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Candace Parker          

Forward for the WNBA's Las Vegas Aces; Member of the 2008 U.S. Women's Olympic Basketball Team

As one of the most decorated women’s basketball players of all-time and a two-time Olympic Gold Medalist, Candace Parker has already solidified herself as one of the most influential athletes of this generation. Both on and off the court, Parker has continued to build a legacy that she hopes will inspire others to break through glass-ceilings as she has. Off the court, she serves as the lone female sports analyst and commentator for Turner.

In 2008, Parker was selected as the No.1 overall pick in the WNBA Draft by the Los Angeles Sparks, following a champion career at Tennessee where she led the Lady Vols to consecutive NCAA championships in 2007 and 2008. Parker went on to become the first player to earn WNBA MVP and Rookie of the Year honors in the same season and was named Finals MVP after leading the Sparks to the 2016 WNBA title. After 13 seasons with the Los Angeles Sparks, Parker signed with the Chicago Sky and will make her return to her hometown in the upcoming season.

Throughout her career, Parker has built an outstanding honors list which includes three WNBA All-Star nods, the 2013 WNBA All-Star Game MVP Award, six All-WNBA selections, and the 2020 WNBA Defensive Player of the Year Award. Parker also led Team USA to gold medals in the 2008 and 2012 Summer Olympics.

Off the court, Parker launched the first season of her podcast Moments with Candace Parker. Produced in partnership with Wonder Media Network and Robin Roberts, Moments celebrates parenthood to the fullest -- the smallest victories, the messiest failures and the bravest decisions. Each week, Candace chats with friends you might recognize, about stories you've never heard before. The podcast launched on August 10, 2021 on all podcast platforms to tons of fan love.

The first WNBA player to appear on the cover of an NBA 2K game, Parker was featured on the cover of the WNBA 25th Anniversary Special Edition, released on September 10, 2021. Parker was also the 1st WNBA player to sign with 2K last year and brought the WNBA onto the platform for the first time. She also became the first active player – male or female – to be an in-game analyst in the 2K broadcast booth.

Parker was recently featured in Disney+’s docuseries, Becoming, produced by LeBron James and Maverick Carter. She has always had a love for creating content with plans to launch her own production company in the near feature.

Currently, Parker has endorsement deals with Adidas, NBA 2K, Band-Aid and JBL Audio and has previously worked with brands such as Gatorade, Budweiser and more. In 2019, Parker closed a multi-year deal to serve as an analyst and commentator for the NBA on TNT, NBA TV and NCAA Tournament coverage and is seen as a rising star on the broadcast world. Most recently, Parker and her 11-year-old daughter became co-owners of the Angel City FC National Women's Soccer League expansion team that is expected to begin play in 2022.

As a mother and a Black woman, Parker has developed into a bold, insightful and inspiring thought leader who is passionate about the importance of women’s rights, voters’ rights and Black Lives Matter. In September of 2020, Parker was the first women to join the Social Change Fund, the mission of which is to invest in and support organizations that are working to liberate Black people and advocate for indigenous people and communities of color through the lens of policy solutions, community representation and narrative change. With her heart, passion and competitiveness, Parker is already a role model for so many with much more to come.

Speech Topics

In Conversation with Candace Parker

Entrepreneur, activist, and two-time Olympic Gold Medalist Candace Parker is one of the most influential athletes of this generation and one of the most decorated women’s basketball players of all time. Parker offers bold and inspiring insights about the importance of women’s rights, voting rights, mental health awareness, racial justice, and Black Lives Matter in this moderated conversation.

Breaking Down Barriers in Sports and in Life

Based on her electrifying TEDWomen Talk How to break down barriers and not accept limits, basketball superstar Candace Parker shares her journey as a trailblazing sports icon, what it takes to break barriers, and the lesson she learned from her daughter about not accepting limitations in this moderated conversation that makes an impact on audiences of all kinds.

Mental Health Awareness

Entrepreneur, activist, and two-time Olympic Gold Medalist Candace Parker shares her passion for mental health awareness and support, insights about balancing her superstar career and motherhood, and how we can overcome adversity and raise awareness in this moderated conversation.

Breaking Through Glass Ceilings

Basketball superstar, sportscaster, and entrepreneur Candace Parker is a trailblazing sports icon who has broken barriers throughout her career. One of the most decorated women’s basketball players of all time, Parker is a passionate advocate for women’s rights, speaks authentically about her journey as a parent, and shares her experience as a mother and Black woman, offering an intersectional perspective. She inspires others to break through glass ceilings as she has in this impactful moderated conversation.

Leadership and Sports Activism

Legendary basketball star Candace Parker is one of the most influential athletes of her generation and a powerful advocate for women’s rights, voting rights, and Black Lives Matter. Parker is a bold leader on the intersections of sports and diversity, equity, and inclusion, and offers insights from her personal experience playing at the top of the game and leveraging her platform to create social change.

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