25 Influential Black Women in Business and SportsBusiness Journal Game Changer lists.

  • Johanna Faries   |   Vice President, Marketing & Fan Development, NFL

    Johanna Faries leads the NFL’s efforts to amplify its reach, relevance and popularity with key fan segments. Over the past 10 years, she has worked in several divisions across the league office, including consumer products, sponsorship marketing and sales, and the consumer products business development and innovation group. Faries serves as a member of the NFL’s Diversity Council and Women of Color Steering Committee and regularly mentors employees in helping them develop their own career paths.

    A graduate of Harvard University, Faries served as president of the Kuumba Singers of Harvard College, its largest multicultural student organization, and received a Senior Leadership Award for being a “face of excellence at Harvard.” She is also a WISE Executive Leadership Institute alumna.

  • Buffy Filippell   |   Founder, TeamWork Online

    Buffy Filippell has had many firsts in her career. An early adopter in the digital space, she created TeamWork Online, a first-of-its-kind web-based talent recruiting system that connects candidates and employers in sports and live events. Filippell was the first female agent at IMG and one of the first recruiters to focus on sports while at the global search firm Korn/Ferry.

    A 2017 WISE Women of the Year honoree, Filippell has been honored by several organizations, including Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield with its Progressive Woman Award, the Cleveland chapter of WISE and Indiana University, her alma mater. A proponent of education, Filippell serves on the Dean’s Associates Board for Indiana University’s School of Public Health.

  • Michael Chad Hoeppner   |   Founder & CEO, GK Training & Communications

    As an executive coach, trainer and speaker, Michael Chad Hoeppner helps professionals become more powerful communicators. His methodology is built on teaching practical, actionable, repeatable techniques that transform a person’s presence. He has worked with some of the world’s most influential companies and their leaders, including Xerox, Pfizer, JPMorgan Chase, Morgan Stanley, NYU Stern School of Business, Macy’s and the NFL.

    Hoeppner received his M.F.A. from New York University’s graduate acting program. He has worked as an actor in film, television and theater. A professor at Columbia University Business School in the MBA and PhD programs, he also volunteers his time teaching and mentoring students in New York City.

  • Jenny King   |   Strategic Business Partner & HR Director, CCNA Marketing, Coca-Cola

    As a strategic HR business partner and HR director for the U.S. operations brand and strategic marketing teams, Jenny King is responsible for aligning Coca-Cola’s HR strategy to the business strategy by proactively implementing HR initiatives and people plans that address and solve business problems and directly contribute to major long-term business objectives and results.

    She champions performance and talent management processes and provides coaching and guidance related to organizational effectiveness, headcount allocation, talent and performance management, employee relations, leadership development and engagement initiatives. King has been with the company for 22 years, holding many roles across a multitude of functions, both with the bottling organizations and the North America group.

  • Amy Latimer   |   President, TD Garden

    Amy Latimer is responsible for all day-to-day operating functions of TD Garden, overseeing premium service, fan experience and overall revenue generation. Prior to 2012, she served as a senior vice president of sales and marketing, responsible for developing and leading all sales and marketing strategies for the Boston Bruins and TD Garden.

    Latimer joined TD Garden in 1995. Throughout her tenure, she has overseen and participated in many of the arena's charitable endeavors, serves as executive director of Garden Neighborhood Charities and sits on the Good Sports board of directors. A recognized leader in the industry, she was named a SportsBusiness Journal Game Changer in 2011 and is a 2015 WISE Women of the Year honoree.

  • Jane McManus   |   Sportswriter

    Award-winning journalist Jane McManus has covered New York sports since 1998 and began covering football just before Brett Favre's stint with the Jets. Her work has appeared in Newsday, USA Today, The Journal News, The New York Times and most recently on ESPN. She has broken national news stories, appeared on sports and news shows and numerous radio affiliates.

    McManus is an adjunct professor at Columbia Graduate School of Journalism, the same program from which she received her Masters degree, where she teaches the sports journalism class. In 2008, she embarked on a seven-year roller derby career and once scored 99 points.

  • Reena Ninan   |   Correspondent & Anchor, CBS News

    An experienced journalist who has reported from around the world, Reena Ninan is the anchor of the "CBS Weekend News," correspondent for "CBS News" and anchor for CBSN, CBS News' digital streaming news service. She previously co-anchored ABC News' "World News Now" and "America This Morning," and covered the White House for ABC News, where she traveled with former president Barack Obama to Asia and with then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to the Middle East.

    Prior to ABC News, Ninan was a Middle East correspondent for the Fox News Channel, reporting from Egypt, India, Lebanon, Iraq, Libya and Israel. Her work abroad earned her notice from Glamour magazine, which included her in a "Women on the Front Lines" story.

  • Sarah Robb O'Hagan   |   CEO, Flywheel Sports & Founder, Extreme You

    Executive, activist and entrepreneur, Sarah Robb O'Hagan has been described as "Superwoman Undercover" and the "Pied Piper of Potential." As CEO of the indoor cycling company Flywheel Sports, she is leading business transformation through digital services. Robb O'Hagan previously served as the global president at Gatorade, held leadership positions at Equinox, Nike and Virgin and is the author of Extreme You: Step Up. Stand Out. Kick Ass. Repeat.

    A high-energy combination of disruptive business leader, fitness fanatic and cheerleading mom, she's been named to Forbes' Most Powerful Women in Sports and Fast Company's Most Creative People in Business, as well as the 40 Under 40 lists of Sports Business Journal (2009, 2011, 2012), Sports Goods Business and Crain's Chicago Business.

  • Elisa Padilla   |   SVP/CMO, Brooklyn Sports & Entertainment

    Elisa Padilla oversees all marketing efforts for Barclays Center, the Brooklyn Nets, the New York Islanders, the new Coliseum and the Long Island Nets, including branding, advertising, merchandising, database research, creative, websites and social media. She led the rebranding of the Nets from New Jersey to Brooklyn and created the award-winning Hello Brooklyn campaign. Padilla has also worked with high-profile sports and entertainment companies including AT&T, HBO Sports, Nickelodeon, NBA and the New York Knicks.

    Padilla taught sports marketing at NYU and served on the WISE national board. She has been featured in Sports Business Daily, Courier Life and Hispanic Executive and has received awards from El Diario and Courier Life, who named her a Brooklyn Woman of Distinction.

  • Maria Soares   |   Senior Coordinating Producer, ESPN International and ESPN Deportes

    Maria Soares is responsible for all content produced for sports (excluding soccer) and the video team that supports digital platforms across the globe. This content supports more than ten ESPN networks, and at least 11 ESPN sites. Since joining ESPN in 1992, her list of production credits include three Olympics, three Pan Am Games, the 2000 Home Run Derby (the launch of ESPN Deportes), the first Spanish-language coverage of the Summer X Games, numerous Super Bowls, Grand Slams and other major sporting events. She has received an Emmy nomination and numerous Telly Awards.

    Soares is involved in two ESPN employee organizations: GOAL! Employee Resource Group, which aims to champion Latino employees and initiatives, and the Executive Women’s Forum.

Agenda, sessions and speakers are subject to change.