WISE Emerging Leaders Certificate Program
Since its launch in 2021, more than 250 women have participated in the WISE Emerging Leaders Certificate Program. Alumnae have represented more than 100 companies across the sports landscape, including leagues, teams, media, venues, brands, nonprofits, such as CBS Sports, Coca-Cola, FOX Sports, MLB, MLS/SUM, NASCAR, NBA, NBC Sports, NFL, NHL, Under Armour, USGA and USTA, as well as major league teams.
The program is specifically designed to expand the leadership capabilities of female professionals in middle management, defined as supervisors, project leads, managers, senior managers and directors (depending on organization/company structure and size). Participant job titles range from coordinators through VPs, across all disciplines within the industry.
This leadership training was well worth the investment. From learning about how CEOs think, understanding financial statements and challenging myself in the area of networking, this certification will definitely lead me to the next step in my career.
— Cassandra Nicaisse | Senior Manager, Partner Services, NFL Players Association
This program gave me everything I was anticipating and more. The discussions were powerful. I did not want them to end and one of the best perks to this program was connecting with ladies from around North America. Believe me when I say, you don't want to miss out on this program!
— Shauna Bookal | Executive Director, Field Hockey Ontario
The WISE Emerging Leaders Certificate Program was a great introduction to business and finance for women who may not be exposed to the ins-and-outs on a daily basis. This program is empowering and encourages women to lead confidently within their roles. I'm thrilled to have taken part.
— Kalyn Hutchinson | Manager, NBA
The content modules provided great high-level overviews of important topics and provided guidance about how to further my education in these areas through independent learning and by developing strategic relationships within my organization. I plan to continue to build these skills and utilize the WISE community to grow my network.
— Monica Villa | Lead, GTM Operations, Under Armour
The WISE Emerging Leaders Certificate Program is vital for women in the sports industry looking to advance their careers. It is relevant to all industry sectors and teaches the fundamentals needed to advance in leadership positions.
— Stephanie Gurau | Sr. Digital Forensic & Incident Response Analyst, MLB
The WISE Emerging Leaders Certificate Program forced me to rethink how I position myself within the workplace. By having a new arsenal of skills, I feel more equipped to effectively advocate for myself and other women within my organization.
— Rebecca Mobley | Director of Marketing and Public Relations, State Farm Stadium, ASM Global
I applaud WISE for finding ways to make various areas of business approachable by creating safe, constructive learning environments.
— Danielle Cranin | Director, Content Integration & Partnerships, NBC Sports
I loved hearing from and networking with women across countless facets of the industry! Any woman who gets the opportunity to participate in the WISE Emerging Leaders Certificate Program should take full advantage. I learned so much in such a short time. I was able to connect the content in each module to real-world examples and now have invaluable information that I'll take with me as I continue progressing in my career!
— Alexandra Torre | Marketing Manager, Games and VR, Major League Baseball
I was honored to participate in the WISE Emerging Leaders Certificate Program. It was a great experience to be surrounded by so many powerful women and learn in a comfortable and encouraging environment. The course facilitators were extremely knowledgeable and were excellent at facilitating participation, which is difficult to do in a virtual environment.
— Laura Franks | Counsel, Legal Affairs, Major League Soccer
This class helped me to elevate my leadership skills in a way no other class has done before. Digging into my greatness in order to unlock the greatness of the others on my team kept me engaged throughout the time of the class.
— Shawna Fors | Director, Player Development, USTA New England
This program inspired me to think bigger picture as it relates to business operations and functions, and not just on my typical area of focus. I look forward to applying the knowledge gained through this program as I continue to progress as a leader and throughout my career.
— Amy Siebenkittel | Senior Manager, Partnership Activation, Pittsburgh Steelers
I am really glad that I took this course. It broadened my horizons, and most importantly, gave me the tools to level up in my professional and personal life.
— Erin O'Toole | Senior Talent Producer, NFL Films
This program was a great introduction to improving my leadership skills and taking my career to the next level. It provides a fundamental understanding of strategic thinking and business and financial acumen. I now feel set up to start engaging with these concepts in my career.
— Danielle Emmons | Coordinator, Coach Education & Special Projects, Canada Basketball
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