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EY Women Athletes Business Network hosts webcast offering lessons and advice from female champions in sport and business

London, New York and Rio de Janeiro, 6 March 2014

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Global Roster of All-Star Leaders include Martina Navratilova, Summer Sanders Helena Morrissey, Fabiola Molina, and Kelly Holmes

Webcast Overview:

Did you know that nine out of 10 women who are senior managers and executives played sports growing up? The skills they honed on the playing field – leadership, perseverance, discipline and grit – are often the very same that propelled them to the top of their game in business. In celebration of International Women’s Day, EY’s Women Athletes Business Network (WABN) invites you to join a webcast with some of the greatest female champions of sport and business as they share their lessons of success and failure -- on the field and in the workplace -- including:

  • leadership qualities critical to success
  • overcoming obstacles and adversity
  • the greatest challenges women still face
  • making mentorship work 


  • Martina Navratilova – Tennis Legend and Author
  • Summer Sanders – Olympic Gold Medalist and Television Host
  • Kelly Holmes - Double Olympic Champion and Founder and Chair of the DKH Legacy Trust
  • Helena Morrissey – CEO of Newton Investment Management and founder of the 30% Club
  • Fabiola Molina – Brazilian Olympian and Co-Founder and Co-CEO, Fabiola Molina Swimwear 
  • Moderator: Pattie Sellers, Senior Editor-at-Large, FORTUNE, and Executive Director of MPW/Live Content, Time Inc. 

Introductory remarks by:

  • Beth A. Brooke-Marciniak - Global Vice Chair, Public Policy, EY, and one of “The World’s 100 Most Powerful Women” according to Forbes
  • Donna de Varona – Olympic Champion and Lead Advisor, EY Women Athletes Business Network 

When & Where:                                

Monday, March 10, 2014 – 11 am – 12:15 pm EST (12 pm Rio de Janeiro/3 pm London)
RSVP: To register, click here

“Playing to Win” is the first in a series of webcasts to be hosted by the EY Women Athletes Business Network (WABN). Launched one year ago, EY’s goal is to connect women athletes who seek meaningful careers outside their sport with its robust business network of top women leaders and entrepreneurs around the world, many of whom have sports in their background.

The network is designed to share lessons learned from career transitions, to mentor, open doors and create opportunities and to inspire the next generation of women athletes to maximize their potential. A background in sports serves women well to become future business leaders.

In fact, an EY survey released last year of senior managers and executives in business found that the vast majority (90%) of the women surveyed had played sports either at primary and secondary school, or during university or other tertiary education, with this proportion rising to 96% among executive women in the C-suite.