On September 9, Atlanta Dream forward Angel McCoughtry joined over 50 business, sports, and social impact professionals for “An Evening of Impact” in Buckhead in Atlanta. Hosted by sports philanthropy consultants Champions for Philanthropy and wealth management firm AllianceBernstein, the event featured a panel discussion about the challenges and opportunities women experience in entrepreneurship, investing, and giving back to their communities.
During the panel discussion — moderated by ESPN reporter and new “NBA Countdown” host Maria Taylor — McCoughtry spoke about her experiences as a female athlete, business owner, and philanthropist, covering everything from her ice cream shop to the girls basketball camp she recently led in Ghana. She also encouraged the predominantly female crowd to persevere in becoming “boss women” unafraid to go after their goals and dreams, in addition to highlighting key components to a successful business.
“You have to have a good team...When you do find someone loyal to your business, that’s who you want to have around you, someone who believes in your business,” McCoughtry shared during the discussion.
Joining McCoughtry on the panel were former WNBA champion Cappie Pondexter, entrepreneur and rugby and flag football player Santia Deck, and Bernstein Private Wealth senior managing director Kim Mustin. Pondexter emphasized the importance of collaboration for achieving goals and making a difference while Deck talked about breaking the mold for women and fighting for respect in a male-dominated world. With the evening’s focus on entrepreneurship, Mustin offered insights on investing and the importance of financial literacy, particularly for women.
Held on the eve of McCoughtry’s birthday, the panel discussion concluded with a surprise birthday cake from local Buckhead bakery Piece of Cake and the singing of “Happy Birthday”!
Learn more on the event website.