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Inaugural Horse Racing Women’s Summit Announced, Headlined by Keynote Speaker Susan Packard

Summit to be held September 28-30, 2022 at Santa Anita Park

June 3, 2022

Arcadia, CA: The inaugural Horse Racing Women’s Summit (HRWS) has been confirmed for September 28-30 at Santa Anita Park. The multi-day event aims to bring together people from all facets of the horse racing industry with the mission of connecting and empowering women in horse racing. To that tune, Susan Packard, an entrepreneur and co-founder of popular TV channels like CNBC, HGTV and Food Network, has been announced as the keynote speaker for this exciting new event. 

Originally a vision of Stephanie Hronis, the Committee Chair for the Horse Racing Women’s Summit, the event started out as an idea to connect women in California, but when it quickly gathered national attention, the decision to expand was obvious. The HRWS planning committee now has bi-coastal representation and is being designed to embrace a national group of participants. 

“On behalf of our Horse Racing Women’s Summit planning team, we are excited to offer this summit and honored to have Susan Packard as our keynote speaker for this inaugural event,” Hronis stated. “As an internationally recognized business power player and author, Packard embodies all that is being offered to our HRWS participants. We look forward to having her inspire attendees to be trailblazers, build networks, meet new friends, foster deep discussions, and ultimately Engage, Innovate, and Invest. If you are currently or interested in becoming a racehorse owner, bloodstock agent, executive, young professional or a veteran of the sport, this event is for you.” 

Packard is no stranger to horse racing as she served on the Board of Directors of Churchill Downs Incorporated from 2004 – 2010 where she made significant contributions in guiding their television strategy to expand and enhance its performance, and attract a more female audience. She has also been on the ground floor of building powerhouse media brands like HBO, CNBC, and HGTV. She was the co-founder of Scripps Networks Interactive and former chief operating officer of HGTV. Under Packard’s helm, HGTV became one of the fastest growing cable networks in television history. 

In addition to the keynote, the HRWS will include opportunities for participants to network, learn and enjoy! Speakers, topics and related opportunities will be released as they are confirmed. If you’d like to be among the first to know when new details are announced, visit and sign up for the event mailing list

Contact information:

Stephanie Hronis –

Jodie Vella-Gregory – 

Learn more about Susan Packard