WISE — Women in Sports and Events — is the leading voice and resource for women in the business of sports. A national organization and registered 501(c)(3) not-for-profit headquartered in New York City, WISE has chapters across North America.
The WISE mission is to empower women in the business of sports with the tools to reach their career goals. Through peer support, mentoring programs and professional development and training, we strive to help members maximize their potential, sharpen their skills and advance their careers at every stage of their professional journeys.
SF Bay Area Chapter History
In 2005, our first Chapter gathering featured a panel of some of region's top women leaders in the events space and attracted more than 75 women. Since then, the WISE San Francisco Bay Area Chapter has grown to hundreds of members across the Bay Area region who represent every facet of the sporting and events industry.
To support the career growth of our members, the WISE Bay Area chapter has developed a calendar of events that blend networking, panel discussions, mentoring and health and wellness activities, plus a whole lot of fun! We also work with WISE National to deliver organization wide initiatives such as the WISE Within mentor program and Speed Mentoring Roundtables.
The WISE Bay Area chapter is grateful to its amazing founding members: Joan Ambrosio, Anne Warner Cribbs, Jaci Fong, Patty Hubbard, Alison Ross, Jen Rowland, Beth Schnitzer, Sharon Shapiro, Leah Tuffanelli and Alexandra Walterspiel.
Who We Are
WISE membership comprises professionals at various stages of their careers, from entry-level associates to established industry leaders, and spans all disciplines within the industry. A registered 501(c)(3) not-for-profit, WISE was founded in 1993 and has its headquarters in New York City with chapters across North America.
Governed by a national board of directors, WISE National sets organizational strategy and provides members with a variety of resources, including online tools at WISEworks.org, to aid in their professional development. WISE recognizes the importance of engaging regularly and face-to-face with members of the industry, and 19 chapters throughout North America carry out the WISE mission at the local level, offering members programming, events and valuable networking opportunities in their region. Chapters also work with WISE National to deliver organization wide initiatives such as the WISE Within mentor program and Speed Mentoring Roundtables.