Top 10 Moments for Women in Sports

Tuti Scott - Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Sport is the setting for incredible feats of athletic ability, stamina, and bravery. Since March is officially Women’s History Month and Women’s Sports Month, l invite you to revisit some of the incredible historical moments that have showcased the prowess and strength of women and made a mark on the world–often by simply donning a uniform and competing in a traditionally “male” sport. The top 10 list below shows how history repeats itself and offers insight into how sports is a microcosm and platform for the advancement of women’s rights. 

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Seven Areas an Executive Director or CEO can focus on for Success

Tuti Scott - Friday, January 23, 2015
Lately I have been getting calls from people who are starting in a new leadership position as CEO or Executive Director of a social sector organization.  Typically these organizations are called “nonprofits” but l  am purposely reframing this label to “social sector organizations” to better reflect the true bottom line work of social change and community betterment with our communities and people’s lives changing as the ‘profit’.  Many people are coming into this sector from the ‘for profit’ arena and are unsure about what they should focus on to be successful in fundraising.  Here are the tips I have been offering that may be of help for all social sector leaders – new and long serving.  As I put these thoughts together, I realized that these suggestions are relevant for both for profit and social sectors – only the language changes from funds/donors to sales/customers!

Why it’s Okay to Be Called a Tomboy

Tuti Scott - Monday, December 01, 2014

A colleague of mine, Liz Wolfson, started a school for girls in Colorado that has physical movement as a core component of the mission. The Girls Athletic Leadership School (GALS) curriculum is based on research showing that the more your body’s engaged, the better your mind can function.

Imagine what our lives would be like if we integrated movement, wellness, healthy foods, and athletics into every aspect of our day? In a culture where gender norms have 10-year-old girls in dresses and 10-year-old boys in football pads, we need more places where girls are encouraged to be confident and physically expressive.

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Applying a Gender Lens to Social Change Philanthropy

Tuti Scott - Monday, November 03, 2014

One of my most favorite topics to speak about is applying a gender lens in philanthropy and the non-profit sector.  The application of this lens is the concept of how we view gender when we present to others or do our work.  Imagine the sunglasses that you wear on a day filled with bright sunshine.  They change your view, as does considering how you make daily decisions can change the world for women and girls.  

Watch a clip of my address to The Miriam Fund in Boston here...

7 Practices to Focus on Individual Giving

Tuti Scott - Sunday, October 19, 2014
A number of clients and colleagues understand the value of diversifying their revenue models.  Most of these organizations have been primarily dependent on institutional giving models (i.e. recipients of grants) and are starting to explore what success looks like in the individual giving arena.  Results in this arena take time, persistence and insistence on key practices.  Here are my top seven ideas for building sustainable and engaging partnerships with individual donors.  Good luck and let me know which ones are working for you!

Equal Say: Beyond the Boardroom, the C Suite and the Legislative Office

Tuti Scott - Thursday, October 16, 2014

I had the honor to speak at the ESPNW Women + Sports Summit.  This annual gathering brought together many athletes, executives, media and sponsors as a way to create opportunity and change for women in sports.  Some of the attendees included Stacey Allaster, CEO of the Women’s Tennis Association, Beth Brooke, Global Vice Chair, Ersnt & Young, Donna Carpenter, President, Burton Snowboards, athlete star Mo’ne Davis, and Maria Shriver, journalist, producer and news anchor. 

Women’s sport has been in my blood since I was young—playing, coaching, learning and leading.  My career has been all about advocating for women’s rights both inside and outside of sports. I have had the privilege of working with Billie Jean King, Geena Davis, Donna Lopiano and Julie Foudy--all fierce leaders in women’s rights and women’s sports.  My tenure of more than 15 years at the Women’s Sports Foundation is now blended with speaking and leading in the field of social justice philanthropy.  I use a gender lens, when strategizing with clients, as a tool to direct the problem solving of inequity toward solution-based movement building. 

Powering Up for Women's Philanthropy

Tuti Scott - Friday, September 26, 2014

The Women Moving Millions Summit theme was “The story of power” and by the end I was fired up and also overwhelmed with the many ideas, facts and speakers all encouraging us to ‘power up!’   I was doing my yoga power pose, staying connected to my power posse at the Summit and beyond via social media, and finding new ways to get comfortable ‘promoting myself and my power’--something that seems to be a struggle for many women and is actually tied to our brain wiring!   A fabulous new male member of WMM asked me at dinner one night, what is important about me?  For the life of me, I was so fixated on what was important to me (advancing women and girls leadership) that I struggled to answer this question. 

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Practices for Advancing a Culture of Philanthropy

Tuti Scott - Thursday, August 21, 2014

Working with the Jewish Women's Foundations network proves to be fabulous and fruitful.  We map out the processes that best support the people who execute them, as well as the foundations and the stakeholders.  Best practices are established and utilized to create positive cultures that thrive. I offer seven ways to advance a culture of philanthropy in your fund or foundation.   

1. At each meeting, one leadership member spends up to four minutes sharing their personal story of connection to the work.  The more details of the story and the person’s connection to women’s rights/ issues of focus, the better.  Feel free to tie into your story the words Advocate, Educate, “Genderosity” or other relevant brand themes.  

2. Consider a meeting dedicated to shaping an advocacy and/or programmatic goal.  The focus is on a defined action (i.e. address FMLA in the county, join a coalition on fair pay, research safety issues and their solutions for women and their families, etc) and developing a ‘case’ for support.  Attach a financial goal to the case statement that includes staff support to administer project and support for the Executive Director. 

What I would tell my 18-year-old self

Tuti Scott - Wednesday, July 16, 2014

In the fall of 1980, as I left New Hampshire to go to Ithaca College in upstate New York, one of a handful of students in my class who would leave the state for college and the first of my siblings to pursue a four year degree, I wish I had the certainty to have known the following:

  1. That deeply loving women and being a lesbian is a magical, powerful, loving, brave, acceptable way of being in the world no matter what anyone says to you or how isolating it may feel at times.

  2. That the love you have for basketball, competing and being the coach on the floor will place you in settings you could never dream of to promote women athletes as leaders and to help shape the women’s sports movement. 

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Feminist Sport and the World Cup

Tuti Scott - Wednesday, June 18, 2014
Amidst the Men’s World Cup excitement, I had the honor of speaking at the United Nations on the role of sport in peace and development.  The topic was on women's rights and women's sports and how we can address barriers to sport participation that women must overcome.  My speech has much data about this and highlights the intelligent work of Women Win of which I am a founding Board member.   I wished we could have had a panel that addressed the World Cup media and equity issues.  Alas, we did a bit of this for a Social Good chat. 

There are so many equity topics to address: the women having to play on turf--unheard of for men’s World Cup play and highlighted by the most recent New York Times article written by Juliet Macur, “To End this Turf War, Unroll Sod”; the disparity of resources--the Men's World Cup purse (the sum of money paid to the federation/governing bodies in the countries of the winning and participating teams, such as U.S. Soccer) is $576 million and Women's World Cup purse is $7.6 million for the same number of teams and games played; the sexualization of female athletes in advertising--the ONE woman player in the McDonald’s commercial is in heels!;  the lack of women in governance—Burundi’s Lydia Nsekera is to only woman who appears on the FIFA organizational chart; the ever-present issue, as lamented by Evelyn Shoop in her piece, “Women’s Sports Are Getting Less Airtime.”                                  

Image via Women's Sports Foundation.  

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