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WISE Women of the Year: 2018 Nominees

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The prestigious WISE Women of the Year Award honors three extraordinary women who have made a significant business impact and who have demonstrated support of women in the sports industry. This is your opportunity as a WISE member to recognize their accomplishments and contributions.

Voting closes on Fri., Feb. 23, 2018 at 8pm ET.

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MEET THE NOMINEES

Lindsay Amstutz |  SVP and GM, FOX Sports West/FOX Sports San Diego/Prime Ticket

Lindsay Amstutz serves as the general manager for three FOX Sports regional networks in Southern California, managing day-to-day operations for FOX Sports West, Prime Ticket and FOX Sports San Diego. Previously she served as vice president of marketing for FOX Sports Regional Networks, overseeing marketing efforts across 22 RSNs, and earlier was director of marketing and on-air presentation for FOX Sports West and Prime Ticket in Los Angeles.

Earlier, Amstutz was vice president and chief marketing officer for the Los Angeles Sparks after two years with the National Basketball Association’s team marketing and business operations group as director, WNBA team business development. Prior to the NBA, she was a sports and entertainment transactional associate for O'Melveny & Myers LLP. In addition, she was employed in the athletic marketing departments for Santa Clara and Stanford University.

Sports Business Journal recently recognized Amstutz as one of Power Players: Regional Sports Networks. She was awarded Multichannel News’ 40 Under 40.  Additionally she helps lead the Women of FOX Sports initiative, is active in Women in Sports and Events (WISE), is on the LA Sports and Entertainment Commission’s advisory board and the Southern California Golf Association marketing committee. In 2016, she was honored with the WISE Women of Inspiration Award (LA chapter) and has attended the WISE Executive Leadership Institute. She graduated from Stanford University and received her law degree from Georgetown University Law Center. 

 

Kerry 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 UAPrior to joining Under Armour in 2015, Chandler was global head of human resources for Christie’s International and was executive vice president of human resources at the NBA.  Previously she held senior roles at The Walt Disney Company, ESPN, McDonnell Douglas, Motorola, and IBM.

Chandler is a member of the Human Resources Policy Institute and the Executive Leadership Council, and serves on the espnW Advisory Panel, the board of trustees of the College Football Hall of Fame, and the board of the New York Urban League. Among her accolades, Chandler was named one of the 25 Influential Black Women in Business by The Network Journal magazine (2005), Sports Business Journal Game Changer (2012) and BizWomen’s Top 100 List of Business Women To Watch (2016). In 2017, she was honored by Black Enterprise magazine as one of The Most Powerful Women in Business and received the Achievement in Professional and Education Excellence (APEX) Award from Morgan State University’s Earl G. Graves School of Business and Management. 

A graduate of Lincoln University in Jefferson City, Missouri, Chandler later earned her Master’s degree from Washington University in St. Louis, and a Master’s degree in Management from McGill University in Montreal. She also participated in the International Masters in Practicing Management (IMPM) Program.

 

Kim Damron  |  President and COO, Paciolan

As president of Paciolan, Kim Damron manages the direction and vision for the entire company, including client satisfaction, retention and direction of all products, services and solutions. During her 12 years with the company, she has cultivated an inclusive and supportive corporate culture at Paciolan, encouraging employee growth and development while exemplifying equality and the positive impact of female leaders. 

Damron has helped grow the company’s market footprint to more than 500 live entertainment organizations, including 125 college athletics institutions, that sell more than 120 million tickets annually. She is also the liaison to Paciolan's parent company, Learfield, and is charged with being more integrated with the Extended Business Lines within the Learfield family. Before she was named president, Damron was managing most of the company in her role as chief operating officer, and developed many of the teams within the company that exist today.  

Prior to her role at Paciolan, Damron held leadership positions at Tickets.com, Buy.com and Paramount Studios. In 2017, Venues Today recognized Damron as a Woman of Influence, honoring female leaders in the sports and entertainment industry.  Damron earned her bachelor’s degree in communications and sports studies from University of Southern California.

 

Kate Johnson  |  VP Global Sponsorship Marketing, Visa

Kate Johnson is vice president and head of global sponsorship marketing at Visa. In her role, she oversees the global portfolio of sponsorships for Visa, including the company’s 30-year partnership with the IOC, FIFA and the NFL. Sponsorships have been a key pillar of Visa’s marketing strategy for many years. Through these properties and platforms, Visa has been able to offer unique value to clients, while building a stronger brand and driving business growth globally. Visa’s sponsorship portfolio includes properties from around the world that are procured for a variety of purposes including (but not limited to): brand building, client pass-through/general activation, client co-sponsorships, and consumer product benefits, allowing Visa to tell a story that the business, brand and consumer can connect to in meaningful ways. 

Prior to joining Visa, Johnson served as a senior director within WME IMG’s global consulting group. During her tenure, she was based in London, Toronto and New York City where she managed a portfolio of clients, building strategic global marketing programs and sponsorship activations for global properties including Wimbledon, World Golf Championships, the US and British Open, and the Beijing, Vancouver, London and Sochi Olympics. 

Johnson competed at the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens, Greece where she and her teammates won a silver medal in the Women’s 8+. She is a 2002 world champion and Olympic and world record holder. A graduate of the University of Michigan, she is a three-time first team All-American, Big Ten Rower of the Year in back-to-back seasons (2000 and 2001) and a 2000 All-Big Ten first team pick. Johnson was also a two-time Academic All-Big Ten selection and three-time CRCA All-Central Region first team choice. 

 

JoAnn Neale |  Chief Administrative and Social Responsibility Officer, Major League Soccer

JoAnn Neale leads human resources, administrative, facilities and social responsibility for Major League Soccer and its commercial arm, Soccer United Marketing (SUM). She is responsible for the strategic and legal oversight of all aspects of the human resources department, including managing employee relations, recruiting, diversity and inclusion, succession planning, benefits, learning and development, compensation, human resources information systems, culture and core values, and establishing and drafting League policies and procedures. Neale also leads the administration department, where she is responsible for office design, space planning, office relocation and expansion, vendor management, compliance and day-to-day office services and facility operations.

In addition, Neale spearheads MLS WORKS, the League’s social responsibility arm, developing it into one of professional sports’ most successful community outreach initiatives. MLS WORKS has established a commitment to social responsibility through charitable giving and by undertaking grassroots community service programs.

Neale joined the League in 1998 as legal counsel.  She was promoted to vice president and legal counsel in 1999, then senior vice president, business affairs and general counsel in 2001. Neale spent six years overseeing all legal matters for both MLS and SUM, including the areas of corporate governance, expansion, sponsorship, broadcasting and licensing. Prior Neale was an attorney at the law firms of Latham & Watkins and Duval & Stachenfeld. She earned her law degree from New York University’s School of Law, graduating cum laude and her Bachelor’s of Science degree in Economics from Cornell University.

 

Sarah Robb O'Hagan  |  Chief Executive Officer, Flywheel Sports

As chief executive officer of the fast growing indoor cycling company Flywheel Sports, Sarah Robb O’Hagan is leading the transformation of the business through digital content and services. She previously she served as global president of Gatorade, and later global president of the luxury fitness company Equinox. Robb O’Hagan has also led marketing campaigns for Virgin Atlantic Airways and the Nike team that launched the game-changing innovation Nike Plus in collaboration with Apple.

Robb O’Hagan has founded a movement she calls Extreme Living and is the author of the book, Extreme You (2017). She served on Hillary Clinton’s US State Department Council to Empower Women and Girls through Sports and as a trustee of the Women’s Sports Foundation. She also sits on the board of STRAVA – the social network for athletes.  A proud Kiwi American, she is an active member of the World Class New Zealand Network.

Robb O’Hagan was named one of Forbes' Most Powerful Women in Sports and one of Fast Company’s Most Creative People in Business.  She was named to the 40 Under 40 lists by the Sports Business Journal (2009, 2011, and 2012), Sports Goods Business (2010), and Crain’s Chicago Business (2010), and Ad Age magazine’s Women to Watch (2010). In 2014 she was awarded the Sir Peter Blake Trust Award for outstanding leadership and in 2016 she was recognized in her native country with a World Class New Zealand award for leadership.

 

Kim Stone  |  EVP and GM, AmericanAirlines Arena and the Miami HEAT

As executive vice president and general manager, Kim Stone is responsible for overseeing the day-to-day operations of the award-winning AmericanAirlines Arena. According to Pollstar Magazine’s 2017 rankings, the venue remains  #1 in Florida, #6 in the United States and 16th in the world for total ticket sales. Under Stone’s guidance, the arena became the world’s first sports and entertainment facility to achieve Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold Recertification by the U.S. Green Building Council. She also oversees business intelligence, data analytics, digital strategy and service and retention of Miami HEAT’s season ticket holder base.

Previously, Stone was sports publicity director for the University of Texas women’s athletics department and worked at the University of North Carolina’s sports information office. Venues Today named Stone a Women of Influence and Sports Business Journal recognized her as a 2016 Game Changer and in 2017 as a Power Player in Venue Management. She was named by South Florida Business Journal in the inaugural class of Influential Business Women.

Stone serves as a board member of the Miami Downtown Development Authority, University of Miami’s President Council, International Association of Venue Managers and the Florida Facility Manager’s Association. Her alma mater, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Journalism and Mass Communications, inducted her into its Hall of Fame.  She graduated with honors from the University of Miami with a master’s degree in international business administration.

 

Michelle Wilson  |  Chief Revenue and Marketing Officer, WWE

Michelle Wilson is transforming WWE’s business by creating growth opportunities for the company across a variety of business units, including oversight of WWE’s international business, and incorporating the expansion of its media distribution and growth of WWE Network.

Prior to WWE, Wilson was the chief marketing officer of the United States Tennis Association, where she was instrumental in making the US Open the highest attended annual sporting event in the world. Earlier, she oversaw all marketing efforts for the launch of the XFL football league, a partnership between WWE and NBC, and also held positions at the National Basketball Association in its domestic and international consumer products groups. Before her career in the sports industry, Wilson held brand management positions at Nabisco.

In 2017, Wilson was named the Cynopsis Sports Marketing Executive of the Year, and has been named an Adweek 50 Honoree, Cablefax 100 Honoree, Top 50 Cablefax Most Powerful Women In Cable Honoree, Broadcasting & Cable Digital All-Star and Cynopsis Top Women in Digital Honoree.  She was also named one of the 50 most innovative CMOs in the world by Business Insider. Previously, she was recognized as a Game Changer by SportsBusiness Journal; honored as one of Multichannel News’ Women to Watch; Sports Illustrated’s list of the 10 most influential women in sports and Variety’s Digital Entertainment’s Executives to Watch. Wilson is a cum laude graduate of the University of Pennsylvania and holds an MBA from Harvard Business School.

 

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