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Julia Landauer

NASCAR CHAMPION

Julia Landauer is a 2-time championship winning NASCAR racer from New York City. With dozens of wins across different series, Julia is now making history with her results in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West. Away from the track, Julia is a graduate of Stanford University, where she earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Science, Technology, and Society. During college Julia was a contestant on season 26 of CBS’ reality TV show SURVIVOR. It was also in college that Julia started her motivational speaking career, with a TEDx talk. Julia has since collaborated with Spotify, Disney/Pixar, and the One Love Foundation and has been written about by The New York Times, Bloomberg Businessweek, Entrepreneur, and espnW, to name a few. Julia is also an honoree of the Forbes 30 Under 30 list for sports. As Julia continues to develop her career and brand on and off the track, she uses her platform to advocate for STEM education and women’s empowerment.


 

Anne Worcester

Anne Worcester

Tournament Director, Connecticut Open and  Chief Marketing Officer, Market New Haven

Prior to arriving in New Haven, Anne Worcester served four years as CEO of the Women’s Tennis Association (WTA) and three years as Managing Director of the Women’s Tennis Council, the governing body of women’s tennis and the world’s preeminent sporting circuit for women. Named to the CEO position at 34 years old, Worcester was both the youngest person and first female to lead a professional sports organization. Today, Worcester enters her 21st year as Tournament Director of the Connecticut Open, a WTA Premier event that attracts the best female professional players in the world, competing for prize money of $775,000.  Under Worcester’s leadership, the tournament has prospered and last summer celebrated 20 years of hosting top-class women’s tennis in New Haven. Television coverage reaches more than 160 countries and 11.5 million global viewers, including more than 50 hours on ESPN2 and ESPN3. Away from the court, the unique festival atmosphere features food trucks, live music, theme days and nights which attract more than 50,000 spectators per year. The Connecticut Open is one of the five best-attended women’s-only WTA tournaments in the world and generates more than $10 million in economic development for the state of Connecticut. Worcester has placed a huge emphasis on giving back to the community for two decades by supporting women’s, youth and military causes. Charitable efforts have focused on using tennis, education and mentoring to give inner city youth a chance to reach their full potential and live a healthy, active lifestyle. Other 2017 highlights include partnering with Yale University to raise more than $1.3 million for community programs, raising more than $15,000 for breast cancer research at Smilow Cancer Hospital at Yale New Haven, assisting the Connecticut Food Bank in providing more than 16,000 meals and collecting 915 pounds of shoes to be refurbished and distributed across the world as part of Soles4Souls. In addition to her role at the Connecticut Open, Worcester enters her 14th year as Chief Marketing Officer of Market New Haven, where she works alongside the City of New Haven, Yale University and other key city partners to position New Haven as a premier destination to live, learn, work and visit. Under her direction, Market New Haven has introduced many successful events and initiatives that have helped raise the city’s profile in those areas, including the bi-annual New Haven Restaurant Week as well as the Music on the Green concert series. Worcester’s experience also includes a wide range of roles in the international sport of tennis – from Sales and Marketing at US tennis events for IMG (1983-1987) to Tournament Director of eight tennis events in Spain (1987) to Director of Worldwide Operations for Virginia Slims Tennis (1988-1991.)


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Donna Lopiano

President, Sports Management Resources
Nationally recognized leader in gender equity in sports

Dr. Donna Lopiano is currently the President of Sports Management Resources, a consulting firm.  She is the former Chief Executive Officer of the Women’s Sports Foundation (1992-2007) and was named one of “The 10 Most Powerful Women in Sports” by Fox Sports.  The Sporting News has repeatedly listed her as one of “The 100 Most Influential People in Sports.”   She has been nationally and internationally recognized for her leadership advocating for gender equity in sports by the International Olympic Committee, the National Collegiate Athletic Association, the National Association for Girls and Women in Sports, the National Association of Collegiate Women Athletic Administrators and the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics.

Dr. Lopiano also served for 18 years as the University of Texas at Austin Director of Women’s Athletics and is a past-president of the Association for Intercollegiate Athletics for Women.  During her tenure at Texas, she constructed what many believed to be the premiere women’s athletics program in the country; twice earning the top program in the nation award.    All eight University of Texas sports were consistently ranked in the nation’s top ten in Division I where they earned eighteen national championships in six different sports, produced 51 individual sport national champion athletes, 57 Southwest Conference championships and 395 All-American athletes, dozens among them Olympians and world champions.  Ninety percent of women athletes who exhausted their athletic eligibility at the University of Texas received a baccalaureate degree.  Prior to Texas, Dr. Lopiano served as an Assistant Professor and Assistant Athletic Director at Brooklyn College of the City University of New York.

Recognized as one of the foremost national experts on gender equity in sport, Dr. Lopiano has testified about Title IX and gender equity before three Congressional committees, served as a consultant to the U.S. Office for Civil Rights Department of Health, Education and Welfare Title IX Task Force and as an expert witness in twenty-eight court cases. Dr. Lopiano has also served as a consultant to school districts, institutions of higher education and state education agencies on Title IX compliance and to non-profit organizations on governance and strategic planning.

She received her bachelor’s degree from Southern Connecticut State University, her master’s and doctoral degrees from the University of Southern California and has been the recipient of five honorary doctoral degrees. She has been a college coach of men’s and women’s volleyball, women’s basketball and softball and coached the Italian national women’s softball team.

As an athlete, Dr. Lopiano participated in 26 national championships in four sports and was a nine-time All-American at four different positions in softball, a sport in which she played on six national championship teams. She is a member of the National Sports Hall of Fame, the National Softball Hall of Fame and the Connecticut and Texas Women’s Halls of Fame, among others.

 


Anne Parmenter

Anne Parmenter

Head Coach, Women’s Field Hockey, Trinity College
Mountaineer

Anne Parmenter is the head field hockey coach and assistant lacrosse coach at Trinity College in Hartford, CT.  She is also an avid mountaineer and has climbed Aconcagua in Argentina, Denali in Alaska, Chimborazo in Ecuador, Mount Blanc in the French Alps and has completed two expeditions to Mount Everest.

Parmenter has been the head field hockey coach for Trinity’s Bantams for 17 seasons.  She ranks 16th in wins among active Division III field hockey coaches and has taken Trinity to 12 NESCAC Tournaments and three NCAA Tournaments since 2000. In 2009, Parmenter guided the Bantams to a 13‐1 regular season, and an appearance in the NESCAC Finals which Trinity hosted as the top seed in the conference tournament. Trinity won NCAA contests in 2008, 2009 and 2016 and made the NCAA Quarterfinals in 2009. She collected both NESCAC and National Field Hockey Coaches Association (NFHCA) Regional Coach of the Year honors after guiding the Bantams to a 13‐4 record in 2014. Parmenter is 146‐105 in 16 seasons at Trinity and 257‐190‐7 in 30 years of coaching field hockey at Connecticut College and with the Bantams. Parmenter also served as the Bantam’s assistant women’s lacrosse coach for 13 seasons and was promoted to full professor of physical education at Trinity in the summer of 2017. She is currently the director of physical education.

Prior to her arrival at Trinity, Parmenter was the head field hockey coach at Connecticut College for 14 seasons, compiling six ECAC Division III New England Championship appearances. At Connecticut College, she was also the head women’s lacrosse coach from 1991‐2001 and assistant athletic director. Parmenter was an assistant field hockey, lacrosse, and squash coach at Amherst College and an assistant field hockey coach at the University of Massachusetts and Holy Cross.

A native of England, Parmenter graduated from Chelsea College in 1981 with a degree in education. She earned her master’s degree from the University of Massachusetts in 1987. In 2006, she took a year off from assisting the Bantam lacrosse team to fulfill a lifelong dream of climbing Mount Everest. Parmenter regularly speaks on the topics of cohesive team work, goal setting, ethical decision making under duress, embracing challenge overcoming obstacles and resiliency.