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Women in the Game Conference - Washington, D.C.

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Conference Details

Sunday, Sept. 9 – Monday, Sept. 10 

    Sunday, Sept. 9

      • 12:00 p.m. – 12:30 p.m. – check-in
      • 12:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. – afternoon sessions and breakouts

    Monday, Sept. 10

      • 9:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. – morning sessions
      • 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. – catered lunch (included in registration)
      • 1:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. – afternoon sessions and workshops
      • 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. – USA Basketball Women's National Team exhibition game.

Conference Features

  • Presentations from professionals in a variety of fields in the sports industry.
  • Career development sessions for practical training
  • Interactive sessions in coaching and event operations.
  • USA Basketball gift items.
  • Catered lunch.
  • Option to apply for acceptance in the on-going mentorship program.
  • Ticket to the USA Basketball Women's National Team exhibition game on Sept. 10.

Conference Schedule

Conference Location

The George Washington University

800 21st St. NW

Washington, DC 20052

Mentorship Program

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.

Guest Speakers

Val Ackerman
Val Ackerman
Big East Commissioner

Natasha Adair
University of Delaware Women's Basketball Head Coach

Shyra Ely-Gash

SAKS Image Builder & Former Indiana Fever player

Alexys Feaster
NBA Director of Player Development

Kathleen Francis
Kathleen Francis

WISE President/Oasis Sports Ventures Founder and President

Diane Gotua

NBA Vice President of Global Business Operations

Joanna Lohman
Washington Spirit Midfielder and Athlete Ally Ambassador

JoAn Scott 
NCAA Managing Director of Men’s Basketball Championships

Dr. Caroline Silby
U.S. Figure Skating Team Sports Psychology Consultant

Carol Stiff
Carol Stiff
ESPN Vice President Programming & Acquisitions

Karleena Tobin
NBA G-League official

Andrea Travelstead
Andrea Travelstead
USA Basketball Manager, Youth Division

Tanya Vogel
The George Washington University Director of Athletics and Recreation


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