World Class Speakers
|Attendee Job Title|
Executive Director Center for Body Computing and Professor of Clinical Medicine
University of Southern California
Professor of Neurology, Physiology and Psychiatry
University of California, San Francisco
Carlo is recognized as one of the world’s very best soccer coaches and is one of only two coaches ever, along with Liverpool’s Bob Paisley, to win the European Cup on three occasions. He won his first two with Italian giants AC Milan in 2003 and 2007, and won his third with Real Madrid in 2014 when they beat city rivals Atletico Madrid. Carlo also had great success domestically, including the Serie A league title with Milan in 2004 and Coppa Italia in 2003, the Premier League and FA Cup with Chelsea in 2010 and the Ligue 1 title with Paris Saint-Germain in 2013. Before his career in management, he had a hugely successful playing career winning 26 caps for Italy including playing in the 1990 World Cup – he also captained Roma and played in the legendary AC Milan team of the late 80s where he won two European Cups. He has coached some of the best players of this generation including Cristiano Ronaldo, Gareth Bale, Frank Lampard, Andrea Pirlo, Kaka, David Beckham, Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Paolo Maldini.
Thomas is one of the most respected executives in football due to his passion and vision for the Falcons, his dynamic drafting and philosophical approach to building a team – and since he joined in 2008, the team has experienced a level of consistency that is unmatched in the team’s 46-year history. After his first season with the Falcons, he was named ‘Executive of the Year’ and again went on to be honoured in 2010. He then helped guide the Falcons to their third consecutive playoff appearance for the first time in franchise history in 2012. Prior to his tenure at the Falcons he was with the New England Patriots between 2002-2007.
Dave is the current General Manager of the NBA’s LA Clippers, and has over 40 years of experience as a player and coach at the top level. Dave has held a number of roles including Assistant Coach at the Nets, Celtics, Timberwolves, Kings and Lakers (where he won the NBA Championship in 1985), as Assistant General Manager of the Celtics, and EVP Basketball Operations at the Miami Heat. He started his current role as GM of the Clippers in 2014, which is the third time working with Head Coach Doc Rivers after the two worked together in Boston and with the Orlando Magic. In his playing career, Wohl was selected in the 3rd round of the 1971 NBA Draft by the Philadelphia 76ers. He played for six different teams over a seven-year career including the 76ers, the Portland Trail Blazers and the Houston Rockets.
Les has just completed his fourth year as General Manager of the newly relocated LA Rams. He partners with Head Coach Jeff Fisher to direct all personnel decisions for the club, as well as coordinating all aspects of the club’s football operations, and direct the team’s business ventures alongside EVP Football Ops and COO, Kevin Demoff. Les started his career in the NFL at Jacksonville Jaguars as a Pro Scout between 1995-97, then moved to the Atlanta Falcons where he was also Pro Scout as well as Director of Pro/Player Personnel. He was hired as GM of the Rams in 2012, and instantly made an impact with his ambitious moves to improve the organization in any way possible, with clever trades that resulted in greater manoeuvrability in the draft, and the acquisitions of players such as Michael Brockers, Brian Quick, Janoris Jenkins and Isaiah Pead. The Rams also have this year’s NFL Rookie of the Year in their roster, Todd Gurley, who Les was instrumental in picking and bringing to the Rams.
Arsène Wenger started his management career in France with AS Nancy and Monaco from 1981-1994. Then moved to Asia where he was the manager of Nagoya Grampus Eight in 1995/1996, where he won the J-League Super Cup and the Emperor’s Cup, and was voted the J. League Manager of the Year. Since 1996 Wenger has been manager of Arsenal FC and has led them to three Premier League titles, five FA Cups, and five Community Shields. Arsène has also guided the Gunners to the Champions League and the UEFA Cup finals. He was the first coach from outside of the UK to win the Premier League and is, by some distance, the longest serving manager in the Premier League. Arsène has been hailed as the man responsible for changing the philosophy of football played by Arsenal, who under his leadership have adopted an exciting and attacking style of play.
Chief of Sport Performance
Alan Ashley was named chief of sport performance for the United States Olympic Committee on Sept. 1, 2010, after previously serving as managing director of sport performance since January 2010. In his current role, Ashley oversees the USOC divisions tasked with providing targeted resources and support to the National Governing Bodies, athletes and coaches in pursuit of sustained competitive excellence. These areas include coaching and sport science, sports medicine, international games and sport partnerships. Sport performance is also responsible for the preparation and execution of all Team USA activities related to the Olympic and Paralympic Games.
Ashley joined the USOC after spending 16 years with the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association, where he was a key contributor to the rise of the U.S. ski and snowboard teams, having most recently served as the vice president of athletics. At USSA, Ashley helped manage the coaching, training and organizational structure for six Olympic (alpine, cross-country, nordic combined and freestyle skiing; ski jumping; and snowboarding) and two Paralympic (alpine and cross-country skiing) sports involving 170 elite athletes, 125 elite coaches and administrative staff, 320 USSA clubs, 3,000 club coaches and 16,000 USSA member athletes.
David Brailsford has been involved in cycling throughout his career and has enjoyed a number of highlights. In 2008, in his role as Performance Director at British Cycling, he led the GB Cycling Team to an unprecedented 8 gold medals at the Beijing Olympic Games. He replicated this feat in 2012, leading Team GB to another 8 gold medals at the London Olympics. In 2010 Dave joined British based professional team, Team Sky, with the aim of bringing Britain its first ever Tour De France winner. In 2012 Dave achieved this, with Bradley Wiggins winning the prestigious race. One year later, it was under Dave’s leadership again that Chris Froome won the Tour De France for Team Sky. Dave received his knighthood for services to cycling and the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games on 28February 2013.
Mark Helfrich had one of the hardest jobs in college sport after replacing Chip Kelly, arguably the Ducks’ most successful ever football coach in 2013. However, after 11-2 first year (surpassing Chip Kelly’s previous Oregon pinnacle for most wins in a first-year), and a victory over Texas in the Alamo Bowl (only the second Ducks’ coach to win a bowl game in the first season), he could not of got off to a much better start. But he and his team went from strength to strength, and in 2014 he became only the school’s second ever coach to lead the team to a National Championship appearance, falling at the final hurdle to Urban Meyer’s Ohio State Buckeyes – this included guiding the school to more single-season victories than any other in conference history. The achievements continued as they won the Pac-12 title with a 15-3 record, ran out 51-13 winners over Arizona in the conference championship game, and handed Florida State only their second loss in two seasons. Mark also coached the school’s only ever Heisman Trophy (College Football Player of the Year) winner ever, Marcus Mariota.
Former Chief Knowledge Officer
Dr. Ed Hoffman is NASA’s Chief Knowledge Officer. He works within NASA as well as with leaders of industry, academia, professional associations, and other government agencies to develop the agency’s capabilities in program and project management and engineering.
Dr. Hoffman has written numerous journal articles, co-authored Shared Voyage: Learning and Unlearning from Remarkable Projects (NASA, 2005) and Project Management Success Stories: Lessons of Project Leaders (Wiley, 2000), and speaks frequently at conferences and associations. He serves as adjunct faculty at The George Washington University.
He holds a Doctorate, as well as Master of Arts and Master of Science degrees from Columbia University in the area of social and organizational psychology. He received a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Brooklyn College in 1981.
Tom is the in his third year as GM of the Chargers, having previously spent 14 years with the Indianapolis Colts in the roles of VP Football Operations and Director of Player Personnel. Tom comes from a strong scouting background after roles with the Panthers and Colts, the latter coinciding with one of the most successful eras of the franchise’s history – he also arrived at the same time as one the team’s and sport’s great Quarterbacks, Peyton Manning.
Tom and the rest of the recruitment team put together a Colts team that appeared in the playoffs 12 times, winning 8 division titles and the Super Bowl XLI title in 2006, and were the second best team in this period only to the Patriots.
Following this successful spell, Tom was hired as the GM at the Chargers and was immediately part of the committee that appointed Mike McCoy as Head Coach. It’s a new era in San Diego, and the last three years have been a rebuilding phase, spearheaded by top players Philip Rivers and Danny Woodhead. Tom is the youngest GM in Chargers history, and one of the youngest in the NFL, so he will be able to give some great contrasting views alongside Dave Wohl of the Clippers, discussing the future of the leaders in their respective sports, and how the role of GM is evolving.
Chief Talent Officer
Mike Preston is passionate about creating a leadership culture focused on the development and well-being of all the people of Deloitte. As the Chief Talent Officer for the Deloitte U.S. Firms, Mike is responsible for delivering on Deloitte’s value proposition to its 65,000+ professionals by fostering an environment where leaders thrive. He leads a world-class Talent organization which includes Acquisition, Development, Total Rewards, Strategic Operations, Partner Matters, Inclusion and Alumni Relations. Additionally, Mike is a Tax partner focused on the Professional Services industry where he has served law firms and other businesses for over 25 years. He has helped firms improve their operations and tax efficiency as well as advised them on potential transactions and talent related issues.
Global Head of Culture
Maxine has been a Googler for 10 years now, and now the leads the whole companies strategy for their world renowned culture and environment. Google is led by the values and missions of its employees, and when they hire people it is integral that they fit to the principles that the company set – it’s not just about what you achieve, it’s how you achieve it. She not only looks outward to decide on what the type of person the company should recruit, but also looks inward to scrutinise whether the people who work and lead the company are abiding by the beliefs they have set. All this is really relatable to sport, and the responsibilities will mirror that of a lot of General Managers, Head Coaches and CEO’s – asides from this, Google set the standard when it comes to corporate culture and everyone will be intrigued just how the company, and Maxine in particular, creates it. I intend to put her on a panel discussing talent, and exploring how they draw people into the culture and more importantly what engages them to it, a topical and interesting discussion when it comes to talent acquisition and management.
Faculty and Associate Director of Dance
Risa Steinberg, both faculty and Associate Director of Dance at The Juilliard School, has been an active member of the dance community for more than 35 years as a performer, teacher, re-constructor of the works of José Limón, and mentor to young choreographers. She has had the good fortune to travel the world performing and teaching extensively. Former principal dancer with the José Limón Dance Company, Bill Cratty Dance Theater, Annabel Gamson, Anna Sokolow’s Player’s Project, Colin Connor, and American Repertory Dance Company of Los Angeles, Ms. Steinberg has also been a guest artist with choreographers including Wally Cardona, Sean Curran, and DanzaHoy of Caracas, Venezuela. Her solo concert, A Celebration of Dance, featured repertory from Isadora Duncan and Doris Humphrey as well as contemporary choreographers. As a re-constructor of the works of Mr. Limón, Ms. Steinberg has worked with companies and dancers around the world including Nureyev and Friends, Frank Augustyn, Karen Kain, and the Pennsylvania Ballet. She was a dance panelist for the New York State Council on the Arts; presently sits on the Artists Advisory board for Danspace Project at St. Mark’s Church and is on the selection committee of The Bessies. Ms. Steinberg is currently the Choreographic Advisor and Rehearsal Coach for Brian Brooks Moving Company.
Executive Director Center for Body Computing and Professor of Clinical Medicine
Dr. Leslie Saxon is a Professor of Medicine, Clinical Scholar, at the Keck School of Medicine of USC. Dr. Saxon specialises in the diagnosis and treatment of cardiac arrhythmias and preventing sudden cardiac death. She is also the Executive Director of the internationally-acclaimed USC Center for Body Computing (CBC) and newly announced USC Virtual Care Clinic. Dr. Saxon participates in the pre-clinical and clinical development and testing of wearable and implanted technology, including networked devices used in medicine, wellness, and fitness disciplines. With her clinical expertise, she is a valuable strategist in developing device models and software solutions that offer engaging user-feedback based on real-time physiologic data.
Chris Anderson is the Curator of TED, a nonprofit devoted to sharing valuable ideas, primarily through the medium of ‘TED talks’ – short talks that are offered free online to a global audience.
Back in the UK in 1984, Chris was captivated by the personal computer revolution and became an editor at one of the UK’s early computer magazines. A year later he founded Future Publishing with a $25,000 bank loan. The new company initially focused on specialist computer publications but eventually expanded into other areas such as cycling, music, video games, technology and design, doubling in size every year for seven years. In 1994, Chris moved to the United States where he built Imagine Media, publisher of Business 2.0 magazine and creator of the popular video game users website IGN. Chris eventually merged Imagine and Future, taking the combined entity public in London in 1999, under the Future name. At its peak, it published 150 magazines and websites and employed 2,000 people.
This success allowed Chris to create a private nonprofit organization, the Sapling Foundation, with the hope of finding new ways to tackle tough global issues through media, technology, entrepreneurship and, most of all, ideas. In 2001, the foundation acquired the TED Conference, then an annual meeting of luminaries in the fields of Technology, Entertainment and Design held in Monterey, California, and Chris left Future to work full time on TED.
He expanded the conference’s remit to cover all topics, including science, business and key global issues, while adding a fellows program, which now has some 300 alumni, and the TED Prize, which grants its recipients “one wish to change the world”. The TED stage has become a place for thinkers and doers from all fields to share their ideas and their work, capturing imaginations, sparking conversation and encouraging discovery along the way.
In 2006, TED experimented with posting some of its talks on the Internet. Their viral success encouraged Chris to begin positioning the organization as a global media initiative devoted to ‘ideas worth spreading’, part of a new era of information dissemination using the power of online video. In June 2015, the organization posted its 2,000th talk online. The talks are free to view, and they have been translated into more than 100 languages with the help of volunteers from around the world. Viewership has grown to approximately one billion views per year.
Professor of Neurology, Physiology and Psychiatry
Dr. Adam Gazzaley obtained an M.D. and a Ph.D. in Neuroscience at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York, completed clinical residency in Neurology at the University of Pennsylvania, and postdoctoral training in cognitive neuroscience at UC Berkeley. He is the founding director of the Neuroscience Imaging Center at the UC San Francisco, an Associate Professor in Neurology, Physiology and Psychiatry, and Principal Investigator of a cognitive neuroscience laboratory. His laboratory studies neural mechanisms of perception, attention and memory, with an emphasis on the impact of distraction and multitasking on these abilities.
Meg is a screenwriter and producer, and is currently nominated for the Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay for co-writing the script for Pixar’s Inside Out. She also co-wrote the script for The Good Dinosaur and is currently writing the script for the live-action Captain Marvel movie. Story telling is an interesting subject for performance professionals to look at because it gives the opportunity to influence and connect with people, and can prove to be incredibly insightful when identifying how people work and develop. Part of this development relates to the story of emotion, and Meg has the ability to ‘find heroes’ which could relate back to sport where you’re looking to inspire and influence your team or organisation, and get emotional responses from your players or personnel. This can also relate to athletes themselves, a story can make them understand the obstacles and personal development tasks that they must overcome to become successful.
Melissa Painter is the Executive Producer at 5D Global Studio where she helps clients think about the intersections of their industries and emergent technologies. Painter is an award-winning filmmaker who has directed three features, and produced two. Her films have premiered at Sundance, Cannes, The New York Film Festival, SXSW, and Telluride. She was a writing and directing fellow at the Sundance Lab, and a recipient of a Warner Brother Fellowship. She holds a BA from Columbia University in Ancient Greek and an MFA from NYU Tisch School of the Arts in Film. She is co-author of the book Edie Sedgwick, Edie: Girl on Fire. Previously to working at 5D Global Studio, Melissa served as Managing Director of a contemporary dance company, and worked at WONDROS in content strategy and as co-director of short form documentaries for clients such as the NRDC, The Teaching Gardens, Gladstone Institute, The Gates Foundation, The California Endowment, and Columbia Journalism School.
Head Coach and Dance Captain
Matthew coaches some of the most disciplined performers in the world. He’s been coaching with Cirque du Soleil since 2000 and is currently heading up La Nouba, the exclusive Cirque du Soleil show at Walt Disney World Resort. With over 30 years experience he’ll share expertise on coaching and development from his perspective and show how this relates to the wider world of sport.
Technology has always been deeply woven into the world of sports. What’s different today is the ability to make technology more personal and intelligent, so it provides athletes and coaches with customized and real-time data to help teams improve training and performance. Intel is leading this next generation of computing by creating reference designs and complete end-to-end solutions from software to security to hardware that allow customers and partners to develop meaningful & impactful solutions.
Keiser. Because…’Good Enough’ Isn’t.
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Nolan Partners is the world’s leading and largest retained executive search firm with a dedicated focus on sports and entertainment. The firm has placed over 500 executives across 6 continents.
Nolan Partners has represented Manchester United, PGA Tour, Mercedes F1, NFL, Chicago Cubs, San Jose Earthquakes, International Tennis Federation, Breeders’ Cup, USTA, Toronto Blue Jays, City Football Group, Arsenal, and others.
In performance, Nolan Partners works with world famous clubs, governing bodies and professional leagues to identify top performance talent including Sporting Directors, General Managers, Technical Directors, Talent Acquisition Specialists, Medics and Sports Scientists, from a global pool, representing clients in the UK, Europe, North America, the Middle East and Asia.
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