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Influential Women in Sports to Speak at UNH on March 4

Release Date:
2/25/2014 12:00 AM

Feb. 25, 2014

Women in Sports, Lopiano, Gatti, Meiser, Wilson, features From left:  Michelle Wilson, Patricia H. Meiser, Rosa M. Gatti and Donna Lopiano.

WEST HAVEN, CONN. – Female sports legends Donna Lopiano, Rosa Gatti, Patricia Meiser and Michelle Williams will discuss women’s athletics at the University of New Haven March 4 from 5 to 7 p.m. 

The discussion will take place in the Alumni Lounge in Bartels Hall on UNH’s main campus, 300 Boston Post Road. The event is free and open to the public.

The discussion, “Similar Journeys and the Same Obstacles,” will focus on how women have influenced the sporting industry and the impact changes in the field have had on their careers. The discussion will be moderated by Elizabeth Davis, dean of the UNH College of Business.   

Panelists include:

Donna Lopiano, former CEO of the Women’s Sport Foundation and president of the Sports Management Resources, has been an advocate for gender equality in sports and has repeatedly been named by Fox Sports as one of “The 100 Most Influential People in Sports. “She has participated as an athlete in 26 national championships in four sports and was a nine-time All-American.

Rosa M. Gatti retired last year as the senior vice president of communication counsel and corporate outreach at ESPN. She has helped grow the brand and promote diversity since the organization’s first year of operation. Before joining ESPN, she was the first female sports information director at Villanova University and later went on to sever in the same position at Brown University.

Patricia H. Meiser, one of just 30 women in the nation to serve as directors of athletics, has been with the University of Hartford for 21 years. Meiser was the head women’s basketball coach at Penn State and also worked at the University of Connecticut.

Michelle D. Wilson is chief revenue and marketing officer for WWE. Since joining the organization in 2009, she has transformed the company’s approach to annual events. Wilson also has been the chief marketing officer for the United States Tennis Association, where she helped make the U.S. Open the world’s most attended sporting event.

For more information, contact the UNH sports management department at

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