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USA Basketball D.C. Women in the Game

USA Basketball Women in the Game Conference Set for Washington, D.C.

  • Date:
    Jul 12, 2018

Featuring prominent female speakers from a variety of sports business fields, the USA Basketball Women in the Game conference will be held Sept. 9-10 at The George Washington University in Washington, D.C. Registration is available online, and a discount is available to those who register on or before Aug. 5.

The USA Basketball Women in the Game initiative educates high school girls and college and professional women about career paths in the sports industry and how to turn a passion into an opportunity.

Expected to speak at the USA Basketball D.C. Women in the Game are:

  • Diane Gotua, NBA Global Business Operations vice president
  • JoAn Scott, NCAA Men’s Basketball Championships managing director
  • Carol Stiff, ESPN Women’s Sports Programming vice president
  • Karleena Tobin, NBA G-League official
  • Andrea Travelstead, USA Basketball Manager, Youth Division
  • Tanya Vogel, The George Washington University director of athletics and recreation

Additional guest speakers are expected to be announced at a later date. The speakers will share their personal career journeys, essential characteristics to succeed in their roles, practical strategies to get started in the industry and how to sustain a position in a highly competitive sports industry. 

The program includes lecture sessions and interactive group discussions to broaden perspectives on working in the sport industry. Attendees will meet and hear from accomplished females who excel in their careers by exhibiting positive leadership and a dedicated work ethic.

USA Basketball’s Women in the Game conference offers a six-week on-going mentorship program to attendees who apply and are selected for entry. The mentorship program connects conference attendees (mentees) with experienced professionals in the sports industry (mentors) to develop personal and professional goals, gain new perspectives and advance within their current or future careers. Weekly discussion topics will guide the interaction between the mentee and mentor through phone and email communication.

Application into the mentorship program is entirely optional, and there are no additional fees should an attendee be selected into the program. All participants who register for the Women in the Game conference will receive a follow up email with instructions on how to apply into this optional mentorship program. 


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