ESPN, MLB lead #AWSM2018 sponsor lineup

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AWSM Board

The Association for Women in Sports Media is pleased to have ESPN and Major League Baseball on board as corporate sponsors for the 11th consecutive year.

Joining ESPN and MLB with gold-level sponsorships are Comcast NBCUniversal, Fox Sports, the National Basketball Association and the National Football League.

“Simply put, our events would not be possible without the generous support of these corporations,” AWSM board chair Lydia Craver said. “We are extremely thankful and applaud their continued commitment to diversity initiatives.”

AWSM’s summer conference is scheduled for June 21-24 at the Hyatt Regency Scottsdale in Arizona. This year, the organization also is holding monthly regional events ranging from networking in Houston to workshops/panels in Los Angeles and Denver to single-speaker events in Charlotte and Hartford, Conn. Upcoming events will take place in Atlanta (July), Miami (August) and Portland, Ore. (September).

The Knight Foundation is a silver-level sponsor while Arizona State’s Cronkite school, Associated Press, College Football Playoff and Major League Soccer are bronze-level sponsors. Patrons include The Athletic, Galvanize, Global Sport Institute, Houston Chronicle, MTM Recognition and the New York Times.

AWSM’s 2019 conference is scheduled for June 13-16 at the Tampa Marriott Waterside in Florida. For information about corporate sponsorships – contact VP/fundraising Iliana Limón Romero.

#AWSM2018 Agenda

Schedule: Thursday, June 21

Subject to change.

3:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.: Registration open 

3:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.: Silent auction open

4 p.m. – 4:45 p.m.: AWSM Scholars meeting (by invitation)

Leader: Lydia Craver (ESPN), AWSM board chair

5 p.m. – 6:15 p.m.: AWSMU: Ask the pros

Leader / panelist: Amanda Brooks, ESPN communications manager

Panelists: Courtney Cronin, sports reporter

Amara Grautski, New York Daily News online sports editor

Lisa Matthews, Arizona Cardinals multimedia producer /  host

6:30 p.m. – 7:15 p.m.: AWSMU: Student chapter meeting

Leader: Katie McInerney (Philadelphia Inquirer), AWSM VP / student programs

6:30 p.m. – 7:15 p.m.: Professional business meeting

Leader: Jenny Dial Creech (Houston Chronicle), AWSM president

7:30 p.m. – 10 p.m.: Opening reception

Keynote speaker: Beth Mowins, ESPN broadcaster


Schedule: Friday, June 22

Subject to change. 

8 a.m. – 5 p.m.: Registration open

8 a.m. – 5 p.m.: Silent auction open

8:30 a.m. – 10:15 a.m.: Breakfast / general session

Women in the workplace: Handling harassment and the #metoo movement

Leader: Paola Boivin, ASU professor of practice / former Arizona Republic sports columnist

Panelists: Lisa Olson, Freelance sports reporter

Mi-Ai Parrish, ASU Sue Clark-Johnson faculty chair / former Arizona Republic publisher

Julia Wallace, ASU Frank Russell faculty chair / former Atlanta Journal-Constitution executive editor

Steve Zansberg, Ballard Spahr LLP partner / attorney

10:30 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.: Breakouts

#1: The art of storytelling

Leader / panelist: Christina Tapper, Bleacher Report managing editor

Panelists: Karen Crouse, New York Times sports reporter

Patricia Mays, ESPN coordinating producer / features

Raghu Vadarevu, Associated Press digital storytelling editor

#2:  Inside sports and entertainment agency

Leader: Sam Renaut, ASU School of Law sports program assistant director / sports agent

#3: Staying healthy in the grind

Leaders: Natalie Kollars, EXOS performance specialist

Leron Sarig, EXOS performance dietitian

Noon – 1:30 p.m.: Lunch

Keynote speaker: Amy Trask, CBS Sports analyst / BIG3 basketball league CEO

1:45 p.m. – 3 p.m.: Breakouts

#1: Safety tips for sports journalists

Leader: Kory Sneed, Scottsdale PD crime prevention officer

#2: Improving your on-camera presence

Leader / panelist: Bob Adlhoch, Phoenix Suns executive producer

Panelists: Cindy Brunson, Pac-12 Networks play-by-play / reporter

Jody Jackson, Fox Sports Arizona host / reporter

#3: Social media trends

Leader: Jessica Pucci, ASU director of digital audience programs 

3:15 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.: Breakouts

#1: Representing the team and working with the media

Leader / panelist: Andy Bagnato, Bagnato Pflipsen Communications partner

Panelists: Mark Dalton, Arizona Cardinals VP / media relations

Josh Rawitch, Arizona Diamondbacks senior VP / content and communications

Doug Tammaro, ASU assistant AD / media relations

#2: Identifying compelling video for your broadcast

Leader / panelist: Mark Reda, ASU lecturer / Pac-12 Networks producer

Panelist: Heather Berry, Freelance producer

Josh Kelman, Fox Sports Arizona producer

#3: AWSMU: Dressing professionally and practically

Leader: Mary Crawford, Dress for Success women’s services director

6:30 p.m.: Optional outing to TopGolf

Limited space, advance signup required, details coming in June.

Optional shuttles to Old Town Scottsdale & Fashion Square

Advance signup required at the registration desk.

11 p.m. – 1 a.m.: Hospitality


Schedule: Saturday, June 23

Subject to change.

8 a.m. – 5 p.m.: Registration open

8 a.m. – 2:45 p.m.: Silent auction open

8 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.: AWSM Champions meeting (by invitation)

Leader: Gina Mizell (Denver Post), AWSM VP / professional programs

8 a.m. – 10:45 a.m.: AWSM student chapter advisor outing (by invitation)

9 a.m. – 11 a.m.: Career connection

List of employers available to discuss opportunities will be available at the registration desk. Professional headshots available – limited space, advance signup required, details coming in June.

9 a.m. – 11 a.m.: AWSMU: Individual resume reviews

Limited space, advance signup required, details coming in June.

11:15 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.: Breakouts

#1: Stress management techniques to improve health

Leaders: Stephanie Hennick, LAMFT mental health consultant

Dr. Kristina Velasquez, LAMFT mental health consultant

#2: Using Google tools to enhance your work

Leader: Jordan Wirfs-Brock, Google News Lab trainer

#3: Breaking news in the digital era

Leader / panelist: Anna Johnson, Associated Press news director / west region

Panelists: Nicole Auerbach, The Athletic sports reporter

Bill Bradley, Las Vegas Review-Journal, AME / sports

Pedro Gomez, ESPN field reporter

12:45 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.: Awards lunch

Honorees: Jane Gross, Mary Garber Pioneer Award winner

Nicole Vargas, Ann Miller Service Award winner

Penn State, AWSM student chapter of the year winner

AWSM Scholars

3 p.m. – 4:15 p.m.: Breakouts

#1: Working moms roundtable

Leader / panelist: Kathy Kudravi, GlobalSport Matters executive editor

Panelists: P.K. Daniel, Los Angeles Times multiplatform editor

Aimee Dulebohn, ISM Raceway senior communications manager

Lindsay Jones, USA Today sports reporter

#2: Investigative reporter’s toolbox

Leader: Craig Harris, Arizona Republic investigative reporter

#3: Perfecting your podcast

Leader: Greg Esposito, Sports 360AZ podcast host

4:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.: Silent auction item pickup / payments

6:30 p.m.: Bus departs for closing dinner / reception

7 p.m. – 7:45 p.m.: Closing reception

At Clayton House

8 p.m. – 10 p.m.: Dinner

At Clayton House

Keynote speaker: Mina Kimes, ESPN the Magazine senior writer

11 p.m. – 1 a.m.: Hospitality

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