5th Annual Illinois Sports Business Conference

The Morning Show

ISBC is a student organization that inspires and connects current and future sports business leaders through an annual student-run conference. ISBC invites high profile professionals in the sports business industry to speak on various panels regarding relevant and important topics in the industry.

The goal of our organization though the conference is to foster relationships and create a roadmap for UIUC students and ISBC members to find their paths in the sports business industry. 

Tickets can be found at our website illinoissportsbusiness.com. Student tickets are $16 and non-student tickets are $30. The conference ticket includes lunch in which attendees have the opportunity to network with speakers and other attendees.

The keynote speakers include:
  • Damani Leech, Senior Vice President of Football Strategy and Business Development at the NFL
  • Jon Greifenkamp, VP and CFO at the Chicago Cubs
  • Jim Woodcock, Sports Business Partner at FleishmanHillard 
We will also be having a number of other panels throughout the day, including:
The Human Resources Side of Sports
  • Ann Weiser, VP Human Resources for the Chicago Cubs
  • Marie Sutera, Human Resources Director at the Chicago Blackhawks
  • Liz Geist, Human Resources Director at the Chicago Bears
The People Behind the Players: (Sports Agent/Branding Panel)
  • Deryk Gilmore, NFL Sports Agent; President and Founder of Day 1 Sports and Entertainment
  • Alex Burge, Agent at Excel Sports Management 
  • Mike Galeski, Sports Marketing Executive, Callaway
Under the Spotlight of Sports Media:
  • Steve Raquel, President of IOVMedia – Social Media Agency
  • Alex Roux, Social Media Producer at Big Ten Network
The Changing Dynamics of Fan Interaction:
  • Ryan Sullivan, Senior Communications Coordinator at Big Ten Network
  • Kent Brown, Associate Athletic Director, Media Relations at University of Illinois
  • Chris Hartweg, Founder and Executive Director at Painless Networking
Breaking Down the Controversial Divides of Sports
  • Josh Whitman, Athletic Director at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • Damani Leech, Senior VP of Football Strategy and Business Development at the NFL
  • Cari Van Senus, NCAA Chief of Staff
  • Adrian Burgos, Jr., Professor in History at UIUC
Athlete Leadership Exploration and Development:
  • Chris Smith, Founder and CEO of Athlete Network
  • Lisa Strasman, President of Next College Student Athlete (NCSA)
  • Alex Demczak, Author of ThriveU and President of Alex Demczak Companies

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