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Rose Bowl Institute Hosted Inaugural Women’s Empowerment Networking Luncheon

Event networked over 150 attendees with female leaders from a wide variety of industries

Published on Friday, May 13, 2022 | 5:46 am

The Rose Bowl Institute hosted its Women’s Empowerment Networking Luncheon on Friday, April 29th on Spieker Field at the Rose Bowl Stadium.

The Women’s Empowerment Symposium is an annual program presented by the Rose Bowl Institute for high school juniors, seniors, and college students. Participants learn from female business leaders, athletes, and local and national education leaders under the inspirational brand of the Rose Bowl Stadium.

The Symposium, executed virtually due to pandemic restrictions over the past two years, has featured keynote messages from influencers and iconic names such as former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, women’s basketball Hall of Famer and broadcaster Ann Meyers Drysdale, Olympian Lauren Gibbs, World Cup Champions Brandi Chastain and Julie Foudy, and actresses and activists Sophia Bush and Alyssa Milano, to name a few.

Due to its popularity in prior years, the Rose Bowl Institute’s annual Women’s Empowerment Symposium will not only air its three-day virtual program again in this fall, but added a new in-person Spring networking luncheon on the field.

The free event, billed as the Women’s Empowerment Networking Luncheon, showcased female leadership, confidence, and character headlined by storied seven-time NCAA Champion UCLA gymnastics coach Valorie Kondos Field and decorated former UCLA student-athlete gymnast Katelyn Ohashi.

“Using the iconic Rose Bowl Stadium, the Women’s Empowerment Luncheon was able to connect young female students with civic and business leaders, athletes, sportscasters, journalists and other leading thinkers.  Its outstanding featured speakers highlighted how sports values can positively impact their lives,” said Charlie Firestone, President of the Rose Bowl Institute.

The networking luncheon provided high school and college student attendees the opportunity to connect with female leaders from various industries such as aviation, medicine, entertainment, and sports. Leaders were stationed each at the tables where attendees were able to converse with them in a casual setting and learn more about their respective career journeys.

The Women’s Empowerment Symposium has continued to grow year after year with the aim of changing the mindsets and approaches of young women and men around the world through positive sports values. In its first year, the Rose Bowl Institute hosted 99 young women in person at the stadium along with a networking luncheon. Since then, as an annual virtual event, it has reached over 2,000 participants in 7 countries and 33 states.

For more information about participating in the Rose Bowl Institute Women’s Empowerment Symposium please email or visit

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