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Tuesday, October 9, 2012

An Evening with U.S. Olympic Committee GC Rana Dershowitz

In the intimate, candlelit dining room of the community bistro The Kitchen Denver, a group of roughly 45 women directed their attention to a special guest. Rana Dershowitz, General Counsel of the United States Olympic Committee (USOC), appeared as the keynote speaker at Hogan Lovells' annual Colorado women's networking event. These events feature a remarkable woman engaged in business, civic, cultural, or community activities. Hogan Lovells was proud to have Rana speak about her impactful role with the USOC and share her insights on the London 2012 Olympic Games and the rising success of women's sports.

Rana, who was named General Counsel for the USOC in March 2008, currently oversees the organization’s legal functions, which include any issues that may arise before – and during – the Olympic Games. This encompasses intellectual property and branding issues, such as the challenges associated with coordinating the financial investment of event sponsors, as well as athletes’ rights – ensuring the athletes are treated fairly.

In her current position as General Counsel of the USOC, Rana advocates for the rights of women in sports — which includes maintaining equitable opportunities for women athletes and promoting gender equality at the Olympics. In her role, Rana draws on her background as a collegiate skier at Harvard, VP/Legal & Business Affairs at MSG, and practicing lawyer at the international firm Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson.

“Women’s sports are doing phenomenally,” Rana said. Indeed, women athletes today have more control over their image and command of their careers than ever before. In the 2012 London Olympics, U.S. women athletes won more gold medals than U.S. men. In fact, American women athletes received more gold medals than every country except two – China and Great Britain.

In addition to her role as GC of the USOC, Rana is the mother of a 5-month-old and 2-year-old. She currently lives in Denver with her husband and two children.

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