Our Leadership

Women in Sports and Events is led by experienced sports business professionals committed to providing women with the tools and resources to take their careers in the industry to the next level. WISE National, governed by a national board of directors, sets organizational strategy while each WISE chapter elects its own board to carry out WISE’s mission at the local level.


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National Board Chair and President

Named chair and president in 2011, Kathleen Francis has overseen growth in membership and league partnerships, chapter expansion, and the launch of WISE's educational events and professional development programs including the Executive Leadership Institute, Emerging Leaders Certificate Program, Power of Choice for Emerging Leaders of Color, WISE/R Symposium and WISE Multiplier Summit.

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Secretary | Governance

Erica Petri joined the national board in 2015 and oversees best practices regarding legal and corporate governance. She currently serves as vice president and assistant general counsel at the National Basketball Association.


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Founder and Chair Emerita

Sue Rodin founded WISE in 1993, serving as president during the organization’s first 18 years. She continues to serve on the national board and focuses on the annual WISE/R Symposium and WISE Women of the Year Awards Luncheon.

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After serving on the national advisory board, Pam El joined the national board in 2021. She oversees best practices regarding strategy, positioning and board governance. El serves on several corporate boards, is CEO at Pam El Consulting and the former CMO at the National Basketball Association.


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Ernestine Miller is a founding member of WISE and has remained active in the organization since, working on several committees and the annual WISE Women of the Year Awards Luncheon. Ernestine was the first president of WISE Washington DC.

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Director | Communications/Media Relations

Erin Weinberg joined the national board in 2010. In addition to overseeing communications strategy and media relations, she also co-chairs the annual WISE Women of the Year Awards Luncheon.