Former WNBA president Donna Orender to speak at UCCS on “Leading with Ethics”

Eric Nissen, (719) 255-3755, Tom Hutton, (719) 255-3439, (719) 351-6519,

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – Donna Orender, recognized as one of the most powerful women in sports, will share lessons in ethical leadership during April 15 and 16 events at the University of Colorado Colorado Springs.

Donna Orender
Donna Orender

The UCCS Daniels Fund Ethic Initiative and the UCCS PGA Golf Management Program are co-sponsors of Orender’s visit. Both are part of the UCCS College of Business.

A reception is scheduled for 5 p.m. April 15 in the Dwire Hall atrium. A luncheon where Orender will deliver comments is scheduled for 11:30 a.m. April 16 in Berger Hall.

The events are open to the public and free of charge, but space is limited. For more information and to register, please visit and click on the “Donna Orender – Leading with Ethical Decisions” link in the Events section of the page, or call (719) 255-4157.

Prior to a career as a corporate consultant, Orender served as president of the Women’s National Basketball Association for six years and in various positions including senior vice president during a 17 year stint with the Professional Golfers’Association.

Now, as CEO of Orender Unlimited, Orender is involved in corporate and sports-related initiatives including leading a golf industry transformation focused on women.

“Donna Orender is coming to share her great experiences in the business, golf and sports worlds,” Mollie Sutherland, director, UCCS PGA Golf Management Program, said. “She has been very successful and she will educate our students on ethical leadership and professionalism.”

“Ms. Orender is a dynamic speaker that engages the audience and motivates the listeners to take action. She excels at educating others how to reach customers, grow the game of golf and operate professionally in the golf industry,”

Orender’s honors include her selection to Business Week’s Power 100 Sports issue, The Sporting News annual Power 100 list, the Fox Sports 10 Most Powerful Women in Sports list and the March of Dimes Sports Leadership Award.

She serves on the boards of the Monique Burr Foundation for Children, the V Foundation for Cancer research, W.O.M.E.N. and as co-chair of the UJA Sports for Youth Initiative. She is a graduate of Queens College, New York City.

About the sponsors

The Daniels Fund Ethics Initiative exists to instill principle based ethics throughout the UCCS and Colorado Springs communities. The initiative has a robust grant program and is actively seeking partners to support principle based ethics in business and individual actions. For more information, contact Elisabeth Moore, coordinator, Ethics Initiative, or 255-5168.

The UCCS PGA Golf Management Program is one of 19 PGA accredited golf management programs in the world. Students earn an AACSB accredited business degree in one of nine areas of emphasis such as marketing, finance or business administration in conjunction with their professional golf industry training. Facilities include an indoor computerized practice facility with GolfTEC g-SWING technology and a state-of-the-art club repair lab. For more information, contact Mollie Sutherland, director, PGA Golf Management Program, or 255-3609.

The UCCS College of Business was established in 1965 and has more than 1,000 undergraduates and 350 MBA and distance MBA students. The College of Business and Administration awards the Bachelor of Science in Business and Bachelor of Innovation degrees. The Graduate School of Business Administration awards the Master of Business Administration degree. More than 8,000 alumni of the College of Business live and work around the world.

The University of Colorado Colorado Springs, located on Austin Bluffs Parkway in Colorado Springs, is one of the fastest growing universities in the nation. The University offers 36 bachelor’s degrees, 19 master’s and five doctoral degrees. UCCS enrolls about 9,800 students on campus annually and another 2,000 in online programs. For more information, visit