On March 14, a sold out crowd of 200+ filled The Times Center auditorium in New York City for the eighth WISE/R Symposium, engaging in dynamic, interactive workshops and hearing powerful, personal stories from leaders in the business of sports. The day was one of thought-provoking ideas — such as the framework presented by Jessica Gelman on how to apply data-centered decision-making models, and the reframing of questions to ask and conversations to have, presented by Tristen Norman, in order to make our stories and presentations more inclusive.
It was often also moving and emotional — such as when Audra Bohannon challenged the audience to release old dreams to make room for the goals we are each truly committed to bring forward to completion, and when Lindsay Kagawa Colas related the minute-by-minute tension, worry and suspense carried by the Wasserman team as they worked to help secure WNBA star Brittney Griner's release from Russia last year.
"The WISE/R Symposium was a great event filled with amazing content and authentic speakers who provided both personal and professional advice," said attendee Beth Conroy, vice president, club business affairs, at the NHL. Claudia Castillo, director of ad streaming ops at Major League Soccer, added: "Events like the WISE/R Symposium are a wonderful reminder to lift each other up, not tear each other down. We should be an ally to all, and remember that women are capable of so much more than we think."
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