4 Former Female Athletes That Achieved Success After Sports

Since the establishment of Title IX in 1972, countless women have competed at the Division I level. Following sports, several women have made a name for themself in the working world. Read how their success is influenced by the lessons learned in D1 athletics.

  1. eBay CEO Meg Whitman. Meg Whitman is no stranger to success in the business world.EBay CEO, Meg Whitman speaks at a dinner, May 5, 2004 in Washington for a group of Ebay small business owners. (Photo by Linda Spillers/WireImage for Kaplow Communications) According to Forbes, Whitman is the 331st richest person in the United States due to her position as CEO of eBay. What most people don’t know, however, is that Whitman competed in both lacrosse and squash at Princeton University. With a knack for competition, Whitman was bound for success long after her time as an D1 athlete.
  2. President of Gatorade Sue Wellington. As a former All-America swimmer at Yale, Sue Wellington still contributes to women’s sports nearly 30 years since her time in the pool. In recent years Wellington received a prestigious NCAA award for her success in business and her support of women’s athletics. Through D1 competition, she learned to be competitive and humble, ultimately launching her to the exclusive status of president of Gatorade.


  3. Sportscaster Donna de Varona. At just 14 years old, Donna de Varona was the youngest competitor the 1960 Summer Olympics. Several medals, records and meets later, Varona became the first ever female sportscaster in the United States. Through her time as an Olympic athlete, she credits her success as a female sportscaster to the resilience she developed in swimming.
  4. Author Maryann Karinch. A former gymnast at Catholic University in Washington, D.C., Maryann Karinch is now an author, literary agent and human behavior specialist. In her time as a Division I athlete, Karinch found that often times athletes would only focus on being a great athlete rather than dueling in achieving academic success. She learned through her athletic career that she never wanted to be lazy. The result: she is now the author of several publications.

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