We are proud to present the 2018 Athlete Leadership Connection, the Women’s Sports Foundation’s exclusive, by-invitation-only development conference that addresses the unique needs and challenges of female athletes. Designed by athletes for athletes.

Browse panel topics, active learning sessions and participating speakers below. To choose your preferred Active Learning Session, please click on one choice. To choose your areas of interest for the Networking Lunch, please select 3 choices in Networking Lunch.

We look forward to seeing you in October!
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Tuesday, October 16

8:45am EDT

Breakfast and Opening Remarks: Following in the Footsteps of an Icon
Welcome by WSF President Grete Eliassen and Lisa Cregan.

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Lisa Cregan

Managing Director, Morgan Stanley
Lisa M. Cregan is a Managing Director for Morgan Stanley and Regional Director of the Firm’s Mid-Atlantic Region based in Washington, DC.  Lisa is also a Women's Sports Foundation Trustee.Cregan joined Morgan Stanley in September 2010. During her tenure, she founded the inaugural... Read More →
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Grete Eliassen

President, Women's Sports Foundation
6 time X Games Medalist | 4 time US Open Champion | 2 time Powder Magazine’s Best Female of the Year | ESPN’S Best Female In Action Sports | Red Bull Cold Rush Champion | World Record HolderA professional freeskier specializing in park, cliffs, air and powder, Grete took the ski... Read More →

Tuesday October 16, 2018 8:45am - 9:15am EDT
Room B

9:15am EDT

Opening Panel: Keeping Your Head in the Game of Life: Mental Health and Sports
At some point in every athlete's career, the inevitable happens: you hit a wall.  You lose your drive, you have an injury, or nerves get in the way. And when it's time to think about walking away from the sport to which you have dedicated most of your life… it's not always easy, physically and emotionally.  ESPN’s Kate Fagan, author of “What Made Maddy Run” has an eye-opening discussion with Olympic Gold medalist and five-time Olympian in snowboarding, Kelly Clark,  five-time Olympic Gold medalist in swimming, Missy Franklin, and Paralympic track & field athlete,  Scout Bassett, who has each struggled through the sometimes difficult mental health challenges of athletic competition and of its effect on life out of competitive athletics. 

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Kate Fagan

Columnist and feature writer, espnW, ESPN.com
Kate Fagan is a columnist and feature writer for espnWESPN.com and ESPN The Magazine. She is also a regular panelist on ESPN's Around the Horn and can also be seen on Outside the Lines. Previously, Fagan spent three seasons covering the 76ers for the Philadelphia Inquirer. She lives in Brooklyn, New York... Read More →

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Scout Bassett

Track & Field, Paralympian
Scout was born in Nanjing, China and at the age of one and a half, lost her right leg in a chemical fire. She was left on the streets of Nanjing before being taken to the Nanjing children’s welfare institute where she spent the next seven years suffering from malnutrition, isolation... Read More →
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Kelly Clark

Three-time Olympic medalist
At thirty-five years of age, Kelly is a five time Olympian, three-time Olympic medalist and the winningest athlete in snowboarding history. She is a trailblazer and dominant force in the sport of snowboarding, continually innovating and “raising her own bar” in every competition... Read More →
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Missy Franklin

Five-time Olympic gold medalist
Missy Franklin is a five-time Olympic gold medalist and world record-holder in the sport of swimming.At the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Franklin earned a gold medal as a member of the 4x200m free relay. The gold added to her medal haul from the 2012 Olympics in London, where... Read More →

Tuesday October 16, 2018 9:15am - 10:15am EDT
Room B

11:25am EDT

The Impact of Billie Jean King - A Special Tribute
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Dr. Deborah Antoine

CEO, Women's Sports Foundation
In January 2017, Dr. Antoine became CEO of the Women’s Sports Foundation. Dr. Antoine has successfully led the growth and sustainability of five nonprofit organizations: the HOPE Program, the South Bronx Overall Economic Development Corporation, Per Scholas, PBS Channel Thirteen... Read More →

Tuesday October 16, 2018 11:25am - 11:30am EDT
Room B

11:30am EDT

Keynote Address: Billie Jean King
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Billie Jean King

Founder, Women's Sports Foundation
Billie Jean King, named one of the “100 Most Important Americans of the 20th Century” by Life magazine and the first female athlete to receive the Presidential Medal of Freedom, has long been a pioneer for social justice. As one of the top tennis players of all time, King won... Read More →
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Hoda Kotb

“TODAY” & Fourth hour of “TODAY”, Co-Anchor & Co-Host
Hoda Kotb is the co-anchor of NBC News’ “TODAY” and co-host of the fourth hour of NBC News’ TODAY alongside Kathie Lee Gifford. Kotb joined “TODAY” as a co-host of the fourth hour in 2008, and the Gifford-Kotb hour has been hailed as “appointment television” by Entertainment... Read More →

Tuesday October 16, 2018 11:30am - 12:15pm EDT
Room B

2:15pm EDT

Afternoon Panel: Raise the Bar: Using Your Voice to Make a Difference
Moderated by Sandra Richards, Managing Director at Morgan Stanley.  Marianne Schnall, activist and author of “What will it Take to Make a Woman President?”will join veteran sports journalist and advocate, Sam Marchiano, as they talk with 2012 gold medalist in gymnastics, Jordyn Wieber, an outspoken voice for change. Ever wonder “what will it take” to make a difference? As a visible athlete you have a unique position inside your sport and out. Jordyn explores ways to be a vocal advocate, effecting change toward equity and reform in a number of issues. 

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Sandra Richards

Managing Director, Head of Segment Sales & Engagement Group, Morgan Stanley
Sandra L. Richards is a Managing Director of Morgan Stanley and Head of Segment Sales & Engagement Group, National Sales in Wealth Management based in Purchase, NY.  She joined the Firm in 2007. Sandra’s role includes leading the Diverse & Multicultural Marketing efforts across... Read More →

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Sam Marchiano

Adjunct Faculty, Tisch Institute for Global Sport
Sam Marchiano, adjunct faculty at the Tisch Institute for Global Sport, is a journalist and advocate. Her work has appeared in The New York Times, The Guardian, the New York Daily News among others. Marchiano is a founding member of the Board of Directors of both Equality League... Read More →
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Marianne Schnall

Founder and CEO, What Will It Take
Marianne Schnall is the founder and CEO of What Will It Take Movements, a media, collaboration, learning, event and social engagement platform that inspires, connects, educates and engages women everywhere to advance in all levels of leadership and take action. She is also a widely-published journalist whose writings and interviews with high profile... Read More →
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Jordyn Wieber

Gymnastics, Olympic Gold Medalist
Jordyn Wieber is an Olympic gold medalist and American gymnast from DeWitt, Michigan. The teenage-gymnastics-phenom caught the world’s attention by becoming the 2011 American Cup Champion, beating out the reigning world-all-around champion at the time. She went on to become the... Read More →

Tuesday October 16, 2018 2:15pm - 3:00pm EDT
Room B

3:00pm EDT

Mentoring Kick-Off: Carrying the Torch of Leadership Forward
WSF President Grete Eliassen will launch the mentoring initiative, meant to “carry the torch of leadership forward.”

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Grete Eliassen

President, Women's Sports Foundation
6 time X Games Medalist | 4 time US Open Champion | 2 time Powder Magazine’s Best Female of the Year | ESPN’S Best Female In Action Sports | Red Bull Cold Rush Champion | World Record HolderA professional freeskier specializing in park, cliffs, air and powder, Grete took the ski... Read More →

Tuesday October 16, 2018 3:00pm - 3:15pm EDT
Room B

4:00pm EDT

Mentoring Leadership Initiative
Professional and collegiate athletes will be paired as a mentoring team to help young girls from NYC metro area youth organizations.

Tuesday October 16, 2018 4:00pm - 6:00pm EDT
NBPA Headquarters 1133 Avenue of Americas, 5th Floor, New York, NY 10036
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