October 12-14, 2016 | St. Regis Monarch Beach | Dana Point, California


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Meet Fellow Innovators & Influencers

Lauren Klopmeyer

Brand Partnerships, WME | IMG

Karen Dry

Financial Advisor, Northwestern Mutual

Yasmian Alsharshani

Founder, Qatar Golf Ladies and Yasmian Events, Global Sports Mentoring Program

Veronica Osogo

Tennis Player, Global Sports Mentoring Program

Corinne Nevinny

Chief Fitness Officer, Fight 2B Fit

Christopher Eames

VP, Customer Marketing & Sales, ESPN

Judith Sweet

Consultant, Gender Equity

Karen Cox

Women's Brand Director, Oakley, Oakley

Kate Gustafson

Writer, ivivva by lululemon athletica

Donna Orender

CEO, Orender Unlimited

Jill Hotchkiss

VP Marketing + Creative, Disney

Jay Jay Nesheim

Sr. Director, Communications, ESPN

Kim Azzarelli

Co Founder, Seneca Women

Wanda Young

VP Media and Digital Marketing, Walmart

Laurel Richie

President, WNBA

Aly Furch

Director of Client and Corporate Communications, BDA Sports Management

Laura Ramirez

Associate Producer, ESPN- Los Angeles Production Office

Mark Lewis

Executive Vice President of Championships & Alliances, NCAA

Liz Arky

Trustee, US Ski & Snowboard Assn, Arky Group Consulting LLC

Nicole Branagh

UA Athlete, Beach Volleyball

Hilary Knight


Kevin Plank

Founder & CEO, Under Armour

Sarah Spain

Columnist, Radio Host, SportsCenter Reporter, espnW

Ashley Adam

Producer, ESPN

Tesfaye Negussie

Associate Producer, espnW

Amy Huchthausen

Commissioner, America East Conference

Johann Koss

Founder, Right To Play International

Rebecca Hudson

Senior Editor, espnW

Lori Fuglestad

Director, Global Sports Partners

Amy Van Deusen

Editor, espnW

Jesse Lichtenberg

Marketing, BDA Sports Management

Alicia McMachan

Financial advisor, Northwestern Mutual

Katie Bourner

President Nantes Derby Girls, GSMP

Christine Driessen

Executive Vice President & Chief Financial Officer, ESPN

Sue Wicks

Hall of Fame Member, WNBA Legend /Fight 2B Fit

Rachel Frank

Physician, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Rush University Medical Center

Carmelita Jeter

Track & Field Athlete

Alison Overholt

Editor-in-Chief, espnW

Susan Cohig

Senior Vice President, Business Affairs, National Hockey League

Dr. Jill Brooks

Clinical Neuropsychologist, Head to Head Consultants

Ali Krieger

US Soccer

Sofia Sanchez

Founder, Activate YA

Brent Gordon

Co-Founder Utah Girls Tackle Football League, Father of Sam Gordon

Julie Paterson

Paterson, Global Sports Mentoring Programme

Jill Frederickson

Senior Coordinating Producer, SC & News, ESPN

Melissa Isaacson

Writer, espnW

Linda Driscoll

Founder & CEO, Dream Big!

Dr. Jordan Metzl

Sports Medicine Physician, Hospital for Special Surgery, New York

Claire Lessinger

Sales and Events Manager, Tampa Bay Sports Commission

Maureen Huff

VP, Time Warner Cable

Isaac Hinds

Senior Brand Manager - Specialty, CYTOSPORT

Jake Waxenberg

Director of Brand Strategy, Athos

Amy Stanton

Stanton & Company

Sarah Hillyer

Dr., University of Tennessee

Kathryn Schloessman

President, Los Angeles Sports & Entertainment Commission

Alyson Furch

Director of Client and Corporate Communications, BDA Sports Management

Carolyn Desai

Desai, Time Warner Cable Sports

Lynn Holzman

Commissioner, West Coast Conference

Tara Roberts

Founder, Girltank

Beth Brooke-Marciniak

Global Vice Chair, Public Policy, EY

Rob Koch

Dir. of Communications, USA Hockey

Barb Lazarus

Owner, Game On! Sports 4 Girls, Game On! Sports 4 Girls and Game On! Sports Foundation

Jacqueline Orellana

Marketing, Toyota

Terri Burke

VP, Marketing & Business Development, Edwards Lifesciences

Nicole M. LaVoi

The Tucker Center

Mary O'Connor

SVP, The Marketing Arm

Gina Porretti

Vice President, Production, Fox Sports

Dawn Scott

Fitness and Performance Coach, Fitness Coach and Performance Coach, U.S. Women's National Team

John Honerkamp

Senior Manager - Runner Products & Services / Chief Coach, New York Road Runners

Deidra Maddock

Vice President, Sports Management, ESPN

Tonya Cornileus

VP, Learning & Org Development, ESPN Human Resources

Arthur Joseph

Founder and Chairman, The Vocal Awareness Institute

Shellie Pfohl

Executive Director, Presidents Council on Fitness, Sports and Nutrition

Louis Roloff

VP, Group Director, Mediavest

Mike Denzler

Account Executive, ESPN

Deborah Larkin

CEO, Women's Sports Foundation

Sean T Hanrahan

SVP, Marketing Solutions, ESPN

Emilie Bydwell

Head of Rugby Programming, ATAVUS / USA Rugby

Katie Montiel Vidaillet

Senior Manager, Gatorade

Dr. Henry Friedman

Co Founder, Preston Robert Tisch Brain Tumor Center

Anucha Browne

Vice President of Women's Basketball Championships, NCAA

Jill Gregory

Senior Vice President of Marketing and Industry Services, NASCAR

Russell Wolff

EVP & Managing Director, ESPN International

Lynn Olszowy

Feature Reporter/Producer, espnW

Miraj Parikh

Director Partnerships & Activations, Northwestern Mutual

Julie Sobieski

VP, ESPN Programming

Cindy Whitehead

Pro Skateboarder & Founder of Girl is NOT a 4 Letter Word, Girl is NOT a 4 Letter Word

Jess Weiner

CEO, Talk to Jess

John Wildhack

EVP Programming & Production, ESPN

Victoria Duval


Jenn Holmes

Deputy editor, espnW

Josette Persson

Executive Producer, Point Studio/Women in the World

Vivian Newman

Mother of Jaden & Julian Newman, Basketball Coach

Dani Rylan

Commissioner, National Women's Hockey League

Monica Fee

Agent, CAA Sports

Cynthia Coredo

Program Manager, GSMP

Nicole LaVoi

Associate Director, The Tucker Center

Caroline Maher

Taekwondo Hall of Fame, Global Sports Mentoring Program

Mark Gainey

CEO, Strava Inc.

Tina Thornton

SVP Production, Multimedia Sponsorship Integration & Management Ops, ESPN

Katie Hnida

First Woman to play D1 Football

Kavitha Davidson

Sports Columnist, Bloomberg View

Jamie Valvano

Cancer Survivor, The V Foundation

Renee Wilson

Chief Client Officer, MSLGROUP

Lizzie Velasquez

Motivational Speaker, Author

Sara Johnson

Studio Director, ESPN

Nungshi Malik

President of NungshiTashi Foundation, Global Sports Mentoring Programme

Kimberly Jarvis

ESPN Images Photo Coordinator, ESPN Images

Monica Diaz

VP Diversity, Inclusion & Wellness, ESPN

Ann Francis

VP Production Operations, ESPN Charlotte

Kaitee Daley

Senior Editor, Social/Viral Content, ESPN

Amanda Shalala

Sports Broadcaster, Australian Broadcasting Corporation

Andrea Young

President, Experiential Marketing, INMarketing Services (a division of Advantage Sales and Marketing)

Debbie Hesse

Executive Director, USA Swimming Foundation

Emily Hughes

Business Consultant, Google

Heather Spears

PR Consultant, The Brand Amp

Carla Bustamante

PR Director, Baseball Team Naranjeros of Hermosillo, GSMP

Courtney Hamilton

Director, Fox Networks Group

Michele Roberts

Executive Director, National Basketball Players Association

Sue Enquist

Owner, Sue Enquist Coaching

Susy Jackson

Executive Editor, Women in the World/Tina Brown Live Media

Carrie Kabat

Public Relations Manager, New Balance

Paulina Kelly

Product Marketing Manager, New Balance

Julian Newman

Athlete, Basketball

Marcia Keegan

VP Production, ESPN

Ali Bronson

Assoc Producer II, ESPN Radio

Ann Meyers Drysdale

Vice President Phoenix Suns & Mercury, Vice President, Phoenix Suns and Phoenix Mercury

Kevin Martinez

VP, Corp Citizenship, ESPN

Carrie Drinkwater

SVP, Mediahub

Dima Alardah

Youth Team Leader, Social Entrepreneur

Lindsay Amstutz

Vice President of Marketing, FOX Sports Networks

Lis Moss

Agent, CAA Sports

Justin Connolly

ESPN, Disney and ESPN Affiliate Sales and Marketing

Julia Mancuso

Olympic Ski Racer

Heidi Boynton

Executive Director, Mini Mermaid Running Club

Sheldon Spencer

Editor/Communications, ESPN

Jodi Markley

SVP, Operations, ESPN

Meg Aronowitz

Coordinating Producer, ESPN

Qunnie Lin

Financial Representative, Northwestern Mutual

Therese Steiner

President & Founder, Therese Steiner Consulting

Dr. Ashleigh Huffman

University of Tennessee

Jennifer Minogue

ESPN Digital Account Executive, Sales

Cynthia Hogan

SVP for Public Policy, National Football League

Kerry D. Chandler

Chief Human Resources Officer, Under Armour

Kristin Malaspina

Vice President Partnership Marketing, Time Warner Cable

Najat Alsayegh

Youth Development Specialist, Global Sports Mentoring Program

Tanya Prewitt-White

Dr., Adler University

Jessica Mendoza

Olympic Gold Medalist & ESPN Analyst, ESPN | Athlete

Nancy Lough

President / Professor, Sport Marketing Association & UNLV

Sonja Henning

Sports Marketing, NIKE

Laura Gentile

Team W, espnW

Chrissy Summers

Founder, Beyond Sticks

Delena Turman

Producer/Associate Producer, ESPN (espnW presents: Be Honest with Cari Champion & First Take)

Pearl Davenport

Director - Marketing Production, Disney XD Marketing

Carrie Bocian

VP, Content Acquisition, Time Warner Cable

Nga Le

Business Operation Director, GSMP

Megan Greenwell

Senior Editor, ESPN the Magazine

Alexa Cook

Agent, CAA Sports

Cecilia Vales

Gonzo Soccer Executive Director Mexico and Latin America, Global Sports Mentoring Program

Jennifer Chun

SVP, Content Acquisition, Time Warner Cable

Nickolas Restivo

Social Media Marketing Manager, Muscle Milk

Jacqui Spence

Board Director, TPT Partners

Tara Chozet

Senior Publicist, ESPN

Sharon Lancu

Director, Initiative

Aleia Naylor

Vice President, Marketing, Women's Sports Foundation

Larissa de Leon

AMD, Mediavest

Kara Linse

Director, Global Sponsorship Marketing, Olympic Games, Visa

Sage Steele

NBA Countdown Host, SportsCenter Co-Host

Patricia Betron

SVP, Multimedia Sales, ESPN

Diane Lamb

VP, Communications, ESPN

Pavithra Chandra

Global Sports Mentoring Program

Andrea Berry

Broadcast Media Consultant, Fox Networks Group

Matt Eisenberg

Editor, espnW

Hanna Fauzie

Managing Editor, GSMP

Morgan Flatley

CMO, Gatorade

Kimberly Wilson

VP, Affiliate Sales and Marketing, ESPN

Christine Godleski


Leslie Brandow

Global Marketing, TaylorMade Golf

Marie Donoghue

EVP Global Business Strategy & Original Content, ESPN

Jamie Newman

Founder of Hoops of America, Basketball Coach

Stephanie Rudnick

SVP, Communications, MKTG & The Players Tribune

Marina Escobar

VP Visual Technology, ESPN

Meredith Walker

Executive Director and Co-Founder, Amy Poehler's Smart Girls

Julie Shumaker

Vice President, PLAY, Zynga

Claressa Shields

2012 women's boxing Olympic Gold Medalist, Olympic Boxer

Debbie Spander

Vice President Broadcasting & Coaching, Wasserman Media Group

Louise Cornetta

ESPN Radio Program Director II, ESPN Radio

Aaron LaBerge

EVP & Chief Technology Officer, ESPN

Holly Humphrey

Director, Strategic Programs, EY

Jessica Shobar

Segment Producer, ESPN

Crystal Yang Edwards

Assoc. Director, Publicity, ESPN Communications

Jaden Newman

Womens Basketball Player

Sofia Lombardo-Ramos

VP, Ketchum Sports & Entertainment

Jenni Luke

CEO, Step Up

Christa Riepe

Owner and Founder, Elite Symmetry

Gwen Conley

Group Media Director, Saatchi & Saatchi

Jane McManus

Writer, espnW

Katie Myers

Executive, CAA Sports Consulting

Rob King

Sr VP SportsCenter & News, ESPN

Linda Shetina Logan

Executive Director, Greater Columbus Sports Commission

Gretchen Bleiler

Olympic Snowboarder, Athlete

Patrick Stiegman

VP / Editor Director, ESPN Digital & Print Media, ESPN

Alana Nichols

Paralympian, Wheelchair Basketball and Alpine Skiing

Carol Stiff

Vice President Content Program & Integration, espnW

Shanelle Barrett

Triathlon Athlete, Global Sports Mentoring Programme

Brittany Cranston

Director of Communications, CytoSport/Muscle Milk

Lauren Robinson

Sponsorship Activation, ESPN

Karen Brodkin

President, Business Affairs, WME|IMG Worldwide

Monica Gonzalez

Analyst, ESPN / Gonzo Soccer

Jessica Holtz

Agent, CAA Sports

Libby Geist

Vice President and Executive Producer, ESPN Films

Ken Boudreau

Sr. Director ESPN Media Technologies, ESPN

Lisa Murray

EVP & Chief Marketing Officer, Octagon Worldwide

Julia Pine

Asst. Director, Communications, SCGA

Edward Erhardt

President, Global Sales and MarketingPresident, ESPN

Katina Arnold

VP, Corporate Communications, ESPN

Adriana Becerra

Director, FOX Media Services

Joan Coraggio

Group Communications Director - Brand Integration, Saatchi & Saatchi

Batoul Arnaout

Influencer, Global Sports Mentoring Program

Stephanie Druley

Sr VP Production College Networks, ESPN

Kerry Ruggieri

SVP, Ketchum Sports & Entertainment

Christopher Lin

Web Developer, espnW

Lauren Loberg

Sport Psychology Consultant, Pyramid Performance Consulting

Sereita Cobbs

Director, Content Integration & Strategy, espnW

Sydney Davis

Director, Global Diveristy & Inclusion, AEG

Xavi Cortadellas

Cortadellas, Gatorade

Kelly Pena

Senior Vice President Disney Channels Research, Disney Channels Worldwide - The Walt Disney Company

John Kosner

EVP Digital and Print Media, ESPN

Sam Gordon

Athlete, Football, Soccer, Track

David Williams

Corporate Communications, ESPN

Christina Lance

Manager, Championship Communications, United States Golf Association

Amy Rosenfeld

Senior Coordinating Producer, ESPN

Melanie Jackson

Senior Editor, espnW

Sue Bird

Professional Athlete, WNBA

Adrienne Lofton

SVP, Global Brand Marketing, Under Armour

Sandy Nunez

Coordinating Producer, SportsCenter, ESPN

Erin Hartman

COO, Beyond Sticks

Suzanne Paxton

Olympian; Executive Producer, Point Studio, Inc., Point Studio TV - Television/Video Production

Erin Leyden

Sr Producer, ESPN Films

Kate Fagan

Writer, espnW

Lisa Stokes

Manager of Booking & Talent Production, ESPN

Adriana Rizzo

Sr Director Marketing, ESPN

Dr. Kevin Stone

Orthopaedic Surgeon, The Stone Clinic

Tiffany Shine

Director of Marketing, Relativity Sports

Robert LeGrand

Account Executive, ESPN CMS

Terence Keenan

Security, ESPN Global Security

Tashi Malik

Vice-President of NungshiTashi Foundation, Global Sports Mentoring Programme


sara gotfredson

VP West Coast Multimedia Sales, ESPN

Sara is the Vice President West Coast Multimedia Sales at ESPN. A 14-y ear industry veteran, Sara joined ESPN in 2005 as a Digital Account Executive in the Chicago office. In addition to managing more than 50 digital accounts, Sara cultivated key client relationships and overreached her goals in her first year. Additionally, Sara played an active leadership role in developing and implementing new processes and strategies for the digital and multimedia sales teams and led the integrated planning process with TV and Print counterparts. These new processes were then integrated into other sales teams within the organization. In 2007, ESPN recognized Sara as the Digital Account Executive of the Year. In her previous role as Senior Director, Sara led the San Francisco and Pacific Northwest teams and drove more than 70 % territory growth during her five-year tenure. Sara also created a new sales structure for the San Francisco office along with a companywide cross functional strategy team by optimizing communication and value from key national accounts.

Prior to joining ESPN, Gotfredson was digital account executive at CBS Sports Line, where she developed sports marketing tactics for top-tier clients. In 2002, the company recognized her as National Sales person of the Year.

Sara, a native of San Diego, CA, holds a bachelor’s degree in Science and Business Administration from the University of San Francisco. In 2002, she received a master’s degree in Arts and Sports Management also from the University of San Francisco. Sara currently resides in Brentwood, CA with her husband Casey and their lovely daughter (and future espnW enthusiast) Anna.