Sunday, September 19, 2021

Halle Berry To Headline 'espnW: Women + Sports Summit'

The twelfth annual espnW: Women + Sports Summit presented by Toyota will showcase key figures in sports, business and entertainment, and will be headlined by Academy Award-winning actress Halle Berry.

The yearly gathering will take place October 18-20 at The Lodge at Torrey Pines in La Jolla, Calif., and will once again include keynotes, work sessions, panels, presentations and activities focused on advancing women in sports. All programming from this year’s experience will also be live streamed across select espnW and ESPN digital and social platforms. The full agenda for this year’s event will be announced in the coming weeks.

The Summit will kick off with opening remarks from SportsCenter anchor and Summit host Sage Steele, and EVP, Commercial Marketing, Networks & ESPN and founder of espnW Laura Gentile. Immediately following will be a keynote conversation between Steele and Halle Berry, to discuss Berry’s much-anticipated new film “Bruised,” in which she makes her directorial debut and stars in the lead role. “Bruised,” which will debut on Netflix on November 24, stars Berry as Jackie Justice, a mixed martial arts fighter who leaves the sport in disgrace. Down on her luck and simmering with rage and regret years after her last fight, she’s coaxed into a brutal underground fight by her manager and boyfriend and grabs the attention of a fight league promoter who promises Jackie a life back in the Octagon. But the road to redemption becomes unexpectedly personal when the son she gave up as an infant shows up at her doorstep.

“Each year the Summit brings together intriguing executives and personalities for much-needed conversations at the intersection of women, sports, and culture. We are honored to welcome Halle as the opening keynote to discuss her inspired directorial debut with ‘Bruised.’ It’s the perfect conversation to kick off our event,” said Gentile, “and, we’re thrilled to safely return to an intimate, in-person experience, while continuing to livestream the Summit to our passionate women + sports community around the globe.”

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