Laura Gentile

Founder, espnW

Laura Gentile is the founder of espnW, ESPN's first business dedicated to women who love sports. Now senior vice president of espnW and Women's Initiatives, she built the company from a blog into a multimedia operation encompassing digital, social, television, film, and events. Before launching espnW, Gentile was vice president and chief of staff at ESPN, where she was instrumental in bringing the ESPN brand to the ABC television platform. She also served as senior director of brand management in ESPN's consumer marketing department, with responsibility for driving the marketing direction for properties including the NFL, SportsCenter, and the NHL. She previously honed her marketing and advertising skills as a senior partner and management supervisor at Ogilvy & Mather Worldwide. Among other recent honors, Gentile was named to the US State Department's Council to Empower Women and Girls Through Sports and to the Women's Sports Foundation Advisory Panel.