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On July 30, the first day of the Mubadala Silicon Val­ley Clas­sic, the long­est-run­ning women-only pro­fes­sional ten­nis tour­na­ment in the world, Fast Com­pany con­vened lead­ers from across the worlds of sports, tech­nol­ogy, and busi­ness for a half-day fo­rum in San Jose, Cal­i­for­nia. Speak­ers and at­ten­dees ex­plored the ex­plo­sive growth and busi­ness op­por­tu­ni­ties at the in­ter­sec­tion of tech­nol­ogy and sports, learned how to get the best from the best in both busi­ness and ath­let­ics, and un­cov­ered the secrets of suc­cess from notable trailblazers.

Jill Smoller of Wil­liam Mor­ris En­deavor, au­thor Fred Kof­man, and Fore­run­ner Ven­tures’ Kirsten Green shared in­sights on getting the best from top per­form­ers.

Ten­nis cham­pion, au­thor, and well­ness expert Mon­ica Se­les opened up about her per­sonal and pro­fes­sional jour­ney.

Rep­re­sent­ing Game On’s pre­sent­ing part­ners, Ibrahim Ajami of Mubadala Ven­tures and Deep Nishar of Soft­bank Vi­sion Fund joined Fast Com­pany editor-in-chief Stephanie Me­hta.

Dur­ing their panel with Stephanie Me­hta, Steve Si­mon of the Women’s Ten­nis As­so­ci­a­tion, Mika Ya­mamoto of SAP, and Court­ney Blacker of Google Cloud ex­plored tech’s on­go­ing trans­for­ma­tion of sports.

Nearly 200 guests net­worked dur­ing breaks and joined in the con­ver­sa­tion over cock­tails at For­ager Tast­ing Room & Eatery, the host venue.

Stubhub’s Sukhin­der Singh Cas­sidy, for­mer WNBA com­mis­sioner Donna Oren­der, and Jen­nifer Fon­stad of As­pect Ven­tures dis­cussed fe­male trailblazers in sports and busi­ness.

At­ten­dees en­gaged in the is­sues, in­no­va­tions, and in­spi­ra­tions tack­led by Game On’s expert speak­ers.

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