WISE Partners with Leading Women



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Women in Sports and Events (WISE) Expands Leadership Development Offerings with Leading Women Partnership

MARCH 3, 2021 (New York, NY) — Women in Sports and Events (WISE), the leading voice and resource for women in the business of sports, today announced the expansion of its leadership development commitment through a partnership with Leading Women, a women's leadership development organization.

On the heels of the recent relaunch of the WISE digital platform and the unveiling of its new visual identity, the organization is expanding its leadership development offerings. The 28 WISE chapters and 5,000-plus members in North America will now have access to an expanded array of workshops, new curriculum and virtual learning opportunities, delivered both live and on demand.

The new leadership development offerings include the WISE Emerging Leaders Certificate Program, webinars and WISE/R Symposium workshops. These offerings will complement the organization's signature program, the WISE Executive Leadership Institute.

"Our mission is to support the growth and advancement of women in the business of sports, and our partnership with Leading Women will allow us to provide resources at a whole new level," said Kathleen Francis, WISE national board chair and president. "Leading Women will help us expand our leadership training for members at all stages of their careers, including helping them build their business and financial acumen, which is such a critical part of that journey."

Leading Women, a Boston-based division of Leading NOW, works with corporate and nonprofit clients to help shape the future of workplace dynamics by advocating women's advancement and engaging male allies to bring gender balance to leadership. Its proprietary research identified "The Missing 33%™" and revolutionized women's leadership development.

Leading NOW CEO Kelly Lockwood Primus says, "In an industry dominated by competitive male leaders, it's more important than ever to equip women with the skill sets, tools and knowledge they need to compete in forging their own career success. We are pleased to partner with WISE and support their commitment to helping members receive the critical training necessary to succeed in today's evolving gender-inclusive environment."

About WISE

WISE (Women in Sports and Events) is the leading voice and resource for professional women in the business of sports. Through ongoing meetings, special events, and mentoring and educational programs, WISE aims to offer its members the opportunity to gain valuable industry insights and connections that can provide them with a competitive advantage in their current positions and as they advance in their careers. Founded in 1993, WISE is a national membership organization and registered 501(c)(3) public charity headquartered in New York City with chapters in Arizona, Atlanta, Boston, Charlotte, Chicago, Cleveland, Detroit, DFW, Greater Orlando, Greater Raleigh, Houston, Indianapolis, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Memphis, Milwaukee, NYC Metro, Pittsburgh, Portland, San Diego, Seattle, SF Bay Area, South Florida, Tampa Bay, Toronto, Twin Cities, Utah and Washington DC. For more information on WISE, please visit

About Leading Women

Leading Women, a division of Leading NOW, is shaping the future of workplace dynamics by advocating women's advancement and engaging male allies to bring gender balance to leadership. Its proprietary groundbreaking global research that identified "The Missing 33%™" revolutionized women's leadership development. Combined with its Consulting Services and Gender Dynamics programs, Leading Women equips organizations for transformational workplace change. Its consultative and collaborative approach ensures that high-performing women are moving confidently and consistently through the leadership pipeline. For the past 15 years, Leading Women's innovative solutions have transformed leadership teams at a variety of organizations across diverse industries—worldwide. For more information on Leading Women's solutions and Conference Services offerings, visit #WeCanHelp. Leading Women is a certified women-owned business.