The free three-day virtual event will feature key influencers and leaders such as Alyssa Milano, Misty May-Treanor , Holly Rowe, Amy Rodriguez and more.

PASADENA, Calif. (September 20, 2021) – The Rose Bowl Institute announced the scheduling of its third annual Women’s Empowerment Symposium to be held on September 29th, 30th & October 1st on the Institute’s virtual platform and on YouTube. The Symposium will give high school and college students exposure to top female industry leaders from finance, politics, sports, entertainment, and technology on societal and cultural topics.

Funded by generous private donations to the Rose Bowl Institute and Rose Bowl Legacy Foundation, the
three-day symposium will once again be free for students to watch and participate through the Rose Bowl Institute registration process and will provide opportunities for scholarships and post-event networking.

Among the list of inspiring speakers the Institute will bring to this year’s program will be three-time Olympic gold medalist Misty May-Treanor, United States professional soccer player Amy Rodriguez, actor, producer and activist Alyssa Milano, former 7-time national champion UCLA gymnastics coach, Valorie Kondos Field, Supervisor Kathryn Barger and many other key female influences.

The Institute’s mission for the symposium is to inspire, empower and influence the mindset of participating youth to pursue higher education and professional careers, motivating them to break barriers while setting and achieving their goals.

Each day the Symposium will focus on one of the Institute’s primary themes: Sportsmanship, Leadership and Citizenship.

ESPN Senior writer and College Football Analyst, Heather Dinich will moderate the first day’s sessions on Sportsmanship, with panelists to include pioneering NBA and WNBA referee, Violet Palmer, former professional WNBA player and coach, Nancy Lieberman, and former professional softball player, Kiki Stokes. They will discuss “Driving Progress and Shaping the Future,” while professional golfer, Juli Inkster, professional US hockey player, Hillary Knight, first female sports agent to represent NFL agency, Nicole Lynn, and professional US soccer player Amy Rodriguez address “Closing the Gap – Sports Equality Issues”.

The second day highlights Leadership with panels and speakers on “Failure is an Option” and “Strong as Mother”. President and CEO of LaChica Sports and Managing Director of The Players Coalition, Angela LaChica, will moderate the day’s sessions.

On the third and final day, the program will focus on the Citizenship theme with additional contributions from other women in politics.

“Using the iconic Rose Bowl Stadium’s digital footprint once again this year, the Women’s Empowerment Symposium connects young women students with civic and business leaders, athletes, sportscasters, journalists and other leading thinkers to highlight how sports values can positively impact their lives, “said Charlie Firestone, president of the Rose Bowl Institute.

The Rose Bowl Institute, an arm of the Rose Bowl Legacy Foundation, champions sportsmanship and aims to “leverage the power of sports to unite people everywhere.”

In an effort to propel equal opportunity for women in the academic and corporate industries the Rose Bowl Institute is pleased to offer a scholarship opportunity to young ambitious female leaders. At the conclusion of the three- day symposium, participants will become eligible to apply for three $2,500 scholarships generously gifted to the Rose Bowl Institute with opportunities for students located in each Pasadena, California, and nationwide.

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About the Rose Bowl Institute

The Rose Bowl Institute champions sportsmanship, leadership, and citizenship. Through educational programs, focused dialogues, and awards, the Institute leverages the power of sports to unite people everywhere. Launched in 2020, it is an arm of the Rose Bowl Legacy Foundation. Charlie Firestone, a former vice president of the Aspen Institute, leads the Institute. Additionally, the Institute has grown an

About the Rose Bowl Legacy Foundation

Formed in 2010, the Rose Bowl Legacy Foundation is a 501(c)3, tax-exempt organization whose primary
goal is to financially ensure the protection, preservation, and enhancement of the future of the Stadium
as a National Historic Landmark. The Foundation has established funding for key capital improvement
initiatives, educational programming and heritage protection due to the generosity of supporters from
around the world who are invested in its premier future.

About the Rose Bowl Stadium

The Rose Bowl Stadium is the proud home of the Tournament of Roses Rose Bowl Game, UCLA Bruins football, AmericaFest Fourth of July Celebration, concerts including Kenny Chesney, Coldplay, Taylor Swift and U2, international and Premier League soccer matches and the World’s Largest Flea Market. A National Historic Landmark built in 1922 and known around the world, the Rose Bowl Stadium has earned its world-class reputation by hosting five NFL Super Bowl games, the 1984 Olympic Soccer matches, the 1994 Men’s World Cup, the 1999 Women’s World Cup, four BCS National College Football Championship Games and the College Football Playoff Semi-Final game.

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