Sage Steele and Abby Wambach Headline Opening of U.S. Soccer’s 2021 Shebelieves Summit, Presented by Deloitte, Which Includes Various High-powered Women Across Sports, Entertainment and Fortune 500 Companies

WNBA Commissioner Cathy Engelbert, NWSL Commissioner Lisa Baird, USWNT Defender Tierna Davidson and More to Speak at an Event Aimed at Empowering Women Through Soccer

CHICAGO (Feb. 3, 2021) – ESPN SportsCenter Anchor Sage Steele and former U.S. Women’s National Team and National Soccer Hall of Fame Inductee Abby Wambach will headline U.S. Soccer’s 2021 SheBelieves Summit, presented by Deloitte, with an opening discussion focused on inspiring and empowering women to reach their goals.


The opening session kicks off a series of panel discussions featuring a packed list of inspirational and high-powered women who will share valuable insight and experiences driving progress in sports, business, technology and entertainment during the two-day summit on Feb. 11 and 12 that will take place virtually this year due to the pandemic.


Designed to build confidence and skills for attendees to pursue their goals, college students and young professionals interested in attending can preview the schedule and sign up for the waitlist through the SheBelieves Hub on The SheBelieves Summit is a core initiative within U.S. Soccer’s overall SheBelieves campaign, which focuses on inspiring and empowering women through soccer.


The SheBelieves Summit speakers include:

*Speakers listed in alphabetical order

  • Abby Wambach – Former U.S. Women’s National Team legend, author and speaker

  • Cathy Engelbert – WNBA Commissioner

  • Cindy Parlow Cone – U.S. Soccer President and former USWNT player

  • Danielle Slaton – Former U.S. Women’s National Team legend, Soccer Analyst, Fox

  • Danita Johnson – President of Business Operations, D.C. United

  • Kay Bradley – Director of Brand and Fan Experience, U.S. Soccer

  • Lindsay Kagawa Colas – Executive Vice President, Talent + The Collective, Wasserman

  • Lisa Baird – NWSL Commissioner

  • Mary Ann Reilly – Senior Vice President, Head of North America Marketing, Visa

  • Mary Teeter – Director of Development, U.S. Soccer

  • Nicole Idowu – IT Support Services Director, U.S. Soccer

  • Pinky Raina – Chief Financial Officer and Chief Human Resources Officer, U.S. Soccer

  • Sage Steele – ESPN SportsCenter Anchor

  • Shizuka Suzuki – AVP, Sponsorship and Experiential Marketing, AT&T

  • Stacy Janiak Managing Partner, Chief Growth Officer, Deloitte LLP

  • Terri Cooper – Vice Chair of External Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, Deloitte LLP

  • Tierna Davidson – U.S. Women’s National Team (2019 World Cup Champion) and NWSL Chicago Red Star

  • Tiffany Kelly – Sports + Entertainment Data Scientist, Founder & CEO, Curastory

  • Zaileen Janmohamed – Head of Partnership Development & Innovation, U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Properties


The Summit will also host professional development breakout sessions and interactive demonstrations to follow along with:

Breakout Sessions

  • Self-Promotion: Strategies to Be Your Best Advocate, Joan Kuhl – SheBelieves Ambassador, Author of “Dig Your Heels In” and the Founder of Stay To Lead

  • Mindset to Achievement: Setting your Path to Financial Success

  • Mastering Virtual Presentation Skills: Making the Human Connection

  • Business Chemistry: Explore the Magic of Crafting Business Relationships



Registration for the 2021 SheBelieves Summit is currently sold out, though the waitlist is open. The event registration fee is $15 plus service fees and includes full access to the two-day summit and a SheBelieves gift.


To register for the event or for more information on SheBelieves visit and follow @USWNT on Twitter and Instagram for information on streaming for the SheBelieves Summit.


About Joan Kuhl

Author of “Dig Your Heels In” and the Founder of Stay To Lead, a global female talent retention and advancement program that has impacted hundreds of women around the world, Joan Kuhl has served as a collaborator and consultant for SheBelieves since 2017.   Kuhl works with organizations and business schools to design a variety of training, research and advisory programs to empower women and help disrupt gender biases to ensure women thrive at work and beyond. Kuhl has contributed valuable expertise and thought leadership across U.S. Soccer's SheBelieves programming, with a particular focus on helping lead the SheBelieves Internship Program, leading hands-on interactive sessions at SheBelieves Summits and developing content for SheBelieves Academy, a digital learning experience for women and girls.


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