The Sport Integrity Global Alliance (SIGA), the world’s largest independent and neutral coalition in the field of sports governance and integrity, has just announced the launch of the first edition of an innovative Masterclass on Female Leadership in Sport. This career-amplifying event will take place on March 5, 2024, at Mastercard’s cutting-edge technology hub in New York City, under the auspices of the SIGAWomen Programme, in the margins of the UN International Women’s Day and during Women’s History Month.

The Masterclass, running from 08:30 to 13:00, is dedicated to empowering and facilitating Women in Sport Leadership. It will foster dialogue, share knowledge, and build purposeful networks between female leaders and aspiring leaders in the Sport Industry. The not-to-be-missed event will address a wide range of topics including governance, policy and integrity, partnerships with purpose, the exponential growth of women’s soccer, wellness and more!

This initiative is part of SIGA’s commitment to promoting gender equity in the boardroom and enhancing the role of women in Sport. It will be served as a side event of the long awaited 4th edition of the Summit on Female Leadership in Sport, taking place on  March 6, also hosted by Mastercard in New York City.

The interactive Masterclass will enable participants to engage directly with high-level speakers from diverse Sport and Brand backgrounds as they share their career journeys and will build upon this knowledge exchange through interactive exercises that will facilitate the development of skill sets and tool kits to overcome issues and maximise opportunities. The session will adopt a Chatham House Rules environment, ensuring an open and candid exchange of ideas. Attendees will have the unique opportunity to delve into critical topics, each presented by a leading figure in the Sport and Business world.

SIGA welcomes a distinguished line-up of guest speakers to the Masterclass, including:

  • Anna Pereira, CEO, Wellness Universe
  • Jennifer Ziemer, Director of Global Sponsorships at Mastercard
  • Juliet Slot, Chief Commercial Officer of Arsenal FC
  • Katie Simmonds, Global Chief Operating Officer, and Managing Director of SIGA Women Programme
  • Mary Davis, Capstone Professor, Jackson School of Global Affairs, Yale University

Katie Simmonds, Global COO, SIGA and Managing Director of the SIGA Women Programme summarised SIGA’s excitement around the new Masterclass opportunity for the next generation of Female Leaders in Sport:

“This Masterclass is a natural next step to support the leadership journeys of the fantastic global community of SIGAWomen global mentors and mentees we are building over the last five years. Each speaker and topic have been carefully curated from a diverse range of perspectives but with a single purpose: to educate and empower the next generation of female leaders in sport in a safe space to drive gender equity on the board of sports organisations globally.

 This year, the SIGAWomen global mentorship programme has connected 150 women across 35 countries and is growing at an exponential rate.  Now we are offering an in-person experience that is accessible, interactive, and transformative. If you are a brand or sports property and are committed to impactful change, pave the way forward for the rising stars in your team to participate in this Masterclass and be the change!”

 Click here for registration and more information about the Masterclass on Female Leadership in Sport

SIGA extends an invitation to organizations dedicated to shaping a brighter future: Sponsor the registration of women within your network, enabling them to emerge as the Next Generation of Sports Leaders and Rising Stars. This is your opportunity to recognize and amplify their potential, facilitating invaluable interactions and learning experiences with current industry trailblazers.

Unlock More Value with Our Exclusive Offer! Purchase 4 tickets, and take a 5th one absolutely FREE! Solution designed for groups & organizations dedicated to shaping a brighter future enabling women to emerge as the Next Generation of Sports Leaders and Rising Stars.

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SIGA is the world’s leading organisation for Sport Integrity. We are creating a whole new landscape for the sports industry by delivering independent global rating and certification for world Sport to ensure it is governed and operates under the highest integrity standards: The SIGA Universal Standards.

Funded by our Members, SIGA is a non for profit global independent organisation with one aim: To ensure the sport  industry is governed under the highest integrity standards so that the values of sport are protected.

SIGA is the only organisation to bring together sport, governments, academia, international organisations, sponsors, business, rights holders, NGOs and professional services companies, from every region in the world, around a common cause of fostering greater integrity throughout sport.

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