Today we hosted the third annual Athlete Leadership Connection conference at Morgan Stanley’s headquarters in New York City. It was a full day of speakers, panels, breakout sessions and networking with 90 champion and college athletes.
The Women’s Sports Foundation recently hosted a Candid Conversation for female student-athletes at Georgetown University featuring Olympic gold medalist rower Esther Lofgren. Candid Conversations is a national program that matches WSF champion athletes with collegiate athletic programs to inspire, educate and provide practical counsel and professional opportunities to female student-athletes.
Today we hosted the 2016 Athlete Leadership Connection where 80 athletes came together to learn practical experiences and skills to advance in their athletic careers and when transitioning from their playing careers to their next professional challenge.
As a female athlete from India, where girls are not really encouraged to play sport, I had always dreamt of working in the space of ensuring all girls access to sports. Thus, I knew how I wanted to spend my summer with the Women’s Sports Foundation in 2016.
Sports have played an enormous role in shaping who I am today. Track & field is not just a sport I participate in, it is also a true part of who I am. My internship opportunity at the WSF was an unforgettable journey as it utilized my knowledge of sports and business.
On Sunday, April 17, and Tuesday, April 19, WSF traveled to Loyola University Maryland in Baltimore and to Ohio University in Athens, Ohio, to kick off our new initiative, Candid Conversations. This new program focuses on answering the universal question the vast majority of student-athletes face upon graduation: what will life be like after sport?
Having dedicated a large portion of my high school years to sports, I have heard over and over how the lessons learned on the field can be applied outside of training and competition. This fall I made the transition from the water to the office by accepting an internship at the Women’s Sports Foundation. Through this experience, I have been able to see firsthand how the lessons of sport are truly applicable in the development of one’s professional career.
In today’s world, adolescent girls are bombarded with a constant influx of images of external beauty, which can cause them to question themselves and how they should look, but what they need are the strong, confident, healthy female athlete role models. Peer pressure is difficult for girls of all ages but female athletes can help offset that by encouraging girls to participate in sports and maintain a healthy active lifestyle.
Have you ever dreamt of channeling your enthusiasm for sport into a career that you feel passionate about? There are more than six million jobs in sport-related careers, a field which was once an exclusively male preserve. We explore five of the most popular.