FanDuel CEO Amy Howe stands out in the crowd despite her diminutive stature.
In a room full of executives from the sports and gambling industries, she is often one of the very few women.
But Howe is in the spotlight and has a megaphone as the CEO of the domestic market leader in sports betting. FanDuel announced this week that he had expanded his share of the market to 50% of his betting on legal sports in the US in the fourth quarter.
Howe joins Caesars CEO Tom League and New England Patriots president Jonathan Kraft spoke at the MIT Sloan Sports Analytics conference this week about the deepening relationship between betting and the sports industry, the need for better technology to attract and retain customers. , discussed the competitive environment.
Howe’s gender never came out.
But in the many conversations we’ve had behind the scenes and behind the scenes, it’s clear Howe is a role model for other women in sports and gambling.
Lenny Anderson is Executive Vice President and Chief Revenue Officer of the National Football League. Over the years, the National Football League has worked to involve more women as football fans. Anderson said having women in leadership roles made a difference, she said.
“We’re working to put the best people in the best places,” Anderson told CNBC at the MIT Sloan conference. We are leading these positions.” “We are working to make sure we are not just hiring [women], but we find them, train them, and provide opportunities for women. “
Jessica Gelman, co-founder of the MIT Sloan conference, is CEO of the Kraft Analytics Group. Kraft Analytics Group is a company that provides sports analytics to teams like the New England Patriots. She has made it a priority to bring more women to the stage.
“38% of this year’s speakers are women, and that’s my opinion, because analytics provides different insights and different opinions than when you’re in a conference room,” she said. The result, she said, is a more diverse audience and a better pipeline of talent.
Gelman, Anderson and Howe are among dozens of top-ranked women in the sports and gambling fields, not only networking with each other, but also mentoring and advising young professionals.
Sport is a microcosm of the wider world, says Gelman.