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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

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