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Going Beyond Sport: A Call to Action

A couple or weeks ago, I got a chance to return to my old stomping grounds in Philly for the 2013 Beyond Sport Summit and Awards.  This year, I attended the Summit as a Business Support Partner, getting the chance to consult with one of the Beyond Sport winners on impact measurement and marketing.  I had a great time reconnecting with some of my Wharton mentors and advisors, as well as engaging with a diverse group of like-minded professionals from all corners of the world and all aspects of the sports industry.

Such a wealth of knowledge was shared over the 3 day event, from executive panels to practitioner workshops.  One of my favorites was “The Big Interview” when ESPN Anchor Kevin Negandhi discussed the societal benefits of sports’ intersection with politics with NBA Commissioner David Stern and Former Philadelphia Mayor and Pennsylvania Governor Ed Rendell.  Commissioner Stern made it clear that social responsibility should be considered an obligation among sports organizations and figures because of the tremendous potential for impact achievement they possess. (Read more of my thoughts on this in my Sports Networker article here.)

Here’s my highlight reel of key takeaways:

  • Education is the Key:  Eagles Chairman and CEO Jeffrey Lurie said that education is our biggest national security issue.  I was excited to learn about efforts like the Phillies’ Science Day at the Ballpark and others that promote STEM education through sport at the Beyond Innovation event.  #Fundamentals
  • Teamwork is Essential: Brian Dawkins reminded us that “Together, everyone achieves more.” His statement was personified by the dramatic transformation the East Lake community in Atlanta has undergone, made possible by the collaborative efforts of the East Lake Foundation, the PGA Tour and the Coca Cola Foundation. #GoTeam
  • Glass Slippers and Glass Ceilings: I learned that there are only three women in pro sports front offices, two of which work for the Yankees.  We still have work to do. #GirlPower
  • Success is Personal: Special Olympics CEO Tom Shriver called for a mental paradigm shift surrounding athletic ability.  Personal bests should be what counts most, regardless of the abilities of others around you. #WhatsYourRecord
  • It Takes Courage: Beyond Sport Founder, Nick Keller, concluded this year’s summit with a challenge to be Relentless, Resilient and Restless in our courage to go beyond sport and change the world. #Ready

Congratulations to the amazingly talented and dedicated people working in organizations that were shortlisted and given awards at this year’s event. I look forward to next year

Beyond Sport is a global organization that promotes, develops and supports the use of sport to create positive social change across the world. Each year, the world’s leaders in sport, business, innovation, philanthropy, development and government come together for an event often described as ‘unmissable’, ‘a hub for social change’ and ‘the place for networking and partnerships to be done’.


You Go Girl! Celebrating Women’s Equality Day

Photo Credit: Glyn Kirk/AFP - Getty Images via NBC News Photo Blog
Photo Credit: Glyn Kirk/AFP – Getty Images via NBC News Photo Blog

Last year marked the 40th anniversary of Title IX, the statute that forever changed the game of women’s athletics.  Since it’s passage, Title IX has facilitated a more than 900% increase in girls’ participation in sports.  August 26th has been deemed Women’s Equality Day, an occasion to celebrate and recognize women’s achievements stemming from the success of the Women’s Suffrage Movement winning women the right to vote in 1920.

Nearly 100 years later, the sports world can look to premiere female athletes and business leaders who continue to break records and empower young women to leverage sport as they strive for their goals.

Check out my full article here on Sports Networker!

Let Freedom Ring: National Freedom Week


As we celebrate our country’s anniversary of independence, we reflect on the tremendous strides our society has made to extend freedom and liberty to its citizens.  Great inroads to equality of opportunity have been made, breaking down historical barriers of race, gender and wealth.  While there are still battles to be won, much progress has been made, particularly in the historically white male-dominated sports industry.  In the last decade, women and minorities have climbed the ladder of success in sports business, blazing the trail for more to follow behind them.

Check out my full article in Sports Networker for my top three sports business influencers that embody freedom.