Summit 2019 at a Glance


Workshop Facilitators

Personal Branding Workshop Facilitator: Brandi Mitchell


Brandi Mitchell is the President of Koris Media, a Brand Producer®, 4-time Author, Coach, Filmmaker, and the creator of The Package the Product of You® Brand and Business Academy. As a Brand Producer®, Brandi helps people, especially women, maximize and monetize their message by producing their brand from idea to implementation to income. Brandi earned a degree in Psychology from Florida A&M University and has been a speaker or featured on CBS, FOX, O! Oprah Magazine, Entrepreneur, Black Enterprise, The Michael Baisden Show, Reach Media, Rolling Out Magazine, just to name a few.


Come learn as Brandi helps you "Unleash Your Iconic Brand" at the GladiatHers® Women in Sports Empowerment Summit and here to learn more about what Brandi has to offer! 

Wellness Workshop Facilitator: Melanie Storrusten

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Melanie Storrusten, LCSW, runs Align Wellness Solutions, where she specializes in helping clients manage issues related to stress, anxiety, and trauma. Melanie spent 10 years as a leader in the addiction treatment field as a therapist, program director and more recently in mental health care administration and operations. Through her research and experience identifying and implementing best practices to help those whose mental health issues have pushed their lives to extreme levels of unmanageability, she has grown more convinced of the importance of holistic wellness. Storrusten believes that our culture is becoming more pressurized, faster-paced, ever-connected, and encourages a hustle-harder mentality.  Her goal is to teach skills to navigate this often-times unsustainable system with boundaries and practices in place to keep us healthy & successful.

Come gain invaluable tools from Melanie Storrusten as she teaches us to balance the stress and obstacles of the sports industry & life without sacrificing our success at the GladiatHers® Women in Sports Empowerment Summit and learn more about her by clicking here.

Financial Literacy Workshop Facilitator: Mabel Nuñez

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Mabel A. Nuñez, MBA is the founder and Chief Investment Officer of Girl$ on The Money - a stock market investing education company targeted to women, minorities, and individuals that are underrepresented in the world of investing.  She is passionate about investing education, helping women feel more confident around money topics, and empowering them to take action and control of their finances. Mabel is also the best selling author of an investing book "Stock Market Investing Mini Lessons for Beginners" and teaches highly rated courses around the topics of personal finance and investing. You can follow Mabel on Instagram (and all over social media) at @Girlsonthemoney.


Come let Mabel teach you invaluable tools to manage your money at the GladiatHers® Women in Sports Empowerment Summit on January 30, 2019, in Atlanta, GA. Click here for info about Mabel!

Leadership Workshop Facilitator: Cecelia Townes

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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. Cecelia serves on the Board of Directors of the national nonprofit, Play Like a Girl! and is a contributing writer for 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. Find out more about Cecelia here

Learn about developing your inner leader and avoiding leadership pitfalls from Cecelia when you purchase your ticket to The GladiatHers® Women in Sports Empowerment Summit. 


Morgan Shaw Parker


Morgan Shaw Parker is the Vice President of AMB Sports & Entertainment Brand Strategy for the Atlanta Falcons, Mercedes-Benz Stadium. In this capacity she oversees a number of functions across marketing, communications, digital, social, video, photography and editorial for the Falcons, as well as digital and social media for Mercedes-Benz Stadium. She is responsible for building and driving integrated strategies to support the brand, stadium and football team. Prior to working with the Falcons, Parker spent significant time with Nike, the Kansas City Chiefs and sports marketing agencies. She holds a B.S. in Business Administration and Marketing from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and a M.S. of Education in Sport Management from the University of Kansas.


Parker is committed to advancing opportunities for girls and women in sports which is why you will be able to learn from her wealth of knowledge and experience at the GladiatHers® Summit!

Nicole Lynn

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Nicole Lynn is a proud graduate of the University of Oklahoma with a Bachelors Degree in Business Management and Doctor of Law (J.D.) with honors. She has tackled Wall Street as a Financial Analyst and obtained both her Series 7 and Series 63 certifications through FINRA. In 2015, Nicole made one of the biggest touchdowns of her career thus far, becoming the first female agent to represent top NFL agency, PlayersRep. In 2017, PlayersRep was acquired by Young Money APAA Sports Agency owned by world-renowned rapper, Lil Wayne. Today, Nicole’s incredible business savvy and strong will to succeed has led her to become one of the youngest female sports agents in the industry signing her first client at only 26. Her extensive client list includes NFL players with the Denver Broncos, Oakland Raiders, Washington Redskins, an ESPY nominated Softball star and a Ballerina from the famous American Ballet Theatre.

Catie Griggs

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Catie Griggs is the Vice President of Business Operations for the @atlutd. She is responsible for overseeing the day-to-day business operations for Atlanta United and @atlutd2, including Ticket Sales & Service, Marketing, Communications & Community Relations, Digital, Broadcast, Finance, Sponsorship Sales & Service, and Facility Operations. She led the way to the record-breaking MLS All-Star Game and MLS Cup. Prior to working with Atlanta United, Griggs worked with Futures Sport where she launched the firm’s Americas operations in 2015 and led it to significant client and revenue growth. Griggs also spent five years Turner Broadcasting in various roles. In September 2017, Griggs was recognized by Sports Business Journal as a Game Changer, which honors women making an impact across the sports landscape. She holds B.A. and MBA degrees from Dartmouth College.

Jill Robinson

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Jill Robinson is the Executive Vice President & CFO of Braves Holdings, LLC. In this capacity she provides financial oversight for both the Atlanta Braves and Braves Development Company. She joins the Braves after spending 15 years with McKesson Corporation where she served as the Senior Vice President, Chief Financial Officer of McKesson Technology Solutions, among other roles. Robinson has also worked at Deloitte and Touche, as an external auditor and served as the Controller at the independent record label, Tambourine, Inc. She is a graduate of the University of Illinois where she graduated with a degree in Accounting.

Come learn from Jill about how she made the gigantic move into sports after developing her expertise outside of it! 

Kara Lynn Joyce


Swimmer Kara Lynn Joyce is a 3-Time US Olympian, 4-Time Olympic Silver Medalist and 18-Time NCAA National Champion. Since retiring, Kara has been a sought after speaker, broadcaster, event emcee and mentor. In 2017, Kara founded the LEAD Sports Summit for girls, with the mission of providing leadership and empowerment opportunities to female teenage athletes. In addition to the great work she is doing with the LEAD Sports Summit, Kara finds time to pursue a robust career in broadcasting, focusing on sports and lifestyle. Kara has covered every major national and international swimming event and continues to grow her portfolio.    


Come listen to the world-class athlete and visionary Kara Lynn Joyce and others at the GladiatHers® Women in Sports Empowerment Summit. In the meantime, learn more about Kara by clicking here.

Yolanda Moore


Yolanda Moore is a former professional athlete and head women’s college basketball coach with more than 25 years of combined experience in leadership, team development, and high performance coaching. Her relentless will to succeed fueled her drive to overcome the stereotypes of being a teen mom to becoming the 2018 Southern Intercollegiate Athletics Conference (SIAC) Coach of the Year, a Southeastern Conference (SEC) Legend, a Hall of Famer, a two-time WNBA Champion, an Author, and Head Women’s College Basketball Coach at the JUCO and NCAA Division I, and Division II levels. 


Come hear the sagacious advice of Coach Moore and others at the GladiatHers® Women in Sports Empowerment Summit. In the meantime, learn more about Coach Moore by clicking here.

Rushia Brown

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Rushia Brown was one of the pioneering players of the WNBA and had an extensive career on the international scene. Following her stellar basketball career, Brown earned her Executive MBA  from George Washington University and turned herself into a business mogul starting Hearts & Hands Catering; ServCom, INC.; the Women’s Professional Basketball Alumnae (WPBA), to help women who have played professionally in the WNBA and/or Europe transition into mainstream society; and the Young Black Entrepreneur Magazine. Brown continues to grown her legacy as a women in sports as she serves as the Player Programs and Franchise Development Manager for the WNBA’s Las Vegas Aces.

Come listen to and engage with Rushia as she discusses succeeding in the sports industry at the GladiatHers® Women in Sports Empowerment Summit and find more about her by clicking here.

Nicki Collen

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Nicki Collen is the Head Coach of the WNBA's Atlanta Dream. In her first season as head coach, Collen led the Dream to a franchise-best 23-11 record and the No. 2 overall seed entering the 2018 WNBA Playoffs. Collen's outstanding coaching led the first-year head coach to win WNBA Coach of the Year. Her 2018 team tied a franchise-best 13 home wins and won 10 games on the road, the most ever by a Dream squad. Before earning her first head coaching position, Collen came to the Dream after a pair of successful seasons as an assistant coach for the Connecticut Sun. Working for 2017 WNBA Coach of the Year Curt Miller, Collen helped the Sun compile an impressive 21-13 record and finished with the fourth-best regular season record in the WNBA, earning the franchise’s first postseason appearance since 2012.


Glean inestimable information from WNBA Coach of the Year Nicki Collen and others as they discuss winning in the sports industry & life at the GladiatHers® Women in Sports Empowerment Summit on January 30, 2019, in Atlanta, GA. 

Lee Hendrickson


Lee Hendrickson leads the Atlanta Super Bowl Host Committee’s community initiative, Legacy 53. She oversees the creation and operation of the 10,000-member volunteer program, Team ATL. In this capacity she also works with the NFL and various local organizations in planning activities and events that will enhance the Super Bowl LIII experience. Prior to her role with the Atlanta Super Bowl Host Committee, Hendrickson served in a similar role for the College Football Playoff National Championship volunteer program.  She also led as human resources business partner for athletics at Georgia Tech from 2014 to 2016. Hendrickson is a graduate of Furman University with a Bachelor of Arts in psychology and is scheduled to receive her Master of Business Administration from Georgia Tech in 2019.

Keynote Speaker

Sarah Thomas

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Sarah Thomas is the first and only woman to hold the position of full-time official (referee) for the National Football League. 

Thomas began her officiating career in 1996, with the Gulf Coast Football Officials Association and worked her first varsity high school game in 1999. In 2006, she was hired to officiate for Conference USA and in 2007, Thomas became the first woman to officiate a major college football game, working a game between Memphis and Jacksonville State. During the 2009 season, Thomas was one of five female officials in major college football and the only one at the Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) level. She was assigned to a crew and given a full schedule of 11 games. At the end of the season, Thomas was selected to officiate the Little Caesars Pizza Bowl between Marshall and Ohio, making her the first woman to officiate a bowl game.On November 12, 2011, Thomas became the first woman to officiate in a Big Ten stadium, working as a line judge when Northwestern hosted Rice.

Thomas has officiated in the United Football League, and in 2010 worked the league championship game.

In 2013, Thomas became one of 21 finalists in contention for a permanent NFL officiating position, working New Orleans Saints scrimmages. She also participated in the  NFL officiating development program, spending three days at the Indianapolis Colts minicamp. On April 8, 2015, the NFL officially announced that Thomas would become the first permanent female official in NFL history. Thomas made her NFL regular season debut in a game between the Kansas City Chiefs and the Houston Texans on September 13, 2015, as the line judge. In 2017, Thomas moved to the down judge position. 

On January 13, 2019, Thomas became the first woman to earn an on-field assignment for a playoff game. She was named to the crew for the game between the New England Patriots and Los Angeles Chargerson January 13, 2019.