The Rose Bowl Institute Hosted the First Women’s Empowerment Networking Luncheon – Pasadena Now

The Rose Bowl Institute hosted its Women’s Empowerment Networking Luncheon on Friday, April 29 on Spieker Field at Rose Bowl Stadium.

The Women’s Empowerment Symposium is an annual program presented by the Rose Bowl Institute for high school, senior, and college students. Participants learn from local and national women entrepreneurs, athletes and education leaders under the inspirational brand of Rose Bowl Stadium.

The symposium, run virtually due to pandemic restrictions over the past two years, featured keynote messages from influencers and iconic names such as former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, Basketball Hall of Famer actress and host Ann Meyers Drysdale, Olympian Lauren Gibbs, World Cup champions Brandi Chastain and Julie Foudy, and actresses and activists Sophia Bush and Alyssa Milano, to name a few.

Due to its popularity in previous years, the Rose Bowl Institute’s annual Women’s Empowerment Symposium will not only air its three-day virtual program this fall, but has added a new in-person networking luncheon to the field.

The free event, billed as the Women’s Empowerment Networking Luncheon, showcased women’s leadership, confidence and character, headlined by Valorie Kondos Field, seven-time NCAA champion, gymnastics coach from the ‘UCLA, and decorated former UCLA student-athlete Katelyn Ohashi.

“Using the iconic Rose Bowl stadium, the Women’s Empowerment Luncheon was able to connect young female students with civic and business leaders, athletes, sports commentators, journalists and other leading thinkers. Its outstanding speakers highlighted how sporting values ​​can positively impact their lives,” said Charlie Firestone, President of the Rose Bowl Institute.

The networking lunch allowed high school and college students to meet women leaders from various industries such as aviation, medicine, entertainment and sports. The leaders were each posted at the tables where the participants could converse with them in a relaxed setting and learn more about their respective career paths.

The Women’s Empowerment Symposium has grown steadily year after year with the aim of changing the mindsets and approaches of young women and men around the world through positive sporting values. In its first year, the Rose Bowl Institute hosted 99 young women in person at the stadium with a networking lunch. Since then, as an annual virtual event, it has reached over 2,000 attendees in 7 countries and 33 states.

For more information on attending the Rose Bowl Institute Women’s Empowerment Symposium, please email or visit

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Mara R. Wilmoth