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Championing Women: From the Field to Post-Game Success


Stick the Landing: Mental Health After the Final Whistle

At some point in every athlete’s career, the inevitable happens. The time comes to walk away from the sport to which you have dedicated most of your life…and it’s not always easy, physically and emotionally. Learn as expert sports psychologist Dr. Caroline Silby — a former elite figure skater — moderates an eye-opening Q&A with Sanya Richards-Ross, a four-time Olympic gold medalist in track & field, while they discuss tactics to successfully navigate the sometimes-difficult mental health challenges of transitioning out of competitive athletics.

Moderator: Dr. Caroline Silby
Expert Sports Psychologist

Sanya Richards-Ross
Four-time Olympic Gold Medalist, Track & Field

The Power of the Athlete Brand

Personal branding isn’t just a fluffy buzzword; it’s an important component to successfully leveraging your incredible athletic achievements for increased opportunities off the playing field. From sponsorships with major brands, to placements in national publications and the name recognition every athlete dreams of, establishing a crystal-clear vision of your personal brand is the key first step to all these things and more. Hear from Sarah Robb O’Hagan, an internationally-recognized branding guru, as she inspires attendees to own the power of their
athlete brand.

Sarah Robb O’Hagan
Founder, ExtremeYou

The Power of the Athlete Advocate

As a visible athlete you have a unique position inside your sport and out. You hold the power to be a vocal advocate, effecting change toward equity in a number of issues. Learn from Ndidi Massay, Interim Chairperson, NY State Athletic Commission, and a respected gender and racial equity expert, as she inspires you to harness your personal power to make a difference in your sport, your workplace, your life — for yourself and for the next generation of aspiring champions.

Ndidi Massay
Chairperson, the New York State Athletic Commission

The Power of the Athlete Voice

What does it mean to own your message? How can champion female athletes package and share their compelling stories for visibility and name-recognition in the media? Deborah Slaner Larkin, Women’s Sports Foundation CEO, sits down with Jaymee Messler, President and Co-Founder of The Players’ Tribune, to explore the many platforms — both traditional and innovative — through which athletes can tell their stories and touch their fans.

Deborah Slaner Larkin
CEO, Women’s Sports Foundation

Jaymee Messler
President, The Players’ Tribune


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