San Jose State University Athletics Director Marie Tuite is one of 12 pioneers in the world of sports and athletics participating in the university's upcoming Institute for the Study of Sport, Society and Social Change Town Hall -- Words to Action: Gender, Sport and Society.
The institute's third Town Hall since January 2017 is Wednesday, March 14, starting at 8:30 a.m. at the Hammer Theater in downtown San Jose and coincides with Women's History Month.
Appointed to her current position in May, 2017, Tuite is one of 10 women leading a NCAA Division I athletics department that competes in the Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS). Her professional experiences include executive leadership positions in intercollegiate athletics at the University of California, the University of Washington and San Jose State University. A star college basketball and field hockey player, Tuite is a member of the Central Michigan University Sports Hall of Fame.
Tuite, San Jose State graduate and 1980 U.S. Olympics Team fencer Dr. Stacey Johnson, 1960 U.S. Olympics Team swimmer Anne Warner Cribbs and legendary women's basketball player Ann Meyers Drysdale will address the topic, "Taking the Field -- Trailblazers in Sport," moderated by Kat Williams, president of the International Women's Baseball Center.
The two-panel Town Hall also will address, "Beyond the Field -- Opportunity and Empowerment." Panelists are two-time Olympic Games gold medal winner Ruthie Bolton, WME/IMG executive vice-president Karen Brodkin, one-time U.S. National Team women's soccer player Danielle Slaton and San Francisco 49ers assistant football coach Katie Sowers. Hannah Gordon, general counsel of the National Football League's San Francisco 49ers, is the panel moderator.
World-renowned sports sociologist Dr. Harry Edwards, a 1964 San Jose State graduate, "Set the Expectation" founder Brenda Tracy, and three-time Olympic Games gold medal winning swimmer Nancy Hogshead-Makar, a noted civil rights lawyer and expert on Title IX issues, will participate in a three-way conversation on gender equality and women's rights in the world of sports.
Tickets for Words to Action -- Gender, Sport and Society can be purchased here.
The Town Hall will be streamed live on www.sjsu.edu.