Nine-time US national gymnastics team member Wendy Hilliard knows what it takes to make it to the top. She was the first African-American woman to represent the US in rhythmic gymnastics and has built her career around supporting young athletes participating in sport. Hilliard was one of a few black gymnasts who paved the way for women like the newly confirmed members of the 2016 US women’s gymnastics team bound for Rio. In 1996 Hilliard founded the Wendy Hilliard Gymnastics Foundation based in New York City, whose mission is to provide free and low cost gymnastics for youth. Hilliard is moving forward with plans to expand programing to Detroit, Michigan, her home town. To learn more about Hilliard and the proposed expansion of the Foundation’s work follow this link: Wendy Hilliard Expands Her Foundation to Detroit by Jessica JcAden
Wendy’s EY Women Athletes Business Network Mentor is Dr. Westina Matthews retired Managing Director with Merrill Lynch and former VP of New Programs with The Jackie Robinson Foundation. She is an accomplished author, much sought after public speaker, and business executive who has received numerous honors for her achievements both in the boardroom and through her commitment to community service.