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WELI Attracts Top Industry Leaders

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From Nov. 5 through Nov. 10, 29 female leaders representing some of the most influential brands and companies in sports business gathered to pursue a common goal — professional development — at the fourth annual WISE Executive Leadership Institute.

WELI, as it is often called by alumnae, is a signature program of Women in Sports and Events offered in partnership and developed with Tuck Executive Education at Dartmouth.

“In four short years, WELI has generated a lifetime of learning, friendship and opportunity for women in our industry,” said Kathleen Francis, WISE national board chair and president. “This immersive study program gives attendees the leadership tools to help them continue to make positive contributions and deep professional connections to support them on their journey.”

WELI is considered the gold standard in leadership development programming. Designed to help female executives become more effective leaders as they navigate their respective business environments, its customized curriculum addresses the business and personal skills required for success, as well as specific challenges faced by women in the industry.

Started in 2014, the WISE Executive Leadership Institute has hosted female leaders from leading sports leagues and teams, national networks, sports and entertainment agencies, and numerous other companies in the sports industry. And 2017 was no different with attendees representing some heavy hitters in the field: 

  • a|i|m Marketing Solutions

  • AEG/STAPLES Center

  • AEG/StubHub Center

  • CBS Sports

  • The Coca-Cola Company

  • Disney and ESPN Media Networks

  • ESPN

  • ESPN Los Angeles Production Center

  • FOX Networks

  • Major League Soccer

  • Minnesota Vikings

  • National Basketball Association

  • National Football League

  • National Hockey League

  • NBC Sports Regional Networks

  • Under Armour

  • United States Olympic Committee