Press Release


September 5, 2018

Media Contacts:

Mara Mote, Seattle Sports Commission
(206) 461-5803 |

Chantelle Lusebrink, Visit Seattle
(206) 461-5862 |

The Seattle Sports Commission Launches Student Mentorship Program

Area universities to participate in sports-oriented mentorship program in conjunction with annual Women’s Leadership Breakfast October 25

SEATTLE – The Seattle Sports Commission (SSC) is rolling out a new element to their annual Women’s Leadership Breakfast (WLB), just in time for back-to-school. The Women’s Leadership Breakfast, presented by AT&T, is an annual event that features a panel discussion on what being a leader looks like and how to cultivate those positive attributes in our daily lives and environments. Through the new WLB Mentorship Program, select university students will attend the breakfast (at no cost) and be paired with a sponsoring business.

Three Seattle-area universities are partnering with the SSC this year to offer the mentorship program: Students attending Seattle Pacific University, Seattle University or University of Washington can apply for the program via the SSC website and with a digital file distributed through the universities’ athletic departments. The opportunity is available to any student with a sports background, and applicants will be selected to participate who exemplify leadership in their respective sports or sports-oriented studies.

“The Women’s Leadership Breakfast is a powerful program,” SSC Executive Director Ralph Morton said. “The highly anticipated launch of this mentorship program will now extend a link from business leaders to Seattle-area university students. It enables them to develop key contacts with whom they can exchange ideas, seek career guidance and develop the thought-leadership of tomorrow.”

The WLB panel is comprised of notable figures in the sports and business realms – women who have proven the strong correlation between leadership and success. This year’s event line-up includes CNN anchor Ana Cabrera, Army veteran and mountaineer Elyse Ping Medvigy, and JPMorgan Chase executive Phyllis Campbell. Moderated by anchor and author Jen Mueller, the morning’s program is intended to inspire and motivate attendees to improve their leadership skills on the court, in the classroom, and in the boardroom, to empower our coworkers and to build allies.

“The SSC believes in sports and in the impact the sports industry makes in a community,” SSC Commissioner, Joli Mosier said. “We want to ensure we are highlighting that impact at the local university level and show students that we are rooting for them, whether on the field or in the classroom.”

Sponsorship details and questions: Closes October 5, 2018
• SSC Business Development Manager, Elisa Levinson (

Student application: Closes October 5, 2018

The Seattle Sports Commission (SSC) is committed to making Seattle a world-class sports community by creating opportunities that bring the world to the Pacific Northwest. By fostering a strong sports culture, the SSC seeks to strengthen businesses, promote generational engagement in athletics and bolster pride in our communities. Go to to learn more about the SSC, a division of Visit Seattle.







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