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Other Sports - 10. October 2007.


The Marketing Women's Sports Conference and Summit has announced that the following individuals will participate as speakers on the Broadcast, Cable and Internet panel on Monday, November 5th at 1:30pm. "We couldn't be happier with the quality and expertise these individuals are bringing to this panel. The information they will share with the attendees will be exceptional," states Women's Sports Cares, Vice President, Debby Lening.

Carol Stiff has served as senior director, programming and acquisitions for ESPN since November 2005. She had previously been director, programming and acquisitions and program manager, programming and acquisitions. In her current role, Stiff is involved in the programming acquisition and scheduling for a variety of sports on ESPN and ESPN2, including women's NCAA basketball, NCAA championships (such as Women's NCAA Basketball Championship, College World Series and Women's College World Series), WNBA, professional softball and more. Stiff, who joined ESPN in 1990, worked as a program planner before receiving a promotion to program planner II in 1997 and senior program planner in 2000. Prior to ESPN, she gained experience in the college coaching profession. From 1988-89, Stiff was the first assistant women's basketball coach and recruiter at Brown University after serving as head women's basketball coach and physical education instructor at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (Troy, NY) from 1985-88.

Stiff began her coaching career at Western Connecticut State University where she served as head field hockey coach and assistant women's basketball coach (1983-85). She also worked as a part-time elementary school physical education teacher. Stiff graduated from Southern Connecticut State University (SCSU) in 1983 with a Bachelor of Science degree in physical education. While in school, she competed in both basketball and field hockey. In 1989, Stiff received her master's degree in human performance/physical education from SCSU. Stiff is a member of several professional groups, including the Women's Sports Foundation, the Women's Basketball Hall of Fame Board of Directors and has served as a panelist and/or lecturer for several sports-related events. In 2005, she was inducted into the Connecticut Basketball Hall of Fame.

As an independent Film &Television producer and TV syndication, films &TV projects produced by Ann Gillis have been seen on NBC, ABC, CBS, CMT, CMT Canada, CBC Canada, CTV Canada, VHI, MTV, The Today Show, Montel Williams, Entertainment Tonight, Hard Copy, Inside Edition. Ann Gillis produced her first motion picture with Bret Michael's, Charlie &Martin Sheen and released it to 38 countries in 1998. Gillis has a background in business television and film &TV production and loves the business and the challenges it represents. Her last theatrical film release was in 2004 with the Animal Band Children's film. She produced and released that film to the top 29 USA markets via Regal Cinemas. That film earned an "Excellence in Media Award" presented by Senator Hillary Clinton &Senator Conrad Burns at a Washington, DC gala for the E-911 Institute. Gillis continues to produce independent film &television projects with her long time partner Marvin Baker. Baker/Gillis are currently under contract with Broadcast &cable TV systems offering their own brand of "TV Concepts &Ideas" as television network affiliate support contractors through Baker Gillis Film &Television Syndication.

Catherine Masters became an independent television producer in the early 80's when cable was just getting started. She opened Charisma Productions in Boca Raton, Florida and within weeks of starting her company, produced and broadcast her first national sports series, "Inside Golf" which was followed by "Tennis Anyone?". Both series were the first instructional sports programs on television and were broadcast to more than 10 million homes. She has produced many TV commercial spots and also produced and co-produced a variety of TV programs and specials including the World Championships of Women's Pro Football, the SupHer Bowl and most recently, a documentary/infomercial on the National Women's Football Association. She is a huge proponent of using television as a marketing tool.

Tracy Thomas is the National Sales Manager for Network Foundation Technologies. He has excelled in sales positions in newspaper, radio, TV and the Internet with affiliates of Gannett, CBS, ABC, World Now. His real world knowledge of traditional advertising sales as well as emerging Internet markets gives him the understanding of the many new and exciting opportunities in internet marketing.

Lisa Dean is the Sales Manager for Spotlight, the advertising sales division of Comcast Cable. Previous to this position, Dean has served as a Senior Account Executive, Local Sales Manager, Regional Sales Manager and most recently Director of Sales for Nashville/Paducah. Ms. Dean joined Comcast in 1997 bringing over 19 years of experience in radio, sponsorship and television advertising sales.

Doris Smith is the local sales manager for NewsChannel5 Network, where she coaches her Agency Sales Team with Internet, Cable and Broadcast Television sales for the CBS affiliate in Nashville, Tennessee. Prior to her position with this station, she worked in a similar capacity with the NBC affiliate, WSMV, selling television for 6 years and serving as the Local Sales Manager for another 6 years. From 1985 until 1995, Doris worked in the Nashville Advertising Agency community as a Vice President, Account Supervisor for Hart &Company and Gish, Sherwood &Friends. An honors graduate from the University of Tennessee, Doris began her career as an elementary education teacher for Nashville Public Schools and Fountain Valley School District in California. After she left teaching, she was an operating investor with Nutri-System Medical Weight Loss Centers in 3 states during the early 1980's. She has also worked for Junior Achievement of Nashville, Tennessee where she launched an in-school economic enrichment program, bringing business executives into the middle school classroom environment to teach business principles. A lifelong athlete, Smith has coached sports and played most every sport. She has been in Marketing and Advertising for over 25 years.

The two day conference is the first time that the movers and shakers in women's sports will meet to network and exchange information. "This conference is bringing in some of the top people and companies in the world of women's sports including Nike, Under Armour, the NCAA and many, many women's sports teams and leagues. It will be held in Nashville on November 5-6 and will include a variety of panel discussions. For a complete list of speakers and panels, please visit our website at www.marketingwomenssports.com or call (615) 860-4384.

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