In partnership with WISE Los Angeles and Dignity Health Sports Park, the LA Galaxy hosted a Women & Men at Work: Celebrating Male Allies & Advocates event at Palihouse on Thursday, April 25th in continuation of the LA Galaxy Women’s Leadership Series. This member only event featured Katie Pandolfo, General Manager of Dignity Health Sports Park (DHSP), and Chris Klein, LA Galaxy President, and special guest Rachana Bhide for an evening of strategy-building and storytelling about the importance of male allies in the collaboration and development of female career advancement.
Katie Pandolfo, kicked the event off with a keynote speech sharing with the audience her experience with a male ally that contributed to the development of her career and success as the General Manager of DHSP, a 125- acre multi-sport venue. Pandolfo oversees all aspects of the complex, which include soccer, football, tennis and track & field stadiums and indoor track & cycling velodrome.
The keynote was then followed by a session with Rachana Bhide, Founder of The Corner of the Court Project, the first of its kind web platform that celebrates stories of women and men as allies. With Bhide’s facilitation, WISE LA members then shared conversations about their male advocates, learned practical strategies to take back to their workplace on building and sustaining men as allies, and participated in small group discussions.
The LA Galaxy Women’s Leadership Series invites women ranging from middle school to established professionals to empower one another through resources related to health & nutrition, leadership development, job readiness and current sport and entertainment trends. Programming will continue in the Fall of 2019 with the Club’s annual LA Galaxy High School Girls’ Summit powered by Southern New Hampshire University.
WISE – Women on Sports and Events – is the leading voice and resource for women in the business of sports. Founded in 2005, WISE LA carries out the WISE mission of facilitating meaningful connections among local industry professionals and offering programming, events and valuable networking opportunities in the area throughout the year.