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WISE/R 2018 Speakers

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WISE/R offers the opportunity to learn from top industry leaders, improve your communications skills, connect with peers and so much more!
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Meet our panel of experts and business leaders:

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Lindsay Amstutz

Panelist, REAL Insight: Master Class
SVP & GM, FOX Sports West/FOX Sports San Diego/Prime Ticket πŸ”˜ Named to SBJ's Power Player and Multichannel News' 40 Under 40 lists, Lindsay Amstutz manages day-to-day operations for three RSNs and leads the Women of FOX Sports initiative.

Caroline Clarke

Emcee and Moderator, REAL Insight: The Master Class
Chief Brand Officer, Black Enterprises Women of Power πŸ”˜ Award-winning journalist and author, Caroline Clarke's media experience spans print, digital and television outlets. A fan-favorite at the symposium, she returns as emcee and moderator.

Doris Daif

Panelist, REAL Innovation: Success in the Digital Economy
SVP Customer Data Strategy, NBA πŸ”˜ Recognized for successes in transformation and innovation while at AmEx, Doris Daif is now charged with improving the league's data insights to better enable teams to engage their fans and grow revenue.

Anne Doepner

Panelist, REAL Careers: Women in Operations
Director of Football Administration, Minnesota Vikings πŸ”˜ Referred to as a pioneer and one of a handful of women in football administration, Anne Doepner is the liaison to the NFL Management Council and a founding board member of WISE Twin Cities.

Kathleen Francis

Moderator, REAL Conversation: The Next Chapter
National Board Chair & President, WISE πŸ”˜ A recognized sports marketing leader, Kathleen Francis was named to the WISE national board in 2011 to drive growth in membership, partnerships, chapter expansion and the launch of educational programs.

Sarah Gelles

Panelist, REAL Careers: Women in Operations
Director of Analytics & Major League Contracts, Baltimore Orioles πŸ”˜ While an intern, Sarah Gelles identified the need for an internal database, initiating one of the club's most meaningful advancements and expanding their analytics capabilities.

Laura Gentile

Presenter, REAL Leadership: Executive Education
SVP Business Operations & Content Strategy, ESPN πŸ”˜ Instrumental in launching espnW and leading women’s initiatives at ESPN, Laura Gentile also oversees business strategy and non-program content negotiation and acquisition for its content group.

Valerie Gordon

Presenter, REAL Communication: Telling Your Story
Founder & President, Commander-in-She πŸ”˜ An Emmy award-winning television producer, Valerie Gordon combines her background and passion for storytelling to help others find their stories and reach success.

Michele Kajiwara

Presenter, REAL Leadership: Executive Education
SVP Premium Seating, STAPLES Center/AEG πŸ”˜Making a significant impact the sports industry, Michele Kajiwara is no stranger to building all-star teams and has set the standard for fan engagement across sports and entertainment.

Laurie Kepron

Presenter, REAL Leadership: Executive Education
Group VP Integrated Marketing, National Hockey League πŸ”˜ A 25-year hockey veteran, Laurie Kepron manages more than $120+ million in NHL partnership revenue and is responsible for optimizing its marketing and promotional platforms.

Sallie Krawcheck

Featured Guest, REAL Power: Owning Yours
CEO & Co-Founder, Ellevest πŸ”˜ One of the highest ranked women ever to have worked on Wall Street, Sallie Krawcheck’s professional mission is to help women reach their financial and professional goals.

Sarah Kustok

Moderator, REAL Careers: Women in Operations
Brooklyn Nets Game Analyst, YES Network πŸ”˜ A talented sports reporter and Emmy award recipient, Sarah Kustok is the first woman named a lead, solo game analyst on a regional sports network for an NBA team.

Cynthia "Cynt" Marshall

Featured Guest, REAL Conversation: The Next Chapter
CEO, Dallas Mavericks πŸ”˜ Widely recognized for her visionary leadership and ability to get things done, Cynthia Marshall is leading the charge for transformation with a vision that the Mavs would set the NBA standard for inclusion and diversity.

Elizabeth O'Brien

Panelist, REAL Innovation: Success in the Digital Economy
Program Director, IBM Sports & Entertainment Partnerships πŸ”˜ A 15-year veteran of IBM, Elizabeth O'Brien is passionate about the IBM solutions that create measurable business results as well as fantastic experiences for fans, media and players.

Mary Pilon

Moderator, REAL Power: Owning Yours
Journalist & Author πŸ”˜ An award winning and Emmy-nominated journalist, Mary Pilon's work in sports, business and politics, regularly appear in the New Yorker, Esquire, Bloomberg BusinessWeek, New York Magazine and The New York Times.

Teresa Resch

Panelist, REAL Careers: Women in Operations
VP Basketball Operations & Player Development, Toronto Raptors πŸ”˜ Recognized for her leadership, Teresa Resch oversees off-court player development programs and is the liaison between the basketball and team business operations.

Sarah Robb O'Hagan

Panelist, REAL Insight: Master Class
CEO, Flywheel Sports πŸ”˜ Executive, activist and author Sarah Robb O'Hagan's career has led her through some of the world’s most iconic brands. Her book, "Extreme You," provides a roadmap for those who want to be the best version of themselves.

Vikram Somaya

Moderator, REAL Innovation: Success in the Digital Economy
SVP Global Data Officer & Ad Platforms, ESPN πŸ”˜ A forward-thinking executive, Vikram Somaya uses data in new ways to identify new revenue models and drive key sales strategies for ESPN while working closely with the Disney Media Networks.

Kim Stone

Panelist, REAL Insight: Master Class
EVP, Miami HEAT & GM, AmericanAirlines Arena πŸ”˜ A veteran of the South Florida sports market, Kim Stone has been an integral part of building the HEATΒ’'s success by developing and implementing sound business strategies and management practices.

Cheryl Walker-Robertson

Facilitator, REAL Relationships: Speed Mentoring Roundtables
Founder and Chief Protocol Officer, Protocol International πŸ”˜ Nationally known as a speaker, trainer, workshop facilitator and executive coach, Cheryl Walker-Robertson paves the way for business and professional development.