SBJ/August 14-20, 2017/Game Changers

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  • Thirty-five represent Game Changers class

    Thirty-five women in leadership roles touching nearly every sector of the sports industry from coast to coast have been selected for recognition this fall as part of SportsBusiness Journal/Daily’s annual Game Changers program.

    Game Changers, which debuted in 2011, recognizes women in the industry who have broad, deep and varied responsibilities and who are contributing to the success of the industry in myriad ways.

    These 35 women will be featured in the Sept. 11 issue of SportsBusiness Journal. They also will be celebrated on Thursday, Sept. 14, in New York at the annual Game Changers: Women in Sports Business conference.

    This year’s Game Changers conference will feature panel discussions on investment, growth and challenges facing women’s sports; trailblazers in sports; diversity, technology and intelligence in the workplace; negotiation tactics; and lessons in leadership. The conference also will include featured interviews with Wendy Clark, DDB North America CEO; Christine Driessen, ESPN executive vice president and chief financial officer; Kim Pegula, owner and CEO of Pegula Sports and Entertainment and co-owner of the Buffalo Bills and Buffalo Sabres; and Linda Yaccarino, NBCUniversal chairman of advertising sales and client partnerships.

    In addition, a special breakfast roundtable will have a discussion on storytelling in sports: how to grow professionally and personally.

    For more information on the conference program, and to read about previous Game Changers, go to

    Game Changers Class of 2017

    Jean Afterman, New York Yankees                    Morane Kerek, U.S. Olympic Committee
    Christina Alejandre, League                              Gina Lehe, College Football Playoff
    Kenyatta Bynoe, Spalding                                  Lauren Cooks Levitan, Fanatics
    Katie Bynum, U.S. Golf Association                   Adrienne Lofton, Under Armour
    Danielle Cantor, FAME                                       Jodi Logsdon, CBS Sports
    Jennifer Cohen, University of Washington         Samita Mannapperuma, NBC Sports
    Kirsten Corio, U.S. Tennis Association              Beth McClinton, Creative Artists Agency
    Sarah Cummins, New York Road Runners        Stephanie McMahon, WWE
    Ayala Deutsch, NBA                                           Marisabel Muñoz, MLS
    Kim Fields, NFL                                                  Erika Nardini, Barstool Sports
    Laura Froelich, Twitter                                       Elizabeth O’Brien, IBM
    Libby Geist, ESPN                                             Nzinga Shaw, Atlanta Hawks and Philips Arena
    Hannah Gordon, San Francisco 49ers              Renata Simril, LA84 Foundation
    Shauna Griffiths, LeadDog Marketing               Shauna Smith, Aquarius Sports and                     Group                                                                  Entertainment
    Catie Griggs, Futures Sport + Entertainment     Keisha Taylor, Learfield
    Amy Howe, Ticketmaster North America at        Renee Tirado, MLB
    Live Nation Entertainment                                    Renee Washington, USA Track & Field
    Allison Keller, PGA Tour                                     Lynn White, NHL

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