Honoring the 2021 Top Diverse Leaders in Sports at The National Sports Inclusion Conference

Sep 7, 2021 10:30 AM ET
Press Release

HOUSTON, September 7, 2021 /3BL Media/ - DiversityFirstTM will be hosting the National Sports Inclusion Conference from August 31- September 1, 2021. The conference will be held virtually with this year’s theme being “Inclusion = Innovation”. The two-day conference will honor a number of diverse talents from different industries.

The Top Diverse Leaders in Sports Award distinguishes a select group who exhibit exceptional leadership qualities in the sports industry. The focus of the award is to give prominence to the accomplishments of individuals who exceed the scope of what is expected in their organizations and communities. The award is open to upper-level executives who hold considerable clout within their organizations. 

2021 Awardees 

Avery

Jessup

GM, Head of Men's Division Jordan Brand

Nike

Bahati

VanPelt

Chief of Athlete Services

United States Olympic & Paralympic Committe

Breon

Dennis

Vice President of Community Development

Frisco RoughRiders

Brian

Michael Cooper

Member

Frost Brown Todd LLC

Charles

Johnson

Vice President of Corporate Partnerships

Seattle Mariners

Dr. China

Jude

Vice President of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Denver Broncos

Emeka

Ofodile

Vice President of Sports Marketing

ESPN

Heather

Vaughan

Vice President of Marketing

Pac-12 Conference

Jorge

Ortiz

CEO and Founder

Varsity Hype

Kali

Franklin

Senior Vice President, Head of Talent & Recruiting

Overtime Elite

Karin

Morris

Senior Vice President, Community Impact

Texas Rangers

Kelly

Hyne

Chief Sales Officer

Ladies Professional Golf Association

Marissa

Meli

Associate General Counsel

Green Bay Packers

Michael

Shaw

Vice President, Head of Experience & Innovation

Miami Marlins

Mike

Long

Managing Director, National Sales

NASCAR

Nancy

Hensley

Chief Product & Marketing Officer

Stats Perform

Nona M.

Lee

Executive Vice President and Chief Legal Officers

Arizona Diamondbacks

Paul

Bee

Vice President Ticket Sales and Service

Milwaukee Bucks

Sree

Varma

CEO & Founder

iSportConnect

Tia

Williams

Brand Development and Public Relations Director, VP of the Hollman Family Foundation

Hollman, Inc

Wendell

Haskins

Chief Marketing Officer

The Professional Collegiate League

 

About The National Sports Inclusion Conference

With hundreds of attendees, the 2021 Inaugural Sports Inclusion Conference pioneers the discussion of diversity and inclusion in the sports industry. Offering extraordinary networking opportunities, professional development, and critical conversations surrounding diversity and inclusion, attendees are able to curate their experience for optimal learning and growth. This year’s conference will take place virtually on August 31 and September 1, 2021. More information about the Sports InclusionConference is available on their website

Media Contact:
Ashana Outler
DEI Project Specialist
Ashana.Outler@DiversityFirst.Org