Unsung ‘game changers’ of American sports industry

Examining the multiple ways women intersect with sports as athletes, executives and consumers, Sports Business Journal recently recognized 50 innovators and trailblazers at its 10th Annual Game Changers Conference.

Billed as a gathering of females at the forefront of leagues, teams, agencies, media companies, colleges and universities who are strengthening the industry and their organizations, members of the 12th class of Game Changers were profiled by Sports Business Journal last month in a special edition of the popular industry periodical.

Nominees were celebrated, at New Jersey’s MetLife Stadium, for their thought leadership, deal-making and mentorship of the next generation of diverse sports business executives.

Cognizant of the fact that the Sports Business Journal’s list is not exhaustive, below are a few “game changers” that undoubtedly would have made the list, had they been nominated.

Visit the links below for more details on why these women are distinguished and worthy of being acknowledged as “game changers” in the sports industry.

Aggie Alem
Senior Manager of Sponsorships
Anheuser-Busch

Lindsey Atkinson
Director of Sports/Communications Associate
National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS)

Kara Bachman
Executive Director
Chicago Sports Commission

Sade Battle
Director of South Region
Andy Frain

Karen Dougherty Buchholz
Executive Vice President, Administration
Comcast Corporation

Kathleen ‘Kathy’ Francis
Chair and President
Women in Sports and Events, Inc. (WISE)

Shelly Licorish
Director, Open Run Program
New York Road Runners

Lindsay Linhart
Brand Manager, Sloane Stephens | Director Of Development, Sloane Stephens Foundation

Jazmine Smith
Chief Executive Officer
Eyekonz Field Hockey + Lacrosse

Mary Beth Thomas
Executive Director
Sports Wagering Advisory Council

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