The inaugural Women and Girls Summit will take place September 24 at the Arlen Specter US Squash Center in Philadelphia, bringing together a diverse group of players, coaches, leaders and parents from across the country. The afternoon learning session will feature a panel of experts moderated by MSNBC’s Erin O’Hearn, and will include Drexel University Athletic Director Maisha Kelly, Free People Movement’s Erin Malone and Christina Minis from Goldman Sachs.
The panel will focus on the impact of playing sport on the job market, and the discussion will focus on the experiences of the panelists in their respective fields, the challenges they may have faced, how they were supported and the impact of sport on their lives.
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Erin O’Hearn is a freelance anchor and reporter for MSNBC and NBC’s Early Today. Her career path took unexpected twists that brought her to the Peacock Network. It all started at MTV when the channel stopped airing music videos and developed what we now call “reality television”. Erin worked as a production assistant for the series “True Life” and worked her way up to associate producer on the series, helping create a variety of episodes including True Life: I’m Bipolar, True Life : I’m Coming Out and True Life: I’m a Candidate.
While traveling the country and exploring topics relevant to young adults was exciting and educational, in the early 2000s Erin decided to try live reporting at the Time Warner station in her hometown of Albany, NY. Being stationed in the capital city of New York, she had many journalistic opportunities to delve into local, state and national politics – at one point securing an exclusive interview with Governor George Pataki at the scene of a disaster. port.
A few years later, she was hired by the ABC station in Raleigh, North Carolina, then transferred to Philadelphia’s central station, 6ABC. One of his first assignments was to interview internationally renowned archaeologist Dr. Zahi Hawass on location in Egypt.
Years later, she would be the only on-air reporter to cover Pope Francis saying Mass at Saint Charles Borromeao Seminary.
It was in the city of Brotherly and Sisterly Love that she met her husband during an interview in front of the camera. They were blessed with three children. Along with changing diapers and volunteering as a titular mom here and there, Erin has taken on a variety of projects, including producing a documentary and several reality TV shows.
When Erin isn’t watching her kids play lacrosse, basketball, tennis, golf and soccer, she enjoys the friendly competition on the tennis court herself. She is also an avid runner, skier and yoga enthusiast.
Following a nationwide search, Maisha Kelly was named director or athletics of Drexel on June 16, 2021. Kelly, a Philadelphia native, returns to the city after serving as senior associate director of athletics at Bucknell University and main administrator.
Kelly’s administrative role at Bucknell included supervisory responsibilities for no fewer than 12 of the 27 varsity athletic programs, including women’s basketball. She also served as the athletic department’s liaison with college deans, human resources, financial aid and admissions, student affairs, and oversaw NCAA compliance. Kelly led the department’s long-range planning, served as the university’s deputy Title IX coordinator, and was active on the President’s Diversity Council. Kelly established the Athletic Department’s first student-athlete leadership development program – the Bucknell Athletics Leadership Institute – in 2011, and last year organized the Bucknell Athletics Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Council, made up of trustees, coaches and student-athletes.
In 2019, Kelly’s lead role shifted to development and fundraising, where she focused on increasing annual support for the Bison Club and spearheading fundraising efforts for major capital projects related to Bison Athletics. In 2021, she coordinated a 24-hour donation challenge that raised over $1 million. Additionally, she served as the fundraising project manager for a $10 million upgrade to Bucknell’s historic Christy Mathewson Memorial Stadium’s transformation facilities.
In April 2018, Kelly was appointed by the NCAA Board of Directors to the NCAA Division I Council, where she represented the Patriot League on important NCAA policy matters. Kelly was also a member of the NCAA Division I Women’s Basketball Oversight Committee. Previously, she served as a member of the NCAA’s Division I Nominating Committee and Division I Athletics Committee, where she was named President during her final year of service. Kelly is a 2019 graduate of the NCAA Pathway program.
Kelly is a member of Women Leaders in College Sports and a graduate of their Executive Institute. She is also a graduate of the NCAA Leadership Institute for Ethnic and Minority Females. Kelly and her husband, Kevin, have two young children, Gregory and Kennedy.
Originally from Sydney, Australia, Erin moved to the United States in 2009 to attend Villanova University. A dual-sport athlete in swimming and water polo, Erin was an NCAA finalist and All-American in swimming and received the Villanova Student Athlete of the Year award in 2013. She holds a BA in communication and an MBA specializing in analysis and strategy. Management. Erin is now the Director of Digital Marketing, Analytics and Insights at Free People, where she leads the growth and strategy of their digital business.
Christina is co-head of Global Credit Finance and head of Global Acquisition Finance. She is a member of the firm-wide capital committee, the investment banking division (IBD) executive committee, the IBDR risk committee and the partnerships committee. Christina serves on the advisory board of Launch With GS, Goldman Sachs’ $500 million commitment to investing in companies and investment managers with diverse leadership. Christina joined Goldman Sachs in 1998 as Vice President of IBD, where she focused on leveraged finance transactions primarily for the Financial Sponsors Group. She joined the fixed income division in 2001 within capital markets and focused on industrials, followed by healthcare. Christina was Co-Head of Leveraged Finance in the Americas and Co-Head of Healthcare Group in the Americas from 2013 to 2014 and Head of Corporate Finance for the Consumer Retail and Healthcare Group from 2014 to 2015. She was appointed Managing Director in 2004 and Partner in 2008. Prior to joining the firm, Christina worked at BT Alex Brown from 1987 to 1998, where her last position was as Managing Director of Corporate Finance. Christina is a member of the Yale Development Council and the Yale School of Management Advisory Board. She is also a board member of the Susan G. Komen Foundation. Christina received a BA in economics from Yale University in 1987 and an MM from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University in 1991.