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Panel: Game Changers – Womxn Shaping the Future of Sports Leadership

Panelists will discuss their journeys in ascending to leadership roles, the challenges faced in a traditionally male-dominated arena, and their strategies for success. They will share insights on fostering team spirit, driving performance, and promoting gender diversity in sports management.

Erica Aresco, Senior Associate Athletic Director and CFO, Duke Athletics

Erica is currently the Senior Associate Athletic Director and CFO for Duke Athletics. Erica spent seven years at Columbia University as the Athletics CFO with prior stops at The George Washington University and Wagner College in athletics administration. Additionally, Erica spent time working in finance at The National Geographic Society and The Washington Post. Erica is a native of Upstate New York and has an MBA from Wagner College and earned her undergraduate degree from SUNY New Paltz.

Francie Gottsgen, President, North Carolina Courage and North Carolina Football Club

A Durham resident and alumna of Duke University, Francie brings a wealth of business development and sports marketing experience to the North Carolina Courage and North Carolina FC, as well as a valuable perspective on sponsorships and relationship building. Before taking the role of Club President, Francie served as the Chief Executive Officer of Sports Systems, a sports technology company; Senior Vice President of Sports and Entertainment Marketing at JP Morgan Chase, which followed a similar role at Wells Fargo. Gottsegen has also worked at notable professional sports organizations including the PGA of America, the National Basketball Association, and Major League Soccer. As Club President, Francie leads business operations including sponsorship, ticketing, merchandise, marketing, communications, broadcasting, operations, finance and human resources. She also serves on the board of NCFC Youth, the United Soccer League, the Raleigh Chamber, the Greater Raleigh Sports Alliance, and the North Carolina Sports Leadership Council.

Elizabeth Lindsey, President, Wasserman

Elizabeth Lindsey joined Wasserman in 2007 and currently serves as President, overseeing all of Wasserman’s brands and properties business globally including the division’s key service teams: creative, production and media buying group Laundry Service, full-service creator marketing group Cycle and next generation marketing group Next Gen. She is responsible for leading the team of more than 1,200 professionals around the globe who develop, negotiate and creatively activate and measure partnerships, events and campaigns on behalf of all brand clients and leading sports and entertainment properties.

During Lindsey’s tenure at Wasserman, she has overseen massive growth within the Marketing division which has exploded in size, expanding both geographically and into new service offerings including strategic consulting, property consulting, creative campaign development, experiential marketing and hospitality, and a deep global insights practice. The team currently services over 250 clients annually including iconic brands and properties such as American Express, AT&T, Microsoft, Molson Coors, NFL and UEFA, among many others.

In addition to her role overseeing the Marketing group, Lindsey is also instrumental in the direction of Wasserman’s corporate strategy, helping guide the agency’s strategic decision-making including acquisition and international expansion initiatives and serves as a senior advisor to Casey Wasserman on matters regarding the company’s strategic growth. Lindsey also serves as the senior leader overseeing The Collective – Wasserman’s platform focused on raising the profile of and opportunities for women in sports, a passion area of Lindsey’s.

Lindsey previously served as Managing Partner of Wasserman’s Brands and Properties division and, before that role, she was Senior Vice President of the Raleigh, North Carolina-based sports and entertainment consulting firm OnSport, which was acquired in 2007 by Wasserman. In advance of her tenure with OnSport, she managed sports and entertainment relationships for Canada-based telecom firm Nortel for over 10 years.

She was honored by Adweek as one of the “Most Powerful Women in Sports” and by SportsBusiness Journal in its annual “Forty Under 40” list. She was also recognized as a 2020 “Woman of the Year” for WISE – Women in Sports and Events.

Lindsey holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in broadcast journalism and a master’s degree in mass communication from the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill. She currently resides in Chapel Hill, North Carolina with her family has a history of community service serving on nonprofit boards such as Make-A-Wish of North Carolina.