Donna Orender, Founder, and CEO, Orender Unlimited & Generation W

Donna Orender, Founder, and CEO, Orender Unlimited & Generation W

  • Donna Orender is the Founder and CEO of  Orender Unlimited & Generation W
  • She is the former President of the Women’s National Basketball Association of the USA.
  • She has been recognized as one of the top 10 most powerful women in sports.

 

Podcast

Overview

Support women on their way to the top. Trust that they will extend a hand to those who follow. Today we have  Donna Orender who speaks to us on leadership, change, gender equity, and diversity.

00:31- About Donna Orender

  • Donna Orender is the Founder and CEO of  Orender Unlimited & Generation W
  • She is the former President of the Women’s National Basketball Association of the USA.
  • She has been recognized as one of the top 10 most powerful women in sports.
  • She is recognized by Newsweek as amongst the 100 most influential people.
  • She is also a best-selling author of the book WOWsdom! The Girl’s Guide to the Positive and the Possible.

01:03- About her journey from being a Basketball player to an entrepreneur

  • I continue to love sports, and I believe in sports as a global opportunity to elevate all the human population.
  • Because I believe that when you elevate girls and women, you elevate us all.
  •  I played lots of sports. I ultimately became a professional basketball player.
  • It was learning the lessons of competing in sports as well as being part of an opportunity that didn’t encourage me, so when it came to ideas and opportunities and businesses I didn’t quite hesitate

02:27- About Orender Unlimited & Generation W

  • It was after I left the WNBA. When my time was done there, I knew I wanted to continue that work.
  • I thought it was so essential and important.
  • Not only for the direct impact on women and girls and the opportunities and voices that they would have. But also for all of our businesses we are in a war for talent.
  • In 2011, I launched Generation W, a dynamic platform of education, inspiration, and connection for women and girls after serving 6 years as President of the WNBA and 17 years in a senior executive role on the PGA TOUR.

03:41- About the mission

  • Mission-To Educate, Inspire, Connect and Fuel the Power of Women’s Leadership

05:48- What are the areas you are working on to support women and girls around the world?

  • It is all about exposing and teaching girls about the positives in the possible, and it’s not just a group of girls, it’s all girls.
  • We believe that when we are exposed to each other at a young age, we can lead, learn, and live together.
  • It is the day-to-day connection of people in humanity that actually will be the driver of making sure that we can stay on a positive path as opposed to a destructive one.

17:42- Younger Generation handling Inclusion

  • The younger generation has moved through LGBTQ+ in a more progressive way than anything we were able to live through.
  • What they’re saying is we accept everybody that’s a way of saying we accept everybody but in the sense, race shouldn’t matter.

RESOURCES:

You can connect with Donna Orender- LinkedIn

Visit http://www.orenderunlimited.com

Visit http://www.genwnow.com

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Donna Orender learned early on that the games played on the courts and in the fields were a vital learning and proving ground for life’s opportunities.

Recognized as a leader of growth and innovation in several high-profile companies, her ability to pivot as a former professional basketball athlete has served her well.

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