“Sports helped define me. And wow, did they ever.”
Donna Orender grew up playing stickball in the streets, defying her father’s expectations of what was a suitable pastime for young girls. Her dedication to expressing who she was never faltered, despite the lack of other women pursuing sports careers through her first act. Playing collegiate basketball at Queens College in New York and then going on to play professional women’s basketball in the Women’s Pro Basketball League, Donna’s passion for athletics drove her to never-before-seen heights. She successfully made a career of sports, including broadcasting, marketing, and eventually becoming the commissioner of the WNBA.
Now in her Third Act, Donna is returning to her roots, devoting time to mentoring the girls and women in her hometown. From events and programs to clubs and books, Donna is bolstering the female community through her company, Generation W. Follow along as she shares the highlight reel of her fascinating career.
(02:22) First Act: Poetry in motion
(06:00) The first women’s basketball league
(14:44) Second Act: Fighting for the greater good
(16:59) Third Act: “Start a company right now.”
(22:26) Launch Her
(28:24) Invest in your own community
(29:19) What’s next for WOWsdom?
Listeners can connect with Donna on LinkedIn or visit her Facebook for more information about her journey. You can also find her on Twitter. Get involved with Generation W at https://genwnow.com/, or look into her book, WOWsdom.
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