Emory Sports Medicine Center Women's Sports & Wellness Conference

Date: Saturday, August 6, 2022

Time: 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Registration: Click the link below to register

The In-Person will be held at Emory School of Medicine:
100 Woodruff Circle NE
Atlanta, GA 30322

Parking at the Michael Street Parking Deck / Level 3 / 550 Houston Mill Road, Atlanta, GA 30322.
Emory Conference Center hotel booking information 1615 Clifton Road NE, Atlanta, GA 30329)

About the Conference

We will host both in-person and virtual sessions for this years conference. Select the appropriate registration link above to make your choice. We are looking forward to seeing you there.

Our 2022 conference features health care experts to discuss current and relevant topics relating to the health and wellness of female athletes of all levels and generations. As women and young girls continue to dominate the world of sport, we must recognize the impact sports and fitness can have on the female body. This difference has led to innovative research that studies how high endurance and consistent low impact performance can affect a woman’s body from adolescence to young adulthood, to motherhood, and peaking as a senior athlete.

The Women’s Sports & Wellness Conference seeks to provide an opportunity to bridge this research and the resulting contemporary solutions and strategies geared toward prevention, treatment, and rehabilitation with the female athlete in mind. The conference will provide attendees with knowledge and advice in navigating significant real-life issues for the contemporary athlete with topics ranging from nutritional trends, psychological impacts, and the woman’s changing body (adolescent, pregnancy, and aging.) Also, medical experts will provide new information on the cutting-edge technologies and treatments used at Emory Healthcare and nationally, all while providing networking opportunities with colleagues and thought leaders in the field.

Who Should Attend?

Community Athletes:
  • Female athletes
  • Weekend warriors
  • Senior athletes
  • Fitness moms
  • Expecting (or soon to be) athletes
  • Parents of young athletic girls (along with young athletes)
  • Adolescent athletes
  • Coaches
Healthcare Professionals
(Educational credits available):

  • Physicians
  • Coaches
  • Physical therapists
  • Athletic trainers
  • Nutritionists
  • Psychologists

Keynote Speakers:

Morgan Shaw Parker, MS
President and COO of the Atlanta Dream

"Power and Empowerment: Women and Sports"

Morgan Shaw ParkerMorgan Shaw Parker brings over 25 years of experience across all levels of sport business including the NFL, WNBA, NCAA and NIKE, Inc. She currently serves as President and Chief Operating Officer of the WNBA’s Atlanta Dream overseeing day-to-day business operations and revenue growth, and working closely with ownership to set the direction of the organization and build the strategic vision including sponsorships, ticketing, retail, marketing, digital, in-game experience, human resources, community engagement and fan data/analytics.

Prior to the Atlanta Dream she served as Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer at Arthur M. Blank Sports & Entertainment (AMBSE) where she led marketing and communications initiatives for the Atlanta Falcons and Mercedes-Benz Stadium. During her tenure, she lead her team to take home nine regional Emmy Awards, 19 regional Emmy nominations, three platinum, two gold AVA Digital Awards, two Webby Awards and one Hashtag Sports Award.

Shaw Parker also spent more than a decade at NIKE, Inc. working on the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing, China, the 2010 Olympic Games in Vancouver, Canada and 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil in addition to the NFL, MLB, NBA, WNBA, NCAA college football, as well as Nike men’s and women’s training, sportswear and running divisions. 

AdWeek named Shaw Parker as one of its “2019 Most Powerful Women in Sports,” and Sports Business Journal has recognized her as a “Game Changer” in the sports industry– an award given to women who are making an impact in sports business. She currently sits on the board of Atlanta-based Rising Media Stars - an organization that empowers the next generation of Black women in sports media.

Markesha Henderson, Ed. D

"Title IX: 50 Years, Then and Now"

Markesha Henderson, Ed. D, Keynote SpeakerMarkesha McWilliams Henderson serves as Director of Athletics and Physical Education at Agnes Scott College, a women’s liberal arts college in Decatur, GA. Agnes Scott College is ranked the #1 most innovative school in the country among liberal arts colleges by U. S. News & World Report for the third year in a row. At the helm of Scottie Athletics, she is responsible for the governance of 6 intercollegiate athletic teams that participate in the USA South Conference, a member of NCAA Division III. As Director of Physical Education, Dr. Henderson is also responsible for ensuring the student body fulfills the mandatory requirement for wellness education.

Only two months into her appointment, sports were paused due to the CoVID-19 pandemic. Henderson's leadership helped the Scotties quickly pivot through the cancellation of their spring seasons and postponement of their fall seasons. She is a leading voice in advocating for post-pandemic sustainability of women’s sport. In response to the other pandemic of 2020, the resurgence of racial discrimination in the United States, she developed R.E.S.T. Area, which stands for Race and Equity in Sports Training. This training supports collegiate athletic departments with creating safe spaces to have healthy and healing conversations about race relations and empowers student-athletes to use their voice for social change.

Dr. Henderson presents a unique combination of experiences to inform her work including experience as a former Division I All-American Track and Field Athlete and National Champion. In addition to serving in senior roles in all three divisions of the NCAA, Dr. Henderson also held faculty appointments at the University of West Georgia and Clark Atlanta University. She continues to extend her leadership and expertise to many sports organizations including commissioned research for the National Football League Players Association (NFLPA).

She earned a Doctor of Education in Higher Education Administration from The George Washington University, a Master of Science in Sports Administration from Georgia State University, and a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism and Communication Arts from the University of Wisconsin. She resides in Mableton, GA with her husband Derrick, a law enforcement officer in Fulton County, Georgia, and her two sons, Derrick II (Deuce) and William III (Trey).

Program Director

Courtney Gleason, MD
Assistant Professor, Department of Orthopedics, Emory Sports Medicine Director, Emory’s Female Athlete Program
Head Team Physician for Agnes Scott College Team Physician for the Atlanta Dream

"Female Athlete Attrition: Keeping Women in the Game"

Courtney Gleason, MD, Program Director

Dr. Courtney Gleason is the director of Emory’s Female Athlete Program. She is a non-operative sports medicine physician at Emory University. She holds an undergraduate degree in Biological Sciences from the University of Notre Dame and her medical degree from the University of South Carolina. She completed three years of an orthopedic surgery residency before moving to Atlanta and completing a pediatric residency at Emory. She did a non-operative sports medicine fellowship at Harvard at Boston Children’s Hospital. Before joining the faculty at Emory, she was an attending physician at Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island, and was one of the team physicians for Brown athletics. Currently, she is the head team physician for Agnes Scott College and a team physician for the Atlanta Dream. She also serves as a physician for the Atlanta Ballet. She has traveled internationally with US soccer and has served at a crew chief for the Peachtree Road Race for the last three years. She enjoys treating athletes of all ages, sports, and skill level. Special interests include working with dancers and aesthetic athletes and runners. She is particularly interested in bone health, bone stress injuries, overuse injuries, and the concept of relative energy deficiency in sport. She has a special interest in understanding female athlete attrition in sports and working with and for female athletes to optimize performance, minimize injury risk, and keep them active and playing the sports they love.

Planning Committee

Courtney Gleason, MD
Jennifer London, MS, LAT, ATC
Anna Cottle, PT, DPT, ATC
Atiya Wilson, MBA

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