Donna Lopiano an Inspiration to the Drake Group

Donna Lopiano

Donna Lopiano
President and Founder, Sport Management Resources, Former Chief Executive Officer of the Women’s Sports Foundation

Over the years the Drake Group has attracted a veritable brain trust to its advisory counsel. See the entire 2012-2014 Advisory Council.

One member who joined us several years ago was Donna Lopiano, the former Chief Executive Officer of the Women’s Sports Foundation (1992-2007). Dr. Lopiano has been named one of “The 10 Most Powerful Women in Sports” by Fox Sports, and The Sporting News has repeatedly listed her as one of “The 100 Most Influential People in Sports.” Her list of honors and accomplishments are obviously substantial.

Dr. Lopiano has testified about Title IX and gender equity before three Congressional committees, served as a consultant to the U.S. Office for Civil Rights Department of Health, Education and Welfare Title IX Task Force. She has been an expert witness in twenty-eight court cases. Dr. Lopiano has also served as a consultant to school districts, institutions of higher education and state education agencies on Title IX compliance and to non-profit organizations on governance and strategic planning.

It is no surprise (given her skill set) that she served as the facilitator of the five-member team that met weekly for nearly a year to write the CAP Act. This team included Andrew Zimbalist, Robert A. Woods Professor of Economics at Smith College, Brian Porto, Professor of Law at the Vermont Law School, Gerald Gurney, Past President of the National Association of Academic Advisors for Athletics, and Allen Sack, Professor in the College of Business at the University of New Haven. “Keeping this group on track,” says Zimbalist, “was a remarkable accomplishment that never could have been accomplished without Dr. Lopiano’s political, leadership and organizational skills.”

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