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IOU Sports Empower Girls Engage Women through Business and Sports Panel

Tampa, Fl. April 4, 2015 by Bernell Hooker, Founder and CEO IOU Sports

Empower Girls Engaging Women through Business and Sports was a big hit for IOU Sports during the 2015 NCAA Women’s Final Four in Tampa, Fl.

This Woman lead forum for both current professionals and students interested in the sports industry is designed to educate participants by exposing them to top female leaders in sports and business.  We are very proud of our program that offers a dynamic mix of global and local sport leaders, women advocates for community development and social change, as well as experts in the business of sport.

















If you were an organizational leader, Coach or former professional athlete interested in engaging your community in topics relevant to women, Empower Girls Engaging Women through Business and Sports at the Children’s Board of Hillsborough County was the place to be.

The panel were women leaders who customized their expertise and learning experiences to present an engaging, inspiring and actionable platform with open dialog about:

• Professional Athletes transitioning into the workforce and entrepreneurship

• How to get girls active early in age through mentoring and playing.

• Getting parents and teachers involved in developing girl’s interest is sports and careers.

• Teaching girls and women that sports is a business

On behalf of IOU Sports, I want to thank the panel and guest for their energy and ideas, but importantly, for their commitment.  I was in awe of their resourcefulness, creativity and dedication to women sports and wanting to make a difference in the lives of girls.

This was a panel of women who spoke of Action. 

Action for change and Action to work together.

This is only the beginning…

Where do we go from here?  Follow these women through social media.  Request for an appearance.  Purchase their books.

Chasity Melvin: is a former WNBA professional basketball player:  Speaker, Life Coach, and Basketball Camps.

Rushia Brown: is a former WNBA professional basketball player. President and CEO of Over-Time Basketball Academy and President of the Women’s Professional Basketball Alumni Association (WPBAA) to assist professional female basketball players prepare and transition into a productive life after they leave the game.

Celeste Roberts: Executive Director of The Skills Center, a non-profit organization providing academic instruction, and developing life skills for youth is eager to help young people learn how to transfer lessons learned through athletics to everyday life.

Dr. Dee Stokes: International leadership speaker, Author, Evangelist, and Pastor to coaches.

Laquita Thompson: Founder & CEO of Xtreme Heat Sports Management is a certified Personal Fitness Trainer and a fitness consultant for Jamsource Magazine.

Faye Baker - Special Guest - Basketball Coach and Author











Bernell Hooker

Bernell Hooker is the Founder and CEO of Images of Us (IOU) Sports; a non-profit organization that empowers girls and women through education and sports. "Think of yourself as an athlete. I guarantee you it will change the way you walk, the way you work, and the decisions you make about leadership, teamwork, and success." - Mariah Burton Nelson