The Great Hall at The Depot Hotel was occupied with 321 women business owners on Wednesday afternoon, and they had the opportunity to hear from some of the most recognizable athletes in all of women's basketball.
Minnesota Lynx head coach Cheryl Reeve and players Maya Moore, Lindsay Whalen, Seimone Augustus and Janel McCarville spoke to the crowd about community, winning and business.
Connecting might be a better word for how the players came across.
"Who is sitting at table number 23?" Moore said to the crowd before getting on stage.
As a fan at a table raised her hand, Moore responded with a laugh, "Yeah, that's my table."
In case you're wondering, Moore wears No. 23 for the Lynx.
On stage being introduced by Lea B. Olsen, the players talked about everything from playing in college to the opportunity the WNBA has after signing a contract with ESPN last March. The one constant, however, was the team's impact on the community, and how the community could ultimately impact the team. The team introduced many women the opportunity to invest within a championship team by way of great role models.
Amy Nelson, CEO of Accurate Home Care invested in the team, not all because of what the team does off the court, but what the women on the court represent.
"It empowers women as role models," Nelson said. "I am a business owner and founder and many women don't think that is possible at a young age."
Reeve discussed how it's important to help each other both on the court and in the community. Players such as Whalen and McCarville helped lead the University of Minnesota to the Final Four in 2004, while Moore, Whalen and Augustus helped lead the Lynx to a championship and the USA women's basketball team to a Gold Medal last summer.
"I feel so lucky and proud of them for how they represent themselves," Reeve said. "...If you surround yourself with great people, great things will happen."
It appeared at the end of the luncheon the Lynx had surrounded themselves with a few more members of the team. Some invested in the team with a minority stake, while others bought season tickets.
"I don't watch a lot of basketball, but they have great strong and independent players playing with heart," said Tedra Bonner of My Gym Fitness.
One doesn't have to be a basketball fan to respect this team. That was made very clear by many during the day.
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