November 30, 2022


Feature Story

Interview-Driven Content Focuses on Culture Pillars League Strives to Make Foundational in Women’s Sport

Women’s Independent Soccer League (WISL) – a new women’s professional soccer league targeting play in 2024 – today announces the launch of a monthly, web-based interview series called “Culture In Action.” The first episode of debuts Wednesday, Dec 7, at and features WISL Managing Director Lynn Berling-Manuel discussing the league’s foundational culture pillars introduced last month.

“As we continue to build this league, we will be demonstrative in how our cultural pillars act as our north star,” says WISL Culture & Education Director and Series Producer Alexa Doebler. “With this series, we are inviting a larger conversation about the cultural ingredients needed for a safe, more transparent environment for women players, coaches and staff. Importantly, this is critical far beyond soccer.”

Each subsequent episode will explore a different pillar with guests from the world of women’s soccer. WISL Social/Digital Media Director Jennie Patel is the host.

Planned episodes include:

  • January 4: Education Pillar – Candice Fabry, Fearless & Capable and Lesle Gallimore, Commissioner at Girls Academy
  • February 1: Mental Health Pillar – Lisa Bonta Sumii, AthMindset
  • March 1: Sustainability Pillar – Shay Strawser, Green Sports Alliance

In 2023, the Culture series will expand to include additional Wednesday content, such as:

  • 1st Wednesday: Speaker Series
  • 2nd Wednesday: Feature
  • 3rd Wednesday: Quick Culture Question
  • 4th Wednesday: Fact Fly By



WISL is applying to the United States Soccer Federation for Division II sanctioning, targeting 2024 for its inaugural season. WISL is a wholly owned subsidiary of Equality Football and is not affiliated with the World Surfing League (WSL). Discover more about WISL at, as well as on Instagram and Facebook (@WISLeague) and Twitter (@WISL_League).