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Women in Leadership Forum and WiLead 2.0 graduation empower female leaders at FIBA Women's EuroBasket 2023

LJUBLJANA (Slovenia) - Ljubljana became the epicenter of female leadership as it proudly welcomed the Women in Leadership Forum and WiLead 2.0 graduation events during FIBA Women's EuroBasket 2023.

Recognizing the importance of women in basketball, FIBA has made women in basketball one of its strategic objectives. This is with the aims of increasing gender diversity in all governing bodies at both the FIBA and National Federation levels.

As part of this effort, FIBA's Women in Leadership programs, including WiLead, focus on nurturing the next generation of female leaders in sports management and administration.

The event in Ljubljana consisted of the Women in Leadership Forum, featuring expert panellists from across Europe, as well as the final workshop and graduation of the 20 participants representing 18 different National Federations in the second edition of the WiLEAD 2.0 program.

The first day of the event was tailored exclusively for the participants of the WiLEAD 2.0 program, with the workshop facilitated by esteemed trainers Lisa Clancy and Sarah O'Shea, with the topics including developing confidence in leadership, crisis management strategies, addressing impostor syndrome, and building effective networking skills.

These discussions aimed to equip the participants with valuable insights and practical knowledge to navigate the challenges encountered in leadership roles.

The event concluded on June 24 with the Women in Leadership Forum, which consisted of two panel discussions (Women in Leadership: The Pathways and Career Development: Impact of FIBA Programs) and the graduation of the WiLEAD 2.0 program.

The forum, which was opened by FIBA Secretary General Andreas Zagklis, brought together WiLEAD participants with esteemed guests including FIBA Europe Board member Elisabeth Egnell, FEB's Elisa Aguilar, FIBA Hall of Fame inductee Natalia Hejkova, FIBA Women's EuroBasket 2021 MVP Sonja Vasic and others.

FIBA President Hamane Niang, FIBA Secretary General Andreas Zagklis, the newly-elected FIBA Europe President Jorge Garbajosa, FIBA Europe Vice-President Carmen Tocala and FIBA Executive Director Europe Kamil Novak were also on hand for the WiLEAD 2.0 graduation ceremony.