WELI 2021: Introspection, Inspiration and Impact


From Nov. 7–11, 2021, the annual WISE Executive Leadership Institute (WELI) returned to Dartmouth's campus after a break in 2020 due to the pandemic. 

Launched in 2014 in partnership with Tuck Executive Education, the world-renowned business school at Dartmouth, the five-day intensive study program is the gold standard in leadership development training in the business of sports.

2021 participants included Heidi Nadler, global head of league finance at the National Basketball Association, who said, "The WELI program was fantastic. It was a great blend of self-reflection and personal development, enhancement of our business acumen and networking with an extraordinary group of women."

"I am leaving with both immediate actionable steps as well as aspirational goals and the tools to achieve them. Not to mention, most importantly, the lifelong relationships I've built. Such a fantastic experience, in every way!" added Nicole Labrow, vice president, partnership development at Playfly Sports.

The weeklong program, which executes its curriculum via collaborative learning and spirited interaction for lasting impact and strategic networks, has brought together female executives from an array of industry-leading organizations. The class of 2021 comprises women from:

  • CBS Sports
  • Elevate Sports Ventures
  • ESPN
  • FanDuel
  • Major League Soccer
  • Malin PR
  • National Basketball Association
  • National Football League
  • National Hockey League
  • NBC Sports Group
  • NFL Media
  • Octagon
  • Playfly Sports
  • The Procter & Gamble Company
  • Rangers Baseball
  • SimpleBet
  • Under Armour
  • USTA Mid-Atlantic
  • Western & Southern Open

"WELI is a once in a lifetime experience. You'll laugh, you'll cry, you'll learn things that make you a better leader, a better teammate, a better person, " said  Andie Schwartz, vice president, associate general counsel at CBS Sports.

Check back in Summer 2022 to learn how to apply to next year's WELI program.