SJSU Presents Words to Action: Gender, Sport and Society

At a time when #MeToo, women’s marches and an anti-harassment movement is sweeping the nation, top female athletes, trailblazers and sports executives will discuss gender equity and women’s rights at Words to Action: Gender, Sport and Society. The SJSU Institute for the Study of Sport, Society and Social Change will present this town hall during Women’s History Month.

8:30 a.m. to noon, March 14

Hammer Theatre Center, 101 Paseo de San Antonio, San Jose (parking)


  • Ruthie Bolton, two-time Olympic gold medalist, 2011 inductee into the WNBA Hall of Fame, abuse survivor who is active in the fight against domestic violence
  • Karen Brodkin, executive vice president of content strategy and partnerships at Endeavor, Fox Sports Media Group former executive
  • Harry Edwards, ’64 Sociology, ’16 Honorary Doctorate, professor emeritus of sociology at UC Berkeley, founder of the Olympic Project for Human Rights
  • Hannah Gordon, San Francisco 49ers general counsel, former manager of labor operations for the NFL
  • Nancy Hogshead-Makar, three-time Olympic gold medalist, attorney, CEO of Champion Women
  • Stacey Johnson, ’80 Public Relations, Olympic fencer, president, East and Winter Park campuses, Valencia College
  • Ann Meyers Drysdale, basketball Hall of Famer, first woman to receive a four-year college athletic scholarship
  • Danielle Slaton, Olympic silver medalist, sideline reporter for the San Jose Earthquakes, former soccer analyst for Fox Sports and the Big Ten Network
  • Katie Sowers, San Francisco 49ers assistant coach, 2013 U.S. Women’s National Football team member, NFL’s first openly gay coach
  • Brenda Tracy, lobbyist, nurse, mother, advocate behind Set the Expectation, a campaign that educates the public about the impact of sexual violence
  • Marie Tuite, SJSU athletics director, third woman to be inducted into Central Michigan University Sports Hall of Fame
  • Anne Warner Cribbs, Olympic gold medalist swimmer, American Basketball League co-founder
  • Kat Williams, International Women’s Baseball Center president, professor of women’s sport history at Marshall University

Tentative agenda:

  • 8 a.m. Media registration
  • 8:30 a.m. Introduction, SJSU Professor Theodore Butryn
  • 8:35 a.m. Welcome, SJSU President Mary A. Papazian, PhD
  • 8:40 a.m. Keynote, Harry Edwards
  • 9 a.m. Panel 1, Taking the Field—Trailblazers in Sport
  • 9:50 a.m. Break
  • 10:10 a.m. Keynote, Nancy Hogshead-Makar
  • 10:25 a.m. A conversation with Brenda Tracy, moderated by Nancy Hogshead-Makar
  • 11:15 a.m. Panel 2, Beyond the Field—Opportunity and Empowerment
  • 12:10 p.m. Press opportunity

Media access:

Members of the media should RSVP now.

Tickets for students, faculty, staff and the public are available online.

Remote access:
The event will be streamed live online. Professional video and photography will be available upon request.

About San Jose State University

The founding campus of the 23-campus California State University system, San Jose State provides a comprehensive university education, granting bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees in 250 areas of study—offered through its eight colleges.

With more than 35,000 students and nearly 4,370 employees, San Jose State University continues to be an essential partner in the economic, cultural and social development of Silicon Valley and the state, annually contributing more than 7,000 graduates to the workforce.

The university is immensely proud of the accomplishments of its more than 220,000 alumni, 60 percent of whom live and work in the Bay Area.