Dani Rylan Named to Fast Company Impact Council
NWHL Founder and Commissioner Dani Rylan has been named to the Fast Company Impact Council, an invitation-only collective of innovative leaders and the most creative people in business. The council was created by the magazine “to share best practices and ideas on addressing some of the most pressing issues facing business and society.”
A listing of the Fast Company Impact Council members is included in the November issue celebrating the magazine’s 25th anniversary. Impact Council members include Reshma Saujani, Founder and CEO of Girls Who Code; Chieh Tsai, Chief Product Officer of Lands’ End; Randy Freer, CEO of Hulu; Jerilan Green, Chief Communications and Public Affairs Officer of Yum! Brands Inc.; Rashad Robinson, President of Color of Change; and Alicia Tillman, Global Chief Marketing Officer of SAP.
Since Rylan founded the NWHL in 2015, the NWHL has ignited increased interest in women’s hockey viewership and participation, and in brief time has demonstrated the value of women’s professional hockey as a business. In the last six months, the NWHL has closed a new round of equity funding, sold the Boston Pride to a team of investors led by Miles Arnone, completed a media rights deal with Twitch that brings women’s hockey to new fans and a larger audience, and has generated the most corporate partnerships in its young history.
Rylan was captain of the NCAA Division I team at Northeastern, where she earned a Master's degree in Sports Management. Raised in Tampa and now living and working in New York, Rylan continues to play the game she loves every chance she gets in the city’s hockey leagues.
"The Fast Company Impact Council is a business group unlike any other, consisting of founders, corporate innovators, designers, artists, and some of the most creative people in business,” said Stephanie Mehta, Fast Company Editor-in-Chief. “We’re delighted to have an innovator such as Dani Rylan, founder of the National Women’s Hockey League, in the Council. Entrepreneurs like Dani are an important part of the conversation around the future of business and its potential to impact society and the world."