Get to know the empowered, inspiring, successful
2018 SheBelieves Summit speakers!
BRAND DIRECTOR, U.S. SOCCER FEDERATION
Kay Bradley is an accomplished marketing professional with expertise in brand strategy, consumer insights and brand creative. She is the brand director at U.S. Soccer where she is dedicated to building the U.S. Soccer brand in an effort to grow the sport nationwide.
Prior to joining U.S. Soccer, Kay was the VP brand planning director at Cramer Krasselt, a leading independent advertising agency. There, she was responsible for developing iconic brands through advertising and communications. Her clients included Constellation Brands (Corona, Casa Noble and Pacifico beer), Crocs, Edward Jones, Heinz, Panera Bread and Porsche. Prior to Cramer Krasselt she worked in digital at Arnold Worldwide.
Kay is a graduate of Amherst College where she played soccer and was captain of the Amherst Women’s Soccer team. Kay has a one-year-old and her MBA from Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management.
DIRECTOR OF STATES & GLOBAL, WOMEN'S MARCH
Breanne Butler is a chef and activist in NYC. Starting from humble beginnings in Detroit, she moved to NYC to pursue her career as a chef. Her work as a pastry sous chef at Michelin starred Rouge Tomate led her to open the Facebook NY kitchens as their Executive Pastry Chef. 2 years later, she left to open “by Breanne,” fusing her love of food and fashion. After making cookies for a Hillary Clinton campaign fundraiser, she began to be more politically aware.
On November 9th, Breanne and a few other women founded The Women’s March, a historic event on January 21, 2017 that over 5 million women attended. She was named one of Glamour Magazine’s Women of the Year in 2017, as well as International Woman of the Year by Harper’s Bazaar Netherlands.
Twitter: @bybreanne | Instagram: bybreanne
UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT JUDGE, EASTERN DISTRICT OF NEW YORK
The Honorable LaShann DeArcy Hall received her commission to serve as a United States District Judge for the Eastern District of New York on November 17, 2015. Prior to her nomination by President Barack Obama, Judge DeArcy Hall worked as a commercial litigation trial lawyer, serving as an associate at Cravath, Swaine & Moore and Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher. Immediately prior to her judicial confirmation, Judge DeArcy Hall
served as a partner in Morrison & Foerster’s commercial litigation group.
Judge DeArcy Hall was twice appointed by Mayor Bloomberg to serve as a Commissioner on the New York City Taxi and Limousine Commission. She also served as a Commissioner on the New York State Joint Commission on Public Ethics. Judge DeArcy Hall received her Bachelor of Arts degree from Antioch College and graduated magna cum laude from Howard University School of Law in 2000. She served in the United States Air Force from 1995 to 1997.
WNBA PLAYER AND OLYMPIC GOLD MEDALIST
Elena Delle Donne, the 2015 WNBA MVP, is one of the most dominant players in the WNBA. Entering her sixth season in the league, the Washington Mystics star has earned four WNBA All-Star honors and is a two-time All-WNBA First Team selection. A member of Team USA, Delle Donne took home a gold medal during the 2016 Olympics and was the WNBA scoring leader in 2015. The Delaware native was drafted second overall in the 2013
WNBA draft and earned Rookie of the Year honors.
Off the court, Elena is a global ambassador to the Special Olympics and became the first national ambassador for the Lyme Research Alliance. Additionally, she will be releasing two books in March 2018: a memoir and the first book of a new series for kids ages 8 to 12.
Twitter: @De11eDonne | Instagram: de11edonne
MANAGING DIRECTOR OF OPERATIONS, NATIONAL WOMEN’S SOCCER LEAGUE
Amanda Duffy is the Managing Director for the National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL). Duffy joined the NWSL in January 2017 and oversees all aspects of day-to-day business operations for the league. Duffy was a driving influence with the development of NWSL Media — the league’s marketing, broadcast and commercial arm — as well as successful launch of the historic partnership between the NWSL and Lifetime.
Duffy previously worked for Louisville City FC and rose through the ranks of the United Soccer League (USL) club. She joined as the vice president of operations in October 2014, before being promoted to general manager in December 2014, and ultimately being tapped to serve as president in November 2015. She also spent more than seven years at the league headquarters for the USL, where she worked in a number of roles — including strategic planning, league management, player registration, and coordinating referee developments and assignments.
Duffy was the director of operations for USL PRO from 2007-2010 before she transitioned to become the senior director for the W-League, a position she held through 2014.
Prior to her time in sports management, Duffy enjoyed a playing career that saw her graduate from East Carolina University with single-season and career records for goals, as well as the career record for points. She was inducted into ECU’s Sports Hall of Fame in 2012. She went on to compete in the W-League for three seasons and won a league championship in 2003 before playing in the Swedish 1st Division in 2006.
Twitter: @AmandaMDuffy | Instagram: am_duffy
ESPN ANALYST AND FORMER U.S. WNT PLAYER
Julie Foudy, former captain of the U.S. Women’s National Team and one of the most accomplished female soccer players in the world, joined ESPN in 2005 as a women’s soccer and FIFA World Cup analyst. Following her work during the 200 FIFA World Cup, Foudy’s role at ESPN was expanded to include serving as a features reporter and a spokesperson for select company initiatives. Currently, Foudy serves as one of espnW’s primary voices, providing commentary, reporting and digital features for ESPN’s women-focused brand. She also provides personality-driven features for ESPN studio programs including SportsCenter and Outside the Lines and is the lead game analyst for ESPN’s U.S. National Women’s Team and college soccer coverage. She also is the owner and founder of Julie Foudy Sports Leadership Academy and author of “Choose to Matter: Being Courageously and Fabulously YOU.”
Previously, Foudy has served as the lead television voice (studio and game analyst) for ESPN, ESPN2 and ABC’s coverage of the quadrennial FIFA Women’s World Cups. Foudy made her ESPN debut — at the top of her playing career — in a critically acclaimed role as a studio analyst for ESPN and ESPN2’s coverage of the 1998 FIFA World Cup from France. She was also a studio analyst for ESPN’s unprecedented coverage of the UEFA European Football Championship 2008 (Euro 08). Foudy was a general assignment reporter for ESPN and ABC’s critically acclaimed presentation of the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa — the most-watched FIFA World Cup in the U.S.
Foudy was a midfielder for the U.S. Women’s National Team from 1987 through 2004, serving as the team’s captain from 2000 through her retirement. In her 17-year national team tenure, the U.S. women won two FIFA Women’s World Cup titles (1991, 1999), captured two Olympic gold medals (1996, 2004), and the silver medal in 2000 — en route to becoming one of the most successful national soccer teams ever in the sport. Foudy’s retirement, ending a remarkable international soccer career with 271 matches, along with fellow women’s soccer legends Mia Hamm and Joy Fawcett, marked the end of what was generally known as the “golden era” of women’s soccer in the United States. She was inducted into the National Soccer Hall of Fame in August 2007.
A former president of the Women’s Sports Foundation (2000-02), Foudy received the 1997 FIFA Fair Play Award for her trip earlier that year to Pakistan to examine the working conditions of factories of her then-sponsor, Reebok. A four-time All-American at Stanford and the 1991 Soccer America Player of the Year, Foudy graduated in 1993 with a bachelor’s degree in biology. She turned down an admission into the Stanford Medical School to pursue a career in sports.
Twitter: @JulieFoudy | Instagram: juliefoudy
SR. MANAGER CHANNEL STRATEGY & EXECUTION, HISENSE-USA
Kara Glynn is an accomplished field marketing leader who has masterfully integrated partnerships in sports, electronics and entertainment for more than 15 years. As Senior Manager of Channel Strategy and Execution, Glynn oversees all sports sponsorship programs for Hisense USA, the North American division of global electronics manufacturer Hisense. Merging her talents for retail integrations and creative project management, she has led Hisense’s involvement with NASCAR and Formula 1 racing, eSports juggernauts Evil Geniuses, and the U.S. Soccer Federation. Glynn earned a B.A. in Communication from Boston College, where she was a four-year varsity swimmer and record-holding athlete
EDITOR-IN-CHIEF, LIFETIME TELEVISION
Lea Goldman is the Editor-in-Chief of Lifetime, part of A+E Networks. Prior to joining Lifetime in January of 2017, she was the Editorial Director of Refinery29. Before that, she served as the Executive Editor of Marie Claire magazine, where she founded the magazine’s MC@Work supplement. Previously, she was a Senior Editor at Forbes Magazine, where she was chief “listicler,” responsible for Forbes’ Celebrity 100, World Billionaires, Hip Hop Cash Kings and Richest Women in Entertainment lists. She is the recipient of the James Aronson Award for Social Justice in Journalism and earned a National Magazine Award nomination for her piece on “The Big Business of Breast Cancer.” Lea graduated from Columbia University (CC ’98) where she studied literature.
DIRECTOR OF EVENTS, U.S. SOCCER FEDERATION
15-year sports events veteran, Amy Hopfinger currently serves as the Director of Events for the U.S. Soccer Federation. In her role, she oversees all U.S. Soccer branded events, including domestic Men’s and Women’s National Team games, as well as various departmental focused events and programs.
Prior to leading the Events Department, Amy served as Senior Manager of Special Projects for U.S. Soccer, where she oversaw such projects as the U.S. Soccer Centennial, planning and execution of Federation programs and initiatives for numerous Men’s and Women’s World Cups and the administration of the National Soccer Hall of Fame.
In addition to her responsibilities at U.S. Soccer, Amy was an integral member of the Local Organizing Committee for Copa America Centenario 2016, serving as the Senior Director of Event Operations. In her position, she oversaw 10 departments, including accommodations, government relations and hospitality programs, contributing to one of the most successful soccer tournaments ever played in the United States.
Amy graduated from St. Louis University with a degree in Psychology. She volunteers and is actively involved with Make-A-Wish of Illinois and the Women In Sports & Events (WISE) Chicago chapter.
CO-FOUNDER, CERES PLATINUM GROUP AND FORMER U.S. WNT PLAYER
Co-Founder of Ceres Platinum Group and the founder and CEO of Empowerment Through Sport, Angela Hucles is a two-time Olympic Gold Medalist for U.S. Soccer, two-time World Cup Bronze Medalist, former professional soccer player of the Boston Breakers and the U.S. Soccer Foundation’s 2009 Humanitarian of the Year. Angela led the U.S. team in scoring with 4 goals in the 2008 Olympics; 2 of these goals came in the U.S. victory over Japan.
Angela is a speaker, entrepreneur and businesswoman who has founded multiple businesses after her career transition of retiring from professional athletics and realizing a need for athletes to have support while ending their professional playing career. Angela works in the sports and entertainment industry with commentating, reality TV, educational programs and curriculum development consulting for sports clubs and organizations, as well as real estate.
With a passion for helping others achieve their goals and dreams and over 30 years of experience in sports, she founded the Leadership Series in 2012, an event focused on discovering sports leadership and life skills for young female athletes.
Angela is currently a U.S. Soccer Federation Board of Trustee, U.S. Soccer Athlete Council Vice-Chair, and is the Co-Chair of the Women’s Sports Foundation Board of Trustees, an organization founded by the great Billie Jean King.
Twitter: @angelahucles | Instagram: angelahucles
CEO OF PEAK UNLIMITED
Phaidra Knight is an attorney, athlete, sports media talent, motivational speaker, and business entrepreneur. For nearly 18 years, Phaidra has traveled the globe as a professional rugby player, establishing herself as the one of the premiere players in the sport. She made three appearances in the Rugby World Cup and was selected as the top player in the world in her position in 2002 and 2006. In 2010, she was named the U.S. Rugby Player of the Decade. She was recently inducted to the World Rugby Hall of Fame.
Phaidra was born and raised in the small, decidedly rural town of Irwinton, Georgia. It was there where she learned the core values of dedication, commitment, hard work and discipline that have fueled and guided her career. It was on the field, though, where she learned the indispensable attributes of teamwork, leadership and effective communication.
Phaidra earned dual bachelor’s degrees in political science and speech communications at Alabama State University before she went on to study law at the University of Wisconsin. Just as her studies weren’t limited to one field, her athleticism isn’t confined to one sport. She has competed on the regional level in CrossFit Games and Strongman. In 2013, she was a member of the United States Developmental Bobsled Team.
Phaidra speaks to many audiences on leadership, resilience, fitness, childhood obesity, and anti bullying. When she is not coaching youth or collegiate rugby, she’s working as a rugby analyst for NBC Sports. She also devotes time to commentating rugby during the fall, spring and summer seasons. Over the past six years, she has appeared on ESPN, Universal, The Rugby Channel, World Rugby and USA Rugby TV. She also serves on the USA Rugby Board of Directors.
Twitter: @phaidraknight | Instagram: phaidraknight
FORMER U.S. WNT PLAYER
Kristine Lilly is the most capped player in the history of international soccer, man or woman. The “Queen of Caps” played in 354 games over the course of 23 years with the U.S. Women’s National Team. The Connecticut native made her U.S. WNT debut at the age of 16 while still in high school.
In total, she participated in five FIFA Women’s World Cups, winning in 1991 and 1999, while also playing in 1995, 2003 and 2007. Lilly competed in the 1996, 2000 and 2004 Olympic games, bringing home gold in 1996 and 2004, and silver in 2000. She finished her career with 130 goals and 106 assists to her name.
Lilly made one of the most famous, and important, plays in U.S. Soccer history when she headed a ball off the goal line during sudden death overtime against China in the 1999 Women’s World Cup Final. Had she not cleared the shot, the USA would have lost. She would go on to nail the crucial third penalty kick in the famous shootout as the USA made history by winning the World Cup in front of the largest crowd ever to watch a women’s sporting event. The mother of two currently runs the Kristine Lilly Soccer Academy, as well as Team First Soccer Academy with former teammates Mia Hamm and Tisha Venturini Hoch.
Twitter: @KristineLilly | Instagram: kristinelilly
VP HUMAN RESOURCES & DIVERSITY, NEW YORK METS
Holly Lindvall currently leads the HR Function for the New York Mets. After fifteen years in the hospitality business, in which ten were spent at a private- equity firm in Norwalk, CT with HEI Hotels and Resorts, she feels she has been given the chance to begin an incredible “second act” of her career in the world of sports. She has an extensive background in HR generalist affairs, strong analytical thought process with high focus on metrics and strategic planning along with proven leadership to the team.
Currently Holly and her team proactively lead in driving and managing a winning employee culture for the New York Mets, inspired by company goals and values. They design and execute the human resources strategy and implement effective people processes and practices to drive overall business results. Holly has a deep understanding and respect for the business of baseball and the implications human resources will have on the strategic, financial and organizational demands of the organization.
Holly lives in Stamford, CT with her husband and son. She graduated from Drake University with a B.S. in Psychology.
MANAGING DIRECTOR, CLEARBRIDGE
Mary Jane “MJ” McQuillen is a Portfolio Manager and the Head of the Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) Investment Program at ClearBridge Investments. Mary Jane co-manages the ClearBridge Sustainability Leaders Strategy, as well as a number of other active equity ESG strategies. She has been with the ESG program at a predecessor firm since 1996 and has 21 years of investment industry experience and is a member of the ClearBridge Investments Proxy Committee.
Mary Jane serves on the Board of Directors for the Investor Responsibility Research Center Institute (IRRC), and the Sustainable Investments Institute (Si2). She is a former Board member of the CFA Society New York, the largest of the worldwide societies of the CFA Institute. She is also a former Board member of the Forum for Sustainable and Responsible Investment (US SIF). Mary Jane is a member of the UN Principles for Responsible Investment (UN PRI) Listed Equities Steering Committee and the ESG Integration Sub-Committee.
In 2015, Mary Jane was named to the “Women Worth Watching” list for Financial Services. In 2008, Mary Jane was named a “Rising Star of Corporate Governance” by the Millstein Center for Corporate Governance and Performance at the Yale School of Management. She is also a member of Bpeace, a volunteer organization that works to introduce sustainable business skills to women in Rwanda, Afghanistan, El Salvador and Guatemala.
Mary Jane received her MBA in Finance from Columbia Business School. She holds a B.S. in finance from Fordham University.
CO-FOUNDER, CERES PLATINUM GROUP AND FORMER U.S. WNT PLAYER
Heather Mitts played for the U.S. Women’s Soccer Team 136 times, scoring two game winners. She is 1 of only 4 U.S. Soccer Players to win 3 Olympic Gold Medals.
Heather has won a World Cup Silver Medal and the 1998 NCAA Championship while at the University of Florida. During and after playing, Heather became a sports broadcaster and soccer analyst for ABC, ESPN, ESPN2 and Fox covering the Women’s World Cup in 2003, 2007 and 2015. She was a sideline reporter for MLS Soccer and college football. She is currently a college soccer analyst for the SEC Network.
Heather enjoys motivational speaking and has spoken for Humanex, American Heart Association, Crozer Keystone and numerous other organizations. She is also the co-founder of Ceres Platinum Group, which assists female athletes and businesswomen as they transition to a new career. She holds a soccer camp in Cincinnati and Philadelphia and is involved with the Boys and Girls Club and Big Brothers Big Sisters. Heather is a mom to Connor and Blake Feeley.
Twitter: @heathermitts | Instagram: hmitts2
CEO OF VOLPI FOODS
Lorenza Pasetti is the president and CEO of Volpi Foods, Inc., a family-owned business located in the heart of St. Louis, Missouri’s “Hill neighborhood”– the historic Italian-American community of the city. Founded in 1902, the company has flourished for over four generations. The company is best known as a producer and marketer of dry-cured and specialty meat and food products. Patience, a passion for high-quality foods, love of family, and respect for the art of dry-curing meat are among the primary reasons for the longevity of the business and the success behind the brand.
Lorenza joined Volpi Foods in the mid-1980’s after earning her Master’s in Business Administration from Washington University in St. Louis. Lorenza holds bachelor’s degrees in psychology and history from the University of Michigan. A life-long learner, Lorenza has been responsible for the majority of growth of the company, its continuity of ownership and new and innovative products introduced in the category.
MANAGING DIRECTOR, DEUTSCHE BANK
Tazia Smith is a Managing Director within Deutsche Bank Wealth Management. Her key client partners team is responsible for delivering private, direct investments, tailored structured lending, and liquid investment and hedging solutions to the ﬁrm’s qualified family office and high-net-worth clients.
Prior to joining Deutsche Bank in June 2011, Tazia spent seven years at Goldman Sachs in a similar role, providing institutional-style cross-asset sales coverage and investment idea generation for private clients. Tazia began her career in Citigroup’s private bank, focused on business development and portfolio modeling.
Among her philanthropic dedications, Tazia proudly serves on the Executive Committee of the Board of Directors for StreetWise Partners, a New York based non-proﬁt that provides low-income individuals with training and mentoring in work-life skills to help them achieve self-sustainability. Tazia’s involvement with StreetWise Partners began in 2005, when she volunteered as a mentor in the Career Ventures Program. Tazia is also an active supporter of Change for Kids and the Ovarian Cancer Research Fund (OCRF).
Tazia grew up in San Diego, California and has lived in New York City since 2002. She holds a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) designation. She graduated magna cum laude with her B.A. degree in environmental science & policy from Duke University. She enjoys athletics – she was a soccer and field hockey player growing up, as well as a nationally competitive horseback rider, and these days she’s an amateur runner and fan of yoga. Other interests include the environment, philanthropy, art and travel.
FIFA REFEREE AND ATTORNEY
Christina Unkel is an attorney focusing her practice primarily in sports, arts and entertainment law, business law and complex litigation. Mrs. Unkel brings specific skills and experience to her practice areas through her background and training. Her experience includes handling complex commercial civil litigation matters, multi-million- dollar settlements, administrative hearings with state entities and addressing telecommunication issues. While in law school, she was an oralist and a recipient of the Best Respondent Brief and an Honorable Mention Claimant Brief at the prestigious Willem C. VIS International Commercial Arbitration Competition held in Hong Kong.
Christina has experience working with IMG Academies where she directly worked with athletes, coaches, agents, administrative staff and businesses from across the world and amongst a cross- sector of sports industries to plan, execute and oversee projects for both short and long-term sports clients.
Mrs. Unkel has also been honorably selected by the U.S. Soccer Federation as one of five women officials in the U.S. who represent the U.S. Soccer Federation at the highest international levels. Christina earned a Bachelor of Arts in Pre-Law with a double minor in Spanish and philosophy atPalm Beach Atlantic University, as well as a Juris Doctorate with a concentration in advocacy from Stetson College of Law.
SENIOR CLIENT PARTNER, KORN FERRY
Carolyn Vavrek has more than 25 years of diverse corporate and consulting experience in the field of leadership, human capital and mergers & acquisitions. She specializes in leadership selection/transition/onboarding, executive coaching, succession planning, board and top team effectiveness, organization design and change management.
Ms. Vavrek has managed all aspects of large-scale HR and business transformations with a particular focus on leadership, governance and talent transition challenges.
Prior to joining Korn Ferry, Ms. Vavrek led the Americas Leadership Consulting Practice for Heidrick & Struggles where she advised CEOs, Senior Executives and Corporate Directors on leadership, governance and talent management issues.
Previously, Ms. Vavrek was a Partner at Deloitte Consulting, serving as the Human Capital West Coast M&A practice leader and HR Service Delivery leader. While at Deloitte, Ms. Vavrek helped develop the firm’s HR M&A methodology, adapting and creating progressive and pragmatic tools especially for rapid-growth organizations. Ms. Vavrek also worked in the industry at Goldman, Sachs & Co. and Ballard, Spahr, Andrews & Ingersol.
Ms. Vavrek holds a Bachelor of Arts degree cum laude from Penn State and an MBA from the University of California, Berkeley. She is certified in Korn Ferry Assessment of Leadership Potential, Hogan Assessments, Saville Consulting WAVE Styles Assessment and holds a Coaching Certification from the International Coach Federation.
GENERAL COUNSEL, U.S. SOCCER FEDERATION
Lydia Wahlke is the General Counsel of the United States Soccer Federation, where she directs the legal affairs of the National Governing Body for the sport of soccer in the United States. Prior to joining U.S. Soccer, Lydia supported the Chicago Cubs for seven years, first as Assistant General Counsel and later as Vice President and General Counsel, serving during the third worst season in Cubs history, the most successful season in Cubs history, and the formative years of the $500 million + restoration of Wrigley Field. Lydia began her legal career as a litigation and intellectual property associate at Kirkland & Ellis LLP in Chicago and clerked for the Honorable Amy J. St. Eve of the Northern District of Illinois. Lydia holds a J.D. from the University of Southern California Gould School of Law and a bachelor’s degree in film production from the University of Southern California. Prior to law school, she worked as an editor and behind-the-scenes producer for Miramax Films in Los Angeles.
CHIEF TALENT OFFICER, U.S. SOCCER FEDERATION
As a consultant, academic, and executive, Tonya Wallach has spent her career helping individuals and organizations across the world achieve their potential. She currently leads talent and inclusion for the U.S. Soccer Federation and the National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL) driving organizational development, integrated talent management, workforce solutions and total rewards strategies and solutions for the Federation’s 170 employees, 500+ contingent workers, and senior National Teams.
For 20 years prior to joining U.S. Soccer, Tonya led global teams, implemented talent strategies, and drove culture change at organizations like Abbott and Kraft Foods. She spent almost a decade making an impact on the leadership, consulting and interpersonal skills of nearly 5,500 MBA students and hundreds of client executives as a lecturer, administrator and executive education consultant at Chicago Booth.
A University of Michigan undergrad, she resides near Chicago, IL where she earned her master’s degree from Northwestern University and is the working mother of three.
SOCCER REPORTER & HOST, FOX SPORTS
An Emmy and Telly Award winner, Katie Witham joined FOX Sports in January of 2017 as a sideline reporter and host for the network’s MLS coverage. She also hosts the ACC Network’s college football pregame show, ACC BLITZ, as well as its halftime show. During her career, Witham has served in a variety of roles including anchor, host, sideline reporter and soccer analyst.
Prior to FOX Sports, Witham worked as a host and sideline reporter for ESPN, covering multiple soccer properties including MLS and the U.S. National Teams. In addition, she has reported for BTN, FOX Sports South, the Cleveland Indians and Columbus Crew. Witham’s career expands beyond television, having spent three years as an on-air personality at Columbus, Ohio’s only independent radio station, WWCD 102.5FM.
Witham has a Bachelor of Arts in broadcast journalism from Capital University where she co-captained the women’s soccer team, earning All-Conference athletic and academic honors. She also coached collegiate soccer and varsity high school softball.
GLOBAL CEO OF VIRGIN SPORT
Mary Wittenberg is the Global CEO (Chief Exercise Officer) of Virgin Sport, the newest company within Sir Richard Branson’s Virgin Group. Virgin Sport is on a mission to revolutionize healthy lifestyle experiences and inspire the world to move together. The business will initially include running event experiences in the UK and US, with plans for expansion.
Mary is an avid runner and fitness enthusiast and is currently a New York Road Runner (NYRR) member and volunteer. She is inspired to make a difference by bringing people together through sport. As the former president and CEO of NYRR and race director of the TCS New York City Marathon, Mary was responsible for setting strategy and overseeing the business and operations of NYRR. Pursuing a consistent growth strategy, Wittenberg and her team elevated NYRR’s prominence and impact as they sought to lead a global running movement by making running more accessible to a broader audience.
Wittenberg, the first woman to lead NYRR, and her team expanded the organization’s commitment to the five boroughs of New York City through youth running events and community health programs. Under her leadership, NYRR broadened its horizons, fueled by a year-round calendar of classes, clinics, and events. Off the racecourse, the organization’s media reach includes digital, broadcast, and print vehicles. The TCS New York City Marathon and its impact have grown dramatically—in 2013, the largest marathon ever boasted more than 50,000 finishers and over $25 million raised for charities.
Mary received her Bachelor’s Degree from Canisius College followed by her Juris Doctorate from the University of Notre Dame Law School.
Twitter: @marywitt | Instagram: marywruns