Dana Bookman (Founder, Canadian Girls Baseball League)
Dana is the founder and CEO of Toronto Girls Baseball and the Canadian Women’s Baseball Association. Through her tireless and trailblazing efforts as both a community leader and a successful business entrepreneur, Ms. Bookman has opened substantial avenues for girls and women to succeed in organized baseball as players, coaches, field supervisors, and even umpires. Click here to learn more about Toronto Girls Baseball.
April Whitzman (Former Digital Marketing Manager, Toronto Blue Jays)
April is the former Digital Marketing Manager for the Toronto Blue Jays who now works with Rover in their Growth and Partnership department with a focus on helping brands, sports teams, and app publishers create more engaging mobile content. With a relentless passion for connecting organizations with their target audience in both the traditional and digital sense, Ms. Whitzman’s efforts have literally changed the way girls and women are engaging baseball as both a sport and a career ambition. Click here to learn more about Rover.
Nikki Huffman (Head Athletic Trainer, Toronto Blue Jays)
Nikki is the Head Physical Therapist and Athletic Trainer for the Toronto Blue Jays and is seen across millions of households as an intrinsic part of the team. Apart from being only the second female to hold such a position in any of North America’s top four sports leagues , Ms. Huffman’s steadying influence and professional expertise has made her a source of inspiration for girls and women across the country. Click here to learn more about the Toronto Blue Jays.
Alexis Brudnicki (Director of Baseball Information, Great Lake Canadians Baseball Club)
Alexis is an award-winning baseball writer, business executive, and former statistician for the Toronto Blue Jays for over eight years. Ms. Brudnicki’s love of the game brought her to the Great Lake Canadians program where she is the Director of Baseball Information and manages their website when it comes to event bookings, fundraisers, sponsorship programs, and composing literary contributions for anything related to furthering the sport. Click here to learn more about the Great Lake Canadians baseball club.
From launching podcasts to starting a baseball league for girls and making history throughout their careers, women in baseball are using their platforms to challenge stereotypes while engaging baseball fans in new and creative ways. With their influential voices they’re creating opportunities for women and girls to participate and thrive in one of North America’s oldest and most revered sports.
Join She’s4Sports and Jays Journal for an exciting talk with women who are elevating their profiles in baseball, their thoughts on the industry when it comes to gender diversity, the Toronto Blue Jays, and what more leagues can do to properly grow their female fan base.
Moderators: Ainka Jess, Founder, She’s4Sports and Ari Shapiro, Journalist and Host, Jays Journal Podcast.