Nancy Hogshead-Makar, CEO, Champion Women

Nancy Hogshead-Makar is an Olympic champion, a civil rights lawyer, a public speaker, an activist and Jacksonville native. She leads Champion Women, a non-profit that provides legal advocacy for girls and women in sports. Champion Women’s focus areas include equal play; traditional Title IX compliance in athletic departments, sexual harassment, abuse and assault in sport, employment, pregnancy and LGBT discrimination.

Hogshead-Makar has a commitment to empowerment, using sport as a vehicle for social change. She has received significant awards recognizing her commitment to girls and women in athletics from a wide array of organizations, including the International Olympic Committee’s Women and Sport award for the Americas in 2014.

Hogshead-Makar has testified in Congress numerous times on the topic of gender equity in athletics, written numerous scholarly and lay articles, and is a frequent guest on national news programs on the topic. She serves as an expert witness in Title IX cases and has written amicus briefs representing athletic organizations in precedent-setting litigation.

Her book, co-authored with Andrew Zimbalist, Equal Play, Title IX and Social Change, has received acclaim, and she was the lead author of Pregnant and Parenting Student-Athletes; Resources and Model Policies, published by the NCAA. She currently serves on several boards, including the Aspen Institute’s Sport and Society, and the NCAA Gender Equity Taskforce, and the Association of Title IX Administrators (“ATIXA”).