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Women's Empowerment

The Women’s Empowerment Symposium is an annual program for high school juniors, seniors, and college students.


Participants learn from female business leaders, athletes, and local and national education leaders within the inspirational setting of the Rose Bowl Stadium.

The Symposium, executed virtually due to pandemic restrictions over the past two years, welcomed over 2,000 attendees from 33 states and 7 countries. It has been highlighted by keynote messages from influencers and iconic names such as former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, Olympian Lauren Gibbs, Basketball Hall of Famer and Broadcaster Ann Meyers Drysdale, World Cup Champions Brandi Chastain and Julie Foudy, and actress and activist Sophia Bush, to name a few.

While women are our main target demographic, it’s also important for men to join this movement. We need to empower each other. Young female and male leaders of the future have benefited from the Rose Bowl Institute’s approach to learning from sports values and experiences.

The fall virtual program will once again highlight the three pillars of the Rose Bowl Institute: Sportsmanship, Leadership, and Citizenship through its key panel topics focused on empowering and inspiring.


To instill leadership, ethics, confidence, and character-based skills in the mindsets of young females and males by providing inspirational and empowering programming over three days.

The Symposium provides insight and working knowledge of societal and cultural topics, health, and more presented by female experts, business leaders, and former college and professional athletes.

APRIL 20,2023

2nd Annual Women’s Empowerment Networking Luncheon

The Rose Bowl Institute will host its 2nd Annual Women’s Empowerment Networking Luncheon on April 20, 2023, 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM on Spieker Field at the Rose Bowl Stadium. The Women’s Empowerment Networking Luncheon is a free event which will showcase female leadership, confidence, and character, hosted by former USWNT player and two-time Olympic gold medalist Julie Foudy.

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Women on the Rose Bowl Field

OCTOBER 11, 12, 13, 2022


In the Fall of 2022, we hosted a three-day virtual program featuring two hours each day of free programming with incredible female leaders – each year it is FREE to all viewers and participants are eligible for financial aid / scholarship awards.  Through our customized interactive digital platform we hosted not only three days of incredible panelists, but also featured speakers, including Olympian Simone Biles, UCLA Gymnastics legends Coach Valorie Kondos-Field and Katelyn Ohashi and the youngest Mayor in CA history, Tara Campbell. 

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APRIL 29, 2022

2022 Women's Empowerment Networking Luncheon

On April 29, 2022, the Institute held an in-person networking luncheon on the field. The Spring Luncheon featured speakers former UCLA Gymnastics Coach Valorie Kondos Field and former UCLA student-athlete and star gymnast, Katelyn Ohashi, who inspired over 200 young women (and men) with their messages of confidence and self-awareness.

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September 29, 30 & October 1, 2021

2021 Women’s Empowerment Symposium

We hosted three days of amazing speakers, discussions and networking opportunities through our customized interactive digital platform with featured speakers, Misty May -Treanor 3x Olympic Gold medalist, Alyssa Milano, Actress, Producer, Singer, Author and Activist and Supervisor Barger, 5th District Los Angeles County Supervisor. 

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2020 Women's Symposium Collage

September 16, 17 & 18th, 2020

2020 Women’s Empowerment Symposium

We were able to host three days of amazing speakers, discussions and networking opportunities through our customized interactive digital platform with featured speakers, Brandi Chastain, 2x FIFA WWC Champion, 2x Olympics Gold Medalist and Broadcaster, Sophia Bush Advocate and Actress and Madeleine Albright, Former Secretary of State. 

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July 9th, 2019

2019 Women’s Empowerment Symposium

On July 9th, 2019 the Rose Bowl Institute hosted its Inaugural Women’s EmpowermentSymposium at the Rose Bowl Stadium. It was the precursor of dedicating the new 1999 Team USA Women’s World Cup Statue at the Rose Bowl on July 10th on the 20th Anniversary of the historic soccer match that changed the prism of female athletics forever.

We hosted 99 young females from high school and colleges, honoring the ’99 WWC team. These young women were exposed to key female industry leaders with a day full of panel programming and a networking lunch hosted by the legendary Ann Meyers Drysdale.

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Julie Foudy

When people tell you, No. Just smile and tell them. Yes. I can.

— Julie Foudy