espnW is announcing the roster of sponsors for its sixth annual espnW: Women + Sports Summit presented by Toyota. Toyota returns as the presenting sponsor, along with Gatorade, Under Armour and EY. The latest sponsors to join the Summit include Northwestern Mutual, Walmart, The V Foundation for Cancer Research and Trek.
This year’s Summit, to be held October 14-16 at the St. Regis Monarch Beach in Dana Point, Calif., is built around the theme of “Vision, Action, Impact.” It will gather thought leaders and influencers from the sports industry and beyond for work sessions, presentations and activities geared towards advancing the agenda for women and sports.
In addition to branding and on-site integrations, Summit sponsorships will feature digital and social activations across espnW’s platforms.
Presenting sponsor Toyota will announce the third class of “Everyday Heroes,” an award that recognizes and honors individuals who make a difference for women and girls in their local communities through sports. In addition to displaying its vehicles throughout the venue, Toyota will host the event’s Opening Night reception and celebrate “Everyday Heroes” throughout the event and online at espnW.com/Summit.
Gatorade, the sports fueling sponsor for the fifth consecutive year, will provide Gatorade products at all athletic occasions throughout the Summit, where guests can participate in boot camps, strength training, morning runs, yoga and cycling.
Under Armour, the Summit’s official training sponsor for the fourth consecutive year, will feature the brand’s elevated women’s collection in the Summit Gifting Suite, where attendees will receive apparel, footwear and equipment to be worn throughout the event. As part of the Summit’s sports activities, Under Armour will offer yoga classes with international instructor Kathryn Budig as well as workout sessions led by NUFit creator and instructor Natalie Uhling.
Returning for the second consecutive year, EY will feature its Women Athletes Business Network, a program aimed at harnessing the leadership potential of female athletes. EY and espnW will also be releasing their newest joint research report, Where will you find your next leader? The report examines how sport advances gender parity at every level – from girls to rising young leaders to C-suite executives.
Three new sponsors have joined this year’s Summit, including:
Northwestern Mutual will present “Executive Office Hours,” which provides Summit guests a 15-minute, one-on-one networking session with leading sports and business industry executives, including ESPN executive vice president and CFO Christine Driessen. The company is also sponsoring the “Impact 25 Dinner” on October 15 and the Summit Influencer Program, a networking initiative that pairs Summit attendees throughout the event.
Walmart will announce the launch of several year-long initiatives to support women in media, in collaboration with espnW. In addition, as the Summit kicks off, Walmart and the Bentonville Film Festival will host the A League of Their Own reunion game, featuring the film’s director Penny Marshall as a coach, original members of the Rockford Peaches, along with espnW and ESPN talent and executives. Coverage of the game will be featured on espnW.com and SportsCenter.
Also joining the Summit this year is The V Foundation for Cancer Research, which will invite guests to participate in two Team V runs in conjunction with the New York Road Runners on Thursday, Oct. 15 and Friday Oct. 16. The organization will also provide guests with educational materials that drive awareness of cancer research.
Trek will sponsor the cycling portion of the Summit’s sports activities, providing attendees with bikes and helmets for beach and mountain bike rides near the resort.
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