Mark your calendars ... the espnW Women + Sports Summit is set to return for a fifth consecutive year in 2014.
The three-day conference, scheduled for Oct. 8-10 at the St. Regis Monarch Beach in Dana Point, Calif., brings the top female athletes and sports executives, leaders and influencers together for work sessions, presentations and activities. The goal -- to advance the dialogue around women in sports and create positive change.
"We've fostered a network of leaders and several initiatives resulted directly from the Summit," espnW vice president Laura Gentile has said about the Summit. "We will ensure it continues to inspire new thinking and real progress for women."
Past espnW Summit attendees have included Olympians Kerri Walsh Jennings, Sanya Richards-Ross, Allyson Felix, Jennie Finch, Michelle Kwan, Aly Raisman, Shannon Miller, Gretchen Bleiler, Carmelita Jeter and Summer Sanders; soccer icons Julie Foudy, Mia Hamm, Alex Morgan, Kristine Lilly and Abby Wambach; tennis legend Billie Jean King and budding stars Taylor Townsend and Sloane Stephens, fitness expert Gabrielle Reece; basketball legends Ann Meyers Drysdale, Lisa Leslie, Swin Cash, Jody Conradt and Sheryl Swoopes; and boxer Laila Ali.
Industry leaders have included NBA deputy commissioner and COO Adam Silver, Big East commissioner Val Ackerman, "Good Morning America" host Robin Roberts, Pac-12 commissioner Larry Scott, Women's Sports Foundation's Kathryn Olson, activist and former NFL quarterback Don Macpherson, WNBA commissioner Laurel Richie, ESPN president John Skipper and ESPN executive vice president and CFO Christine Driessen.
To learn more about the espnW Women + Sports Summit, visit espnW.com/Summit.