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Women in the Game – Event Recap
Dawn Staley

2019 Women in the Game Recap

USA Basketball hosted two Women in the Game conferences in 2019. The first conference took place May 18-19 in the Bay Area, while the second conference of 2019 was held October 12-13 in Atlanta. The conferences serve as part of a broader initiative to inspire high school girls, college women, and young professionals to pursue careers in the sports industry, as well as to address the disparity ratio of women-to-men working in the field. Guest speakers from a variety of sport career fields shared their personal journeys, the characteristics required to succeed and practical application tips on how to break into the industry and sustain success.

The esteemed lineup of guest speakers all committed to the mission of motivating and encouraging young women to pursue their passion is listed below.

Mentorship Program

USA Basketball’s Women in the Game mentorship program kicked off by pairing young women with experienced professionals in their desired career path. The six-week on-going program allowed each attendee, who was selected for entry, to receive a closer look in to achieving their goals as future leaders in sports. Weekly discussion topics guided the interaction between the mentor and mentee, but each connection had the opportunity to create their own path.

Read more about the mentorship program. 

Guest Speakers - Bay Area

 Jennifer Azzi
Jennifer Azzi
NBA Academy Women's Program Technical Director,
USF Director of Special Initiatives and 1996 Olympic gold medalist
 Lisa Goodwin
Lisa Goodwin
Golden State Warriors
Senior Director, Corporate Communications
Lindsay Gottlieb
University of California, Berkeley
Women’s Basketball Head Coach

Teresa Gould
Pac-12 Conference Senior Associate Commissioner,
Sports Management and Institutional Services
Stevie Gray
Golden State Warriors and Chase Center
Vice President, Ticket Operations
Stacy McCorkle 
Stacy McCorkle
San Francisco 49ers
Director of Community Relations

Kelli Moran-Miller
D. Kelli E. Moran-Miller
Stanford University Director, 
Sport Psychology for Athletics

  Gloria Nevez
Gloria Nevarez 
West Coast Conference 

Shelley Russi
Shelley Russi
3rd Side Coaching Integral Coach and former NCAA Division I Women’s Basketball Referee

Heather Stewart
Christopher High Girls Basketball Head Coach and 
USA Basketball Youth & Sport Development Regional Coordinator

Victoria Sun
Victoria Sun
Sports Administrative Specialist


Guest Speakers - Atlanta

 NArcis Alikhani
Narcis Alikhani
Atlanta Hawks & State Farm Arena
Senior Manager, Marketing Strategy
Danielle Donehew
Danielle Donehew
Women's Basketball Coaches
Association executive director

Nell Fortner
Georgia Tech Women's 
Basketball head coach

Rebecca Greenwell
Rebecca Greenwell
Atlanta Hawks Operations Assistant, Community Basketball Programs 
& two-time USA Basketball gold medalist

Kensa Gunter
Dr. Kensa K. Gunter
Clinical Sport Psychologist

Ericka Hill
Ericka Hill
Atlanta Hawks Director of Player Development

Lauren Holtkamp
Lauren Holtkamp
NBA Official

Michelle Leftwich
Michelle Leftwich
Atlanta Hawks Vice President, 
Salary Cap Administration

Nancy Lieberman
Team Power (Big3) head coach 
and former NBA assistant coach

MAry McElroy
Mary McElroy
ACC Women’s Basketball 
Senior Associate Commissioner

Corinne Milien
Corinne Milien
Co-Founder & Executive Director of 
The Winning Edge Leadership Academy

Renee Montgomery
Renee Montgomery
Guard, Atlanta Dream

Michele Roberts
Michele Roberts
NBA Players Association Executive Director 
& USA Basketball Board Member

KK Samuelson
Kirsten 'KK' Salmonsen
Atlanta Hawks 
Brand Activation and Events Manager

Joni Taylor
University of Georgia 
Women’s Basketball Head Coach

 Pharlone Toussaint
Pharlone Toussaint
Laureus Sport for Good Foundation Atlanta Program Officer

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