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Rose Bowl Institute to Host 4th Annual Women’s Empowerment Symposium

The free three-day virtual event will feature key influencers and leaders including Simone Biles, Coach Valorie Kondos-Field, Allison Schmitt, Katrina Adams and many more.

Published on Wednesday, September 21, 2022 | 1:18 pm

The Rose Bowl Institute announced the scheduling of its fourth annual Women’s Empowerment Symposium to be held on October 11th, 12th and 13th on the Institute’s virtual platform and on YouTube. The Symposium will continue to give high school and college students exposure to top female industry leaders ranging from experience in finance, politics, sports, entertainment, and technology on societal and cultural topics. Each day the Symposium will focus on one of the Institute’s primary themes: Sportsmanship, Leadership and Citizenship.

Among the list of inspiring speakers, this year’s program will include seven-time Olympic medalist Simone Biles, United States professional soccer player Brianna Pinto, World Cup Alpine Ski Racer Alice Merryweather, four-time Olympian Allison Schmitt, and many other key female influencers. Earlier this summer, Biles won the Institute’s inaugural ROSI Award for Sportsperson of the Year, at the Rose Bowl’s Party of the Century.

Generously funded by private donations to the Rose Bowl Legacy Foundation and the Rose Bowl Institute, the three-day symposium will be free for students to watch and participate interactively through the Rose Bowl Institute registration process. It will also provide opportunities for scholarships and post-event networking.

The Institute’s mission for the symposium is to inspire, empower and influence the mindset of participating youth to pursue higher education and professional careers, motivating them to break barriers while setting and achieving their goals.

Day 1: American sports journalist and CBS Sports reporter, Aditi Kinkhawala, will moderate the first day’s sessions on Sportsmanship, with panelists to include World Cup alpine ski racer, Alice Merryweather, American soccer player who currently plays as a midfielder for the North Carolina Courage, Briana Pinto, and Basketball Hall of Famer, broadcaster and sports executive, Ann Meyers Drysdale. They will discuss “Women in Sports & Title IX,” while NFL Coaches, Kathryn Smith and Jennifer King, along with Esports Gamer, Reagan aka MrsChimChim, and College Softball Player (and former Little League Baseball Pitching phenom), Mo’ne Davis, address “Game Changers: Women Breaking Barriers”.

Day 2: The second day will highlight Leadership with panels and speakers on “Women in the Business of Sport” and “Navigating Mental Health”. Emmy winning TV Sports Broadcaster, Jaime Maggio, will moderate the day’s sessions with speakers, Nina Day, first lady of Ohio state football, founder pediatric & adolescent mental wellness fund, 4x Olympian & 10x Olympic medalist swimmer, Allison Schmitt and Track and Field Olympian, Colleen Quigley.

Day 3: On the third and final day of the Symposium, the program will focus on the Citizenship theme with a focus on “Sports Diplomacy” and “Financial Literacy” with contributions from various women moderated by journalist Kavitha Davidson along with panelists Olympic medalist, Lauren Gibbs, executive director of the U.S. Olympic & paralympic committee (USOPC) athletes’ advisory committee, Elizabeth Ramsey and American tennis executive and former professional tennis player, Katrina Adams.

“Using the iconic Rose Bowl Stadium’s digital footprint once again, the Women’s Empowerment Symposium continues to connect young women students with civic and business leaders, athletes, sportscasters, journalists and other leading thinkers to highlight how sports values can positively impact their lives,” said Lauren Hall, Program Director of the Rose Bowl Institute and the Symposium organizer.

The Rose Bowl Institute, part of the Rose Bowl Legacy Foundation, champions sportsmanship and aims to “leverage the power of sports to unite people everywhere.”

With introductions each day representing the Rose Bowl Institute, the Rose Bowl Legacy Foundation and the Rose Bowl Operating Company and the City of Pasadena, Councilmember Felicia Williams stated, “I am proud to support the Rose Bowl Institute and Women’s Empowerment Symposium once again to promote citizenship among our youth so they can live up their full potential as future leaders.”

To propel equal opportunity for women in the academic and corporate industries the Rose Bowl Institute offers scholarships to young ambitious female leaders. At the conclusion of the three-day symposium, participants will become eligible to apply for three $2,500 scholarships generously gifted to the Rose Bowl Institute with opportunities for students located, respectively, in Pasadena, and nationwide.

To register for the Women’s Empowerment Symposium, click here.

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

About the Rose Bowl Institute

The Rose Bowl Institute champions sportsmanship, leadership, and citizenship. Through educational programs, focused dialogues, and awards, the Institute leverages the power of sports to unite people everywhere. Launched in 2020, it is an arm of the Rose Bowl Legacy Foundation. Charlie Firestone, a former vice president of the Aspen Institute, leads the Institute. Additionally, the Institute has a stellar Advisory Board listed below.

About the Rose Bowl Legacy Foundation

Formed in 2010, the Rose Bowl Legacy Foundation is a 501(c)3, tax-exempt organization whose primary goal is to financially ensure the protection, preservation, and enhancement of the future of the Stadium as a National Historic Landmark. The Foundation has established funding for key capital improvement initiatives, educational programming, and heritage protection due to the generosity of supporters from around the world who are invested in its premier future.

About the Rose Bowl Stadium

The Rose Bowl Stadium is the proud home of the Tournament of Roses Rose Bowl Game®, UCLA Bruins football, AmericaFest Fourth of July Celebration, concerts including Kenny Chesney, Coldplay, Taylor Swift and U2, international and Premier League soccer matches and the World’s Largest Flea Market.

A National Historic Landmark built in 1922 and known around the world, the Rose Bowl Stadium has earned its world-class reputation by hosting five NFL Super Bowl games, the 1984 Olympic Soccer matches, the 1994 Men’s World Cup, the 1999 Women’s World Cup, four BCS National College Football Championship Games and the College Football Playoff Semi-Final game.

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