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Thriving in the Mad Men Era: The Story of Donna de Varona


May 8, 2014
06:30 PM


The Connecticut/Westchester Chapter of 85 Broads 

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Thriving in the Mad Men Era:

The Story of Donna de Varona



You are invited to an energizing night with Olympic Gold medalist Donna de Varona,  a trailblazer for women’s equality in sports, broadcasting, politics and business, at the Greenwich Country Club.   Learn from the story of her amazing career, as she broke barrier after barrier:

  • Achieving 18 world records by age 17
  • Winning 2 olympic gold medals in swimming
  • Becoming one of the youngest & first female sportscasters
  • Fighting to abolish gender discrimination in sports

Location: Greenwich Country Club 19 Doubling Road Greenwich, CT 06830 (203) 869- 1000 Date: Thursday, May 8, 2014 Time: 6:30- 9:00 pm   6:30 Registration & Networking 6:45 Dinner 7:15 Guest Speaker Donna de Varona 7:45 Q & A 8:00 Networking Fee: 85 Broads Members: $65 Non-members: $69 RSVP: RSVP HERE


About Donna de Varona: 

Donna de Varona, President of DAMAR Inc., a sports marketing, production and consulting company, is a double Olympic gold medalist and former world record holder in swimming. By the time de Varona retired from swimming at age 17 she had established over 18 world records and competed in two Olympics, the first as a 13 year old world record holder. Like many of her generation, women’s sports careers were cut short due to lack of financial support and opportunity.

In the United States de Varona has served on the United States Olympic Committee Board and Foundation, the United States Soccer Foundation, the International Special Olympics Executive Board, and is an Advisor to the U. S. Department of State Empowering Women Through Sport program.  Named to 5 terms on the President's  council on Physical Fitness she has been an advisor to the United States Senate on most Olympic initiatives as well as landmark legislation, including Title IX of the Equal Education Amendments Act which made it illegal to discriminate on the basis of sex in any educational institution or  program that receives federal funding. Enacted into law in 1972, this legislation has simply transformed America’s culture of athletics. In the mid-1970s de Varona joined other elite women athletes in establishing the Women’s Sports Foundation serving as it’s first President and Chairman.  

Internationally, de Varona is also recognized for her work as an award winning news and sports journalist. Originally appointed by President Juan Antonio Samaranch to the IOC Women in Sport Commission, President Jacques Rogge reappointed de Varona until his retirement. In 1999 de Varona served as Chairman of the 1999 FIFA Women’s World Cup.  She continues to work with many NGO’s including Jordan's Prince Feisal Al Hussien's Generations for Peace Foundation, Monaco's Prince Albert’s Peace and Sport NGO-- she is also currently on the Executive Board of the LA 2015 Special Olympics Global Games Organizing Committee.  This year she served as the lead advisor in creating the International Women Athletes Business Network.  

About 85 Broads


85 Broads is a global women's network whose mission is to generate exceptional professional and social value for its members through regional network events and online at 85Broads.com. Members invest their time, their intellect, and their financial capital in each other, across multiple generations, which is what makes 85 Broads so unique.

The women in 85 Broads are entrepreneurs, investment bankers, consultants, film makers, lawyers, educators, athletes, venture capitalists, portfolio managers, political leaders, philanthropists, doctors, engineers, artists, scientists, FT parents, and students. Learn more about our network and apply for membership.



$65 - 85 Broads Members, 69$ - Non-Members


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Greenwich Country Club 19 Doubling Road
Greenwich, CT

Additional Information


85 Broads Connecticut/Westchester Chapter

Contact name

Leemor Bushari

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