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Forty executives across sports selected for Game Changers class of 2019

Forty women in senior leadership roles across sports business have been selected for recognition next month as part of Sports Business Journal’s ninth annual class of Game Changers.   

They will be featured in the Sept. 16 issue of SBJ and honored on Sept. 17 in New York at the Game Changers: Women in Sports Business conference. 

The conference will include a “From the C-Suite” series featuring new WNBA Commissioner Cathy Engelbert; Dallas Mavericks CEO Cynthia Marshall; Nancy Lieberman, head coach of the Big3 Power team and founder and CEO of Nancy Lieberman Charities; Kim Davis, NHL executive vice president of social impact, growth initiatives and legislative affairs; and Loretta Claiborne, chief inspiration officer for the Special Olympics. The art of negotiation will be the topic of a one-on-one interview with Mori Taheripour, a professor at the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.

Game Changers

Tuesday, Sept. 17 

Marriott Marquis Times Square


Visit to register.

Also, the conference will feature the fourth year of the CSM Mentoring Challenge, which will match 15 previous Game Changers honorees with 15 women early in their careers in sports business seeking guidance and a network of women. 

The daylong conference will conclude with special recognition for the Game Changers class of 2019.

For more information about the conference and to read about previous Game Changers, visit

Game Changers Class of 2019

Naz Aletaha
Riot Games

Megan Hughes Allison
Genesco Sports Enterprises

Michelle Andres
Baltimore Ravens

Molly Arbogast
POV Sports Marketing

Christine Burke
New York Road Runners

Shelly Cayette
Cleveland Cavaliers

Kim Damron

Kim Davis
National Hockey League

Jill Driban
The Montag Group

Wendy Fallen
Big Ten Conference

Julie Giese
ISM Raceway

Melissa Heiter
CAA Icon

Krista Hiner

Terri Jackson
Women’s National Basketball Players Association

Michele Kajiwara

Meredith Kinsman

Thayer Lavielle

Melanie LeGrande
Major League Baseball

Michelle McGoldrick
The Madison Square Garden Company

Lucinda McRoberts
USA Swimming

Jamie Morningstar
Milwaukee Bucks

Sianneh Mulbah
Minnesota Timberwolves and Lynx

Pamela Murrin

Laura Neal
PGA Tour

Gloria Nevarez
West Coast Conference

Moira O’Connor
Soldier Field – SMG

Nicolina O’Rorke
NBC Sports Group

Djenaba Parker
New York Red Bulls

Ana Shapiro Queenan
GMR Marketing

Caroline Rebello
Evolution Media Capital

Tracie Rodburg
National Football League

Carla Rosenberg
Lagardère Plus

Tara Gutkowski Schwartz
National Basketball Association

Carrie Skillman
Scout Sports & Entertainment

Maureen Smith
Minnesota United FC

Amy Sprangers
Seattle Seahawks

Neda Tabatabaie
San Jose Sharks

Tina Thornton

Alisha Valavanis
Seattle Storm and Force 10 Management

Whitney Wagoner
Warsaw Sports Marketing Center at the University of Oregon