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Women's Empowerment

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

OVERVIEW

The Rose Bowl Institute 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. In 2021 RBi took the annual Symposium virtual resulting in almost 1,200 registrations from 33 states and 8 countries for six-plus hours over three days engaging with 31 female, diverse speakers.  Over the years, speakers have included former Secretary Madeleine Albright, actress/activist Sophia Bush, women’s soccer stars Brandi Chastain and Julie Foudy, Alibaba Pictures President Zhang Wei, Olympic Gymnast Simone Biles, actress/activist Alyssa Milano and many other accomplished female leaders. 

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.

In addition, the Institute added back an in-person Women’s Empowerment Luncheon on the floor of the Rose Bowl, where over 200 young women heard inspirational talks. Most of the attendees were from underprivileged backgrounds. They engaged with former UCLA Gymnastics Coach Valorie Kondos Field, winner of seven NCAA championships and Pac-12 Coach of the Century, and star UCLA gymnast Katelyn Ohashi, winner of the ESPY for Best Play and Viral Play of the year, 2019, for her perfect 10 floor performance that has been viewed over 250,000,000 times. The messages, which were very well received, were that you can succeed by putting your mind to the task, whatever that may be.

These experiences, both in person and the virtual symposium are aimed at increasing confidence in young women – and understanding in young men – as they face life in and out of athletics. These are underlying values necessary for learning, part of the education that young people need and do not necessarily get in their formal schooling.

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.


KEY IMPACT & GOALS

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 24, 2024

3RD ANNUAL WOMEN’S EMPOWERMENT NETWORKING LUNCHEON

The Rose Bowl Institute will host its 3rd Annual Women’s Empowerment Networking Luncheon on April 24, 2024, 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM on Spieker Field at the Rose Bowl Stadium. The Women's Empowerment Networking Luncheon, will continue to showcase female leadership, confidence, and character.

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OCTOBER 10, 11, 12, 2023

2023 WOMEN'S EMPOWERMENT SYMPOSIUM

This past Fall, we hosted our annual three-day virtual Women’s Empowerment Symposium, featuring two hours each day of free programming with incredible female leaders – each year it was FREE to all viewers, and participants were eligible for financial aid/scholarship awards.

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Group of women in front of the Rose Bowl Stadium

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Women’s Empowerment Mentorship Program

At the Rose Bowl Institute, we believe that mentorship is a crucial part of developing successful and capable professionals. Our 2nd Annual Women's Empowerment Symposium is the perfect place to find such mentors. In addition to providing headshots, we are introducing the mentoring program as an added benefit that will continue after the networking luncheon. This is a great new opportunity for all of the female leaders joining us to become a mentor and for all of the RBI students, we offer this opportunity to participate and be matched up with a mentor.

Mentorship Program

APRIL 20, 2023

2nd Annual Women’s Empowerment Networking Luncheon

The Rose Bowl Institute hosted 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, showcased female leadership, confidence, and character headlined by Julie Foudy, Paige Nielsen and Simone Charley. They were empowering and inspiring along with welcome keynote speaker, Supervisor Kathryn Barger. 

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Women on the Rose Bowl Field

OCTOBER 11, 12, 13, 2022

2022 WOMEN'S EMPOWERMENT SYMPOSIUM

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