Allaster Ranks Among WISE Women Of The Year

WTA chairman and CEO Stacey Allaster has been named by Women in Sports & Events as one of its three Women of the Year.

Published June 08, 2011 05:14

Allaster Ranks Among WISE Women Of The Year
Wendy Lewis, Sue Rodin, Stacey Allaster, Lisa Baird

NEW YORK, NY, USA - WTA chairman and CEO Stacey Allaster has been named as one of three Women of the Year by Women in Sports & Events (WISE), a professional membership group. Allaster received her award at a gala lunch at the Marriott Marquis Hotel in Manhattan on June 8, along with fellow honorees Lisa Baird, who is chief marketing officer of the United States Olympic Committee (USOC), and Wendy Lewis, senior vice president of Diversity & Strategic Alliances, Major League Baseball (MLB).

"As WISE celebrates its 17th year of honoring influential women in sports and events, the group of women in power positions is increasingly making the selection process much more exciting," said Sue Rodin, founder and national president of WISE. "This year's honorees have made lasting contributions to their respective organizations, and the overall sports landscape, and we applaud them for their efforts, dedication and commitment to serving as an inspiration to other aspiring women."

WISE members voted on the awards, based on the following criteria: Women who, in their careers, are visible leaders and continue to be an influential voice for women in the industry; women who have broken down barriers and helped create connections and new opportunities for other women while continuing to be a respected resource in the field; and women who exemplify professional excellence and are role models for others.

Named by Forbes magazine as one of the 'Most Powerful Women in Sports', former Tennis Canada president Allaster began her tenure as chairman and CEO of the WTA in mid-2009, although her impact on the organization began while a member of the WTA's Tournament Council in 2001.

As president of the WTA, a role she assumed in January 2006, Allaster brought innovation to women's tennis by allowing for on-court coaching, electronic line calling, and a revised doubles scoring format. She was also instrumental in the WTA's longstanding quest to achieve equal prize money for women tennis players at all four Grand Slams; and was a champion of the Roadmap, the WTA's long term strategic plan aimed at streamlining the calendar to enhance the overall health and well-being of the athletes and delivering top players on a more consistent basis to tournaments and fans.

Founded in 1993, WISE is based in New York City with chapters in Atlanta, the Bay Area Boston, Chicago, Cleveland, Los Angeles, NYC-Metro, Pittsburgh and Washington, DC, as well as Syracuse University's WISE on Campus. Through meetings, special events and mentoring programs, the organization aims to offer its members the opportunity to gain valuable industry insights and connections that can give them a competitive advantage in their current position and as they advance in their careers.

For more information on WISE, visit www.WISEworks.org.

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