WNBA's Nneka Ogwumike and The Power of Collective Action: How Women's Professional Sports are More than a Game

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Nneka Ogwumike is a member of the WNBA's Los Angeles Sparks and has earned a WNBA championship with the Sparks and numerous MVP awards both for her regular season and championship performances. However, some of her greatest and most powerful achievements have been off the court. Currently, Ogwumike is serving in her second elected term as the president of the WNBA's Player's Association. Under her leadership, the Player's Association has negotiated a new Collective Bargaining Agreement and has addressed inequities between the NBA and WNBA pandemic "bubbles." She is a leader among activists and a league with a history of addressing racial inequity. Hear from this remarkable champion about her journey into leadership; what she has learned about collective action; and why women's sports may be changing the conversations on pay equity and racial activism.

About the speaker

Nneka Ogwumike is a power forward for the Los Angeles Sparks. Drafted No. 1 overall in the 2012 WNBA draft out of Stanford, Nneka went on to win the WNBA Championship with the Sparks in 2016 and was named league MVP that same year. She is also a 6x All Star and a 2x FIBA World Cup champion. Nneka is the president of the WNBA Players’ Association, and led the charge in negotiating the new CBA, which made huge strides in women’s sports towards better pay and working accommodations. She was recently named to Fast Company’s 2020 Most Creative People in Business list for her leadership working towards meaningful change for women’s sports. Nneka is Nigerian American and her name means “Mother is Supreme” in Igbo. A strong advocate for BIPOC and women’s rights, Nneka never shies away from what she believes in and always uses her platform for good.

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Tuesday, October 27 at 6:00pm to 6:45pm

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Health & Wellness, Diversity & Inclusion, Social Justice, Community

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Students, Faculty, Alums, General Public, Staff

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Tiffany Espinosa

Tiffany Espinosa left a positive review 10/26/2020

What a fantastic event, Nneka Ogwumike was an outstanding speaker and Jennifer Van Dijk asked terrific questions. It's events like this that make me excited to be a part of the MHC community. Thanks to everyone involved in putting this together!