International Women’s Day and International Sports Convention reveal gender diversity figures


Whilst we celebrate #internationalwomensday2024 – The INTERNATIONAL SPORTS CONVENTION each year present our “data” on gender diversity.

Data does not lie and tells the facts and where we are.

We know at the International Sports Convention we have a responsibility to ensure that the meeting place for the Business is Sport, taking place on March 20-21 is inclusive. One key barometer is whose speaking at this year’s event. Of the 68 speakers; 31 are women.

45% of our speakers are women.

That’s where we are. A 14% increase from last year but still 5 percent short for a minimum 50% plus.

We will be publishing our full EDI data at the end of April.


Nigel Fletcher, CEO “Benchmark data gives a clear and transparent picture of where we are and what we need to do. We have been monitoring gender diversity in terms of speakers and delegates since 2018 and whilst our goal was 50% in 2023 in terms of speakers + delegates, we still have some way to go but step by step we are ensuring the meeting place for the Business of Sport is inclusive for everyone”.

On day 1 at the International Sports Convention 2024 we have three panels specifically on women’s sport moderated by Christina Macfarlane, CNN

Women in Sport Breakfast and thought leadership panel

Sarah Lewis OBE OLY
Uma Cresswell (nee Thakrar), Director, EFL Trust
Jennifer Morris, Director, City Football Leadership
Brigit Lee, Founding Member, Mercury/13

Growth, Development and Commercialisation of Women’s Football

Professor Laura McAllister CBE, FLSW, FRSA, UEFA Vice-President and Football Association of Wales
Sarah Gregorius, Director, FIFPRO
Claire Bloomfield, Head of Women’s Football, European Club Association (ECA)
Emma Sykes, Head of Women’s Football Development, UEFA
Annika Grälls, Chair Women’s- World Leagues Forum

Women in Sport and Allyship

Katie Sadleir, Chief Executive, Commonwealth Games Federation
Fiona Harold, Commercial Director, Ladies European Tour
Abiola Ijasanmi, Former COO, Confederation Africaine de Football (CAF)
Gavin Marshall, CEO, Bristol Sport
Elif Özdemir, CEO, Board Member & President – Gloria Sports Arena, Turkish National Olympic Committee, Turkish Archery Federation, International Committee of the Mediterranean Games (CIJM), Women in Sports Commission in (CIJM)

That’s not all!

We have just launched the ISC Global Women’s Football Business Summit and Awards taking place at the Etihad Stadium, Home to Manchester City Football Club on November 14th.

On January 30th, 2025 – The ISC Women’s Sport Business Summit will review the success in 2024 and the roadmap ahead.

If you are interested in attending our events – please contact the team
at with our ISC Women in Sport lead Erin Gennard

Full calendar is here: