This week, leading up to the biggest game in football, the NFL is set to host the first ever NFL Women’s Summit: “In the Huddle to Advance Women in Sport” on Feb. 4th-5th. The two-day event will feature participants such as U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, Women’s Sports Foundation founder Billie Jean King and Dallas Cowboys’ very own Executive Vice President & Chief Brand Officer Charlotte Jones Anderson. Tune in here Friday to watch via live stream here.
The summit will “bring together prominent leaders from sports, government, media and a variety of other fields—all of whom believe in the power of sports to support the future success of young women both personally and professionally. Through their experience and insights, the summit aims to reinforce the power of sports and to encourage broad support—from men and women alike—for girls’ athletic participation,” NFL reports.
The event is a perfect wrap-up for what has been a historic season for women being represented in sports. Barriers are being consistently broken down for women in the sports industry and most notably the NFL. With the Buffalo Bills recent hire of Kathryn Smith, she became the first full-time female assistant coach in the NFL. Sarah Thomas became the first female official and officiated a number of Dallas Cowboys games this past season.
In 2012, Jones Anderson was named Chairman of the NFL Foundation; her responsibilities include fronting philanthropic efforts in player care, youth football and medical research. This made her the first woman to serve in this capacity for an NFL charitable institution, as well as, the first woman to represent club ownership as a leader of a major professional sports league foundation. Since she began working in the Cowboys’ executive office in 1989 she has continuously strived to create more opportunities for women in the NFL.
“Half the NFL fan base is female, thus the female perspective is imperative for us to have in our organization and at the league to better reach and meet the needs of those fans,” Jones Anderson said.
Through her efforts, 5 Points Blue was created to provide content from the female perspective. A great step in raising public awareness of the role that women can be while developing the next generation of leaders in the NFL.
She is set to speak on Friday afternoon at the NFL Women’s Summit. Learn more and watch the live stream by clicking here.