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BIG EAST Staff Featured on WISE Panel

March 27, 2014

NEW YORK — WISE (Women in Sports and Events) NYC Metro Chapter presented its Fifth Annual "Power Play" panel on Wednesday in recognition of Women's History Month. Dave and Buster’s at Times Square was the venue for “Power Play: Up Close with Women from the BIG EAST Conference,” featuring an all-female, all-star lineup of senior executives.

The well-attended, spirited discussion included: Val Ackerman, Commissioner of the BIG EAST Conference; Amber Cox, BIG EAST Associate Commissioner for Women’s Basketball; Ann Crandall, Chief Marketing Officer of the BIG EAST; and Kimberly Keenan-Kirkpatrick, Associate Athletics Director for Compliance at Seton Hall. The moderator was Laura Behnke, Channel 7's Eyewitness News/Weekend Sports Anchor.

WISE was represented by NYC Metro Chapter President Van Adams; National Board Chair Kathleen Francis, and a number of board members from both the national and chapter level.

"Power Play is a meaningful way to celebrate Women's History Month each year, bringing the success of leading female sports executives to the forefront and championing the goals of WISE,” said Adams.  “While all of our panel discussions are geared to providing attendees at all professional levels with new insight into the business of sports, Power Play is unique in showcasing major sports institutions with multiple women in senior positions, and highlighting the accomplishments of talented women working together in a supportive environment.”

The leading ladies discussed their current job responsibilities, shared insights on career paths, and spoke to industry trends.  Previous WISE "Power Play" panels have included: the women of ESPN (2010), the women of MLB (2011), the women of golf (2012), and the women of the NY/NJ Super Bowl Host Committee (2013).

About WISE NYC Metro Chapter: Women in Sports and Events (WISE) is a professional non-profit organization founded in 1993 in New York City. WISE is the voice and the resource of women in the business of sports. There are WISE 10 chapters throughout the U.S.  The NYC Metro Chapter, established in 2007, has a membership of more than 300 women, and a few men, of various levels of management and industry disciplines.  

The NYC Metro chapter holds workshops, panels, and networking events year-round. WISE's annual signature industry event is the national Women of the Year Awards. Past honorees have included:  Christine Brennan, Sports Columnist, USA Today; Pat Summitt, Head Women’s Basketball Coach, University of Tennessee; Roxanne Jones, Founding Editor, ESPN the Magazine; Rita Benson LeBlanc, Owner and Executive Vice President, New Orleans; Robin Roberts, Journalist/On-Air Host, ABC/GMA; and many others.