GladiatHers Women in Sports Empowerment Summit Founder Cecelia Townes

Cecelia Townes, the Sporty Esquire, is a proud former tennis player at Howard University and a graduate of UCLA-School of Law. Cecelia’s legal practice focuses on employment and labor law. When she is not pouring over legal matters, Cecelia remains dedicated to sports and empowering women. Her focuses are on helping women discover and walk in their purpose, improving on the image of women in sports and on preparing athletes for life after sports. As such she created and runs GladiatHers®, a company that empowers women who want to achieve their maximum potential through events, workshops and a blog. Cecelia served on the Board of Directors of the national nonprofit, Play Like a Girl! and is a contributing writer for Forbes.com. She makes regular appearances on podcasts, participates as a guest speaker for various events and is a proud member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. Follow Cecelia on Twitter and Instagram at SportyEsquire and visit her website at ceceliatownes.com.


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Charlene Castellanos, founder of Rep & Brand LLC, is a marketing communications strategist developing stand-out athletes, coaches, and executives in the sports industry through powerful brand strategy, sell-out launches, and creating unforgettable public personas. An Air Force veteran, Charlene is a diligent and insightful leader with an in-depth understanding of the power of your reputation and brand influence. Earning an MA in Public Relations and BS in Marketing Communications, Charlene has developed and honed a strategic mindset for communications, brand alchemy, and public persuasion. Charlene partners with sports professionals who want to create a legacy beyond the game.



Deidre Palode is the Founder and Senior Publicist of MayLee Media. A God-fearing publicist, business owner and servant, Deidre is known to generate results for her clients. Known to some as a former collegiate athlete, Deidre is acknowledged as one of the best publicists there is. As the owner of PR Firm MayLee Media and Creator of "It's Just PR", Deidre has a passion for exposing the unexposed and making way for next up! She is a proud undergraduate of Georgia State University holding two Bachelors in Public Relations and Film/Video and a recent MBA Sports Management graduate of Lynn University. The recognized publicist is the receipient of Apex Society's Power 30 Under 30, nominated by ACHI Magazine for Entrepreneur of the Year and nominated by ATL's Hottest for Hottest Publicist. Deidre has worked with brands and personalities such as BET, The American Basketball Association, TVOne, WEtv, Rafael Cox Designs, Hewlett-Packard and more.