#AWSM2023 agenda released

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AWSM Board

Check out the latest version of our #AWSM2023 convention schedule. Attendees will be required to show proof of vaccination and AWSM will be observing CDC COVID-19 best practices, along with any local health ordinances, throughout the convention. Attendees will need to submit proof of vaccination upon arrival at registration. *Please note the agenda is subject to change.

The AWSM board thanks our #2023AWSM convention sponsors Sporting News, Los Angeles Times, MLS, Fox Sports, NASCAR, Associated Press, The Athletic, MLB.com and MTM Recognition for their support. We also salute scholarship donors Christine Brennan, Martin Doerfler, Kristin Huckshorn, Tom Jolly, Jim Jenks, Jorge Rojas, Myra MacPherson and APSE.


4-7p.m.: Registration | Event Edge

5-7 p.m.: AWSMU student chapter meeting | Ballroom C

7-9 p.m.: Welcome reception | Event Hub & Ballroom AB

Iliana Limón Romero, AWSM president and Los Angeles Times assistant managing editor for sports

Alyssa Lang, SEC Network studio host and reporter


8 a.m. – 5 p.m.: Registration | Event Edge

8:30-10:30 a.m.: Breakfast / general session - Women in leadership: How to overcome obstacles and push for success

Moderator: Christine Brennan, USA Today Sports columnist

Panelists: Amy Anderson, NASCAR head of content

Rana Cash, executive editor of the Charlotte Observer

Kristi Coleman, Carolina Panthers president

10:45 a.m.-12 p.m.: Breakout sessions

A: AWSMU: How to navigate the hiring process| Ballroom ABC

Lydia Craver, Charlotte Observer sports editor

Kathy Laughlin, Sun Sentinel sports editor

Jorge Rojas, APSE president and The Athletic deputy managing editor for opinion

B: How to succeed as a freelancer and entrepreneur | Ballroom FGH

Lindsay Gibbs, Power Plays newsletter founder

Marisa Ingemi, San Francisco Chronicle reporter

C: Secrets to mid-level and senior leadership success | Ward 1-2

Tina Sturdevant, The Athletic director of talent, diversity and inclusion

Erica Wilkerson, NASCAR director of multicultural and youth marketing and social responsibility

12:15-2:30 p.m.: Award lunch

2023 Mary Garber Pioneer Award winner: Pam Oliver

2023 Ann Miller Service Award winner: Jim Jenks

2023 Student chapter of the year winner: Susquehanna University

2:45-4 p.m.: Breakout sessions

A: AWSMU: Keys to thriving as a reporter | Ballroom ABC

Moderator: Dave Goren, National Sports Media Association executive director and Learfield IMG radio reporter

Panelists: DaShawn Brown, WSOC reporter

Mike Kaye, Charlotte Observer Carolina Panthers beat reporter

Grace Raynor, The Athletic staff writer

B: AWSMU: How to break into social media or public relations | Ballroom FGH

Amanda Brooks, ESPN director of communications for college football and the SEC Network

Marielkis Salazar, NASCAR senior manager, marketing and DEI communications

Miller Yoho, Charlotte Sports Foundation director of communications

C: Putting women first: Inside Charlotte FC’s empowerment of women photographers | Ward 1-2

Taylor Banner, senior creative manager and team photographer at Charlotte FC

Select members of the Charlotte FC photography staff

4:15-5 p.m.: APSE meeting | Ward 1-2

5-6 p.m.: Résumé review | Ward 3-4

10 p.m.-1 a.m.: Hospitality | M Club


7-9 a.m.: Breakfast | Ballroom D

8 a.m. – 3 p.m.: Registration | Event Edge

9-11:30 a.m.: Job fair | Ballroom ABC
Participating employers include the Associated Press, Boston Globe, Charlotte Observer, Los Angeles Times, MassLive, MLB.com, Sporting News, Star-Tribune, Raleigh News and Observer, The Athletic, The State and USA Today Sports. *No advance registration required.

11:45 a.m.-1:15 p.m.: Lunch / General session - The art of storytelling: Reporters share keys to success

Moderator: Jodie Valade, Charlotte Observer enterprise and planning editor

Panelists: Rachel Axon, Freelance investigative journalist

Mirin Fader, The Ringer senior staff writer and bestselling author

Teresa Walker, Associated Press sports writer

1:30-2:45 p.m.: General session - The Sporting News presents: We can do hard things. A guide to asking tough questions, including how to seek a raise or promotion, navigating social media criticism and more | FGH

Moderator: Iliana Limón Romero, AWSM president and Los Angeles Times assistant managing editor for sports

Panelists: Benson Taylor, The Sporting News editor-in-chief

Kaitlyn Gappens, The Sporting News vice president, people

Karisa Maxwell, The Sporting News multimedia producer, reporter and on-air personality

Riley Trujillo, The Sporting News content marketing manager

3-3:45 p.m.: AWSM champions meeting *invitation only* | City Center Boardroom

4:30-5:30 p.m.: Networking reception | Event Hub

5:45 p.m.: Depart for Charlotte FC vs. Colorado Rapids (walk or rideshare)

7 p.m.: Charlotte FC vs. Colorado Rapids, RSVP required at registration

10 p.m.-1 a.m.: Hospitality | M Club

Email awsmboard@gmail.com with any questions.

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