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Watchen Nyanue

Vice President, Sponsorship | Chicago Sky

"My hope is that Chicago is a place where people feel that they can come and thrive professionally, socially, and emotionally. I envision a city where people feel that everything that they need to create a life that they are proud of is right here for them and they don't need to move to another major city in order to find the success or create the life that they desire."


Undergraduate Degree: DePauw University, '05

Fun fact: Growing up I thought I was adopted because all of my siblings names started with ‘Wil’ and mine does not.

Watchen Nyanue is a strategic marketing and business development expert from Liberia, who resides in Chicago, Illinois. She is currently the Vice President of Marketing Partnerships for the WNBA’s Chicago Sky.

In addition to her role with the Chicago Sky, Watchen is also the Founder of I Choose the Ladder, a company focused on curating content and experiences for Black women on the corporate climb.

As an advocate for female leadership and empowerment, her journey has been filled with more than twelve years of executive experience, where she has excelled as a proven business strategy leader who understands the importance of building relationships and capitalizing on a firm “it” factor in order to take the organization to the next level.

Watchen holds a Bachelor’s in Communication from DePauw University. She is currently pursuing her MBA at The University of Chicago Booth School of Business. Prior to working at the Chicago Sky, she has had the honor of working with a multitude of renowned companies, including Comedy Central, Hearst Digital, Yahoo!, and Johnson Publishing Company.

When she isn’t immersed in her career, Watchen happily serves on the Board of Trustees of the Associated Colleges of Illinois. She is also a 2018 Chicago Business Journal Women of Influence Honoree.