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WISE Chapters Honor Their 2018 Women of Inspiration

To commemorate Women’s History Month, we take a look back and celebrate the outstanding Women of Inspiration recognized by our chapters in 2018.

Following in the long-standing tradition of honoring women in the industry established by WISE National, WISE Los Angeles founded the Women of Inspiration award to acknowledge women in their market.

“Our first event was incredible. It highlighted women in our industry who had never been recognized before. They were so humbled and it was felt throughout the room. It was as if we were pulling back the curtain and shining a light on hidden gems that had been there all along,” said chapter president Sarah Musgrove.

Since the first award in 2010, it has been adopted by WISE chapters across the country and was presented by six WISE chapters last year from coast to coast.


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  • Jessica Gelman, CEO, Kraft Analytics Group


Photo 2 (left to right with their presenters)
  • Sara Lehrke, Vice President of Human Resources and Chief Diversity Officer, Cleveland Indians
  • Hallie Yavitch, Vice President of Event Booking, Cleveland Cavaliers

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  • Seun Adigun, Doctor of Chiropractic and Exercise Physiologist, and Founder, Nigerian Bobsled Team
  • Leah Mastaglio, Assistant General Manager, SMG-NRG Park

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Los Angeles

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  • Jennifer Pransky, Coordinating Producer of Features, FOX Sports
  • Michele Kajiwara, Senior Vice President of Premium Seating, AEG
  • Sandy Nunez, Coordinating Producer, ESPN

NYC Metro

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  • Tina Cervasio, Lead Sports Anchor/Reporter and Host of Sports Xtra, FOX5 NY
  • Allison Stangeby, Vice President Corporate and Community Relations, New York Football Giants
  • Renée E. Tirado, Esq., Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer, Major League Baseball

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Twin Cities

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  • Amy Anthony, Director of Events and & Hospitality, Minnesota Vikings
  • Kara Kawakami, Events and Hospitality Manager, Minnesota United FC
  • Minnesota Whitecaps, Women’s Professional Hockey Team, NWHL
  • Lindsay Whalen, Women’s Basketball Head Coach, University of Minnesota

Titles and company affiliations were accurate at the time of the award and are subject to change.


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