dotsSuper Bowl – 2022 Sports Power Brunch Honoring Vanessa Bryant

Published on February 6, 2022 by Sonya's Spotlight


The Highly-Anticipated Annual Super Bowl Week Event Honored Vanessa Bryant (Mamba & Mambacita Sports Foundation), Natalie White (LA Sparks), Terri Hines (FOX Sports), and Denise White (EAG Sports Management). Additional celebrity attendees included Laura Govan, Derek Fisher, Michole Briana White, Mali Music, Nicki Micheaux, Taylor Mosby, Sheree Zampino, Jasmine Sanders and More!

The event was Tuesday, February 8, 2022, at the Beverly Wilshire, A Four Seasons Hotel, in Beverly Hills, CA. Hosted by Eboni K. Williams, Executive Producer and Host of ‘REVOLT Black News,’ the event recognizes leading women who have made an indelible mark in the sports industry. This year, four groundbreaking women were celebrated for their contributions to the field: Vanessa Bryant, President of the Mamba & Mambacita Sports Foundation; Natalie White, Senior Vice President, Los Angeles SparksDenise White, CEO & Founder, EAG Sports Management; and Terri Hines, Executive Vice President, Communications, FOX Sports

Named as one of top 10 events to attend by The Atlantan Magazine, this annual event takes place during Super Bowl week in each host city.

Created in 2019 by LaTonya Story, CEO of LPS Consulting PR, the 20-year sports communications and marketing professional has curated a memorable experience with this highly anticipated annual event that encourages and empowers women to continue to thrive and excel in the sports industry and beyond. Attendees enjoy a day filled with empowerment, inspired conversations and networking with today’s sports, entertainment, and business industry leaders. 

“Creating The Sports Power Brunch has been a labor of love and faith,” states Story. “I could not have imagined the overwhelming amount of support and enthusiasm for an idea that has turned into reality. This year’s stellar lineup of honorees exemplify that not only can women excel in sports but shatter the glass ceiling in a male-dominated industry. I want everyone who attends the event to experience the brilliance and creativity of women and leave with the confidence in knowing that together we can move mountains.” 

Headlining the list of remarkable women in sports honorees, Vanessa Bryant was named the inaugural Be Your Own Champion Award recipient for her commitment to youth and the community through her leadership of the Mamba & Mambacita Sports Foundation. In honor of the legacy, vision and in loving memory of her husband, Kobe, and daughter, Gianna “Gigi” Bryant, the organization was founded to create a positive impact for underserved athletes and boys and girls in sports. 

“The Champion brand stands for inclusion in sports, and we’re proud to support this event honoring great women leaders in sports,” said Maria Teza, Senior Vice President, Champion North America. “These leaders truly exemplify the spirit of our brand, which we call ‘Be Your Own Champion,’ by expressing themselves and playing the game by their own rules.

” Platinum Sponsor, CANTU, an award-winning hair care brand, hosted the Power Player Networking Mixer as well as sponsor the Power of Spirit Honoree Award. Music will be provided by DJShai

 Each year the event donates partial proceeds to a nonprofit organization; such recipients have included The Power of Girls and Winning Edge Leadership Academy. The 2022 charity will be the American Cancer Society. Additional sponsors include National Football LeagueWarnerMediaFOX Sports, NFLPA, Marcell Von Berlin, and Talley & Twine Watch Company

The 2022 Sports Power Brunch Honorees are recognized in the following categories:

 Be Your Own Champion Award Honoree presented by ChampionVanessa Bryant, PresidentMamba & Mambacita Sports Foundation Power of Spirit Award Honoree presented by CANTUTerri Hines, Executive Vice President, CommunicationsFOX Sports She-Mogul Award Honoree presented by National Football LeagueDenise White, CEO & FounderEAG Sports Management Trailblazer Award Honoree presented by LPS Consulting PR Natalie White, Senior Vice PresidentLos Angeles Sparks Past Honorees have included Amy Trask (Chairman of the Board of Big3, CBS Sports analyst), Lisa Salters (Monday Night Football & NBA Reporter, E:60 Co-Host, ESPN), Melanie Few (Founder & Exec. Producer, Super Bowl Gospel Celebration), Natara Holloway (Vice President of Strategic Planning & Business Development, NFL), Charece Williams-Gee (Senior Sports Marketing Manager & Head of NBA Partnerships, PepsiCo), Pam Oliver (Senior Correspondent & NFL Reporter, FOX Sports), Katie Sowers (former Offensive Assistant Coach, San Francisco 49ers), Terri Jackson-Carmichael (Executive Director, WNBA Players Association) and Gina Scott (Vice President of Partner Services, NFLPA). The event will include three informative panels with trailblazing women in sports:·      Dealmakers– She Changed the Gamepresented by Champion·      Let’s Talk: Diversity, Equity & Inclusionpresented by National Football League·      Self-Care & Wellness for Women in the Workplace presented by WarnerMedia Panelists include: Maria Teza, Senior Vice President Champion North America, Hanesbrands; Josephine Martinez, Senior Director, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, NFL; Dr. China Jude, Vice President of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion, Denver Broncos; Tanesha Wade, Senior Vice President, Diversity, Equity & Inclusion, Chicago Bears; Jaia Thomas, Esq., Founder & CEO, Diverse Representation; Johnita P. Due, Senior Vice President, Chief Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Officer, WarnerMedia News and Sports; Arielle Chambers, Founder, HighlightHER; Jacquelyn Dahl, CEO 1UP Sports Marketing; Kimberly Miale, General Counsel and NFL Agent, Roc Nation Sports; Dr. Angel Brutus, Associate Director of Mental Health, US Olympic & Paralympic Committee; Esé Ighedosa, Esq., Sports and Entertainment Attorney; and Jade-Li English, WNBA Agent & Marketer. For more information, visit: Limited tickets are on sale at

2022 SPORTS POWER BRUNCH – A Day of Empowerment, Inspiration and Networking with Leading Women in SportsImages Photo credit: Earl Gibson, Courtesy of Sports Power Brunch
Sports Power Brunch Founder LaTonya Story and honorees (l to r) Natalie White, Terri Hines, Vanessa Bryant and Denise White.In a moving tribute, Story donates $10,000 to the American Cancer Society to support the organization’s important work in addressing health disparities in community of color in loving memory of her son Sterling.Honoree Denise White arrives at the Sports Power Brunch with her supportive village of women. The Annual Sports Power Brunch & Awards celebrates leading women in sports who have made a major impact in the industry. Panelists discussed topics such as deal-making, equity and inclusion, and self-care. Starz BMF actress Michole Briana White attends the Sports Power Brunch.Sports Power Brunch founder LaTonya Story awards $10K to Natalie White’s non-profit organization A10tion Foundation. Panelist and WNBA Agent, Jade-Li English discussing the importance of women in the sports industry on the Dealmakers – She Changed the Game panel.The 3rd Annual Sports Power Brunch drew a star-studded crowd of supporters, including Sheree Zampino and Laura Govan (pictured l to r).LA Sparks Head Coach and General Manager Derek Fisher watches honoree speeches at the Sports Power Brunch.Honoree Natalie White with musician Mali Music at the Sports Power Brunch.“Good Trouble” actress Nicki Micheaux arrives at the Sports Power Brunch.Host Eboni K. Williams joins actress Layla Crawford and other attendees at the Sports Power Brunch.Vanessa Bryant, President of the Mamba & Mambacita Sports Foundation, has been named the inaugural “Be Your Own Champion Award” recipient at the 3rd Annual Sports Power Brunch. Vanessa was recognized for her commitment to youth and the community through her leadership of the Mamba & Mambacita Sports Foundation. In honor of the legacy, vision and in loving memory of her husband, Kobe, and daughter, Gianna “Gigi” Bryant, the organization was founded to create a positive impact for underserved athletes and help create a world where young boys and girls had equal opportunity to pursue their dreams through sports and life.
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