Donna Orender is a sports executive and a former collegiate and professional basketball player. She was formerly president of the Women's National Basketball Association

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Leadership, power, empowerment — they never meant a lot to Donna Orender growing up. Being a strong young woman was about opportunity. She just wanted a level playing field. But she discovered that the path to enlightenment, to a passion focused on girls excelling and women rising, began with not being afraid to ask a simple question: WHY NOT? Orender will discuss the power of asking Why Not as something we must embrace in the interest of personal growth, transformation, and broader social opportunities.

Donna Orender, CEO of Orender Unlimited, a Jacksonville-based consulting and advisory firm, is a recognized business leader, trailblazer, game changer and executive. Prior to Orender Unlimited, Donna served six years as the President of the WNBA. During her term the league solidified its base and grew double digits in all key business metrics. With her focus on revitalizing the brand, its value and relevance, the league experienced five years of consecutive attendance growth, after eight years of decline. Prior to the WNBA, Donna spent 17 years at the PGA Tour, the men’s professional golf tour. She led the negotiating team that changed the paradigm for how PGA Tour golf was both packaged and sold for television, resulting in billions of dollars in growth for the tour. Her last position was in the Office of the Commissioner, as the Senior Vice President of Strategic Development.