Issa Rae to be featured speaker at NFL Women’s Summit

The National Football League (NFL) announced today that it will host its third NFL Women’s Summit at Super Bowl LII, on February 2 in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Building on the success of two previous Women’s Summit events, the league will bring together current and future leaders to discuss how football and the broader sports world can continue to support the advancement of women on and off the field.

Issa Rae, actress, writer and producer of HBO’s Insecure will be the featured speaker at this year’s Women’s Summit. The Golden Globe nominee and New York Times best-selling author will bring her unique flair to a discussion of women trailblazing their own paths.

Issa Rae (Cropped Photo: Dylan Valley / CC BY-SA 3.0 )

The NFL collaborated with the Minnesota Super Bowl Host Committee and the Minnesota Vikings to invite approximately 300 Minneapolis-area female college and graduate students to attend the Women’s Summit, alongside more than 200 members of the NFL Football Family. NFL partner Procter & Gamble’s trusted female brand Secret is participating again in this year’s Women’s Summit.

“We have the privilege of once again using our biggest platform — the Super Bowl — to convene a conversation about the advancement of women on and off the field. We want the young women attending, and about to embark on their own careers, to hear insights from leaders across the industry and be inspired to dream big,” said NFL Chief Marketing Officer Dawn Hudson.

The Women’s Summit will be emceed by Maria Menounos, Emmy winner, and New York Times best-selling author. Menounos will be joined by more than two dozen speakers exploring topics on mentorship, healthy relationships, and advocacy, among others. Panelists and special guests include:

      • NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell
      • Michele Tafoya NBC Sports Sideline Reporter
      • Beth Mowins, ESPN and CBS Play-by-Play Announcer
      • Christine Driessen, ESPN Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer
      • Kevin Warren, Minnesota Vikings Chief Operating Officer
      • Cathy Lanier, NFL Chief Security Officer
      • Jennifer Storms, NBC Sports Group Chief Marketing Officer
      • NFL Legends, DeAngelo Williams, Warren Dunn and Charles “Peanut” Tillman 
      • Lindsay Whalen, Team USA Olympic Gold Medalist and Minnesota Lynx Player
      • Barbara Butts Williams, Capella University Executive Dean of External Relations & Partnerships and Dean Emeritus
      • Jeanne M BonkLos Angeles Chargers Executive Vice President -Chief Operating Officer
      • Anne Doepner, Minnesota Vikings Director of Football Administration
      • Sheila Oliver, Fox 9 Vice President and General Manager
      • Andrea Kremer, NFL Network Chief Correspondent
      • Steve Wyche, NFL Network Reporter
      • Youth Football Star, Sam Gordon
      • Robert Gulliver, NFL Executive Vice President of Human Resources
      • Johanna Faries, NFL Vice President of Marketing Strategy & Fan Development
      • Janet Fletcher, Procter & Gamble Sports Marketing Director
      • Bridget Brennan, Female Factor Founder and CEO
      • Tami Hedrick, Minnesota Vikings Director of Vikings Women and Strategic Development
      • Karin Nelsen, Minnesota Vikings Vice President of Legal and Human Resources
      • Tanya Dreesen, Minnesota Vikings Vice President of Partner Activation & Special Projects
      • Jessica Worley, Tampa Bay Buccaneers Vice President of Corporate Partnerships
      • Nikki Donofrio, Tampa

—Information provided by the National Football League