On October 18, 2021, The annual espnW: Women + Sports Summit will return in person at the beautiful Lodge at Torrey Pines in La Jolla, CA. Now in its 12th year, The Summit unites a world-class group of leaders in sports, business, and entertainment for a three-day program focused on creating positive change and opportunity for women in sports.

Through panels, keynotes, and interactive sessions, The Summit brings the women + sports community together to discuss, debate and collaborate across a wide range of topics, from the business of women’s sports and marketing of female athletes to the drive for female leadership and equality across industries.

The Summit integrates wellness and sports activities throughout the experience (whether in-person or virtual), to ensure attendees are refreshed, engaged and ready to take action!


The 2021 Summit experience will be as vibrant as ever, with all of the rich community, conversation and inspiration you’ve come to expect from espnW. However, this year’s event will be smaller than in years past, with limited on-site capacity as we safely return to in-person experiences.

Date: Monday, October 18 – Wednesday, October 20, 2021

Location: The Lodge at Torrey Pines,
La Jolla, CA

Registration: In-person registration by invitation only.

Throughout 2020, we learned just how valuable access to our virtual Summits was to the women + sports community. As we return in-person, we will continue to livestream nearly all espnW Summit programming across select espnW and ESPN digital and social platforms.

Date: Monday, October 18 – Wednesday, October 20, 2021

Registration: Virtual registration is free and will open week of September 20th. If you would like to be notified when virtual registration opens, please email us. Once registered the link to view live will be sent via email on October 18.

Questions about our on-site or virtual Summits? Check out our FAQs or email us at [email protected].


W Summit Opening and Welcome with Sage Steele, Sarah Spain, and Laura Gentile
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Women in Leadership: Investing in Women's Sports
Kate Johnson / Head of Global Sports & Entertainment Marketing, Google, Monica Rustgi-Mody / Vice President, Marketing, Budweiser and Shiz Suzuki / Assistant Vice President, Sponsorships and Experiential Marketing, AT&T with Sage Steele

What is your COVID-19 policy?

The health and safety of Summit attendees and participants is our primary focus. Our decisions related to in-person COVID-19 safety protocols will be informed by the CDC, Disney and applicable state and local authority guidance.

What is the cancellation / refund policy? 

This is an exclusive, invitation-only event. In the event that you can no longer attend, we will issue you a full refund up to 6 weeks prior to the start of the event (on or before September 6). If you cancel your registration after September 6 we cannot issue a full refund, but you may either transfer your registration to a colleague or defer your registration to next year’s event. 

How much does the in-person Summit cost?

The total registration fee is $3,000. This includes resort lodging for three days/two nights, Summit-sponsored events and activities, all meals and all receptions throughout the Summit.

What does the in-person registration fee cover?

The Registration Fee for the 2021 espnW: Women + Sports Summit covers your resort lodging for three days/two nights, Summit-sponsored events and activities, all meals and all receptions throughout the Summit.

All payments are processed and charged when your credit card information is submitted. You will receive an order confirmation in your email. If you have any questions about the Summit, please contact [email protected].

What’s the weather like in La Jolla in October?

The average daytime high in the La Jolla area in October is 70 degrees. The overnight low averages 58 degrees. In short, bring a sweater - it can be a little chilly.

What is the in-person dress code?

The Summit is a casual, athletic environment. We encourage you to dress comfortably. Feel free to bring a dressy-casual outfit for dinner and cocktails, but don't forget your athletic gear for sports activities!

Which airport should I fly into?

We recommend flying in to San Diego International Airport (LINDBERGH FIELD - SAN) as it is a short 20 minute ride to Lodge at Torrey Pines. However, there are other options in the area with a longer drive:


  • John Wayne - Orange County Airport (SNA) – 74 miles

  • Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) – 112 miles


Note that you are responsible for your own transportation to/from the airport.

Will transportation be provided?

You are responsible for your own transportation to/from the airport. Transportation will be provided to all off-site activities.

When should I arrive?

Plan to arrive between 12pm and 1pm Monday, October 18. The Summit will begin at 3pm.  Please note that check-in time at the Lodge at Torrey Pines is not until 4pm so your bags will need to be stored by the hotel if your room is not yet available when you arrive.

What should I bring?

Bring your ideas, your energy and your enthusiasm! Other suggestions: sun block, moisturizer, lip balm, sunglasses, sports wear, and a sweater, jacket or wrap for cooler evenings.

Can I bring a guest? Is my invitation transferable?

The in-person Summit is by invitation only. If you have questions please contact us at [email protected].

Who is attending?

Influencers like you. Business, brand and agency executives, professional athletes, experts, and leaders in the educational and non-profit sectors.

How do I select my in-person workshop and activity preferences?

Prior to The Summit, you will receive a questionnaire that asks for additional information and allows you to choose your preferred sessions and activities.

What is the format of the summit?

The schedule will include keynote speakers and presentations, work sessions and interactive panel discussions, as well as sports activities and evening receptions. Please refer to the agenda section of the site for details. Click here »

How do I participate in the virtual Summit?

Participation is free! Virtual registration will open in August. Once registered the link to view live will be sent via email on October 18.

What if I have additional questions?

Please email [email protected] (or use the link at the bottom of every page) and we'll get right back to you.


The Lodge at Torrey Pines is a AAA Five Diamond property offering views of the world renowned Torrey Pines Golf Course and the Pacific Ocean. Guests of The Lodge can take advantage of the near perfect weather while hiking the Torrey Pines State Reserve, golfing on Torrey Pines Golf Course or relaxing at the spa. The Lodge pays tribute to the California craftsman movement and is modeled after Greene and Greene’s famed Gamble and Blacker houses in Pasadena, California, two of the finest examples of early 1900s Craftsman-style architecture.
The Lodge at Torrey Pines
11480 N Torrey Pines Rd,
La Jolla, CA 92037

(858) 453-4420