Fri, Sep 24, 2021

10 AM – 5 PM EDT (GMT-4)

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Sears Think[Box] Floor 6

Richey Mixon Building, 11201 Cedar Avenue, Floor 6, Cleveland, OHIO 44106, United States

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Join us for the Veale Institute for Entrepreneurship's inaugural Sports Entrepreneurship Conference, featuring remarkable speakers in the industry, providing insight and advice. Hear from experienced sports executives on how an entrepreneurial mindset has helped build their careers and in some cases, their businesses.

The lineup includes a variety of speakers, including the former Cleveland Indians President and General Manager, Major League Soccer's first female referee in 20 years, and first African American Female Professional Baseball coach, and more!


10 to 10:45 am | Growing and Marketing a Digital-Age Football League

Jennifer Rottenberg, Chief Marketing Officer, Fan Controlled Football
Moderator: Antonio Orsini (CWR’23), CWRU Football Team


11 to 11:45 am | Integrating Leadership Best Practices in Professional Sports
Mark Shapiro, President and CEO, Toronto Blue Jays, former Cleveland Indians General Manager and President
Moderator: Samuel Nalli (CWR’21), Trackman Operator, Detroit Tigers


Noon to 12:45 pm | Emerging Opportunities around Name, Image and Likeness (NIL)
Joe Nahra (LAW ‘98), SVP, Legal and Business Affairs, Oak View Group and Former Staff Counsel, NFL Players Association (In Person)
Carlos Fleming, Partner and Sports Talent Group Head, Endeavor
Moderator:  Christina Hickson (CWR’22), CWRU Women’s Soccer Team


1:00 to 1:45 pm | Leveraging Data in Performance and Sales Forecasting
Jimmy Buffi, Co-founder of Reboot Motion
Gabe Gershenfeld, Co-founder/president of Demand Analytics
Moderator: Jenna Ruccolo (CWR’22), Associate Member, NCAA Student Advisory Committee

2:00 to 2:45 pm | Career, Control and Crisis in Sports Communication
Lisa Levine, President, Sports Media Consulting, ZONE
Moderator: Anika Washburn (CWR’22), CWRU Women's Soccer Team


3 - 3:45 pm | Technology & Sports Performance in Baseball
Bianca Smith (MGT/LAW ‘17),  Minor League Coach, Boston Red Sox (In Person)
Moderator: RJ Christie (CWR’23), Major League Baseball On Deck Intern, CWRU Baseball Team


4:00 to 4:45 pm | A Case Study of Student-Led Sports-Health Startups
Matt Campagna  (CWR ‘19), Founder/CEO of Reflexion
Nathan Swift (GRS '16), Co-Founder/COO of Hedgemon
Moderator:  Rucha Kopardekar (CWR’23)


4:45 to 5 pm | Closing Remarks


Sears Think[Box] Floor 6

Richey Mixon Building, 11201 Cedar Avenue, Floor 6, Cleveland, OHIO 44106, United States

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