Free

Power Hitters: Women Leveling the Playing Field

Event Information

Share this event

Date and Time

Location

Location

Curtis Granderson Stadium Pressbox Suite

901 Roosevelt Road

Chicago, IL 60608

View Map

Event description
Listen to successful women in the sports industry discuss challenges and achievements in a male dominated landscape.

About this Event

As part of Chicago Baseball & Education Academy (CBEA) hosting the Baseball for All girls camp at Curtis Granderson Stadium, CBEA will host a panel of women leading in sports. The panel includes women who stand out as leaders and have prominent roles in the front office of some of Chicago’s sports institutions.

The CBEA and Baseball for All camp is a a six-week baseball training camp for girls ages 10-18 and includes six, two-hour sessions, at CBEA’s facilities on the campus of the University of Illinois at Chicago providing girls professional instruction from professional coaches and athletes.

Hosted and moderated by Sierra Santos,sports reporter at FOX 32 WFLD Chicago

Siera Santos is a sports broadcaster at Fox 32 Chicago where she covers the Bears, Cubs, White Sox, Bulls and Blackhawks. She originally moved to Chicago to join NBC Sports Chicago in October 2015 as an Anchor and Reporter, becoming the first Latina to join the staff. Siera served as the primary host the regional network’s flagship sports news show. Santos previously worked in Los Angeles, Oklahoma City and Colorado Springs.

Guest of Honor, Justine Siegal, PH.D. Baseball for All CEO

Justine Siegal is the founder and executive director of Baseball for All, an organization that works toward gender equity in youth baseball by strongly encouraging and providing opportunities for girls to participate in baseball. In 2009 she became the first female coach of a professional men’s baseball team. In 2011 she became the first woman to throw batting practice to an MLB team the Cleveland Indians during spring training. In 2015 hired by the Oakland Athletics for a two-week coaching stint in their instructional league in Arizona she became the first female to coach for a MLB organization.

Tonya McGowan, Sr. Associate Athletic Director, UIC

Tonya McGowan served as the Senior Administrator and Associate Athletic Director for the UIC Department of Intercollegiate Athletics. McGowan is responsible for human resource issues, financial aid and housing assistance for UIC student-athletes, and other items related to numerous UIC teams. A native of the South Side of Chicago, McGowan’s interest in athletics grew during her time as a cheerleader in the seventh and eighth grades at Alfred D. Kohn Elementary School. It was there that she was exposed to basketball, a sport she would move on to play at Corliss High School, where she was team captain during her senior year.

Alicia Gonzalez, Executive Director, Cubs Charities

Alicia Gonzalez oversees Cubs Charities philanthropic and programmatic investments in Chicago communities. Alicia joined the Cubs in May 2018, after ten years as the Founding Executive Director of Chicago Run, a non-profit that provides free sport-based youth development programs to more than 18,000 Chicago Public School students and the Cook County Juvenile Detention Center. Prior to Chicago Run, Alicia served as the head of Hispanic Business Development for First American Bank, where she oversaw the expansion of private and public partnerships in the Latino community.

Ali Brewer, Global Marketing Director, Wilson Sporting Goods

Ali Brewer is a former elite athlete and current elite fan of sports with a knack for taking insights and creating winning strategies to drive growth with everyone from teen athletes to fans of sports, tacos, and cereal alike. She attended College at Brown University, and after a stint on the U.S. Women’s Ice Hockey Team, she set out into the business world with a goal of one day marrying her love of sports with her competitive drive in business. At Wilson, she’s played a key role in growing the Ball Gloves business from a distant #2 in a sleepy category to a consensus #1 in a fast paced & exciting market of customization and color.

Sheena Quinn, Senior Director of Public Relations, Chicago White Sox

Sheena Quinn joined the White Sox in 2014 to oversee the team’s public relations strategy, annual fan convention, and multicultural community outreach. Quinn launched the organization’s diversity and inclusion initiative called “BasebALL: One Game for All,” supported the club’s first Pride Night, as well as create a recurring event series focused on celebrating individual differences and inclusivity in sports called “Game Changers.” Prior to joining the White Sox, Quinn spent nearly eleven years at Public Communications Inc., an agency where she lead media and communications programs for clients.

Elizabeth Benn, Coordinator, Labor, Diversity, and Baseball Development, Major League Baseball

Elizabeth Benn is currently Coordinator, Labor, Diversity, and Baseball Development at MLB’s Office of the Commissioner. In this role, she primarily focuses on girls baseball growth and development and assists female job candidates to prepare for their career pursuits, specifically in baseball operations or on-field roles. Additionally, she works on player programs and education aimed at social responsibility and post playing career development. She completed her BA at the University of Toronto in Philosophy, English, and French, and received her MA from Columbia University in Philosophy.

Share with friends

Date and Time

Location

Curtis Granderson Stadium Pressbox Suite

901 Roosevelt Road

Chicago, IL 60608

View Map

Save This Event

Event Saved