ORLANDO, April 23, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — The Central Florida Sports Commission announces today the Celebrating Women in Sports Luncheon presented by Orlando Health, which will be held on May 17th, 2018 at The Ballroom at Church Street.
The inaugural luncheon will recognize three Community Sports Leadership Award winners: Maribeth Bisienere, Linda Landman Gonzalez, and Joanie Schirm. ESPN’s first female MLB analyst and two-time Olympian (gold and silver medalist), Jessica Mendoza, will deliver the keynote address. As one of the most notable softball players in the last decade, Jessica has provided her analysis for ESPN and ABC Little League World Series, and the Men’s and Women’s College World Series. As a past president of the Women’s Sports Foundation, an educational nonprofit charity focused on female involvement in sports, Jessica hopes to use this keynote as a platform to share her belief that all women deserve to play sports.The Community Sports Leadership Award is given to women of exemplary character who have shown strong leadership abilities in the Central Florida region. Maribeth Bisienere serves as the Senior Vice President for Walt Disney World Parks and Security. Maribeth led the strategic growth and management of the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex in Florida, the industry leader in youth sports events, and the runDisney endurance series which spans five race weekends. Linda Landman Gonzalez is the Vice President of Social Responsibility for the Orlando Magic and President of the Orlando Magic Youth Foundation. Linda serves in a leadership role overseeing community relations, government relations, philanthropy, corporate giving, cause marketing and multicultural insights. Joanie Schirm is the founder of Geotechnical and Environmental Consultants, Inc., as well as an author. Joanie was the founding volunteer President of the Central Florida Sports Commission (then known as the Orlando Area Sports Commission) and chairman of Orlando’s venue