ESPNW's Carol Stiff to discuss transformation of women in sports

March 17, 2016

MIDDLETOWN, Pa. — Carol Stiff, vice president of content programming and integration at ESPNW, will lead a Title IX discussion on women in sports, followed by a film screening of the documentary “Venus Vs.” at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, March 22, in the Olmsted Building auditorium at Penn State Harrisburg.

Title IX is a comprehensive federal law that prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex in any federally funded education program or activity.

Stiff is one of the most influential people in women’s college sports, particularly in basketball, where ESPN has held exclusivity on the women's NCAA tournament since 1996. She focuses on integrating the content and stories from the comprehensive multiplatform ESPNW initiative, and elevating its presence across the ESPN network. As a result of her 2012 role in ESPN’s prestigious internal job rotation program, which placed her in the Business Development and Strategy Department for six months, she helped spearhead the development of the 2013 “Nine for IX” film series.

Stiff was inducted into the Connecticut Basketball Hall of Fame in April 2005. In 2008, she was named the “Top Advocate for Women’s Basketball” by the Tampa Tribune, and in 2009 Sports Business Journal recognized her as one of the most influential executives leading the way in women’s sports. She also was awarded the 2011 WBCA Mel Greenberg Media Award for her commitment to women’s basketball and advancing the role of media in the game.

As part of the “Nine for IX” television series, the film “Venus Vs.” follows Venus Williams and other well-known tennis players in the struggle of having equal prizes allotted to men and women during Wimbledon and the French Open, which led to Venus leading a two-year campaign for gender quality.

The presentation is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Tim Lengel at or Betsy Parlett at, or call 717-948-4309.

Last Updated March 18, 2016