Female leadership summit, March 8-10, releases speaker and webinar schedule

March 2 – The first-ever Web Summit on Female Leadership in Sport, March 8-10, has unveiled a speaker line-up of more than 70 global leaders and senior executives from all sides of the sports industry.

The three-day event that opens on International Women’s Day, will comprise 12 live webinars, two Special Sessions, digital workshops, and a series of keynote speeches.

Keynote speakers include Diana Bracco, B20 Vice-President & Women Empowerment Ambassador and President & CEO, Bracco Group, Mariya Gabriel, EU Commissioner for Innovation, Research, Culture, Education and Youth, and Tatiana Valovaya, Director-General, United Nations.

High profile female executives will speak from sports organisations including World Rugby, FIFA, Formula E, F1 W Series, US Lacrosse League, Major League Soccer, the English, French and Australian Football Associations, LPGA, ICC, NWSL, FIFPro, Saudi Sport for All Foundation and R&A, as well as several National Olympic Committees.

Panels will cover multiple issues including what can be done by sports organisations to promote women in sport as well as various gender diversity and inclusion topics, and safeguarding. More than 1,500 delegates have already signed up for the webinars.

One panel will examine the power of mentorship, something very close to the heart of organisers SIGA whose own mentorship programme spawned the conference (now webinar) schedule issue.

Viktoria Slavkova, Director of European Programmes, Projects and International Cooperation, Ministry of Youth and Sports of the Republic of Bulgaria, said: “It is evident to everyone that we need to attract more women to sport and sport governance. Also, importantly, women’s sports must get appropriate media and societal attention, which would aid our key aim of mainstreaming gender in sport. On our path towards gender equality in sport there is a lot we can learn from politics and from the business, as well as from other sectors, such as digitalisation and innovation, which create valuable opportunities to narrow the gender gap.”

SIGA’s mentorship programme is providing mentorship to nearly 50 young women around the globe, with an impressive team of global female leaders working in sport that are passionate about changing cultures and empowering the next generation of female leaders in sport.

Jennifer Tardy, Careers Success Coach, Founder & Owner JTC, said: “Now is the right time to have real conversations about what it truly takes to increase diversity at the executive ranks. To move the needs, hope is not a strategy and inaction is not an option.”

The final agenda for the SIGA Web Summit on Female Leadership in Sport is available here.

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