The ninth annual espnW: Women + Sports Summit kicked off at the Pelican Hill Resort in Newport Beach, California, on Monday, where the biggest names in sports, business and media tackled difficult topics from sexual abuse, gender equality and creating opportunities for athletes with special needs.
On Monday afternoon, Danica Patrick told Hannah Storm how she’s become a “small business owner” since retiring from professional motor racing earlier this year.
ESPN’s Hannah Storm interviewed 2018 ESPYs host, NASCAR and IndyCar champion, Danica Patrick.
Nine-time host Sage Steele opened the espnW Summit Monday afternoon.
Olympic gold medalists Jocelyne Lamoureux-Davidson, Hilary Knight, Meghan Duggan and Kendall Coyne Schofield talked with Julie Foudy about standing up to the International Ice Hockey Federation in their fight for equality.
Beth Mowins, Doris Burke, Sage Steele, Sam Ponder and Maria Taylor join forces for “Breaking Barriers in Sports Media” panel.
Connor Schell, ESPN executive vice president, content, laughed and swapped notes with Sage Steele ahead of the “Breaking Barriers in Sports Media” panel.
Grammy-nominated singer Andra Day talked to espnW’s “Be Honest” host and “SportsCenter” co-anchor Cari Champion about her empowering hit song “Rise Up,” which became the anthem for the week.
Andra Day got the crowd in on the action as they surged the stage to close out her intimate performance on Monday night.
“SportsCenter” co-anchor Cari Champion presented her signature “Be Honest” segment.
Maverick Carter proved he’s so much more than LeBron James’ best friend and manager when he detailed their growing entertainment empire. Stressing the importance of authenticity, “if you build it on bulls–t, it won’t last,” he told Cari Champion.
“Sister Survivors” Olympic gold medalist Jordyn Wieber and Sarah Klein talked with ESPN’s Mina Kimes about testifying against Dr. Larry Nassar and fighting to make gymnastics safe for all girls.
ESPN president Jimmy Pitaro flew in from New York City just for a W Spotlight conversation with Sage Steele on Wednesday (pictured with director espnW Rachel Epstein), where he talked about both successes and failures, including letting his family dogs escape when first moving to Connecticut to take his new job.
Aspiring business women from around the world gathered on the stage to honor the Global Sports Mentoring Around the World on Tuesday night.
An international soccer breaks out ahead of the Global Sports Mentoring Around the World presentation.