espnW Launches Inaugural espnW Summit NYC, Unveils Sponsors


espnW Launches Inaugural espnW Summit NYC, Unveils Sponsors

The espnW Summit NYC on Wednesday, May 8, will bring the impact and inspiration of The espnW: Women + Sports Summit to the east coast for the first time. The one-day event will convene a powerful group of athletes, influencers and agents of change for in-depth discussions at the intersection of sports, business and culture.

The espnW Summit NYC, being held at the 1 Hotel Brooklyn Bridge, features leading ESPN voices, such as espnW Columnist and ESPN Radio host Sarah Spain as event emcee, espnW writer and ESPN commentator Julie Foudy, ESPN senior writer Mina Kimes, ESPN MLB analyst Jessica Mendoza, and ESPN commentator and WNBA All-Star Chiney Ogwumike. Featured speakers and panelists include:

  • Brandi ChastainJulie FoudyKristine Lilly & Briana Scurry, The Team That Changed It All: The World Cup Champion 99ers 
  • Kelly Sue DeConnick, Captain Marvel comic book author
  • Allison Galer, Founder, Disrupt the Game agency
  • Kristen Anderson-Lopez, Oscar and Grammy award-winning songwriter
  • Kate Parker, Best-selling author and photographer, Strong Is the New Pretty
  • Kendall Coyne Schofield, USA Women’s National Hockey team, Olympic gold medalist

Today, espnW also announced its roster of sponsors for the event: Rothy’s, Gatorade, the New York Mets and CAA Sports.

Rothy’s joins as a first-time partner of espnW. Inspired by the women of today, Rothy’s creates chic, lasting, endlessly-wearable shoes built for life on the go. Rothy’s has been deeply committed to sustainability since its founding, transforming recycled plastics into beautiful, comfortable, machine-washable shoes. At The espnW Summit NYC, Rothy’s will be showcasing its four distinct silhouettes— The Flat, The Point, The Loafer and The Sneaker— gifting attendees a pair of its game-changing slip-on sneakers. Elie Donahue, Rothy’s Vice President of Marketing, will give a W Power Talk on building a break-through brand for women.

Gatorade, a brand committed to women in sport, is a long-time sponsor of the annual espnW: Women + Sports Summit. In addition to onsite branding and unique social media extensions, Gatorade will provide guests with hydration and sports fuel products throughout the event and during the stretch and refresh breaks.

The New York Mets join The espnW Summit NYC as a new partner as well, providing The Summit attendees with a special ticket offer to attend an upcoming Mets game. In addition, the Mets will gift official team gear to those in attendance.

CAA Sports, a division of Creative Artists Agency (CAA), also joins as a first-time partner of espnW. CAA has long focused on the issues of diversity and inclusion, and implemented short- and long-term strategies to ensure a more equitable and robust workplace and create sustainable change, within the agency and beyond.

To see the complete agenda and register for The espnW Summit NYC, please visit On May 8, you can follow along on the ESPN App, and on Twitter with @espnW and #espnWnyc.

About espnW
espnW is a global multiplatform brand dedicated to engaging and inspiring women through sports., the brand’s content home, offers total access to female athletes and the sports they play, takes fans inside the biggest events, and captures the biggest trends in sports life/style. espnW also provides a unique point of view on the sports stories that matter most to women and highlights the crossroads of sports and culture. Founded in July 2010, espnW’s content and voices live across digital, television, radio, films, events, educational platforms and social media.

Amanda Brooks

Amanda is the Communications Manager for college football and SEC Network, and oversees publicity for college gymnastics and track & field across all ESPN networks. Amanda is a proud alum of Hendrix College in Conway, Ark., and earned her master's in ethics from Vanderbilt University. A native of Kent, Ohio, she is a die-hard Cleveland Indians fan.
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