Women's Professional Basketball Association

Our Goal

To develop and sustain a community centric professional women’s basketball league consisting of teams that are profitable and viable and that will add value to the longevity of women’s basketball while supporting the economic growth and development of their communities

Our Vision

To be a stable, profitable and powerful force in the development and sustainability of women’s sports

Our Mission

To be an avenue for high caliber professional athletes to continue to advance their careers or even restart their careers while giving back to the community that supports them

Meet The Team That's Making The Connection

CEO / Commissioner:

Tamika Milburn

Deputy Commissioner:

Kahli Wilson

  • U.S. Air Force Veteran

  • M.B.A. from Anderson University (IN)

  • Founder of Atlanta's Young Misses, , a 501c3 that proactively provides young girls with the tools necessary to positively change and impact tomorrow's world

  • Volunteer coach and Administrator for the Finest Basketball Club (FBC), one of the largest and most successful girls’ basketball programs in the Southeast

  • Background in federal and private sector Organizational Development, Human Resources and Policy Writing and Implementation

  • Professional basketball - Switzerland

  • University of Toledo Hall of Fame, Class of 2007

  • State Champion Assistant Girls Basketball Coach

  • Division II Assistant Women’s Basketball Coach

  • B.B.A - University of Toledo 

  • Background in management, sales, and recruiting  

  • Coach, mentor, educator, motivator 

President:

Rita Haywood

Director of Media Relations & Communications:

Denise Saul

  • Over 40 yrs working in the Sports Industry

  • B.S. St. John’s University

  • Started an organization called “Women with a Future” and created the “Elegant Ladies Classic”, a summer basketball tournament held in Harlem for over nine years. “Women with a Future” All-Star Game became a nationally recognized event attended and played in by the top female college basketball players in the country at that time

  • Assistant Coach, St. John’s University

  • Head Coach, WABA Atlanta Angels

  • Event planner, public speaker, mentor

  • Founder, WSEN - The Women’s Sports & Entertainment  Network

  • B.S. Arnold & Marie Schwartz College of Pharmacy

  • Registered Pharmacist

  • Graduate of Connecticut School of Broadcasting

  • Former CameraWoman/Editor/On-Air Reporter for Time Warner Cable’s Channel 10 Sports 

  • New Jersey Press Club Award Winner

  • Advocate for Women’s Sports Coverage

Director of Player Development:

Ernesia Wright

President of Corporate Partnerships

Latrisha Winston

  • Owner of 2017 championship winning professional women’s basketball team, the Georgia Soul

  • Human Resources professional, with an emphasis on training and development

  • Received a two year ROTC scholarship at Alabama A&M University where she pursued her Master’s Degree in Human Development and Family Studies.

  • Professional basketball experience: CST Alexandria, Romania

  • Serves as coach and mentor to young female athletes

  • Currently serving as a US Army Captain

  • Former VP of Corporate Partnerships for the NY Liberty (WNBA)

  • Key driver of corporate partnerships, initiatives and strategies for the WPBA

Director of Community Relations & Incentives

Ruthie Bolton

Brand Director

Sabryia Reese

  • B.S. Exercise Physiology, Auburn University

  • One of the most accomplished athletes in the world

  • WNBA star and legend

  • 2-time Olympic Gold Medalist

  • A USA Basketball Female of the Year

  • The Sports Illustrated Best Woman Athlete by Home State

  • One of only four players to be named to the Women's Basketball Hall of Fame Class of 2011

  • Public Speaker

  • Advocate

  • U.S. Army veteran

  • Owner of Our Image Matters LLC

  • A.S. in Computer Science at T.C.I.

  • Brand Executive & Executionist for several small businesses and Entrepreneurs

  • Professional Speaker, workshop facilitator, branding coach & author

  • Web & graphic design artist, content creator

Director of Basketball Operations

Al Wilson

  • Professional basketball - Switzerland

  • State Champion Head Girls Basketball Coach

  • B.S - University of Toledo 

  • Background in administration, coaching, and education 

  • Coached multiple college and professional players

  • Coach, mentor, talent evaluator

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