On May 3, 2017, espnW will host the 2nd annual espnW: Women + Sports, Chicago event.
Inspired by the renowned espnW: Women + Sports Summit, this one-day event will unite a
powerful group of sports leaders, marketing executives, professional athletes, and influencers in
the women + sports space.

Thought leaders and experts from across the industry will explore topics including Women and
Leadership, the Sports Industry Future and the Business of Women and Sports.

Through keynotes, panels and W Power Talks, the event will connect, educate and inspire
guests to take action to advance their careers and make an impact for women in sports.


We'll be updating the 2017 agenda frequently with leading executives and athletes participating in espnW Chicago. Check back often!

Engage. Inspire. Unite.

Wednesday, May 3
7:00 - 8:00am
Lake Run 5k with Julie Foudy (optional)

Take a fun run with Olympian & World Cup Champion Julie Foudy


Kick off the espnW: Women + Sports Summit on the right foot. Join Julie Foudy, the Chicago Area Runners Association and Equinox Fitness for a 5K fun run on the Chicago Lakefront trail. Meet us at 7am at Equinox Gold Coast.  Showers and storage provided!

9:00 - 10:00am


9:30 - 10:00am
Book Signing with Julie Foudy
10:00 - 10:15am
Welcome Remarks

with Sarah Spain (event host & Columnist, espnW) and Allison Glock (Columnist, espnW)

10:20 - 10:30am
Research Spotlight:

Body Confidential with Alison Overholt (Editor-in-Chief, espnW and ESPN The Magazine), Jennifer Holmes (Deputy Editor, espnW) & Laura Marcinek (Senior Editor, espnW)

10:30 - 11:15am
Panel Discussion:

Body Image Issues for Women in Sports: Tori Bowie (2016 Olympic gold medalist), Christen Press (World Cup soccer champion) April Ross (2016 Olympic bronze medalist) and Amanda Bingson (Olympian) moderated by Laura Marcinek 


11:20 - 11:45am
Opening Keynote Interview:

espnW presents The Conversation with Allison Glock - Women, Leadership, Personal Development: Retta (Actress & Comedian) 

11:55 - 12:05pm
Power Talk

Unstoppable: Big Goals + Bigger Accomplishments with Jenn Gibbons Junk (Executive Director, Recovery On Water)

12:10 - 1:10pm
Lunch + Networking plus Julie Foudy book signing
1:15 - 1:35pm

Kerry Wood (retired Cubs pitching legend and current special assistant to the Cubs' president and GM)  with Sarah Spain

1:40 - 2:25pm
Leadership Panel:

Women + Leadership: Best Practices and Lessons Learned  Becky Frankiewicz (Senior VP and GM, Quaker Foods North America), Lizette Williams (Multicultural Marketing Leader, Kimberly-Clark North America), Allison Cirullo (General Manager Consumer Marketing, Edelman) and Pam Hollander (Vice President Integrated Marketing, Allstate) moderated by Julie Foudy

2:30 - 2:50pm
Entrepreneurship Research:

Sports as a Foundation for Succesful Entrepreneurship with Lisa Schiffman (Brand, Marketing and Comms Leader, Americas Growth Markets, EY) and interview with Talia Mashiach (CEO and Founder of Eved) 

2:55 - 3:25pm
Featured Interview:

espnW presents Be Honest:  Kate Markgraf (World Cup soccer champion) & Becca Roux (Interim Executive Director, U.S. Women's National Team Players Association) with Cari Champion (SportsCenter anchor and Host of espnW’s “Be Honest” )

3:30 - 4:10pm
Exercise/Stretch Break
4:15 - 4:45pm
Panel Discussion:

Toyota Everyday Heroes Spotlight - Courtney Payne-Taylor (Girls Riders Organization), Tracy Pointer (GROW Girl), Beth Devine (Philly Girls in Motion) moderated by Alison Overholt​

4:50 - 5:15pm
Athlete Spotlight:

Striving for Excellence in Sport and Beyond, Laurie Hernandez (2016 Olympic gold medal gymnast) with Julie Foudy

5:20 - 5:45pm

Leadership Journey and Breaking Barriers, Peggy Kusinski (renowned Chicago sports journalist)

5:50 - 6:00pm
Closing Remarks

with Alison Overholt and Sarah Spain

6:00 - 7:00pm
Reception and Kate Fagan Book Signing


REVEL FULTON MARKET 1215 W Fulton Street
Chicago, IL 60607

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Revel Fulton Market is located in the heart of Chicago's trendy, urban-chic West Loop area.


Date: Wednesday, May 3rd

Time: Registration opens at 9am; Event program runs from 10am – 5pm, followed by a reception from 5 - 6:30pm.

Registration Fee: Fee is $495 and that includes full day of content, activities, food/beverages and reception.
If you are a student or non profit organization, email us at for a discounted rate.

Transportation/Parking: We strongly encourage attendees to take taxis or other car services. Transportation to AND from the event is not provided.

Attire: Casual!


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