An established high profile international leader in the sports industry, Benita Fitzgerald Mosley is currently the Chief Executive Officer of the Laureus Sport for Good Foundation USA. She is charged with advancing the Laureus mission to change the lives of youth and strengthen communities through the power of sport. As a catalyst investor, Laureus supports the growth of organizations using sport to help youth reach their full potential. The Laureus research team then measures and proves the impact these programs are having on the health, education, employment and social cohesion of those youth. Named a 2015 Game Changer by the Sports Business Journal, Benita also serves on the International Olympic Committee Women in Sport Commission.
Benita joined Laureus USA following her senior executive role with the United States Olympic Committee as Chief of Organizational Excellence. Benita oversaw a plethora of operations functions, including Olympic Training Centers, athlete programs, business analytics, human resources, sport operations and strategic planning.
In her previous role as USA Track & Field’s Chief of Sport Performance, she led Team USA to win 29 medals at the 2012 Olympic Games in London, the most of any U.S. track and field team in 20 years. Under her aegis were USATF’s high performance and athlete development programs, Team USA management, elite athlete services, sport science and medicine, anti-doping, coaching education and certification and national championship meet management.
She was named “Cable TV Executive of the Year” by Television Week Magazine for her leadership role as President and CEO of Women in Cable Telecommunications (WICT), the oldest and largest organization serving women professionals in the cable industry. During her eight year tenure, Benita oversaw of all WICT operations, programs and member services; tripled revenue and annual conference attendance; and doubled membership.
A world-class athlete, Benita won a gold medal in the 100-meter hurdles in the 1984 Olympic Games in Los Angeles, making her the second American woman and the first African-American woman to accomplish this feat. She was a member of the 1980 and 1984 U.S. Olympic Teams, an alternate on the 1988 U.S. Olympic Team, a gold medalist in the 1983 Pan American Games, an eight-time national champion and a 14-time NCAA All-American.
She was named “Sportswoman of the Century” by The Potomac News, and “Top Female Sports Figure of the Century from Virginia” by Sports Illustrated. She is an inductee into the Virginia Sports Hall of Fame, Virginia High School Hall of Fame, Penn Relays Hall of Fame and a charter member of the University of Tennessee Vols Hall of Fame.
One of eight U.S. Olympians to carry the Olympic Flag during the Opening Ceremonies of the 1996 Olympics, she was named "Hurdler of the Decade" of the 1980s by Track and Field News.
Benita is a graduate of the University of Tennessee (UT) with a B.S. in Industrial Engineering. She resides in Haymarket, VA, with her husband, Ron, and their two children.