Women in Sports and Events (WISE) is a networking group that works to "create and support programs that enhance success and growth of women in the business of sports." The brain child of Sue Rodin (Stars & Strategies), WISE was created because Sue faced a situation at work in which she learned the inequality of roles and salary between her and a male colleague. At the time she was looking for someone she could commiserate with about this troubling situation. When she looked around, she realized that there weren't any programs around to give her that opportunity. A while later, she was at an event and basically went to every single table with a woman at it and said, "hey do you want to join a group of industry women chatting about all things business?" It was a no brainer, and the ladies joined Sue. The first meeting ended up being at a local restaurant. There was no real plan, just a need they saw. From there WISE was born.
Some years later they now offer tons of opportunities for women to meet, network and learn. One of these opportunities is the WISE/R Symposium. Last Wednesday I was able to attend the symposium for the 2nd time. It is a great event that has key note speakers, panel discussions, workshops and peer networking circles with women from all areas of the industry. The focus is on the issues we as women face in the wold of sports and business.