NEW YORK, Jan. 21, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Women in Sports and Events (WISE), the leading voice and resource for women in the business of sports, today announced the three recipients of its 2015 WISE Women of the Year Awards. These winners will be recognized at the 21st Annual WISE Women of the Year Awards Luncheon on June 16, 2015 at the Marriott Marquis Hotel in New York City.
The 2015 recipients are Amy Latimer, President TD Garden, Lara Price, Executive Vice President, Business Operations for the Philadelphia 76ers, and Mary Scott, President United Entertainment Group, an Edelman Company. These honorees were voted by WISE members across the country for their significant impact on the business of sports.
"It's an honor for WISE to be able to recognize these women who have made an impact on our industry," said Kathleen Francis, national chair of WISE. "These women exemplify a commitment to leadership and are dedicated role models for others."
The 2015 WISE Women of the Year honorees are:
- Amy Latimer was promoted to president of TD Garden in 2012, where she is responsible for all day-to-day operations at one of the most active, highly regarded and successful sports and entertainment venues in North America. With almost two decades of knowledge and experience in the sports and arena industry, Latimer continues to champion the TD Garden as an industry innovator, overseeing the areas of premium service, fan experience and overall revenue generation. Prior to this role, she was Senior VP of Sales for the Boston Bruins. Latimer received her degree in political science from the University of Rhode Island, which she attended on a full basketball scholarship. She serves on the state board for the Salvation Army and Good Sports. She currently resides in Topsfield, Mass. with her husband, Jody, and their three sons.
- Lara Price serves as the EVP of business operations for the Philadelphia 76ers and is currently in her 19th season with the organization. When she was elevated to vice president of marketing in August of 1998, Price became one of only 18 female vice presidents in the NBA and quickly moved up the ranks to her current position in 2014. Along with the CEO Scott O'Neil, CMO Tim McDermott and CRO Chris Heck, Price ensures the completion of all operational tasks and objectives as well as making sure the organization maximizes opportunities at a high quality level. She is the team's primary contact with the league office and servers as a liaison between the business and basketball sides of the organization, helping to maintain and enhance that relationship. A native of Boulder, Colo., Price is a graduate of Colorado State University, where she was a member of the women's basketball team.
- Mary Scott brings more than 25 years of experience in the sports industry, leading global and national campaigns and providing strategic communications counsel for some of the world's most recognized brands, leagues, sponsors and media companies. Scott has been with Edelman, the world's largest communications firm, for more than 15 years. In 2014, Mary was promoted to President of Sports & Experiential for United Entertainment Group (UEG), a sports, entertainment and experiential joint venture between Edelman, UEG and United Talent Association. Prior to joining Edelman, Scott worked for the National Football League, where she holds the distinction as one of the first females to hold a management position with the corporate communications division. Before her tenure at the NFL, she was with People & Properties, a sports and event marketing company working closely with the PGA and LPGA as well as professional tennis tournaments around the country. Scott is a graduate of the University of Massachusetts where she was captain of the nationally ranked women's lacrosse team.
To view the full list of past WISE Women of the Year honorees, visit wiseworks.org.
WISE (Women in Sports & Events) is the leading voice and resource for professional women in sports. Through ongoing meetings, special events and mentoring programs, WISE aims to offer its members the opportunity to gain valuable industry insights and connections that can give them a competitive advantage in their current position and as they advance in their careers. Founded in 1993, WISE is a membership organization headquartered in New York City with chapters in Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Cleveland, Los Angeles, NYC Metro, Pittsburgh, San Diego, San Francisco/Bay Area and Washington, D.C. To become a member of WISE, please visit www.WISEworks.org.
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