Mystics Host Partner Luncheon with Special Guest Richie

On Tuesday, the Washington Mystics held their 3rd annual partner luncheon in the Acela Club at Verizon Center. Along with the luncheon, the Mystics had a special guest visitor as new WNBA President Laurel Richie was in attendance.

Richie was named the WNBA president in April and officially took over the role on May 16th, 2011. She brings more than 30 years of corporate experience with her into this new role. Tuesday marked the first time Richie was able to meet members of the Washington Mystics organization since taking over as President.

“It’s great to have Laurel Richie here as the new president of the WNBA. This is the first opportunity for the Monumental Sports & Entertainment staff, as well as our partners, to meet her in person,” said Washington Mystics COO Greg Bibb. “She’s an extraordinary leader with a fabulous background in both big business and women’s focused business. I think her role at Girl Scouts of America will pay dividends for her and ultimately for the league as she transitions into her leadership role with the WNBA.”

Richie spoke to the group and stressed the importance of female athletics. She made it well known that she strongly believes in the league and will not be afraid to make bold moves in an effort to better brand the WNBA for the future.

Other new initiatives that were discussed by Mystics’ management at the event included Mystics Youth Summer League (MYSL) and Mystics Magazine. The MYSL continues to provide young girls the opportunity to play organized basketball during the summer months. Mystics Magazine gives fans a behind-the-scenes look at the players and coaches who make up the Washington Mystics. It is directed, produced, and written by the Emmy-award winning TV/Web Video Producer; Jumoke Davis.

The event was a major success and the Mystics were able to host over 100 of their partners at the luncheon. Included in this group was the Mystics new marquee partner Inova Health System, whose brand can be seen on the front of the new Mystics jersey.

When asked about his thoughts on the day, COO Greg Bibb was appreciative of the league personnel and partners who attended the Partner Luncheon while summarizing his perspective on the event by stating, “It’s just another great day to be a Washington Mystic.”