Active Youth Network America's only fundraising & advertising network for youth clubs and schools! Mon, 03 Aug 2015 16:07:55 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Playing Sports Key to Career Success for Women Wed, 29 Oct 2014 18:45:57 +0000 From

When you joined the field hockey team in middle school or picked up skiing in college, you probably had no idea those experiences could later help you succeed in your career.

But if you’re a woman in a leadership role today, there’s a good chance they did.

New research by the EY Women Athletes Business Network and espnW found that female executives are more likely to have played sports than those in non-leadership roles — and they’re also more likely to hire other women who have played a sport.

The research report, titled “Making the connection: women, sport and leadership,” was conducted by Longitude Research across Europe, the Americas, and Asia-Pacific. It surveyed 400 female executives (49% in the C-suite; 51% in other management positions), and found that the majority (74%) believe that playing sports can help accelerate a woman’s leadership and career potential.

Donna de Varona

“This study validates long-held theories that women who are athletes are well-suited for the business world and have tangible advantages,” says Laura Gentile, vice president of espnW, in a press release. “From work ethic to adaptability to superior problem-solving ability, these women enter the workforce ready to win and demonstrate that ability as they rise throughout their career.”

In total, 94% of the surveyed women participated in sports at some point in their lives, and 61% say it has contributed to their current career success.

The link, the report says, is that playing sports can help women develop motivational skills, team building skills, and the ability to see projects through to completion — and it equips women with the competitive spirit that’s essential for success on both the playing field and in the workplace.

“These findings show that participation in sport not only influences leadership skills, style, and career development, but it is also a powerful motivator for female executives,” says Beth Brooke-Marciniak, EY’s global vice chair of public policy, and executive sponsor of the Women Athletes Business Network, in a press release.

Just 3% of C-suite women say they have not played any sports, compared with 9% of women at other management levels.

“This study confirms the significant role participating in sports plays in providing the tools necessary to succeed in the competitive world in which we live,” says Donna de Varona, an Olympic gold medalist and lead advisor to EY’s Women Athletes Business Network, in the press statement. “Yet again, these results underscore how critical it is for girls to have equal access to sport around the world. When they do, the positive results are undeniable.”


Click here to read more about the research.

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AYN’s Chairwoman Honored by CSU Wed, 01 Oct 2014 19:26:47 +0000 College of Natural Sciences Honor Alumna Award

Leslie A. Buttorff (Cavarra)
B.S. ’79, Statistics

Probability and statistics came naturally to Leslie Buttorff.  She started using probabilities in 2nd grade when approached for a business venture to sell her hair for savings bond stamps. While attending Wheat Ridge High School in the Denver metro area, a CSU representative came to Ms. Buttorff’s math class and talked about statistics degrees. Because she loved math, and because statistics offered careers in a field she enjoyed and a good income, she decided to major in statistics at CSU.

Statistics helps people think differently about things and to solve problems. Statistics allows one to combine business, math, and economics all into one subject; this is valuable for the business world because probability and analysis come into play in almost every business opportunity. Ms. Buttorff received her master’s degree in finance, industrial engineering, and statistics from Iowa State University.

Ms. Buttorff spent 15 years at an engineering company, Stone and Webster, working on regulatory matters for many utilities across the globe. Statistics was used to determine increment pricing, marginal power demands, and failure rates for nuclear and hydroelectric equipment. Currently, Buttorff is CEO and president of Quintel Management Consultants, a company that deals with management consulting and SAP technology integrations for public sector and utility organizations. She created the company in 2002.  Quintel has won many awards for successful SAP implementations.

Before she founded Quintel, she was a director at Arthur D. Little where she was a key participant in business development, sales and was the president of EDS’ Oil and Gas, Utilities and Chemical business units. In addition to Quintel, Ms. Buttorff owns a real estate company in Colorado and is chairwoman for Active Youth Network (AYN).  AYN targets youth organizations and assist them with fundraising and growth activities.

Ms. Buttorff sponsors a scholarship at CSU for high school seniors who enroll in the CSU statistics department. She also hopes to have her investment company, Prosperity Ventures, help other CSU ventures to expand and grow.

Ms. Buttorff lives in the Belleair Shores, Florida area in the winter months. She enjoys golf, swimming, traveling, skiing, and basketball, and is an avid Denver Broncos fan. She has two sons, Jordan and Nick.  Her brother and sister, Nick and Jennifer Cavarra, also attended CSU, as well as her significant other, John Miles and nephew, TJ Cavarra last May.

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Can an Advertiser Be a Super Hero? Tue, 30 Sep 2014 21:28:50 +0000

ayso pic- boysAt AYN, we think so.  And so does our audience.  The Active Youth Network gives a huge share (50% net) of its’ advertising revenue back to our member clubs and schools.  That money helps us fulfill our company’s mission to reduce the cost of youth sports for families.  The AYN youth sports community is united by the belief that sports plays an important role in developing healthy, productive, well adjusted kids.

The funds raised by the Active Youth Network have already been used for scholarships, to reduce club and school operating expenses and ultimately the fees parents pay for their kids to participate.  The AYN sponsorship model is like no other in media.  It enables local and national companies to cut through the clutter, engage our audience, and make a positive brand connection that is truly a win-win for everyone.


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