Leaders Meet: Diversity
In partnership with Meta

Leaders Meet: Diversity
In partnership with Meta

Leaders Meet: Diversity
In partnership with Meta

Leaders Meet: Diversity
In partnership with Meta

Leaders Meet: Diversity
In partnership with Meta

Leaders Meet: Diversity
In partnership with Meta

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Leaders Meet: Diversity


Sport has the power to connect people and create change. Here at Leaders, we’re committed to championing diversity and utilising our position at the heart of the sports industry to help catalyse that change.


The Leaders Meet: Diversity Series, delivered in partnership with Meta, provides the platform for executives within sport to come together to drive diversity within the industry, accelerate the pace of change and inspire the next generation of executives, through thought-leadership events and digital forums.

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The Allyship community is open to all executives in the sports industry (at any seniority) who’re committed to driving towards a more diverse and inclusive professional sports industry.

The community is structured to allow industry executives from all backgrounds to self-reflect, and take action on, their personal contribution to a more diverse and inclusive sports industry.

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Black Excellence

The Black Excellence community provides ​​and assists black and ethnically diverse professionals with access points and opportunities to curated programmes centred on expanding their network, professional development and potential.

The community is open to aspiring and established black executives working within professional sport globally, on and off the field.

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Women in Sport

The Women in Sport community is open to aspiring and established women working within professional sport globally, on and off the field.

The community aims to provide a supportive and business focused environment for women in the workplace by providing networking and personal development opportunities for career progression.


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Chain Conversations

The Chain Conversations content series brings together a diverse range of executives from across professional sport to share their personal stories of leadership. With every new conversation, the previous interviewee becomes the interviewer to continue the chain; giving you an insight into a range of independent, personal journeys from across the sports industry.

The series of conversations aim to inspire and energise you, and to showcase why diverse thinking makes for better business in sport and beyond. Access the conversations below to hear more.


Episodes in the Chain Conversations Series:


Unleashing The Power of Diversity Through F1

In recent years, Formula 1 have made significant changes to make the sport more attractive to new audiences across the globe. Here’s how the organisation aims to unleash the power of diversity, remove barriers, nurture talent and inspire change on and off of the track by 2025.

View the strategy

The New Power Players

According to Wasserman‘s Collective, there are two consecutive generations of women poised for economic, cultural and social dominance – Gen Z and Millennial Women. They’re paving the way for generations to come, and demanding that brands ride alongside them as they seek to solve some of the most pressing issues facing the world.

Meet the Power Players

Breaking Through Unconscious Bias

Unconscious biases impact all of the decisions that we make as managers. Nielsen‘s ‘Breaking Through Bias Toolkit’ provides a series of recommendations and steps you can use to make your decisions more conscious and avoid the unintended impacts of unconscious bias.

Access the toolkit

The Collective Think Tank

Women’s football is taking off in Europe. It is seeing more fans, more teams, more money and more players than ever before. Wasserman, in collaboration with Impulse Network and the University of St Gallen, have carried out research to uncover the drivers for the unprecedented growth across seven European markets.

Access the think tank

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Previous Event Speakers

Dennis Thomas

Commissioner, Mid Eastern Athletic Conference

Joanna Coates

Chief Executive Officer, UK Athletics


Dan Reed

VP, Global Sports and Media Partnerships, Facebook

Kim Davis

EVP, Social Impact, Growth Initiatives and Legislative Affairs, National Hockey League

Sue Day

Chief Financial Officer, Rugby Football Union

Collette Roche

Chief Operating Officer, Manchester United


Dr. Maurice Stinnett

VP, Diversity and Inclusion, Brooklyn Nets

Ellie Norman

Director of Marketing and Communications, F1



Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer, United States Tennis Association (USTA)


Lisa Murray

Global Chief Marketing Officer, Octagon


Giulia Zecchini

Commercial Business Intelligence Manager, F1

Zaheer Benjamin

Head of Global Partnerships Strategy, Real Madrid C.F.

Yao Williams

Head of International Partnerships & Content, Athletes First Partners

Val Ackerman

Commissioner, Big East Conference


Renée E. Tirado

Global Head, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, Gucci


Jessica Creighton

Freelance Broadcaster and Journalist, BBC

Brandon Gayle

Executive Vice President – Revenue, Brand & Communications, Spurs Sports & Entertainment

Ronit Larone

Vice President of Content & Marketing Integration, NFL Media


Steph Tsang

Senior Manager, Strategic Partnerships, New York Road Runners


Benny Bonsu

Women’s Sports Editorial Lead, GiveMeSport


Diane Gotua

Global Business Operations & USA Basketball Lead, NBA


Rebecca Martin

Head of The 02, 02 Telephonica


Chris Grant

Independent Board Member, Sport England


Rebecca Smith

Global Executive Director of the Women’s Game, COPA90


Amy Hopfinger

Director of Events, US Soccer Federation