Donna Lopiano is the immediate past chief executive officer of the Women's Sports Foundation, an organization she served for 15 years.
Recently named one of "The 10 Most Powerful Women in Sports" by Fox Sports, Dr. Lopiano was also listed as one of "The 100 Most Influential People in Sports" by The Sporting News.
Prior to joining the Women's Sports Foundation, Dr. Lopiano served at the University of Texas-Austin for 18 years where she initiated and built the women's athletic program.
She has been a college coach of men's and women's volleyball, women's basketball and softball. As an athlete, she participated in 26 national championships in four sports and was a nine-time All-American at four different positions in softball, a sport in which she played on six national championship teams.
She is a member of the National Sports Hall of Fame, the National Softball Hall of Fame and the Texas Women's Hall of Fame, among others- Chautauqua Institution
Dr. Donna Lopiano is currently the President and founder of Sports Management Resources, a consulting firm that focuses on bringing the knowledge of experienced, expert former athletics directors to assist scholastic and collegiate athletics departments in solving growth and development challenges.
Dr. Lopiano was formerly the Chief Executive Officer of the Women's Sports Foundation (1992-2007)and was recently named one of The 10 Most Powerful Women in Sports by Fox Sports. The Sporting News has also listed her as one of The 100 Most Influential People in Sports.
Donna Lopiano rebukes the idea that Title IX sports were championed by feminists and argues the real advocates were fathers who, understanding the value of sport, wanted to impart it to their daughters.
While I really loved most of her speech, the wide sweeping generalization about "every single boy" learning to play sports from their fathers at an early age is not very accurate at all. Many men (and women) could not care less about sports, and therefore have no interest in teaching their children something that is not a part of their lives.
Also, I don't think she addressed the concept of personal choice in her argument on what a young girl might like to recieve as a Christmas gift (ball vs. doll). My own two and a half year old daughter has had no interest in playing catch with me or my five year old son until the past month or so (yet she has always played hockey in the kitchen with us), because she is very happy to play with her Disney Princess dolls and tea set (which the boys in the house join her for). She plays with almost all of her older brother's toys, as well as her own, and doesn't think twice about whether something is meant for a girl or boy.
People are not just a collection of generalizations. They are a mass of individuals who can not be swept together through ill-thought out (though often logical) arguments about how they all (probably) feel on any given subject.
Outside of that, however, I loved this presentation. Thank you FORA.tv for bringing it to my attention.