WISE Houston Events

Power Play

The “Power Play: Up Close With ...” series brings together executive-level female sports business leaders from the same industry or organization for a panel discussion on career issues. Seeing other women succeeding and celebrating their success is critical for women’s professional development. Panelists are encouraged to talk about their work within their organization, as well as their overall career journeys.

2022 Power Play – The Women Behind the 2023 NCAA Men’s Final Four

July 19th, 5:30 PM Networking and 6:30 PM Program

Fertitta Center, University of Houston, 3875 Holman Street, 77004 
Park in the Stadium Garage-Visitor's Entrance at 3874 Holman Street and Enter through the Club

The NCAA Men’s Final Four returns to Houston in 2023 and a mega-event of this scale doesn’t come together overnight.  It requires years of planning and strong team off the court to match the intensity of play on the court.  Nothing exemplifies a Power Play like the women of the 2023 NCAA Men’s Final Four!  As part of our signature event series, WISE Houston invites you to celebrate the women who will make Houston’s 2023 championship come alive.  Hear from the local team, as well as leaders from the NCAA, all at one of Houston’s four championship host institutions.

Speaker Panel
  • Moderator
    • Rachel Quan - Vice President, External Operations, Houston Local Organizing Committee
  • Panel
    • JoAn Scott - Managing Director, Men’s Basketball Championship, NCAA
    • Ellen Lucey – Director, Championships & Alliances, Corporate Relations, Marketing & Branding, NCAA
    • Holly Kesterson – President, Houston Local Organizing Committee
    • Carla Gomez – Director, Marketing & Communications, Houston Local Organizing Committee

Former Power Play Events
2021: Up Close with the Houston Theater & Arts
2020: Up Close with 
2019: Up Close with the Houston Sports Media
2018: Up Close with the Houston Medical Community Sports Sponsors
2017: Up Close with the Houston Energy Industry Sports Sponsors
2016: Celebrating Women Trailblazers of Houston Sports


Financial Fitness

Owning a small business or rising up the ranks to assume key leadership roles in organizations and companies requires an understanding of personal fiscal management and overall business operations. Financial Fitness addresses topics such as money management, budget development, the valuation process, and salary negotiation and fee structure, breaking them down into an easy-to-digest format.

Former Financial Fitness Featured Speakers
2021: Carrie Potter
2020: Carrie Potter 
2019: Nancy Tengler
2018: Jean Chatzky 
2016: Elizabeth Campbell, Vivian Mora 



Women of Inspiration

WISE is dedicated to recognizing women who have achieved a standard of excellence in sports business, led by example, and support other women. The Women of Inspiration Awards, determined and awarded by WISE Houston, honor local women who exemplify the spirit of the WISE mission and are making a positive impact on the business of sports while serving as positive role models and mentors for other women.

Women of Inspiration Houston Honorees
2021:  Anita Sehgal, Lana Ramirez, Sarah Robles
2020: Carrie Potter 
2019: Julia Morales Clark, Amy Palcic, Gretchen Sheirr
2018: Seun Adigun, Leah Mastaglio
2017: Gina Gaston, Pam Gardner
2016: Sallie Sargent, Anita Dimartino, Janis Burke

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