Cathy Engelbert honored by AdWeek as one of the most powerful women in sports

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Lists that spotlight powerful women, whether they are in sports or anyplace, always make us smile for two reasons. One – they display that women too can make boss moves just as good (or even better) than any man. Two – they send a message to young girls that they too can ascend to those heights as well.

After all – if you see it, you can believe it.

AdWeek released its list of sports’ most powerful women and the WNBA’s first leader to hold the role of “commissioner” as opposed to “league president” did make that list.

The AdWeek piece highlighted how the WNBA has become an unapologetically activist league and how it was one of the few sports leagues in 2020, while dealing with the pandemic, that actually saw an increase in viewership – in addition to increased merchandise sales. Her most inspiring sports moment was listed as the W’s honorary draft picks of Gianna Bryant, Payton Chester and Alyssa Altobelli. All three died with Kobe Bryant in a helicopter crash earlier in the year in California.

Engelbert is on a list of names that may ring a bell even to casual sports fans – such as Naomi Osaka, Jemele Hill, Stephanie McMahon, Doris Burke, Jeanie Buss and Kim Ng who just made HERstory herself by becoming the general manager of the Miami Marlins – and the first woman general manager in the history of MLB.

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