Equality Lounge® @ NBA All-Star 2020



Friday, February 14 | 9am – 6pm
Saturday, February 15 | 9am – 6pm
Sunday, February 16 | 9am – 6pm


Gwen Hotel – 6th Floor
521 N Rush Street
Chicago, IL 60611


Friday, February 14

11AM – 11:45AM Unplugged Conversation: How Equality at Home Leads to Success, Relevance, and Impact
Sheri Riley, Speaker, Strategist, Author
Boris Kodjoe, Actor, Producer and Philanthropist
Nicole Ari Parker, Actress, Producer and Entrepreneur

12PM – 1PM Let’s Talk Priorities
Shelley Zalis, CEO, The Female Quotient
Jamie Rhee, Commissioner, Chicago Department of Aviation
Justine Fedak, Motivational Speaker, Corporate Hippie, Instant Impact Group LLC
Michelle Gadsden-Williams, Managing Director, Inclusion & Diversity Lead, Accenture
Lisa Skeete Tatum, CEO, Landit

1:30PM – 2:30PM Community Change Makers
Dorri McWhorter, CEO, YWCA Chicago
First Lady Amy Eshleman
Roseanna Ander, Executive Director, University of Chicago Urban Labs
Commissioner Mark Kelly, Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events,
City of Chicago
Etan Thomas, NBA Legend, Writer, Activist, and Motivational Speaker
Patricia Mota, President & CEO, Hispanic Alliance for Career Enhancement

3PM – 4PM Art is Power: Creativity as a Tool for Collaboration and Change
Liz Kimball, Performance and Creativity Coach, ​Founder, ​The Collective
for Women Creators
Lauren Asta, Muralist, Artist
Huriyyah Muhammad, Co-Founder of the Black TV & Film Collective, 2020 Sundance Producer Award winner for Farewell, Amor

4:30PM – 5:30PM Elevating Through Impact: Industry Trailblazers, Innovators
and Disruptors

Erin Kane, Vice President, Basketball, Octagon
Stephanie Izard, Chef/Owner, Girl & the Goat
Betsy Ziegler, CEO, 1871
Melody Spann Cooper, Chairman, Midway Broadcasting Corporation
Matina Kolokotronis, COO, Sacramento Kings

Saturday, February 15

10AM – 11AM Industry Impact: How the Next Generation of Female Fans
are Shaping Sports Media

Shelley Pisarra, EVP, Global Insights and Strategy, Wasserman
Shiz Suzuki, AVP, Corporate Sponsorships and Experiential Marketing, AT&T
Jeremi Gorman, Chief Business Officer, Snap Inc.
Christy Hedgepeth, Chief Operating Officer, WNBA
Katelyn Ohashi, NCAA Gymnastics Champion and Viral Sensation, Poet, Activist

11AM – 12PM Balancing Feminine and Masculine Leadership Styles
to Maximize Impact

 Shelley Zalis, CEO, The Female Quotient
Karie Conner, Global VP/GM, Jordan Brand
Ann Rosenberg, SVP and Global Head of SAP Next-Gen, SAP
Ted Bunch, Chief Operating Officer, A Call to Men
Zack Weiner, Co-Founder and President, Overtime
Kate Foley, Director Of Athlete Brand Strategy and Marketing, Octagon Basketball

12:30PM – 1:30PM Claiming the Narrative: Women Storytellers
Cassidy Hubbarth, NBA Host and Reporter, ESPN
Valerie Vargas, Senior Vice President – Advertising, Creative Services, AT&T
Deborah Riley Draper, Author, Filmmaker
Alicia Tillman, Chief Marketing Officer, SAP
Elena Parasco, Director and Creative Director, who has worked with Nike, Air Jordan, Red Bull and the WNBA

2PM – 3PM Her Time to Play: Female Leaders Impacting Sports Culture
Andrea Perez, VP/GM, Jordan Women’s + Kids
Karen Stack Umlauf, Assistant Coach, Chicago Bulls
Laurie Shackell, VP, Sports Advanced Advertising, Turner Sports
Swin Cash, VP of Basketball Operations & Team Development, New Orleans Pelicans
Muggsy Bogues, NBA Legend

3:30PM – 4:30PM Innovative Partnerships
Susan Goodenow, Vice President, Marketing and Communications, Chicago Bulls
Jeff Tetrault, CEO, Dumbstruck
Cathy Engelbert, WNBA Commissioner
Andrea Zopp, CEO & President, World Business Chicago
Glenn Eden, ​EVP, Weber Shandwick Public Relations and Board Chair, Choose Chicago
Mark Wright, VP Media Services and Sponsorships, AT&T

4:30PM – 6PM WNBA Networking Event

Sunday, February 16

11AM – 12PM The Power of Connection: How to Tune In, When You Never Turn Off
Shelley Zalis, CEO, The Female Quotient
Lori Healey, President, Clayco Chicago
Vicki Escarra, Senior Consultant, Boston Consulting Group
Leonard Armato, CEO and Founder, Management Plus Enterprises
Ros Gold Onwude, Host, ESPN’s FirstTake

12:30PM – 1:30PM We All Win: How Partnerships and Collaboration Help Drive Business Growth 
Shelley Zalis, CEO, The Female Quotient
Tia Mowry, Actor and Co-Founder & Partner, Anser Supplements

1:30PM – 2:30PM Women Leveraging Sports as a Platform for Global Change
Ann Rosenberg, SVP and Global Head of SAP Next-Gen, SAP
Kristen Gambetta, Senior Director Sports and Entertainment, Rakuten
Angela Woods, Senior Director, Corporate Citizenship, ESPN
Watchen Nyanue, SVP, Marketing Partnerships, Chicago Sky

3PM – 4PM Creating an Inclusive Sports and Entertainment Culture
Liliahn Majeed, Vice President, Diversity & Inclusion, NBA
Michael Alter, Owner, Chicago Sky
Cynt Marshall, CEO, Dallas Mavericks
Ishwara Glassman Chein, Head of Sports Partnerships, Yahoo Sports
Charece Williams Gee, Head of Basketball, Pepsi Sports Marketing, PepsiCo
Jodi Kovitz, CEO & Founder, #movethedial

4:30PM – 5:30PM When Women Lead: Why Success Begins with Service
Carmita Semaan, Founder, Surge Institute
Shawna Ryan, Director of Experiential Marketing, Gatorade
Diahann Billings-Burford, CEO, RISE
Janet Foutty, Chair of the Board, Deloitte
Liz Dozier, CEO, Chicago Beyond
Kelsey Plum, Las Vegas Aces, WNBA

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