2017 PLAG Annual Meeting & Leadership Retreat

Play Like a Girl's Board of Directors and Executive Leadership Council members are invited to our Annual Meeting & Leadership Retreat to learn about our mission, train to lead, discuss our priorities and set a strategic focus for the new fiscal year.

This is an invitation-only event.

New National Board of Directors Announced

NASHVILLE, TN, April 7, 2017 — Play Like a Girl, a Nashville-based 501(c)3 nonprofit dedicated to advancing the health and empowerment of girls and women through sport and physical activity, today announced its new National Board of Directors and the establishment of its Executive Leadership Council for the 2017-19 term. The new board was elected after a three-month nationwide search supported by ESPNW, Board Source and Board Member Connect. The board will be led by Chair-Elect, Christy Pruitt-Haynes, a human resources executive and Nashville native.

Members of the Play Like a Girl Board of Directors include:

  • Shawn Blair, Vice President of Sales, SQD by Schneider Electric (Nashville, TN)
  • Aundrea Caldwell, Business Process Manager, Alphabet, Inc. (Google) (San Francisco, CA)
  • Kelly Cooper, Client Strategy & Innovation, Ernst & Young (New York, NY)
  • Katherine Faulkner, Director, Human Resources, Gibson Brands (Nashville, TN)
  • Jodie Gleason, VP & Controller, Broadcast Music, Inc. (Nashville, TN)
  • Leigh Holt, Founder & President, maddjett & REDJETT (Franklin, TN)
  • Miriam Kendall, Senior Director, Consumer Acquisition & Retention, Under Armour (Baltimore, MD)
  • Mary Kotch, Executive Vice President & CIO, Validus Holdings Ltd. (Schnecksville, PA)
  • Corey Meyerson, Director of Motocross, NBC Sports Group (Knoxville, TN)
  • Sara Moreland, Account Executive, Quore Systems (Nashville, TN)
  • Sarah Staley, Senior Director, Corporate Communications, Realtor.com (Silicon Valley, CA)
  • Nailah Ellis Timberlake, Manager of USA Swimming Productions, USA Swimming (Colorado Springs, CO)
  • Cecelia Townes, Founder, GladiatHers.com & Beyond the Game LLC (Atlanta, GA)
  • Rachel White, Key Account Manager, LinkedIn (Los Angeles, CA)

Executive Leadership Council members include:

  • Danielle Burrell, Owner/Principal, Treux North Wellness (New Orleans, LA)
  • Tina Dessart, Director, Make A Splash Program, USA Swimming Foundation (Colorado Springs, CO)
  • Claire Donahue, Clinician & Instructor, Fitter and Faster Swim (Knoxville, TN)
  • Wendy Kotorynski, Nonprofit Fundraising and Leadership Consultant (Long Beach, CA)
  • Kara Lynn Joyce, Olympic Swimmer, KaraLynnJoyce.com (Denver, CO)
  • Jenny Kim, CEO, Kim Pound (Lafayette, CA)
  • Hilary Machemer, Physical Education Teacher, Carmel Clay Schools (Westfield, IN)
  • Deondra Moore, Founder & Owner, Moore 2 Business Consulting (Nashville, TN)
  • Lina Shields, Senior Director, Consumer Marketing, Eli Lilly and Company (Indianapolis, IN)

Play Like a Girl marshals volunteer talent to deliver critical programs to empower young girls around the world to get involved in sport, physical activity and active play. To accomplish this, the organization leverages the collective power of women volunteers, esteemed athletes and executives in the sports industry to deliver the early, positive experiences girls need to adopt a lifelong commitment to an active, healthy lifestyle. The Board of Directors is comprised of a prestigious group of senior executives that provide expertise, insights and financial support to ensure programs are effective and impactful.

“We are thrilled to announce these new directors and leadership council members who are innovators and visionaries in a healthy range of fields. Their insights will be invaluable to Play Like a Girl and the girls and women we serve as we prepare to scale our programming nationwide,” said Dr. Kimberly S. Clay, President and CEO of Play Like a Girl.



Play Like a Girl is a leading 501(c)3 nonprofit corporation dedicated to girls and women, with a multi-platform presence in programming, community outreach, live events and online. The organization’s flagship Clubs program is the preeminent sports and physical activity initiative for middle school girls, generating program extensions such as the popular Pop-Up Play Day and GAME CHANGERS Stem-In-Sports Camp & Mentoring Program. For 13 years, Play Like a Girl, which has a global reach of over 10,000 annually, has been the leading source of cutting-edge information and specific solutions relating to girls’ health and empowerment. To learn more about Play Like a Girl and its programs, visit www.iplaylikeagirl.org, like us on Facebook, follow us on Instagram and Twitter or view our PSAs on YouTube.



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United State of Women Empowerment Forum

Join Play Like a Girl and United State of Women for an interactive discussion about the important role that sports play in keeping girls confident, healthy and prepared to be successful leaders. This celebratory forum is an important moment to give voice to leaders blazing trails every day—from athletes and their coaches to executives in the sports industry.

The event, commemorating National Girls & Women in Sports Day, seeks to connect attendees with a diverse group of female leaders—successful women who have seen it all—who are eager to share their wisdom.

The event will kick off with a Group Run/Walk featuring inspirational women from the world of sports including special guests from Team USA. Attendees will be able to listen and learn, then ask their own questions during the forum. The forum will also be live streamed on Facebook live.

Attendance is limited, so register now!

Expanding Opportunities for Girls in Sports

National Girls and Women in Sports Day (NGWSD) began in 1987 as a special day in our nation’s capital to recognize women’s sports. The day united premiere organizations and elite female athletes to bring national attention to the promise of girls and women in sports.

In 1987, NGWSD also served as a remembrance of Olympic volleyball player, Flo Hyman, for her athletic achievements and dedication to promoting equality for women’s sports; Hyman died of Marfan’s Syndrome in 1986. NGWSD has since evolved into an event to acknowledge the accomplishments of female athletes, the positive influence of sports participation and the continuing struggle for equality for women in sports.

NGWSD is celebrated annually across all 50 states with community-based events, award ceremonies and other celebratory activities. NGWSD is organized by the members of the National Girls & Women in Sports Day Coalition. Champion women athletes have also contributed to annual NGWSD activities.

Expanding Opportunities for Girls in Sports

February 1, 2017 marks the 31 st Annual NGWSD. NGWSD is a day to celebrate the extraordinary achievements in girls’ and women’s sports, and the positive influence athletic participation brings to their lives. NGWSD recognizes the ongoing effort towards equality and access for women in sports and the nation’s commitment to expand sport and participation opportunities for all girls and future generations.

This year’s theme is Expanding Opportunity. Despite the extraordinary progress sparked by Title IX, only 40% of high school girls are currently playing sports, leaving three-in- five girls without the opportunity to play. Decades of research show that girls who play sports have better health, higher self-esteem, greater academic achievement, stronger leadership skills, greater economic opportunity and so much more. We’re working together through NGWSD to get these three-in-five girls in the game and expand their opportunities both in sports and in life.

When you celebrate NGWSD with us this week, you expand opportunity and give more girls the chance to reap the many benefits of sports participation. Join us in expanding opportunity!

Confidence, Leadership & Playing Like a Girl

Play Like a Girl will host an Empowerment Forum on Confidence, Leadership and Playing Like a Girl on National Girls and Women in Sports Day, February 1, 2017, at 9:00AM. Awards will be presented to three outstanding local women athletes and organizations expanding opportunity for girls in sports at the forum, which will take place at First Tennessee Park, 19 Junior Gilliam Way, in Nashville. 

The Empowerment Forum is one of more than 1,000 events taking place across the country for NGWSD. Over 150 people are expected to attend the forum which will also be livestreamed on Facebook.com/TheUnitedStateofWomen.

Mary O’Connor, President/CEO of the WNBA’s newest team Dallas Wings, will be the keynote speaker. Other speakers include Olympic Gold Medalist Michelle Carter, Olympic Swimmer Kara Lynn Joyce (a member of Play Like a Girl’s National Board of Directors) and Kennetra Searcy, track and field athlete and wife of Tennessee Titans safety Da’Norris Searcy to name a few. The event will close with an armchair conversation with Taylor Barnes, Director of The United State of Women, and Professional Softball Player Monica Abbott who signed the first million-dollar contract in the history of the National Pro Fastpitch League as part of the Houston-area Scrap Yard Dawgs expansion team in May 2016.

Tickets for the Empowerment Forum are FREE online at http://bitly.com/PlayLikeAGirlForum. For more information on this event, please call 615-601-1864.