As part of its ongoing, league-wide commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion, the NFL will host its seventh annual NFL Women's Forum from February 28 to March 1 in Indianapolis during the 2023 NFL Combine. The forum will connect 41 women, 60% of whom are women of color, with leaders in professional football to provide insight and networking opportunities for their careers in the areas of scouting, coaching and football operations.
There have been 26 NFL clubs that have hired past forum participants, and more than 225 opportunities have emerged for women in all levels of football since the forum’s inception in 2017. Last summer, the NFL had 15 women in coaching roles during training camp – a record for any male professional sports league in the world.
For the first time since February 2020, the program will return to an in-person format. The two days of programming will include panel discussions, breakout sessions and networking activities with owners, executives, coaches, industry experts and hiring managers representing all 32 NFL clubs. The NFL partners with Women Leaders in College Sports to assist with the program and to create a development curriculum for the participants.
Featured speakers include NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, Tampa Bay Buccaneers Co-Owner Darcie Glazer Kassewitz, as well as several NFL club owners, head coaches and general managers.
The first two panels on day one of the forum will be open for media attendance. There will be additional interactive learning sessions for participants that evening. Day two consists of breakout and development sessions between club and league coaches, executives and football operations staff with this year's forum participants.
For more information on the NFL Women's Careers in Football Forum, please visit the NFL Operations Website.