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Women Leading in Sports: Stories of Authenticity & Empowerment | AllianceBernstein Panel Talk

Hey, Thrivers! In this episode, we’re going to hear from women leaders from the sports industry as they share their stories of authenticity, empowerment, and overcoming gender bias in this empowering panel discussion at the AllianceBernstein Panel Talk.

The panel features an exceptional lineup of women leaders in the sports industry, including Beth DeBauche, the Commissioner of the Ohio Valley Conference; Michelle Kennedy, President of the Nashville Predators; Johari Matthews, Vice President & Executive Director of the Tennessee Titans Foundation & Community Impact; and Shannon Myers, the SVP & Chief Financial Officer of the Tennessee Titans.

From the importance of community impact to the value of vulnerability and support, these panelists offer valuable insights into thriving as women in leadership roles. Discover how these women are making a difference in their organizations and communities while paving the way for future female leaders. Each guest shares valuable insights on thriving in their roles and overcoming challenges in the sports industry.

Join us as we explore the inspiring stories and experiences of these remarkable women in sports leadership. Tune in!


  • Showing up as a woman leader in a male-dominated industry
  • The importance of community impact in the sports industry
  • Speak up: Overcoming gender bias and stereotypes
  • On embracing authenticity and vulnerability as a leader
  • The pivotal role of supporting and empowering other women in the workplace
  • On creating work-life integration for joy and purpose in life
  • On addressing gender-based violence through organizational initiatives
  • Some lessons learned from experiences of leadership and inclusivity
  • The importance of listening to your heart and happiness
  • On celebrating achievements and acknowledging personal growth


“As a woman, whatever your style is — embracing what got you this far is going to carry you forward and allow you to succeed with a sense of joy.” – Beth DeBauche

“In a room full of women, we know the women are better than men. I have the advantage of having the tools women inherently have.” – Michelle Kennedy

“You can have it all. You can have joy, you can have happiness, you can have laughter. You can have family [and] love. You name it – you can have it.” – Johari Matthews

“I like to think of thriving when I’ve got work-life integration in everything I'm doing - I'm finding joy in the system.” – Shannon Myers

“Success for women can look any way it wants to if it fits your lifestyle.” – Beth DeBauche


Beth DeBauche

LinkedIn | @beth-debauche

Michelle Kennedy

Website | www.nhl.com/predators/news/nashville-predators-name-michelle-kennedy-president

Johari Matthews

LinkedIn | @johari-matthews

Shannon Myers

LinkedIn | @shannon-s-myers


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