Panelists Announced for Women’s Networking Event at 2020 Running USA Industry Conference presented by Race Roster


Working with the theme “The Courage to Play Big,” the session will focus on women’s dynamic leadership in the running business. Session will also include small group sharing and networking opportunities.


(Dec. 18, 2019) – The and Running USA teams are thrilled to announce a powerful panel of leaders who will be part of the Women’s Networking Event at the 2020 Industry Conference presented by Race Roster.

“We have cultivated a lineup of women speakers from different touch points and backgrounds in our industry. We believe it takes many voices, perspectives, experiences, and conversations shared to inspire growth and courage,” said Melissa McConville. She and her sister Sara Tanza founded nine years ago and produce two large events in Santa Cruz and Santa Barbara, Calif., each year. This year, they have generously volunteered to help take the Running USA conference Women’s Networking Event to the next level.

Previous iterations of the event have not included a formal speaker panel or organizational structure.

“These are women in digital platforms, leading race production, starting powerful running community movements, and highlighting stories from potential future customers whose voices aren't always showcased in the running industry. They will be sharing their challenges, successes, what inspires them to be innovative, and the power of using their voice as a woman in this business.

The panelists, presented by conference title sponsor Race Roster, will be:

-Martha Garcia, Global Brand Communications of Hoka One One

-Virgina Brophy Achman, Twin Cities in Motion, Executive Director and Running USA board member

-Chantelle Wilder, co-founder of Race Roster

-Alison Desir, founder of Harlem Run, Run4AllWomen, and Global Womxn Run Collective

The Women’s Networking Event is set for Sunday, Feb. 9, the opening day of the 2020 Industry Conference at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas Nev. It will begin at 4pm.

All women who attend the Women's Networking Event will have an opportunity to share in small groups their own successes, challenges, and goals in their career in 2020. We are excited to come together, to lift each other forward,” McConville said.

Not registered for the sport of running’s must attend event yet? Sign up now – a price increase is scheduled for Jan. 16.


About the Industry Conference

Since its origins as a small gathering of Running USA’s founders in Southern California in 2004, the Running USA Conference presented by Race Roster has grown to becoming the best-attended, most esteemed gathering of running industry professionals from around the USA and the world. Now moving locations each year, the conference has been held in Los Angeles, San Diego, Savannah, Houston, San Antonio, Orlando, New Orleans, San Juan, Puerto Rico and now Las Vegas, Nevada.  Register here.

About Running USA

Running USA is a tax-exempt, not-for-profit organization devoted to improving the status and experience of distance running and racing in the United States through collective marketing and promotions, information and communications within the industry and to the national media, services to events and industry members, and the development of American world class stars. It seeks the advancement of the sport and the provision of value to each of its members' events and businesses. For more information, visit