Along with ex-husband Robert, Sheila Johnson founded the first cable network targeting African-Americans, Black Entertainment Television (BET). In 2001, the Johnsons sold BET to Viacom for $2.9 billion. Cash from the sale landed Sheila a spot on Forbes list of America’s Richest Self-Made Women.
Sheila has since become the first African-American woman to own a majority stake in three professional sports franchises, including the Washington Wizards (NBA), the Washington Capitals (NHL) and the Washington Mystics (WNBA), where she serves as president, managing partner and governor.
Sheila is also the CEO of Salamander Hotels and Resorts.
“When I see things that need to be created or built, I do it.” Sheila Johnson
Nicole Vollebregt Adidas Group
For the past twenty years, Nicole Vollebregt, a Canadian with Dutch parents, has risen through the ranks at Adidas, becoming global head of women’s business. Vollebregt leads the charge in focusing Adidas’ marketing strategies on women.
“Women do not want brands to talk ‘to’ them they prefer to have a brand talk ‘with’ them.” (Adidas Group Blog)
In 2016, Vollebregt launched a campaign called “Here To Create”. The global campaign included a series of videos told through some of today’s most influential and accomplished female athletes. Included were tennis icon Caroline Wozniacki and WNBA All-Star Candace Parker. The premise of the campaign was to show each woman embracing her creativity to accomplish her goals all in the name of sport.
Years before she became an Adidas Executive, Vollebregt was a figure skater.