Invisible Women In Sport is a discussion, an opportunity and a celebration of women leaders in sports. We will discuss the pathways and challenges that women have had to overcome, and explore their unique journeys through sport. We will investigate opportunities to challenge the status quo and action steps for aspiring women to become leaders in sports. Finally, we will celebrate the accomplishments, inspirations, and impressions these women have imprinted in the sports world.
"I contemplated what it means to be invisible, to be present, but not seen; to be concealed from public knowledge. . ." - Delise O'Meally, Executive Director, Institute For Sport & Social Justice
In October 2016, we convened a panel discussion on the University of Central Florida (UCF) campus called Invisible Women In Sport (IWIS), featuring the journey of women of color in the sports industry. The goal of IWIS is to celebrate the accomplishments of women of color in sport, challenge the status quo that places all women at a disadvantage in advancing in the sports industry, and generate a discussion of academic and career pathways to encourage and improve opportunities for women of color in sports. Our panelists included Vicky Chun (AD, Colgate University), Nnenna Akaotobi (Assoc. AD/SWA, Swarthmore College), Brandi Stewart (Sr. Assoc. AD/SWA, UCF), Coach and former Olympian Jeanette Bolden, and Delise O'Meally (Executive Director, ISSJ). It was extremely well received, so we decided to continue this dialogue in a podcast.
The series launches with three episodes, which are 25-40 minute conversations with women of color, hosted by former NPR and sports journalist, Mat Edelson: Delise O'Meally, Executive Director - Institute For Sport & Social Justice; Amy Huchthausen, Commissioner - America East Conference; and Christina Roybal, Senior Associate Athletic Director/SWA. Following episodes feature Jacqie McWilliams (Commissioner, CIAA), Etienne Thomas (Associate Athletic Director, Student Life, University of Kansas), Tiffany Roberts Sahaydak (Head Women's Soccer Coach, University of Central Florida), and Shauna Cobb (Director, Academics & Membership Affairs, NCAA).
Future episodes of Invisible Women In Sport podcast will be released twice a month, and will be available on iTunes, Google Play, Spotify, and on the Institute For Sport & Social Justice RSS feed. We would love to continue this discussion with you. Please send us your comments and questions through the "Contact Us" link on our website and follow us on our Twitter and Facebook links.
About Institute For Sport & Social Justice
Since 1985, our mission at the Institute For Sport & Social Justice is to “use the power of sport to affect positive social change. We educate and empower individuals and organizations by inspiring values-based thinking leading to actions that promote social responsibility and equality.” Learn more about us at sportandsocialjustice.org. We are “Changing Lives Through the Power of Sport.”