Last Updated on April 3, 2022
Are you looking to bring in a female speaker to work with your students, student athletes, coaches or administrators on name, image and likeness? The women profiled here all have professional experience on topics that are integral to the new NIL economy and are skilled public speakers.
You can sort by topic below and click on any profile to learn more about the woman and her area of expertise.
Business of College Sports is providing this directory as a courtesy to those looking to book female speakers on NIL. We are not endorsing any individual speaker and encourage you to ask for testimonials, samples of previous speaking engagements and other information you need to make the best decision for your needs. Business of College Sports does not receive any compensation from speakers to be featured here.
Female NIL Speakers
As a sports business reporter/analyst, Kristi has reported on everything from collective bargaining to endorsements to the finances of pro and intercollegiate athletics for outlets such as ESPN, Forbes, The Washington Post, SportsBusiness Journal and more.
Prior to joining ESPN, Kristi was a practicing attorney and a sports business analyst for Forbes, Comcast Sports Southeast and more. She founded BusinessofCollegeSports.com in 2010 and started the Business of College Sports podcast in early 2020. The site has become a nationally-recognized source for news and analysis of the business of college sports. Professors around the country use content from BusinessofCollegeSports.com to teach courses in law, sports administration and sports management programs.
Kristi’s book on the business of college football, Saturday Millionaires: How Winning Football Builds Winning Colleges, was released from Wiley/Turner Publishing on September 10, 2013. She is currently writing a book on name, image and likeness for use in higher education.
In addition to her work in sports, Kristi has founded and grown a PR and personal branding agency, Guide My Brand, that works with solopreneurs and nonfiction authors on establishing themselves as experts in their niches through traditional and online media.
- NIL overview customized for the audience (students, student athletes, coaches, staff or admins)
- Building a career as a content creator (including social media, blogging, podcasting, public speaking and more)
- Personal branding
- Working with brands
- Leveraging NIL for life beyond graduation
Certified Public Accountant
Katie Davis is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA), Partner, and Collegiate Athletics Practice Leader at James Moore & Co., an accounting firm that works with collegiate athletics departments, athletic associations, booster clubs, and other higher education-related organizations nationwide.
Katie has dedicated her career to providing accounting and consulting services to universities and advocating for the financial voices in college athletics. She helps to educate the sports business industry on relevant issues that impact us now and in the future. This includes development of tax-specific video courses, live workshops, and other resources that help student-athletes maneuver through the NIL landscape safely.
- Navigating Taxes
- Income and self-employment tax basics
- Tax planning strategies
- Impacts on Federal Student Aid
- Recruiting strategies
- Other customized tax-related content for student-athletes, coaches, staff and administration
Media Coach/Brand Expert
Caroline brings experience as an athlete and media professional who founded In Common Communications.
She graduated from the University of South Carolina as a dual-sport athlete before starting her career as a broadcast journalist working for the SEC Network, Indianapolis Colts, and Carolina Panthers.
Caroline combines her decade of experience to empower athletes, teams, and organizations to build their brand – exactly the way they want.
- Media Training: helping athletes own their moment in the media spotlight through team and personal media training sessions
- Brand Training: encouraging athletes to understand their personal brand and leverage NIL opportunities
- Leadership: guiding athletes to make a bigger impact on their teams
Kassandra Ramsey is a sports and entertainment attorney in the Washington, D.C. metro area. Kassandra is the founder of The Law Office of Kassandra Ramsey, P.L.L.C. where she assists entrepreneurs, athletes, entertainers, and social media influencers with creating, running, and protecting their businesses.
Kassandra is also a writer and advocate for college athletes’ rights. She has written extensively on college athletes’ rights and has authored two e-books aimed at assisting current and prospective college athletes with getting the most out the emerging name, image, and likeness opportunities.
Additionally, Kassandra has been a guest speaker on Sirius XM’s radio show “The Night Cap” where she has explained various sports law topics. Kassandra received her Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Virginia State University and her Juris Doctor from Howard University School of Law.
- Understating Intellectual property for college athletes
- Understanding the various business entities for college athletes
- Using social media as a tool for Name, Image, and Likeness
- Understanding state NIL laws and school NIL policies for athletes, boosters, and agents
- Using NIL as an opportunity to set college athletes up for life after sports
Founder, NIL Network
Michelle was raised in Santa Cruz, CA before attending and playing volleyball at UC Santa Barbara. She graduated in 2009 with a degree in Psychology and a double minor in Sport Management and Athletic Coaching. After a brief professional career in Denmark, Michelle coached the beach volleyball team at the University of Hawaii. She then coached at Pepperdine for one year before running the Olympic development program for USA Beach Volleyball from 2015-2018. Michelle founded NIL Network in November of 2020 as a hub of resources for athletes, coaches, and administrators to navigate Name, Image, and Likeness reform.
- Protecting their athletes, their NIL, and their eligibility.
- Utilizing NIL for recruiting advantages.
- Helping their athletes navigate the NIL companies and services available to them.
- Taking a leadership role to ensure maintaining a positive team culture.
- Overview of early trends, projections, and other timely NIL topics
Gail helps college athletes establish and grow their brands for the long haul.
With a background in sports information, publicity and PR, she specializes in one-on-one and small group consults to identify athletes’ stories so they may keenly and personally home in on their ideal business relationships.
Work with Gail to prepare simple materials and refine your social media approach to get yourself known and valued by NIL partners and beyond.
- Helps college athletes identify what makes them valuable to NIL partners
- Maximize social media to engage with others to better promote athletes and NIL partners
- Organize NIL activities so athletes may focus on sports and school.
- Available for on-campus, Zoom and phone meetings.
Founder, Advantage Rule
Tammi Gaw has been a part of the sports landscape for over 25 years. Beginning her career as an athletic trainer at the University of Oklahoma, Tammi brought her experience as a competitive gymnast to the sports medicine world, working at both the high school and Division I university levels. In 2004, Tammi brought her knowledge of sports to the other side of the locker room door. As one of only a handful of professionals licensed as both an attorney and an athletic trainer, Tammi’s unique and unconventional career has included in-house counsel positions, non-profit management and board participation, and C-suite level work with integrated planning for large and medium scale sporting events.
She is considered an expert on the business of college sports, including Name, Image, and Likeness reform, Title IX, and both short and long term medical welfare for athletes of all levels. Through her company Advantage Rule, Tammi combines her extensive experience in sports medicine, business, and law with her passion for advocacy. Whether on the field, in the board room and executive suite, or advocating for client groups seeking access to long term medical care for former athletes, Tammi brings invaluable insight and perspective.
In addition to her Bachelor of Science degree in Sports Sciences and her Juris Doctor from Loyola Law School, Tammi also earned a Master’s degree in Sports Management. She is an international speaker on issues around sports business, law, medicine, and social justice and has been featured in a variety of news outlets, podcasts, panels, and publications. Tammi authored a course which covers legal aspects of sports medicine that is used by Athletic Training professors, and co-hosted two seasons of the Business ATvantage podcast to educate athletic trainers about the legal aspects of their careers.
- NIL opportunities outside traditional “revenue” sports
- NIL as a recruiting tool
- Navigating NIL for medical and health related products
- NIL and Title IX
- NIL for Olympic athletes who may later compete in college
- NIL and locker room parity
Director of Marketing & Sales, Octagon
Jenna Nobles is an innovative and results-driven marketing executive successful in building and executing complex, multi-platform campaigns in the fast-paced sports and entertainment industry. She’s a Marketing Director at Octagon where she creates strategic alliances with clients, brands, agencies, executives, and diverse cross-functional teams. Her expertise and strategy center around storytelling and creating authentic brands for athletes that translate into off-the-field revenue opportunities.
- Athlete Branding
- Women in Sports
Kara Jo Wietrzykowski
Financial Advisor Associate, Morgan Stanley
Kara Jo is the daughter of two entrepreneurs. Her parents owned and operated a quarter horse facility her entire childhood, which was a fun way to grow up and see the benefits of hard work. Through their sacrifice and example she was able to receive a full athletic scholarship to play tennis at her dream school – The Ohio State University. Soon after graduation she married her soulmate and they have two beautiful girls ages 3 and 1.
Her career in the Financial Services industry began in 2016 working with business owners to help meet their insurance needs. After the loss of her mom in 2020, she had a tuning fork moment. It was at that point she realized she could make a greater impact by becoming a financial advisor and walking alongside individuals during their financial journey.
Now, she works with her team to manage the personal wealth of her clients. Education and holistic financial planning lead the charge to empower individuals to help make sound investment decisions. Financial literacy for collegiate athletes is a special passion of hers. She conducts seminars, webinars and panel discussions on the topic of practical financial education with an emphasis on the ever-changing landscape in the wake of Name, Image and Likeness.
- Practical finance for the student athlete
- Foundational education for building wealth
- NIL income examples