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Rose Bowl Institute to Host ‘Women’s Empowerment Symposium’

Published on Thursday, August 27, 2020 | 3:15 pm

The newly formed Rose Bowl Institute is planning a three-day virtual event to introduce high school and college students to industry-leading women, from Madeline Albright to Brandi Chastain, the organization announced Thursday.

The online “Women’s Empowerment Symposium” will take place Sept. 16-18, according to the RBI.

“The Symposium will give high school and college students exposure to top female industry leaders with backgrounds in finance, politics, sports, entertainment, and technology on societal and cultural topics, health and other vital themes that will interest today’s youth,” the RBI said in a written statement.

“The strong lineup of speakers the Institute will bring to this year’s participants will include former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, Alibaba Pictures President Wei Zhang, former UCLA gymnast who got people talking with multiple perfect 10.0 scores, Katelyn Ohashi, and many other celebrity influencers,” the statement said.

Symposium attendees will also become eligible to apply for one of five $2,500 scholarships that have been gifted to the RBI, organizers said.

“In an effort to propel equal opportunity for women in the academic and corporate industries the Rose Bowl Institute is pleased to offer a scholarship opportunity to young ambitious female leaders,” according to the statement.

RBI President Charlie Firestone said the symposium can help students make valuable connections.

“Using the iconic Rose Bowl’s digital footprint this year, the Women’s Empowerment Symposium connects 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,“ he said.

The event is free, but students must pre-register online at

More information is available online at, or by emailing

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