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W.I.S.E.
Women In Sports and Events

WISE was formed in a New York City Restaurant in 1993 and now boasts that it is the "leading professional organization for women in the sports and sports event industry." There are now chapters in Los Angeles, Chicago, Washington D.C., Detroit and Cleveland.

Paula Grooms is founder of the Cleveland Chapter. Having been to New York on business and seeing first-hand the power and potential of women in the same industry collaborating with and assisting each other, she knew she wanted to bring WISE to Cleveland.

Paula met and spoke to Sue Rodin, founder of WISE, and by December 2003 the first meeting of the Cleveland Chapter was convened.

Rachel Stentz-Baugher and Paula Grooms of Cleveland WISE

Rachel Stentz-Baugher (Cleveland WISE board member) and Paula Grooms (Cleveland WISE founder and President)


At a March 24, 2008 meeting, a panel of the "Women behind Pro Sports in Cleveland" addressed the amazing jobs held by women in Cleveland's professional sports teams. Sanaa Julien from the Cleveland Indians, Jackie Thuener from the Cleveland Gladiators and Tracy Marek of the Cleveland Cavaliers sat on a panel moderated by Meredith Camp of Meredith Camp Enterprises.

Cleveland WISE panelists - Sanaa Julien, Cleveland Indians Director of Marketing, Jackie Thuener, Cleveland Gladiators, Moderator Meredith Camp of Meredith Camp Events and Tracy Marek, Director of Marketing for the Cleveland Cavaliers

Sanaa Julien, Cleveland Indians Director of Marketing, Jackie Thuener, Cleveland Gladiators, Moderator Meredith Camp of Meredith Camp Events and Tracy Marek, Director of Marketing for the Cleveland Cavaliers


Representatives from the Lake Erie Monsters and Cleveland Browns, although not present, sent their support.

Members come to the meetings and events for an opportunity to network with people with similar interests and concerns. They share ideas and support and offer their experiences to each other in a friendly, yet businesslike setting.

Cleveland Women in Sports Event meeting

Cleveland Women in Sports and Events meeting
about to begin


For more information on WISE contact Dana Konschak at dlkonschak@gmail.com




Photos from the meeting

WISE Board member Peg Neeson of WVIZ/WCPN

WISE Board Member Peg Neeson of WVIZ/WCPN

Anita Zak of Brown Flynn

Anita Zak of Brown Flynn

WISE member Stephanie Mueller

WISE member Stephanie Mueller used to work for Cleveland Indians Charities and now is with Junior Achievement

Jackie Van Meter and Trisha Novak of Cleveland Business Connect

Jackie Van Meter and Trisha Novak of Cleveland Business Connect will be publishing a
Women's Sports issue in May

This was Amanda Dolce's first WISE meeting

This was Amanda Dolce's first WISE meeting

Karen Stewart and Paula Brazil

Karen Stewart and Paula Brazil

Gabrielle Gillota - HES Custom Graphics does a lot of the sport team graphics

Gabrielle Gillota of HES Custom Graphics does a lot of sport team graphics

Jackie Thuener, Cleveland Gladiators

Jackie Thuener, Cleveland Gladiators

Cleveland Cavs Tracey Marek and Meredith Camp

Tracy Marek and Meredith Camp

Sanaa Julien, Cleveland Indians Director of Marketing

Sanaa Julien, Cleveland Indians Director of Marketing

Lois Moss of Walk -n- Roll

Lois Moss of Walk -n- Roll

Nirvana St. Cyr

Nirvana St. Cyr will achieve her Masters in Marketing in June and is eager to see the business world


For more information on WISE contact Dana Konschak at dlkonschak@gmail.com
Visit the Cleveland Women in Sports and Events website.


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