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)

  • Pam Wasserstein, President, Vox Media
  • Keri Lockett, Head of Sports Marketing Basketball, Gatorade/Pepsi
  • Sarah Francis, Strategic Relationships Leader, EY
  • David Rone, Co-President, Guggenheim Investments
  • Taylor Rooks, Sports Journalist and Broadcaster
  • Elizabeth Lindsey, President, Brands and Properties, Wasserman
  • Courtney Jefferies, CEO, VRTL
  • Diane Gotua, SVP, Global Head of Strategy, Fanatics
  • Danette Leighton, CEO, Women’s Sports Foundation
  • Caroline Fitzgerald, CEO, GOALS
  • Kaitee Daley, ESPN
  • Charlotte North, AU Athlete, Lacrosse Player
  • Haylie McCleney, AU Athlete, Softball Player
  • Molly McCage, AU Athlete, Volleyball Player

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. Past speakers have included executives from Amazon, IBM, Nike, and Dick’s Sporting Goods. The event also brings together leading investors in the pro sports space, selected entrepreneurs, and, most importantly, pro athletes from across Athletes Unlimited’s four pro sports leagues.

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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