Diversity Thought Leadership Series

Growth of the Game: An Inside Look at Cleveland’s Hosting of the NCAA Women’s Final Four

Through the KeyBank Diversity Thought Leadership Series, The City Club of Cleveland will host a special panel discussion on Wednesday, February 28, 2024 at 12 p.m. highlighting the growth of women's basketball and providing an inside look at Cleveland’s hosting of the 2024 NCAA Women’s Final Four.


  • David Gilbert, President and CEO, Greater Cleveland Sports Commission
  • Lynn Holzman, Vice President, NCAA Women's Basketball
  • Carol Stiff, President, Women's Sports Network; Chairperson, Women's Basketball Hall of Fame Board of Trustees
  • Moderator TBA

In early April, Cleveland will host the 2024 NCAA Women’s Final Four, headlining a much anticipated week of events drawing the nation's, and the world's attention on our city.

The growth of the Women's Final Four is actively driving the future of women's sports. In addition to top collegiate athletes like Caitlin Clark of Iowa dominating the scoreboard and headlines--increased coverage and broadcasts of women's sports across the country has created significant influence far beyond the court. The energy behind this year's competition is as high as it has ever been.

What areas can Cleveland expect to see the greatest impacts on their local communities? Is Cleveland ready? And how can the NCAA and its partners leverage this unique opportunity for the benefit of women's sports locally and beyond?

Join us at the City Club as we hear from experts inside the game and get a sneak peek into the NCAA Women's Final Four.

As part of Greater Cleveland Sports Commission's Velocity community programming, this annual speaker series will be hosted by the historic City Club of Cleveland, featuring pioneers in sports to discuss topics such as athlete activism, social justice, women in sports, LGBTQ+ and minorities in professional sports.

The City Club of Cleveland's livestream will be available for free beginning at 12 p.m. on Wednesday, February 28, 2024. Have questions? Tweet them at @TheCityClub or send a text to 330.541.5794.

For information on City Club's health and safety protocols, click here. Email info@cityclub.org with any questions.



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