The 2018 WISE Women of the Year honorees are FOX Sports senior vice president and general manager Lindsay Amstutz; Flywheel Sports chief executive officer Sarah Robb O’Hagan; and Miami HEAT executive vice president and AmericanAirlines Arena general manager Kim Stone.
“Lindsay, Sarah and Kim represent the diversity of leadership roles currently occupied by women in the sports industry,” said Kathleen Francis, national chair and president of WISE. “We are pleased to recognize their vast business accomplishments, but more importantly salute their commitment to ensuring all women have the same opportunity to excel in their chosen fields.”
Awarded the distinction in a vote by WISE members nationwide, the honorees will be recognized for their accomplishments, contributions and support of their female peers at the 24th Annual WISE Women of the Year Awards Luncheon on June 13 at the Ziegfeld Ballroom in New York City.
SVP and GM, FOX Sports West/FOX Sports San Diego/Prime Ticket
Amstutz manages day-to-day operations for three FOX Sports regional networks in Southern California: FOX Sports West, Prime Ticket and FOX Sports San Diego. Previously, she was vice president of marketing for FOX Sports Regional Networks and earlier was director of marketing and on-air presentation for FOX Sports West and Prime Ticket. Prior to FOX, she served as vice president and chief marketing officer for the Los Angeles Sparks after two years with the NBA.
A SportsBusiness Journal Power Player and Multichannel News 40 Under 40 executive, Amstutz helps lead the Women of FOX Sports initiative, is active in WISE and serves on the Los Angeles Sports & Entertainment Commission’s advisory board and the Southern California Golf Association marketing committee.
Amstutz is an alumna of the WISE Executive Leadership Institute, a leadership development program in partnership with Tuck Executive Education at Dartmouth.
“It is never enough to just do your job — you need to be an intellectually curious student of the industry,” she said about building a meaningful career in sports.
Sarah Robb O’Hagan
CEO, Flywheel Sports
Robb O’Hagan is leading the transformation of the indoor cycling company Flywheel Sports through digital content and services. She previously served as global president of Gatorade and later global president of the luxury fitness company Equinox. Robb O’Hagan has also led marketing campaigns for Virgin Atlantic Airways and the Nike team that launched Nike Plus in collaboration with Apple.
Robb O’Hagan founded the “Extreme Living” movement and is author of the book Extreme You. Named one of Forbes’ Most Powerful Women in Sports, she served on the U.S. Department of State’s Council to Empower Women and Girls through Sports and as a trustee of the Women’s Sports Foundation. She sits on the board of the athlete social network Strava.
“It’s about taking every opportunity to understand who you are and figure out what blows your hair back, what you feel amazing at, what you suck at, all of the above, and you will get to where you’re going,” she said.
EVP, Miami HEAT, and GM, AmericanAirlines Arena
Stone oversees operations of the award-winning AmericanAirlines Arena. Under her guidance, it became the world’s first sports and entertainment facility to achieve Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design gold recertification by the U.S. Green Building Council. She also oversees business intelligence, data analytics, digital strategy, and service and retention of Miami HEAT’s season ticket holders. Previously, Stone was sports publicity director for the University of Texas women’s athletics department and worked at the University of North Carolina’s sports information office.
A Venues Today Women of Influence honoree and SportsBusiness Journal Game Changer, Stone serves on the boards of several organizations, including the Miami Downtown Development Authority, the University of Miami’s President’s Council and the International Association of Venue Managers.
Last year, she participated in the REAL Careers: Sales 2.0 panel on the changing landscape of sales at the WISE/R Symposium.
“Big data marries science to the art you’re already doing,” she said. “Some people fear it, but data can’t make the decisions — you have to make the decisions. It’s a new capability and new skill set. It’s an exciting time.”