Central Exchange of Kansas City Honors Kansas Athletics

Sept. 14, 2007

The Central Exchange, a Kansas City-based organization providing development opportunities for women, has named Kansas Athletics, Inc., as its first recipient of the Corporate Champion of Women’s Leadership Award.<?xml:namespace prefix=”o” ns=”urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office”?>

A spokeswoman for Central Exchange’s nominating committee noted that Kansas Athletics was chosen from a field of “some of <?xml:namespace prefix=”st1″ ns=”urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:smarttags”?>Kansas City’s most impressive companies.” She said the committee’s decision was based upon “the unsurpassed focus you have placed not only on elevating women’s athletics within your program, but on building an environment in which young women can become successful leaders and role models in the future.”

The prestigious women’s organization annually recognizes one of its members as Woman of the Year at its “Salute to Leadership” event. However, Central Exchange President and CEO Ellen D’Amato said it expanded its award this year to include a Corporate Champion, described as “an enterprise that recognizes and values contributions made by women, and works to advance and support them.”

The five Women of the Year award winners and Kansas Athletics will be honored November 6 at a 5:30 p.m. event to be held at the new BlockBuilding of the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art. Tickets cost $50.

“It is a great honor for Kansas Athletics to be chosen the 2007 Corporate Champion of Women’s Leadership,” said Kansas Athletics Director Lew Perkins. “It recognizes our constant effort to be a leader in opportunities for women in athletics, both for staff and coaches as well as our female student-athletes.

“In developing our department’s five-year strategic plan, we have dedicated ourselves to becoming the country’s best – not just among the best, but the very best – Title IX program in the country,” Perkins said. “We are equally dedicated to ensuring an environment in which our female staff and coaches are respected, appreciated and given opportunities to advance in their profession.”