LEIGH ERNST FRIESTEDT

Founder and CEO of Equity IX and SportsOgram

Leigh Ernst Friestedt is the Founder and CEO of Equity IX, LLC and SportsOgram.  Equity IX specializes in addressing issues with sports in education: early recruiting, NCAA rules and regulations, sports injuries and Title IX.  SportsOgram is a digital media platform for sports images of amateur athletes. 

 

Prior to forming Equity IX, Leigh was a Mergers & Acquisitions investment banker on Wall Street at Lazard, GE Capital, DLJ and Bowles Hollowell Connor.  Leigh has over twelve years of M&A experience advising major companies across all sectors with a specialty in media.

 

Leigh received a law degree from Vanderbilt University and served on the Board of Advisors.  Leigh is a graduate of Brown University where she played on the Varsity Lacrosse Team earning First Team All-New England and Academic All-Ivy honors.  A graduate of the Holton-Arms School, Leigh served on the Board of Trustees and was inducted into the Athletic Hall of Fame as a four-sport athlete. 

 

Leigh helped the NCAA and Intercollegiate Women's Lacrosse Coaches Association ("IWLCA") pass landmark early recruiting legislation in lacrosse.  Leigh's article, Early Recruit: The Role of Sports in Education, analyzed key issues with early recruiting and documented female student-athletes who were featured in a film to lobby the NCAA.  Additionally, Leigh is an Associate Producer for the film Grey Lady staring Eric Dane and an Executive Producer for the film The Sweet Life which premiered at the LA Film Festival in 2016.

 

Leigh has photographed and filmed many of the top women's lacrosse events including:  NCAA Final Four, ACC, Ivy League, Big 10 and Big East Championships.  Leigh has also covered many of the top high school and club girls lacrosse tournaments, Under Amour All-America Tournament and US Women's Lacrosse Tournament.  Additionally, Leigh has photographed the NYC marathon and sailing regattas including the Opera House Cup on Nantucket.

EARLY RECRUITING

Lexi Ledoyen, #23 Capital Club Lacrosse, carries the ball in the midfield with an injury on her left knee at the Nike Elite G8 girls lacrosse tournament (2015).  The green band on Lexi's left arm shows she has committed to Syracuse as an early recruit. © Early Recruiting - Equity IX - SportsOgram

SPORTSOGRAM

Lindsay Ernst runs in the 2017 NYC Marathon at mile 25 with a huge smile on her face and arms lined in victory.  © Equity IX - SportsOgram - photo by Leigh Ernst Friestedt NYC Marathon - Equity IX - SportsOgram
Kerrin Maurer, #9 Duke, top center with eye black under her goggles carries the ball in midfield against Syracuse midfielder at the ACC Women's Lacrosse Championship (2015).  Maurer was a top player from St. Anthony's and early recruit to Duke women's lac Early Recruiting - Equity IX - SportsOgram
Gregory and Annabelle Fowlkes race their Indian sailboat at the Constable Cup in Nantucket.  Gregory is wearing a light blue hat with a matching Indian long sleeve t-shirt. Annabelle has a yellow hat and is hiking out of the boat.  © 2017 Equity IX - Spor Sailing - Equity IX - SportsOgram

FILMS

Annie Dyson, #14 Capital Lacrosse Club, is an early recruit at UVA.  Dyson showcases in front of top college coaches at the Nike Elite G8 girls lacrosse tournament (2015).  The green arm band on her left bicep shows that she has committed early to college Early Recruiting - Equity IX - SportsOgram

Leigh Ernst Friestedt

Leigh Ernst Friestedt - CEO and Founder of Equity IX and SportsOgram - sports photography (lacrosse, sailing, tennis, marathons) and analyzes key issues in sports including early recruiting, NCAA rules, gender equity and Title IX. Leigh Ernst Friestedt - Equity IX, LLC
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