Aileen McManamon '87 to be Featured at 2019 Spirit of Women in Business Conference Luncheon

KENT, Ohio – The Kent State University College of Business Administration announces Aileen McManamon ’87, Founder and Managing Partner of 5T Sports Group, as the 2019 Spirit of Women in Business Conference luncheon keynote speaker.


McManamon will present, “Leading a Triple Bottom Line Life.” The conference will be held on International Women’s Day, Friday, March 8, 2019.


5T Sports Group provides strategic management consultants to professional sports teams, venues and major events focused on creating triple bottom line impact. The company drives profitability for clients through ‘greening’ their operations, guiding the adoption of sustainability-driven technologies and deepening community relationships through social initiatives. In August 2018, 5T Sports Group was granted Certified B Corporation status, meeting “the highest standards of verified social and environmental performance, public transparency, and legal accountability to balance profit and purpose.”


In her time with 5T Sports Group, McManamon has worked with the Winter Olympic Games, Tour de France, German Motor Sports, Minor League Baseball, FIFA Women’s World Cup, Major League Soccer, the NFL and multiple World Cups in skiing, snowboarding and cycling. On the partnership side, she has handled the property rights for FIAT and Alfa Romeo, and worked with brands including Mercedes Benz, GM, EA Sports, Microsoft, Hewlett-Packard and Qualcomm. McManamon is passionate about leveraging sports for sustainable and social development, and is an advocate for diversity and inclusion in sports in several volunteer roles alongside her work with 5T.


McManamon earned a bachelor’s degree in economics from Kent State University and was an Honors College graduate, completing an Honors thesis. She holds a Master of International Business degree from the University of South Carolina. Her career has led to positions in Germany, Italy, the United States and Canada in the automotive, technology and sports industries. McManamon is a native of Cleveland who now resides in Vancouver, British Columbia.


“We are excited to welcome Aileen back to campus as our luncheon keynote speaker this year,” said Cathy DuBois, Ph.D., associate dean for graduate and online programs at the College of Business Administration. “The fact that Aileen has led her company to attain Certified B-Corp status reflects her steadfast commitment to the triple bottom line. We are fortunate to have such an accomplished alumna reflect the principles of our College’s Responsible Leadership Initiative and are pleased that attendees will be able to gain valuable insights on how business can blend purpose and profit to be a powerful force for good.”


McManamon joins this year’s lineup featuring conference keynote Bonnie St. John, Paralympic medalist. To read more about St. John, visit


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For more information about the Spirit of Women in Business Conference and to register for the event, visit




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Kent State University's College of Business Administration is among the fewer than 1% of business schools worldwide to obtain dual AACSB accreditation in both business and accounting.

The Kent State College of Business Administration ranks as one of the nation’s Best Business Schools by Princeton Review. The College is committed to sustainability as an advanced Principles for Responsible Management Education (PRME) signatory and is recognized by the Sales Education Foundation as a top university for professional sales education.


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POSTED: Wednesday, December 12, 2018 02:12 AM
UPDATED: Friday, December 09, 2022 05:56 AM