espnW Announces Agenda and Speakers for espnW Summit NYC on May 4


espnW Announces Agenda and Speakers for espnW Summit NYC on May 4

The event will take place in person and virtually; In-person Registration is now open

The espnW Summit NYC returns in-person and via livestream on Wednesday, May 4 at the 1 Hotel in Brooklyn. The one-day event will gather a distinctive group of leaders and change-makers at the intersection of sports, business, and entertainment for a day of conversation and reflection about the women + sports space. The line-up includes a look ahead at ESPN’s Fifty/50 initiative honoring the 50th anniversary of Title IX, a conversation with NWSL Commissioner Jessica Berman and more. The event will stream live across, the ESPN App, Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube. As with all espnW Summits, movement and wellness will be woven into the experience. The espnW Summit NYC will run from 8 a.m.–7 p.m. ET and in-person registration is available at

espnW Columnist and ESPN Radio host Sarah Spain will once again serve as event host, joined by powerhouse ESPN and espnW talent, including espnW Writer and ESPN Commentator Julie Foudy, SportsCenter Anchor Elle Duncan, Women’s College Basketball and WNBA, Game and Studio Analyst and Sideline Reporter LaChina Robinson, Game and Studio Analyst Monica McNutt, and Studio Anchor Christine Williamson. Featured events and panels will include:

  • A performance from Grammy-nominated rapper Rapsody of her anthem for the Fifty/50 Initiative
  • World-Class Athlete Conversation featuring New York Liberty stars Sabrina Ionescu and Didi Richards; moderated by Sarah Spain.
  • Fifty/50 Spotlight: A spotlight on content for the Fifty/50 Initiative hosted by Elle Duncan with an introduction from executive producer Allison Glock, including:
    • A panel on “37 Words” featuring co-Director Nicole Newnham and Grant High School softball players Olivia Dunn, Elisabeth Kollrack, and Madyson Roach
    • A presentation on W. Studios Fifty/50 Shorts Presented by Google featuring short film director Shayla Harris and film subjects Noor Alexandria Abukaram, and Yolanda Melendez
  • A live taping of the hit podcast “Laughter Permitted with Julie Foudy” with guest Olympic gold medalist Eileen Gu
  • W Power Talks: 10-minute focused talks by industry leaders and personalities, hosted by Monica McNutt
    • Nicole Lavoi, Director, The Tucker Center for Research on Girls & Women in Sport, School of Kinesiology, University of Minnesota
    • Jon Patricof, CEO and Co-Founder Athletes Unlimited
    • Eric LeGrand, Motivational Speaker & Founder, LeGrand Coffee House
  • The Women of ESPN panel featuring Monica McNutt, LaChina Robinson, Christine Williamson, and Elle Duncan
  • Women at the Helm keynote conversation with NWSL Commissioner Jessica Berman; moderated by Julie Foudy

Interviews, photos and additional content will be posted to throughout the Summit. For more information, follow us on Twitter with @espnW and #espnWsummit.

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.


Isabelle Lopez

Based in New York City, Isabelle Lopez is a Communications Associate Director for ESPN Films and Original Content. Her projects include the critically-acclaimed 30 for 30 documentary series and The ESPYS, among others.
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