Beyond the Baseline Series
A monthly series of events starting November 2017 through NCAA Women's Final Four.

In conjunction with the NCAA Women’s Final Four, this monthly series of exclusive networking events is designed to inspire and engage local professional women and business leaders.

Making a Difference: A Leadership Series Event

February 22, 2018 | In Collaboration with the Women for Economic and Leadership Development (WELD) | Register today!

Join WELD and Beyond the Baseline for this exciting opportunity to engage in a conversation with ESPN’s reporter and play-by play commentator, Holly Rowe! Holly will share her story of grit and determination, managing her career to achieve her chosen goals, overcoming adversity, and having the courage to continue to fight and persevere when life throws you some curveballs.

Week of  NCAA Women’s Final Four

Now in its fourth year, the Beyond the Baseline program has grown from a handful of inspiring events in Tampa Bay into four full days of professional development programming in Columbus for students and business professionals who are participating in Women’s Final Four activities. New this year, the Beyond the Baseline Lounge will feature motivational speakers, panelists, professional headshots, networking events, fitness sessions and so much more throughout the weekend. The Beyond the Baseline Lounge will be located inside Tourney Town at the Greater Columbus Convention Center and will be open Thursday, March 29 – Sunday, April 1.

A full schedule is coming soon, but participants can expect sessions from Olympians, WNBA players, health and fitness experts, financial planners, sportscasters and many more amazing presenters that will help the participants navigate through their careers. A few events you won’t want to miss:

Friday, March 30 | Styled by Shyra | This event is FREE to the public.

Get tips to dress professionally for every occasion from former Tennessee Vol and Indiana Fever player, Shyra Ely-Gash. After wowing fans with her Hoops Meets Heels Fashion Show at the 2016 Women’s Final Four, Shyra is back to share her secrets to dressing for the job you want.

Saturday, March 31 | NCAA Women’s Final Four Brunch: Marketing Your Game Plan | Register today! 

The NCAA Women’s Final Four brunch* will host top professionals in business, sports and entertainment. The panel discussion will involve a deep dive into leadership development, public speaking, social media tips and best practices for building your personal brand.

Attending Special Guests:
Maria Taylor, ESPN Analyst, College Game Day | Moderator
Kim Blackwell – CEO, PMM Agency
Vicki Bowen – CEO, Dress for Success Columbus
Shyra Ely-Gash – Celebrity Stylist | Former WNBA Indiana Fever & Tennessee Volunteer
Sara Tervo – CMO, Marketing for Ascena Retail Group

*VIP reserved seating is available