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SIGA confirm New York Female Leadership in Sport summit

The two-day event will take place in the Big Apple on March 8th and 9th with over 30 speakers confirmed for the summit.


The Sport Integrity Global Alliance (SIGA) initiative was created as a drive to create greater public awareness of Good Governance, Financial Integrity, Sports Betting Integrity, and Youth Education and Child Protection and in 2021 secured the addition of Portuguese sports dailies A Bola, O Jogo and Record, and Spanish sports daily AS as key media partners.

New York March SIGA 2022 summit

Global female leaders and male champions are lining up with SIGA on a strong call for gender equity in sport and the wider industry with a two day summit set to be held in New York City in March (2022).

Hosted by Mastercard, one of SIGA’s Founding Members, the much-awaited Summit on Female Leadership in Sport takes place at their Technology Hub in Manhattan, New York, and is hybrid to allow participation from around the globe.

Kicking off on International Women’s Day and consisting of 10 live panels together with keynote speeches and one-to-one interviews with high profile industry leaders, the SIGA Summit addresses the most pressing challenges that impact women carving out a career, as well as those women at the top of their profession.

The first 30 thought leaders and senior industry executives SIGA is revealing are (in alphabetical order):

Alex Scott, Former Professional Footballer | Presenter, Premier League | Pundit, BBC/Sky | Brand Ambassador, Mastercard

Ali Braverman, Head of Revenue, Just Women’s Sports

Alison Giordano, Vice-President, Global Sponsorships and Consumer Marketing, Mastercard | Vice-Chair, SIGA Council

Ann Cairns, Executive Vice-Chair, Mastercard | Global Chair, 30% Club

Ann Kletz, CEO & Co-Founder, Goal Five | Board Member, Women’s Sports Executive Network

Assia Grazioli-Venier, Co-Founder, Muse Capital | Investor, Washington Spirit

Cailtin Morris, Vice President, Social & Community Impact, Nike

Cristina Ackas, Vice President, Inclusive Diversity, Octagon

Christine Franklin, Executive Vice President, Octagon

Cindy Kamradt, Executive Director, Stadium Planning & Special Projects, Stadium Operations, New York Yankees

Danielle Hundt, Chief Operating Officer, Play Rugby USA

David Haggerty, President, International Tennis Federation | Member, International Olympic Committee

Emanuel Macedo de Medeiros, Global CEO, SIGA | Chairman & CEO, SIGA AMERICA

Gabrielle Armand, Chief Marketing Officer, Jazz at Lincoln Center

Jessica Berman, Deputy Commissioner, National Lacrosse League | Deputy Chair Advisory Board, SIGA AMERICA

Jon Patricof, CEO & Co-Founder, Athletes Unlimited | Board Member, New York City Football Club

Karin Korb, 2-time Paralympian | 10-time member of USA World Team | Member, SIGA Council | Member, SIGA Gender, Race, Diversity & Inclusion Standing Committee

• Katie Simmonds, Global COO, SIGA | Managing Director, #SIGAWomen

Marc Riccio, CEO, USA Lacrosse | Member Advisory Board, SIGA AMERICA

Marla Messing, Interim CEO, National Women’s Soccer League

Megan Perry, Vice President, Executive Engagement & Women’s Initiatives, Sports Innovation Lab

Michael Robichaud, Senior Vice-President – Global Sponsorships, Mastercard

Neera Shetty, Executive Vice-President – Office of Social Responsibility & Inclusion | Deputy General Counsel, PGA Tour

Randall Tucker, Chief Inclusion Officer, Mastercard

Renee Brown, Principal CEO, Renee M. Brown Inc. | Member Advisory Board, SIGA AMERICA | Former SVP of Basketball Operations and Player Relations, WNBA

Rich Gotham, Team President, Boston Celtics

Sam Coghill, Vice-President, Stadium Operations, Hard Rock Stadium, Miami Dolphins

Sandra Lopez, VP / GM / CMO, Microsoft | Board of Director, Junior Achievement USA | Member Advisory Board, SIGA AMERICA

Shana R. Stephenson, Chief Brand Officer, NY Liberty

Sue Campbell, Director of Women’s Football, The Football Association

This Summit is part of SIGA’s efforts to advance Good Governance in the industry and instigate positive change. SIGA is driving gender equity opportunities through its #SIGAWomen Global Mentorship Programme that is now in its fourth annual cycle.

Katie Simmonds, SIGA’s Global COO and Managing Director of the #SIGA Women Programme, stated: “This Summit on Female Leadership in Sport is testament to the powerful global community of women we are mobilising, with one purpose: to create gender equity in the boardroom of sports organisations worldwide. This is good governance in action! This is what SIGA is spearheading through our Universal Standards on Good Governance in Sport.

High calibre female leaders and male champions are answering our call, from all sides of the industry. This shows that we can win this cause. Join us in New York, make your voice heard and support our global movement. Be an agent of change.

Further details and registration information here.