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WISE/R Symposium 2019 Speakers


WISE/R offers the opportunity to learn from top industry leaders, improve your communications skills, connect with peers and so much more!Β More speakers will be added soon. Agenda, timing, sessions and speakers are subject to change.

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Meet our panel of experts and business leaders:


Kelley Amadei

Panelist, REAL Leadership: Executive Coaching
Founder, SparkShift πŸ”˜ Passionate about transforming leaders and teams, Kelley Amadei brings more than 18 years of experience working with leaders, deep meditation practice, and extensive research and practice in psychology and neuroscience.

Jean Chatzky

Featured Speaker, REAL Power: Women with Money
CEO & Co-Founder, HerMoney / Financial Editor, TODAY πŸ”˜ Award-winning personal finance journalist and best-selling author Jean Chatzky uses storytelling and reporting to help individuals change their relationship with money β€” one woman at a time.

Caroline Clarke

Emcee and Moderator, REAL Insight: The Master Class
Chief Brand Officer, Black Enterprises Women of Power πŸ”˜ Award-winning journalist and author Caroline Clarke's media experience spans print, digital and television outlets. A fan-favorite at the symposium, she returns as emcee and moderator.

Richard Davis

Panelist, REAL Leadership: Executive Coaching
President, Kilberry πŸ”˜ Consulting for 20+ years, Dr. Richard Davis has extensive experience advising CEOs and key leaders in leading Fortune 100 companies and in the sports business. A best-selling author, he has also appeared in top publications.

Anita DeFrantz

Panelist, REAL Insight: The Master Class
VP, International Olympic Committee πŸ”˜ An Olympic bronze medalist, humanitarian, speaker, author and attorney, Anita DeFrantz is one of only four vice presidents of the IOC. She is also a vocal advocate for equal rights of women in sport.

Janet Fletcher

Panelist, REAL Insight: The Master Class
Director, Olympics & Sports Marketing, P&G πŸ”˜ The first female sports marketing leader for P&G, Janet Fletcher leads its sports sponsorships, including the NFL and Olympics. She is a passionate supporter of mentoring for women in the industry.

Serena Fong

Featured Guest, REAL Conversation: #BiasCorrect

Kathleen Francis

Moderator, REAL Conversation: #BiasCorrect
National Board Chair & President, WISE πŸ”˜ A recognized sports marketing leader, Kathleen Francis was named to the WISE national board in 2011 to drive growth in membership, partnerships, chapter expansion and the launch of educational programs.

Valerie Gordon

Facilitator, REAL Connections: Setting Goals Together
Founder & President, Commander-in-She πŸ”˜ An Emmy award-winning television producer, Valerie Gordon combines her background and passion for storytelling to help others find their stories and reach success.

Eric Hutcherson

Featured Speaker, REAL Value: Say Yes to Success
EVP and Chief HR Officer, NBA πŸ”˜ Focusing on people, culture and innovation, Eric Hutcherson leads the NBA's global projects, processes and analytics. In addition, he is a motivational speaker and creator of β€œSay Yes to Success” program.

China Jude

Panelist, REAL Careers: Road to Collegiate Athletics
Sr Assoc AD for Administration/SWA, Univ. of Wyoming πŸ”˜ As the first person of color on the athletics senior staff, Dr. China Jude provides leadership in areas focusing on strategic planning, ethnic and gender diversity, and staff development.

Lisa Murray

Panelist, REAL Insight: The Master Class
EVP & Global CMO, Octagon Worldwide πŸ”˜ Recognized as a sports and entertainment marketing leader, Lisa Murray is a key driver of multi-agency integration and business growth across the sports and entertainment enterprise for the brand worldwide.

Michele A. Roberts

Panelist, REAL Insight: The Master Class
Executive Director, National Basketball Players Association πŸ”˜ The first woman to head a major professional sports union in North America, Michele Roberts leads the strongest and most active unions in professional sports.

Cornelia Shipley

Panelist, REAL Leadership: Executive Coaching
Entrepreneur πŸ”˜ Best-Selling author, leadership strategist, speaker, coach and world class trainer, Cornelia Shipley is known for empowering people to achieve their peak performance and to create a life and career that really works.

Suzanne Smith

Panelist, REAL Insight: The Master Class
Producer and Director, CBS Sports πŸ”˜ Suzanne Smith is nationally recognized for her many accomplishments in sports media and event production. She is a pioneer for women in television, mentoring young women aspiring to be in production.

Carol Stiff

Moderator, REAL Careers: Road to Collegiate Athletics
VP Programming & Acquisitions, ESPN πŸ”˜ One of the most influential people in women’s college sports, Carol Stiff oversees the acquisition and scheduling for ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU and ESPN+, including NCAA women’s basketball, WNBA and pro softball.

Judith Sweet

Panelist, REAL Careers: Road to Collegiate Athletics
Title IX Consultant and Speaker / Co-Founder, Alliance of Women Coaches πŸ”˜ Trailblazer and NCAA's first female president Judy Sweet has set the standard for women at the highest levels of college athletics. She retired from the NCAA in 2006.

Kelley Walton

Moderator, REAL Leadership: Executive Coaching

Carla Williams

Panelist, REAL Careers: Road to Collegiate Athletics
Director of Athletics, University of Virginia πŸ”˜ As the first African-American female athletic director at a "Power 5" school, Carla Williams worked her way up the athletic ladder and continues to enhance the lives of student-athletes.