Women's Summit

March 28-30, Columbus, OH in conjunction with Women’s Final Four

Developed by top women leaders in the sports events and tourism industry, the inaugural Summit will inspire you to achieve your career goals. Meetings will be held at the Greater Columbus Convention Center.  Participants will receive 2 credit hours toward CSEE.

Registration also includes access to Beyond the Baseline programming. Now in its fourth year, Beyond the Baseline has grown from a handful of inspiring events in Tampa Bay into four full days of professional development programming in Columbus for students and business professionals who are participating in Women’s Final Four activities. New this year, the Beyond the Baseline Lounge will feature motivational speakers, panelists, professional headshots, networking events, fitness sessions and so much more throughout the weekend. The Beyond the Baseline Lounge will be located inside Tourney Town at the Greater Columbus Convention Center 


Fee: $499

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The room block is sold out. Check directly with the Sheraton Columbus Hotel at Capital Square about availability. 


*subject to change

Wednesday, March 28

Registration 3:30 PM - 4:30 PM GCCC/180
Reception 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM Eleven

Thursday, March 29

Transportation from Sheraton to Greater Columbus Convention Center 7:00 AM GCCC/180
Welcome Breakfast/Panel on Women's Inititiaves in Sports Events & Tourism Industry 7:30 AM - 9:00 AM GCCC/180
Education Session I
Negotiation Skills, presented by Kelley Walton, JD
9:00 AM - 10:00 AM GCCC/180
Break 10:00 AM - 10:15 AM  
Education Session II
From Agressive to Assertive: Tips for Effective Communication, presented by Dr. Heather Lawrence Benedict
10:15 AM - 11:15 AM GCCC/180
Networking Lunch 11:15 - 12:15 PM GCCC/180
Beyond the Baseline: The Fierce Urgency of Now 12:25 PM - 1:25 PM GCCC/Tourney Town
Beyond the Baseline: The Fierce Urgency of Now Q&A 1:25 PM - 1:55 PM GCCC/Tourney Town
Break 1:55 PM - 2:10 PM  
Beyone the Baseline: One on One with Coach Katie Smith & Maria Taylor
Maria Taylor of ESPN will host this conversation with three-time Olympic gold medalist and two-time WNBA Champion, Katie Smith, who is now the head coach of the New York Liberty.
2:00 PM - 3:20 PM GCCC/Tourney Town
What Keeps You Up At Night Roundtable Discussion 3:30 PM - 4:30 PM GCCC/180
Transportation from Greater Columbus Convention Center to Sheraton 4:30 PM  

NCAA's Pick & Roll

5:30 pm – 7 pm: Columbus Symphony and former players inside Tourney Town.

7 pm – 10 pm: Former players and the spirit squads from the WFF Teams, Columbus professional teams and Ohio State will be featured at select restaurants on High Street.

Homage: Former player(s) helping fans shop and providing advice on how to dress for women’s basketball gamedays; possible featured item at a discount.
•   A vintage apparel store where the clothing tells stories of triumph, individualism and hustle, preserving the old school and creating new legacies. Open until 8 pm so might need to ask for extended hours.

The Candle Lab: Former players assisting fans with making candles.
•    Female-owned by Katesha Freeman and Scott Weaver.

Mukha: Former players assisting fans with their makeup choices.
•    Custom cosmestics and Medi-Spa was started by the internationally recognized make-up artist, Tim Mauer. All products are are 100% mineral-based and free of oil, alcohol, fragrance and talc, but what makes them unique is that they are custom-made for each client.

Premimum Kicks: Former players assisting fans with their shopping.
•    The Columbus-based “Sneaker Shop” strives to offer the lastest high fashion and new street trends to its customers.  Products include not only exclusive sneakers, but fitted and strapback hats, and designer shirts, pants, and bag.

5:30 PM - 10:00 PM Various Locations

Friday, March 30

Transportation from the Sheraton to Greater Columbus Convention Center 7:30 AM  
Closing Breakfast featuring a fireside chat with Debbie Antonelli, ESPN 8:00 AM - 9:00 AM GCCC/180

Education Session III
Make the Most of a Mentoring Relationship, Presented by Kim Bieder

9:00 AM - 10:00 AM GCCC/180
Networking Break 10:00 AM - 10:30 AM  
Education Session IV
 #MeToo, presented by Tracy A. Warren, JD
10:30 AM - 11:30 AM GCCC/180
Closing Remarks 11:30 AM - Noon GCCC

Lunch on own at the North Market
Attendees will receive $10 vouchers for lunch at the North Market, a public market which is home to dozens of unique, independent merchants and farmers who deliver personal and personable service every day of the week.

Noon North Market
NCAA Semi Finals * Separate Registration Required 7:00 PM & 9:30 PM Nationwide Arena