EY Webcast

Playing to win: lessons from women athletes and leaders

  • Share

Watch On-Demand

Did you know that four out of five executive women played sports growing up?

The skills they honed on the playing field – leadership, perseverance, discipline, grit – are often the very same that propelled them to the top of their game in business.

As we celebrate International Women’s Day, the EY Women Athletes Business Network invites you to an unprecedented live event with some of the greatest female champions of sport and business. These all-star leaders will share their lessons of success and failure -- on the field and in the workplace.

Our panel of champions will discuss:

  • Leadership qualities critical to success
  • Overcoming obstacles and adversity
  • The greatest challenges women still face
  • Making mentorship work

The all-star line-up of speakers will include:

Beth A. Brooke
Global Vice Chair, Public Policy, EY

Donna de Varona
Olympic Champion and Lead Advisor, EY Women Athletes Business Network

Martina Navratilova
Tennis Legend and Author

Summer Sanders
Olympic Gold Medalist and Television Host

Dame Kelly Holmes
British Olympic Champion and Founder and Chair of the DKH Legacy Trust

Fabiola Pulga Molina
Brazilian Olympian and Co-Founder and Co-CEO, Fabiola Molina Swimwear

Helena Morrissey
CEO of Newton Investment Management and founder of the 30% Club

Women are changing the world. Will you be counted among them?

 

Watch the one-minute recap:

 

 

 

Panelists:

Beth A. Brooke

Global Vice Chair, Public Policy, EY

Beth A. Brooke is Global Vice Chair – Public Policy at EY and is a member of the firm’s Global Executive Board. Beth has public policy responsibility for the firm’s operations in 150 countries. In addition, she has global responsibility for the firm’s Diversity and Inclusiveness efforts. She has been named six times to the list of Forbes "World's 100 Most Powerful Women", and was named 2009 Woman of the Year by Concern Worldwide.

During the Clinton Administration, she worked for two years in the U.S. Department of the Treasury, where she was responsible for all tax policy matters related to insurance and managed care. She played important roles in the healthcare reform and Superfund reform efforts.

Throughout her career, Beth has been actively engaged in numerous civic and business organizations. She serves on the Boards of Vital Voices, The Committee for Economic Development, and TechnoServe. Beth is the Co-Chair of the Board of WEConnect International. She serves on the Board of Trustees of the Aspen Institute, the Women’s Leadership Board of the Kennedy School at Harvard, and the Women’s Advisory Board of the World Economic Forum. She is a member of the inaugural class of the Henry Crown Fellows of The Aspen Institute and the Committee of 200. Beth serves on the board of the Thunderbird School of Global Management as well as the public policy advisory councils for Georgetown University and Indiana University. Beth also served on the International Council on Women’s Business Leadership led by Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

 

Donna de Varona

Olympic Champion and Lead Advisor, EY Women Athletes Business Network

After setting some 18 world’s fastest times and world records, Olympic swimming champion, Donna de Varona became an award winning pioneer sports journalist. Currently she is President of DA-MAR Inc. a sports marketing, events and consulting firm. A member of the International Olympic Committee Women and Sports Commission, Ms. de Varona currently serves on the U.S Department of State's Council on empowering women through sports initiative.

Her other leadership roles have included serving as an advisor to the American Senate on legislation impacting education, health and sports legislation. She is currently an advisor to Jordan's Prince Feisal's Generation for Peace Foundation and Tony Blair's Beyond Sport Foundation. In 1999, as Chairman of the successful FIFA Women's football World Cup she was named one of America's most powerful women in sport. She also served as the first President and Chairman of the Women's Sports Foundation. She has been inducted into US Olympic Hall of Fame. She is a recipient of the IOC Olympic order.

 

Dame Kelly Holmes

British Double Olympic Champion, Founder and Chair of the DKH Legacy Trust

Kelly realized her first dream of joining the British Army at the age of 17, where she forged a successful military career. Having attended athletics training since the age of 12, Kelly was inspired to make a return to the track watching the 1992 Olympics, and soon left the army to go into training full-time.

Medals at European and World level preceded her first Olympic Games in 2000. Kelly won an admirable bronze in the 800m despite persistent injuries in preceding years.

The build-up to the Athens Olympic Games was the first year in seven that Kelly wasn't injured and she made the brave decision to double up in the 800m and 1500m. In doing so, Kelly won the hearts of a nation to take home the Gold in both events. This made her Britain’s first double Gold medallist at the same games since 1920, and was given the honor of flag bearer at the closing ceremony. She finished her illustrious career with twelve major championship medals from the Olympics, Worlds, Commonwealth Games and Europeans. Her athletic achievements were recognized in 2005, when she was awarded with her Damehood from the Queen in one of her proudest moments to date.

Kelly fulfilled a personal ambition when she set up the Dame Kelly Holmes Legacy Trust in 2008 with the aim of creating opportunities and life chances for young people. The charity has successfully delivered programs for hundreds of disengaged young people not in education, training or unemployed, and given them a life changing experience.

Alongside the honor of being President of Commonwealth Games England, Kelly has a number of ambassadorial positions including her role as Patron of the Jaguar Academy of Sport. She is an outstanding motivational and after dinner speaker, sharing her inspiring stories of overcoming adversity and setbacks and her future ambitions.

Kelly is currently focusing on developing the Kelly Holmes Education and Kelly Holmes Fitness, through working with local authorities, education establishments and corporate partners. Programs to date include Aviva ‘On Camp with Kelly’, the Jaguar Academy of Sport Mentoring and Education Program and Isle of Man Sporting Excellence Program.

 

Fabiola Molina

Brazilian Olympian and Co-Founder and Co-CEO, Fabiola Molina Swimwear

Fabiola Molina is a former backstroke specialist who competed at the 2000, 2008 and 2012 Olympics. A member of the Brazilian swimming team for 21 years, Fabíola won over one thousand medals during her entire career. She participated in 12 World Championships. She is the current holder of the Brazilian and South-American records in the 50 m and 100 m backstroke and in the 100 m medley and the holder of the Military World Record in the 100 m backstroke.

Fabiola graduated from the University of Tennessee (USA) and, in addition to training and studying in the USA, she also lived and trained in Italy for three years. Currently, she is the owner of a beachwear and sportswear brand that bears her name.

 

Helena Morrissey

CEO of Newton Investment Management and founder of the 30% Club

Helena joined Newton in 1994 as a fixed income fund manager and was appointed CEO in 2001. During her time running Newton’s bond funds she was twice-winner of Investment Week’s Global Bond Fund Manager of the year.

Helena is involved in many aspects of the UK fund management industry and was named the Financial News ‘Most Influential Woman in European Asset Management’ in 2010. She was the first female director of the UK’s Investment Management Association, serving from 2005 till 2012. She represents the investment industry on the FCA’s Practitioner Panel, a statutory body providing input to the regulators from practitioners’ perspectives.

In 2010, Helena founded the 30% Club, a cross-business initiative aimed at achieving 30% women on UK corporate boards by 2015 through voluntary, business-led change. She was appointed CBE in the 2012 New Year’s Honours list.

Helena is a member of the University of Cambridge Endowment Investment Board. She is also chairman of the Eve Appeal (a charity funding research into gynaecological cancers), the Royal Academy’s Corporate Board and Opportunity Now, Business in the Community’s gender diversity campaign.

A Cambridge philosophy graduate, she began her career as a global bond analyst with Schroders in New York. She was recently awarded an Honorary Doctorate by Cranfield University in recognition of her contribution to the asset management industry and for her leadership through the work of the 30% Club.

Helena is married with nine children.

 

Martina Navratilova

Tennis Legend and Author

A champion on and off the court, Martina is not only a tennis legend, but an inspirational leader who demonstrates tenacity, candor and motivation. Arguably the best tennis player ever to step on the court, Martina amassed an unmatched number of professional records over the course of a career that spanned an amazing four decades. She has won 59 Grand Slam crowns, a record 9 Wimbledon singles champions, and overcame the odds to become both one of the most successful tennis players ever and an equally successful leader.

Off the court, Martina has lived an equally bold and successful life. As one of the first openly gay sports figures, she has spent much of her career overcoming prejudices and stereotypes, giving up millions of dollars in endorsements and sponsorships as a result of her insistence on living a life of integrity and honesty. Since coming out in 1981, she has been an inspiring and vocal advocate for equal rights and a strong supporter of many charities benefitting the LGBT community. She has received numerous awards from many of the most influential organizations within the LGBT community and has donated much of her time and money to the cause through The Rainbow Card® and the associated Rainbow Endowment.

Martina provides her articulate, intelligent and outspoken commentary to the Tennis Channel's audience during its coverage of the Grand Slams. She spends as much time as she can in her beloved Aspen, Colorado mountain home, but more often finds herself traveling the world, speaking at events, playing in numerous exhibition matches, and tirelessly promoting all of the issues that are close to her heart.

Knowing first-hand what it takes to overcome adversity and find success, Martina is a compelling advocate for active living and aggressive goal-setting. Martina's book, "Shape Your Self," is a guide to personal fitness and healthy living. She has motivated thousands to live healthier lifestyles by taking simple steps to a better life.

 

Summer Sanders

Olympic Gold Medalist and Television Host

At the 1992 Barcelona Olympic Games, a 19-year-old Summer Sanders won four Olympic medals, bringing home two gold, one silver and one bronze. The moment she hung up her Speedo, she embarked on a television career, hosting shows for MTV (Sandblast), the NBA (Inside Stuff), Nickelodeon (Figure It Out), and Fox (The Sports List, Skating with Celebrities), and acting as a correspondent for shows such as Good Morning America, Rachael Ray, and The Today Show. She has been a contestant on NBC’s “Celebrity Apprentice” and the Food Network’s “Guy vs. Rachael Celebrity Cook-Off”. Sanders co-created the production company Blackline Media in 2013, from which she has developed and hosted fun, energetic health and fitness web series for espnW and MSN. Recently, Sanders covered the inspiring Olympic Journey stories from the Sochi Winter Olympic Games for NBCOlympics.com.

A social runner and a health and fitness realist, Sanders is a working mom who prides herself on living a hands-on active lifestyle and being a “life is perfectly imperfect” motivator. She has been actively involved with Right To Play as an Athlete Ambassador for over 15 years. Sanders has two children, Skye (7) and Spider (6), with her husband Olympic skier Erik Schlopy.

 

Moderator:

Pattie Sellers

Senior Editor-at-Large, FORTUNE, and Executive Director of MPW/Live Content, Time Inc.

Pattie Sellers has written more than 20 FORTUNE cover stories including "Marissa Mayer: Ready to Rumble at Yahoo," “Muhtar Kent’s New Coke,” "Oprah's Next Act," "The $100 Billion Woman" (Melinda Gates), and “Gone with the Wind” (Ted Turner). She co-founded FORTUNE Most Powerful Women and oversees the FORTUNE MPW Summit, the preeminent gathering of women leaders in business and beyond—and programs such as Fortune MPW Entrepreneurs and the Fortune-U.S. State Department Global Women Leaders Mentoring Partnership.

Pattie also develops Live Content across Time Inc. Her blog, Postcards, is about how power players lead and navigate their careers. Pattie won Time Inc.’s prestigious MVP award for her performance in 2012.