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WWOY Honorees: 1995-2002

On June 20, 1995, then NFL Properties president Sara Levinson accepted WISE’s inaugural Woman of the Year Award, becoming the first honoree on a growing list of “women of achievement who have worked through the struggles and are extraordinarily successful at what they do” as WISE founder Sue Rodin put it in her opening remarks that day. From 1995 to 2002, 17 women received the honor, including a VP of one of the biggest brands in sports, an Olympic Gold medalist and a New York Yankees assistant general manager. In 1998, after three years of recognizing one Woman of the Year at each luncheon, the honoree classes were expanded to three and are voted on by WISE members.


WWOY 1995Sara Levinson
President | NFL Properties

WWOY 1996Lydia Murphy-Stephans
Vice President, Programming | ABC Sports

WWOY 1997Liz Dolan
Vice President, Marketing | Nike

WWOY 1998Val Ackerman
President | Women's National Basketball Association

Elizabeth (Eli) Primrose-Smith
Director, Worldwide Olympic and Sports Sponsorships | IBM

Robin Roberts
Host and Commentator | ESPN/ABC Sports

WWOY 1999Nancy Brinker
Founder Susan G. Komen | Race for the Cure

Jackie Joyner-Kersee
Olympic Gold Medalist
Founder | Jackie Joyner-Kersee Youth Center Foundation

Pat Summitt
Head Coach, Women's Basketball | University of Tennessee

WWOY 2000Marla Messing
CEO and President, Organizing Committee | 1999 FIFA Women's World Cup

Kim Ng
Assistant General Manager | The New York Yankees

Sue Wellington
President | The Gatorade Company

WWOY 2001Lee Ann Daly
Senior Vice President, Marketing | ESPN

Kathleen Francis
Vice President, Marketing | Major League Baseball

Stephanie Tolleson
Senior Corporate Vice President | IMG

WWOY 2002Billie Jean King
Sports Pioneer

Lesley Visser
Broadcaster | CBS Sports