The sports and entertainment industry is still dominated by men. Of the more than 450 combined NCAA Division I athletic departments and "Big Four" professional sports clubs, less than 10% have a woman at the head of their organization.
But the glass ceiling is lowering, and more and more woman are breaking through and becoming role models for younger women with aspirational goals.
Once again this year, Forbes has recognized its 50 Most Powerful Women in Sports. The 2018 list varies greatly from team and league executives, to collegiate administrators, to startup entrepreneurs.
At the top of the list is Michele Roberts, executive director of the National Basketball Players Association. Other notable inclusions are Lesa France Kennedy, CEO of International Speedway Corporation (ISC) and vice chairwoman of NASCAR, Serena Williams, the world's highest-paid female athlete, and ALSD member Angelina Lawton, CEO of Sportsdigita.