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So we had a Mixer…

On Friday some pretty amazing people in Atlanta got together over food, drinks and a giveaway to better acquaint themselves with one another. The attendees of the first-ever GladiatHers® Women in Sports Mixer represented NCAA Division I institutions, professional sports teams, sports media, sports marketing firms and more. They connected with one another, encouraged one another and were inspired to go to great things in sports. The event was, in a word, empowering.

In addition to mingling with one another, they heard some inspiring words from sports development guru, Pharlone Toussaint of Audacity LLC. In addition to schooling the attendees on sports development and sports for social change, she let the attendees in on the keys to finding success in the sports industry. She emphatically shared that they need to:

  1. Surround themselves with people who think irrationally and will inspire you to take leaps of faith.

  2. Fall in love with failure because each failure would take them closer to success and make achieving it unforgettable.

  3. Be themselves, unequivocally and unabashedly.

After Pharlone shared her words of wisdom we had an amazing giveaway courtesy of the Atlanta Dream! Lucky winners went home with an Angel McCoughtry jersey and tickets to this week’s Atlanta Dream game against the LA Sparks! Thank you so very much to Pharlone and the Atlanta Dream for making our first mixer memorable.


L to R, founder, Cecelia Townes and Keisha Kelley, host of the Black College Sports Experience, and winner of 4 tickets to the Atlanta Dream game. 


Sports PR Consultant, Jaquese Smith, was the winner of the Angel McCoughtry jersey. 

If you missed the Women in Sports Mixer this time, don’t worry, we’ll definitely be having other events so be sure to follow us on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook for more updates. In the meantime, check out some more of the beautiful, driven people who made the mixer a success!


L to R, Old Miss Football Coach, Ishmael Aristide and Former Division I Football Player & Coach, Kelin Johnson.


L to R, Sharise Washington, Retail Reporting Coordinator at IMG College and Breaira Barksdale, Semi-pro basketball player and Sports Consultant.


L to R, Charlene Chastellanos, Sports PR and Branding consultant and founder of Rep and Brand, and Ellakisha O’Kelley, Esq., Sports and Entertainment Attorney and Consultant.


L to R, Traci Gage of TGage&Co Lifestyle Management and Dayja Simon, NCAA Division-I student-athlete at Norfolk State University.


L to R, Will Baggett, Author of The Blueprint for a Successful Career, and Tokie Gardner, Sports Mom & Commercial Finance Manager at the Coca-Cola Company.


L to R, Traci Gage and Crystal Bennett, Marketing and Sponsorship Activation and founder of Benn Events.


L to R, Cecelia Townes and Taunita Stephenson, Sports Activation and Founder of Elle Nicole Events.


L to R, Ellakisha O’Kelley; Taisha McBride, Sportswriter; and Charlene Chastellanos.


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