Game Changers: Class of 2018
Thirty-five women in leadership roles for a wide range of sports business — from teams and leagues, to media and agencies, to sponsors and events — have been selected for recognition next month as part of Sports Business Journal/Daily’s eighth annual class of Game Changers.
They will be featured in the Sept. 10 issue of SBJ and celebrated on Sept. 12 in New York at the Game Changers: Women in Sports Business conference.
The conference will feature panel discussions on the state of women’s sports and sports business, and media coverage of women’s sports. The conference also will include interviews with Cathy Lanier, NFL chief security officer; Don Garber, Major League Soccer commissioner; Bea Perez, Coca-Cola senior vice president and chief of communications, public affairs, sustainability and partnerships; Jo Ann Ross, CBS Corp. president and chief advertising revenue officer; and Claude Silver, VaynerMedia chief heart officer.
For more information on the conference, and to read about previous Game Changers, go to www.game-changers-conference.com.
Class of 2018
Portia Archer NBC Sports Group
Kathy Beauregard Western Michigan University
Carrie Brzezinski-Hsu ESPN
Alba Colon Hendrick Motorsports
Jennifer Cramer Major League Soccer
Mary Ellen Curran WWE
Kathy Duva Main Events Boxing
Janet Evans Los Angeles 2028
Jessica Holtz Creative Artists Agency
Lynn Holzman NCAA
Ashlee Huffman CSM Sport & Entertainment
Michelle Johnson National Basketball Association
Whitney Johnson Pilot Flying J
Diane Karle Wine By Design
Michelle Kennedy Nashville Predators
Nona Lee Arizona Diamondbacks
Sandra Lopez Intel Corp.
Neera Mahajan Shetty PGA Tour Inc.
Yvette Martinez-Rea ESL North America
Laila Mintas Sportradar
Liz Moulton Spencer Stuart
Joanne Pasternack Golden State Warriors
Lara Pitaro Wisch Major League Baseball
Hania Poole Turner Sports
Jennifer Pope Los Angeles Kings
Lara Price Philadelphia 76ers
Marianne Rotole Octagon
Kristen Salvatore Twitch
Constance Schwartz-Morini SMAC Entertainment
Morgan Shaw Parker AMB Sports & Entertainment
Tracie Speca-Ventura Sports & The Arts
Sara Toussaint Wells Fargo
Cyndie Wang Hewlett Packard Enterprise Co.
Nichol Whiteman Los Angeles Dodgers Foundation
Chie Chie Yard National Hockey League