Innovation Summit 2024

The Athletes Unlimited Innovation Summit celebrates Athletes Unlimited, its players, and its partners in Rosemont, Illinois on July 28-29 for the third consecutive year. The Summit brings together leaders across women’s sports and will focus on cutting edge topics in the women’s sports space that showcases the innovation that is driving growth in this market, and creating a valuable networking opportunity for thoughtful, inspiring dialogue among business leaders, entrepreneurs, pro athletes, investors, cultural icons and leading marketers.


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Confirmed Speakers (as of Apr-24)

David Rone

Co-President, Guggenheim Investments

Taylor Rooks

Sports Journalist and Broadcaster

Elizabeth Lindsey

President, Brands and Properties, Wasserman

Courtney Jefferies


Diane Gotua

SVP, Global Head of Strategy, Fanatics

Danette Leighton

CEO, Women’s Sports Foundation

Caroline Fitzgerald


Amanda Anderson

Senior Director Social Media, ESPN

Sarah Francis

Strategic Relationships Leader, EY

Jonathan Soros

Co-Founder, Athletes Unlimited

Cheri Kempf

Senior Vice President, Athletes Unlimited

Keri Lockett

Head of Sports Marketing Basketball, Gatorade/Pepsi

Date(s): Sunday July 28 – Monday July 29, 2024 (AU Pro Softball Opening Weekend)

Location: The Rose Hotel — Rosemont, Illinois

This invitation-only event is designed for leaders across business and society to come together with pro athletes to identify and shape the next waves of innovation that will drive women’s sports.

The past 12 months have been the most dynamic and exciting in the history of women’s pro sports. Join this exclusive gathering of visionaries, leaders, and game-changers to explore innovative strategies, trends, and opportunities that will harness the energy and opportunity to shape the landscape of women’s sports in the years to come.

Event Schedule

Day 1, Sunday, July 28

  • You are invited to join us as our VIP guests for the final two games of Opening Weekend of AU Pro Softball and watch the best softball players in the world as they take the field for the start of our fifth season.

Day 2, Monday, July 29

  • The Summit consists of thought-provoking and inspiring panels, fireside chats, and networking, followed by our always popular Midsummer Softball Classic–where everyone gets a chance to play softball like a pro at the home stadium of AU Pro Softball.
  • Summit Sessions:
    • The State of the Sports World
    • The Next Play: The Intersection of Sports and The Economy
    • Building Brands Through Women’s Sports
    • Game Changers: Building a Career On and Off the Court
    • Innovation for Impact: Leveraging Technology to Drive Women’s Sports & Fan Engagement
    • The Future of Media and Storytelling
    • Lessons in Leadership


For more information or details on registering, please reach out to Nicole Pawlak ([email protected]) and Arielle Roth ([email protected]).


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