Host & Moderators


Wolf Blitzer
Lead Political Anchor
The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer
CNN
Wolf Blitzer

Lead Political Anchor
The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer
CNN

Wolf Blitzer has been with CNN for more than two decades and is the network’s lead political anchor. He anchors The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer, a two-hour weekday news program airing daily at 5 p.m. ET. Blitzer plays a pivotal role in the network’s political coverage, most recently serving as CNN’s lead anchor for Election Night in America 2018.  Blitzer served as moderator for three of CNN’s primary presidential debates during the 2016 election cycle. In addition, Blitzer is known for his in-depth reporting on international news and his Middle East expertise. He began his career in 1972 working for Reuters in Tel Aviv.

Poppy Harlow
Anchor
CNN Newsroom
Poppy Harlow

Anchor
CNN Newsroom

Poppy Harlow anchors the weekday 9-11 a.m. ET edition of CNN Newsroom alongside Jim Sciutto. She also hosts the CNN podcast BossFiles with Poppy Harlow, where she has interviewed numerous global leaders, including Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Warren Buffett, Howard Schultz, Melinda Gates and more.

Based in New York City, Harlow previously anchored CNN Newsroom Weekend on Saturdays from 3-6 p.m. ET and 7-8 p.m. ET and Sundays from 5-8 p.m. ET. She was also a correspondent for CNN covering breaking news and investigative reporting.

Prior to that Harlow was an anchor for CNNMoney.com, serving as the primary host for the site’s video network, as well as a business correspondent on CNN covering business and economic news. Harlow is a twice-Emmy nominated journalist and her reporting has won numerous industry awards, including the Gracie Award for best online investigative feature on financial fraud, and SABEW’s best in business award for online video.

Ernie Johnson
Studio Host
Turner Sports
Ernie Johnson

Studio Host
Turner Sports

Three-time Sports Emmy Award winner Ernie Johnson is in his 29th year as the studio host for Turner’s NBA telecasts. He hosts TNT’s Emmy Award winning Inside the NBA studio show with analysts Charles Barkley, Shaquille O’Neal and Kenny Smith. Since 2011, Johnson has served as a studio host for Turner and CBS’s coverage of the NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Championship.

During his tenure at Turner, Johnson has also been a game analyst, play-by-play announcer, and studio host for the network’s coverage of MLB, the NFL, the PGA, the British Open, college football, the Wimbledon Championships, the Winter Olympics and the Goodwill Games. He received Emmys as best studio host/personality in 2001, 2006, and 2014.

Peter Kafka
Executive Editor
Recode
Peter Kafka

Executive Editor
Recode

Peter Kafka is an executive editor at Recode, the business and technology network from Vox Media; host of Recode Media, the weekly podcast dedicated to the future of media and technology; producer of the Code Media conference, and co-producer of Recode’s Code Conference, two of Recode’s premier event series. He has been covering media and technology since 1997, when he joined the staff of Forbes magazine. He made the digital leap to Forbes.com in 2005. He may have been the first national business reporter to interview “Stone Cold” Steve Austin.

In 2007, Kafka was the first hire at Silicon Alley Insider, the predecessor to Business Insider, where he worked as the site’s managing editor. He began writing for AllThingsD.com in 2008. In 2011, he began producing and hosting the D: Dive into Media conferences; he will continue to work on other live events for Recode. Kafka is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Madison and lives in Brooklyn.

John King
Chief National Correspondent
Anchor, Inside Politics
CNN
John King

Chief National Correspondent
Anchor, Inside Politics
CNN

John King is CNN’s chief national correspondent. He anchors Inside Politics, which airs weekdays at noon and Sunday mornings at 8 a.m. ET. King is an award-winning journalist who has covered eight presidential elections and has reported from all 50 states and more than 70 countries. King plays an instrumental role in CNN’s daily reporting and breaking news coverage, most recently as a prominent part of the network’s Election Night in America 2018 coverage. In addition, King is known for his experience covering major international events. King, who joined CNN in 1997, began his career working for the Associated Press in Rhode Island and Boston.

Ahmad Rashad
Host
NBA TV
Ahmad Rashad

Host
NBA TV

Emmy award-winning sportscaster Ahmad Rashad is the host of the Naismith Memorial Hall of Fame Enshrinement show on NBA TV. Rashad served as host, executive producer and managing editor of the Emmy-nominated show NBA Inside Stuff for 16 seasons.

Rashad, a star running back and receiver at Oregon who earned All-America honors as a senior, was enshrined into the College Football Hall of Fame in 2007. He played 11 seasons in the NFL, including 7 years in Minnesota, where he earned four Pro Bowl selections and all-pro honors in 1979. In 2017, he was enshrined into the Vikings’ “Ring of Honor.” He began his broadcasting career with NBC in 1983, covering the NFL, NBA, the Olympics, and many other sporting events during his 20-year tenure with the network.

Michael Wilbon
Co-Host, Pardon the Interruption
ABC/ESPN Basketball Contributor
Columnist, The Undefeated
Michael Wilbon

Co-Host, Pardon the Interruption
ABC/ESPN Basketball Contributor
Columnist, The Undefeated

Michael Wilbon is one of the nation’s most respected sports journalists, a decorated sportswriter who broadened his career to include television, radio and new media. A co-host of ESPN’s Pardon the Interruption and an NBA studio analyst and contributor on ABC and ESPN, Wilbon left The Washington Post in December 2010 after 31 years to assume an expanded role as a host and contributor for ESPN.

Wilbon and his former Washington Post colleague, Tony Kornheiser, have co-hosted PTI since the show’s debut in October of 2001. PTI earned Sports Emmy Awards in 2009 and 2016 in the “Daily Studio” category and the show continues to increase its viewership, reach and impact each year. Since 2005, Wilbon has regularly contributed to NBA news and information programming across ESPN platforms.

In October of 2017 Wilbon received, along with Kornheiser, the National Press Club’s most prestigious prize – the Fourth Estate Award, which recognizes journalists who have made significant contributions to the field. In 2009 he was honored by the National Association of Black Journalists with the organization’s Lifetime Achievement Award.

Participants


Steve Ballmer
Chairman
L.A. Clippers
Steve Ballmer

Chairman
L.A. Clippers

Steve Ballmer is co-founder of Ballmer Group and owner of the Los Angeles Clippers. Ballmer retired as chief executive officer of Microsoft in 2014 after leading the company for nearly 14 years. He remains a significant investor.

Through philanthropy and civic activism, Ballmer Group strengthens promising and proven approaches that increase economic mobility for children and families in the U.S. Ballmer also leads USAFacts, a project seeking to improve transparency in government, including disclosing taxes and borrowings raised, money allocated and spent, and outcomes achieved, much as corporations do through their 10-K reports.

Ballmer became Microsoft’s CEO in 2000, having served for 20 years in roles as president, senior vice president of sales and support, senior vice president of systems software, and vice president of marketing. He was the company’s first business manager. During his tenure Microsoft grew to almost $80 billion in revenue and was the third most profitable company in the U.S.

Sue Bird
WNBA Player, Seattle Storm
Basketball Operations Associate
Denver Nuggets
Sue Bird

WNBA Player, Seattle Storm
Basketball Operations Associate
Denver Nuggets

Regarded as the world’s premier point guard, Sue Bird is known for being selfless, driven, encouraging and smart. Bird is a seasoned veteran and a born leader who has dominated at every level. She is one of only seven women to win an Olympic Gold Medal (she has won four), a World Championship Gold Medal (she has won three) an NCAA Championship (she has won two), and a WNBA Championship (she has won three). Bird is also the WNBA’s career assists leader, a five-time Euroleague Champion, an 11-time WNBA All-Star, was named one of the WNBA’s Top 15 Players of All Time in 2011, and she was named one of the WNBA’s 20 greatest and most influential players in celebration of the League’s 20th season. Off the court, you can currently find Bird working in the Denver Nuggets front office.

Mark Cuban
Chairman, AXS TV
Owner, Dallas Mavericks
Mark Cuban

Chairman, AXS TV
Owner, Dallas Mavericks

Mark Cuban has always been a businessman. At age 12, he was selling garbage bags door to door; at Indiana University, he started several ventures and briefly owned the most popular bar in town; and after he moved to Dallas, he created MicroSolutions, a computer consulting service. He went on to sell MicroSolutions to CompuServe in 1990.

In 1995, Cuban and Todd Wagner came up with an internet-based solution that enabled the long-time friends to hear Hoosiers’ basketball games in Texas. That solution was Broadcast.com—streaming audio over the internet. Four years later, Broadcast.com (then Audionet) would be sold to Yahoo for $5.6 billion.

In 2000, Cuban purchased the Dallas Mavericks, and he has turned the Mavs into one of the NBA’s most successful franchises, highlighted by Dallas’ victory in the 2011 NBA Finals. Forbes magazine lists the Mavericks as one of the most valuable sports franchises.

In addition to the Mavs, Cuban is chairman and CEO of AXS TV, one of ABC’s “Sharks” on the hit show Shark Tank, and an investor in an ever-growing portfolio of businesses.

James L. Dolan
Executive Chairman &
Chief Executive Officer

The Madison Square Garden Company
Executive Chairman, MSG Networks
James L. Dolan

Executive Chairman &
Chief Executive Officer

The Madison Square Garden Company
Executive Chairman, MSG Networks

James L. Dolan is executive chairman and CEO of The Madison Square Garden Company (MSG), which includes iconic venues: Madison Square Garden, Radio City Music Hall, Beacon Theatre, the Forum in Inglewood, California and The Chicago Theatre. The Company also announced plans to build state-of-the-art venues in Las Vegas and London, called MSG Sphere. Other MSG properties include the New York Knicks and Rangers; and in esports, Counter Logic Gaming and Knicks Gaming. In addition, the Company features the popular production – the Christmas Spectacular Starring the Radio City Rockettes; TAO Group, a world-class hospitality group; and Boston Calling Events, which produces the premier Boston Calling Music Festival. Dolan also serves as executive chairman of MSG Networks, which consists of two award-winning regional sports and entertainment networks, and is on the board of AMC Networks.

Dolan was the driving force behind star-studded events that raised millions of dollars for the families of 9/11 victims and for Hurricane Katrina and Hurricane Sandy relief. He supports Garden of Dreams, a non-profit that helps children throughout the New York area, and serves on the board of The Lustgarten Foundation, the nation’s largest private funder of pancreatic cancer research.

Marie Donoghue
Vice President
Global Sports Video
Amazon
Marie Donoghue

Vice President
Global Sports Video
Amazon

Marie Donoghue is vice president of global sports video at Amazon, responsible for Amazon’s global sports content business. In her role, Donoghue is responsible for Amazon’s sports strategy, enabling customers to access live and on demand sports content, on hundreds of devices, in more than 200 countries and territories.

Prior to joining Amazon, Donoghue served as executive vice president, global business and content strategy at ESPN. Her responsibilities included identifying, evaluating and creating new business opportunities; acquiring and renewing program rights agreements, including deals with the NBA, NFL, and MLB; and overseeing various content initiatives, including ESPN Films, FiveThirtyEight and The Undefeated.

Donoghue has received numerous recognitions, including “Power 100 Women in Entertainment” (The Hollywood Reporter), “Most Influential People in Sports” (Sports Business Journal), and “The Most Powerful Women in Cable” (CableFax).

David Drummond
Senior Vice President
Corporate Development
Alphabet
David Drummond

Senior Vice President
Corporate Development
Alphabet

David Drummond serves as senior vice president of corporate development for Alphabet. He previously served as senior vice president of corporate development and chief legal officer of Google. He joined Google in 2002 and led global teams for legal, public policy, communications, corporate development/mergers and acquisitions, and product quality operations. He also serves as chairman of Google’s investment arms, GV and CapitalG.

Drummond was introduced to Google in 1998 as a partner in the corporate transactions group at Wilson Sonsini Goodrich and Rosati, one of the nation’s leading law firms representing technology businesses. He served as Google’s first outside counsel and worked with Larry Page and Sergey Brin to incorporate the company and secure its initial rounds of financing. Drummond earned a bachelor’s degree in history from Santa Clara and a law degree from Stanford.

Joel Embiid
NBA Player
Philadelphia 76ers
Joel Embiid

NBA Player
Philadelphia 76ers

2019 All-Star starter Joel Embiid is the center for the Philadelphia 76ers. Originally from Yaoundé, Cameroon, Embiid was selected third overall in the 2014 NBA Draft. He played college basketball at Kansas, where he was named to The Associated Press All-America second team, All-Big 12 second team, and the 2013-14 Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year.

Last season, Embiid averaged 22.9 points, 11.0 rebounds, and 1.8 blocks per game while earning a starting spot in the NBA All-Star Game and selections to the NBA All-Defensive Second Team and All-NBA Second Team. He was selected to the 2018 NBA Rising Stars Contest and was named to the 2016-17 NBA All Rookie First Team. Embiid, as one of the biggest personalities in the game, is well known for his savvy social presence. His endorsement partners include Under Armour, Mountain Dew, Master Kong, EA Sports, Fanatics, Panini, HyperX and Hulu.

Dan Gilbert
Chairman, Cleveland Cavaliers
Founder & Chairman
Quicken Loans, Inc.
Dan Gilbert

Chairman, Cleveland Cavaliers
Founder & Chairman
Quicken Loans, Inc.

Dan Gilbert is chairman of the 2016 NBA champion Cleveland Cavaliers and operator of Cleveland’s Quicken Loans Arena. He owns the NBA G-League’s Canton Charge, the NBA 2K League’s Cavs Legion, and the AHL’s 2016 Calder Cup champion Cleveland Monsters, and is co-owner of 100 Thieves, a premier esports organization. Gilbert is founder of Quicken Loans, the nation’s largest mortgage lender, as well as an active investor in sports related consumer and technology businesses, including Fathead; AXS (formerly Flash Seats), an electronic ticketing company; Xenith, an innovative football helmet maker; Krossover, a sports video and analytics platform; and WSC, an automated game highlights on demand company. He is a founding investor in Courtside Ventures, a venture capital fund investing across early stage technology and media companies with a focus on sports; and Bruin Sports Capital, a private equity firm focused on growth-stage investments in sports and lifestyle industries.

In February 2016, Gilbert co-founded Detroit-based StockX, the world’s first ‘stock market of things,’ combining the visible, liquid, anonymous, and transparent benefits of a stock market with the online consumer secondary market. He is an investor and board member of Genius, a media and content annotation site. In 2018, Gilbert’s Rock Holdings, the parent company of Quicken Loans, acquired Dictionary.com and Thesaurus.com.

In 2011, Gilbert co-founded Detroit-based Bedrock, a full-service real estate firm specializing in acquiring, leasing, financing, and managing commercial and residential space. Since its founding, Bedrock and its affiliates have invested and committed more than $5.6 billion to acquiring and developing more than 100 properties, including new construction of ground up developments in downtown Detroit and Cleveland, totaling more than 18 million square feet.

Jeremi Gorman
Chief Business Officer
Snap Inc.
Jeremi Gorman

Chief Business Officer
Snap Inc.

Jeremi Gorman is chief business officer at Snap Inc., leading global business solutions, global online sales, customer operations, and business marketing. Gorman joined Snap in November 2018 from Amazon, where she was head of global advertising sales. In six years of increasing leadership responsibilities at Amazon, Gorman oversaw business intelligence and analytics and the international expansion of Amazon’s advertising business.

Gorman has spent her career in digital media, at Yahoo, Variety magazine, and Monster.com. She holds a bachelor’s degree from UCLA.

Grant Hill
Basketball Analyst, Turner Sports
Vice Chairman, Atlanta Hawks
Grant Hill

Basketball Analyst, Turner Sports
Vice Chairman, Atlanta Hawks

Grant Hill is in his sixth season as a Turner Sports basketball analyst across NBA TV (studio analyst), NBA on TNT (game analyst), and NCAA March Madness (lead game analyst on Turner/CBS’s joint coverage).

Hill, the third player selected in the 1994 NBA Draft, played 19 seasons (1994-2013) in the NBA. His honors included the 1994-95 NBA Rookie of the Year Award (shared with Jason Kidd), seven All-Star selections, and a gold medal at the 1996 Summer Olympics. Hill led all players in All-Star votes in each of his first two seasons, and he was the first player to win the NBA Sportsmanship Award three times.

Hill earned his degree in history and political science from Duke, where he helped the Blue Devils win back-to-back NCAA titles in 1991 and 1992. In 2018, he was enshrined into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.

Paul E. Jacobs
Chairman & Chief Executive Officer
XCOM
Paul E. Jacobs

Chairman & Chief Executive Officer
XCOM

Paul E. Jacobs founded XCOM in 2018 to #keepinventing and to invest with the world’s most creative engineers and business people.

As former chief executive officer and executive chairman of Qualcomm, Jacobs spearheaded its efforts to develop and commercialize fundamental mobile technology breakthroughs that fueled the wireless internet and smartphone revolutions. During his tenure (2005-2014) as CEO, Qualcomm’s revenues quadrupled and its market capitalization doubled. Jacobs is a prolific inventor with more than 80 U.S. patents granted or pending in the field of wireless technology and devices.

Jacobs, an owner and vice chairman of the Sacramento Kings, earned his bachelor’s, master’s, and doctorate degrees from the University of California, Berkeley. He founded the Jacobs Institute for Design Innovation at Berkeley and was named the university’s 2017 Alumnus of the Year. Jacobs is a member of the National Academy of Engineering and a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

Earvin “Magic” Johnson
Chairman & Chief Executive Officer
Magic Johnson Enterprises
Earvin “Magic” Johnson

Chairman & Chief Executive Officer
Magic Johnson Enterprises

Earvin “Magic” Johnson has successfully parlayed his skills and tenacity from the court into the business world as chairman and CEO of Magic Johnson Enterprises (MJE). MJE provides high-quality products and services that focus primarily on ethnically diverse and underserved urban communities. Johnson is utilizing those same skills as the president of basketball operations for the Los Angeles Lakers, working closely with ownership throughout all areas of the franchise.

Still a commanding presence in popular culture, Johnson co-owns MLB’s Los Angeles Dodgers, WNBA’s Los Angeles Sparks, MLS’s Los Angeles Football Club, and eSports franchise Team Liquid. He continues to expand his influence through his many businesses while broadening his scope in infrastructure and technology by investing millions of dollars on infrastructure improvement in the United States and becoming a leading investor in a number of minority-owned technology companies. 

Michael Jordan
Chairman
Charlotte Hornets
Michael Jordan

Chairman
Charlotte Hornets

An NBA legend, Michael Jordan was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 2009. He played 13 seasons for the Chicago Bulls, leading the league in scoring a record 10 times. His 30.1 points per game average is the highest in NBA history and he ranks fourth on the all-time scoring list with 32,292 career points. A five-time regular season MVP, he led the Bulls to six NBA Championships and was named Finals MVP after each of those series.

In 2010, he became the majority owner of the Charlotte Hornets (then Bobcats) and is the first former player to become the majority owner of an NBA franchise. Since its creation, his Jordan Brand (a division of NIKE) has been an innovator of athletic shoes and apparel. As one of the world’s most popular and recognizable figures, Jordan’s endorsement portfolio includes Gatorade, Upper Deck and Hanes, among others. He is a strong supporter of charitable causes that assist at-risk youth, help kids with disabilities and illnesses and teach and mentor children.

Matt King
Chief Executive Officer
FanDuel
Matt King

Chief Executive Officer
FanDuel

Matt King is the CEO of FanDuel Group, an innovative sports-tech entertainment company that is changing the way consumers engage with their favorite sports, teams, and leagues. FanDuel Group consists of a portfolio of leading brands across gaming, sports betting, daily fantasy sports, advance-deposit wagering, and television. The brands include FanDuel, Betfair, DRAFT, and TVG.

King spearheaded the merger of FanDuel with the U.S. businesses of Paddy Power Betfair to create the FanDuel Group. He saw the opportunity to create the largest online gaming platform in the US and brought together the leader in international sports betting and gaming with the company that redefined fantasy sports.

Before becoming FanDuel’s CEO, King served as CFO of FanDuel from 2014-2016. During that time, he led FanDuel’s Series E funding round of $230 million, while being responsible for all of the company’s financial operations, financing, and corporate strategy. King briefly left FanDuel in 2016 and served as the president of regional operations at ‎Cottingham & Butler before returning to FanDuel as CEO in 2017.

Prior to joining FanDuel in 2014, King was a director at Kohlberg, Kravis, Roberts and KKR Capstone.

Carsten Koerl
Chief Executive Officer & Founder
Sportradar AG
Carsten Koerl

Chief Executive Officer & Founder
Sportradar AG

Carsten Koerl is the CEO and founder of Sportradar AG. He has strategically led all aspects of Sportradar’s business since founding the group in 2001, driving the growth of the company from a tech-focused start-up to a global leader in delivering essential sports data and audiovisual content across a range of platforms and media.

Prior to founding Sportradar, Koerl held a number of management positions within the software development and gaming industry. He was the founder of bwin and led the company through one of the most successful public listings ever undertaken on the Vienna stock market.

Koerl holds a master’s degree in electronic and microprocessor engineering from the University for Applied Sciences in Konstanz (Germany). He is based in St. Gallen, Switzerland.

Ted Leonsis
Founder, Chairman &
Chief Executive Officer
Monumental Sports & Entertainment
Ted Leonsis

Founder, Chairman &
Chief Executive Officer
Monumental Sports & Entertainment

Ted Leonsis is founder, chairman, majority owner and CEO of Monumental Sports & Entertainment, which owns the 2018 Stanley Cup champion Washington Capitals, NBA’s Washington Wizards, WNBA’s Washington Mystics, AFL’s 2018 champion Washington Valor and Baltimore Brigade, the NBA G League’s Capital City Go-Go and the NBA2K League’s Wizards District Gaming. Leonsis is a co-owner of aXiomatic, which has controlling interest in global esports franchise Team Liquid. Monumental also owns the 20,000-seat Capital One Arena and operates MedStar Capitals Iceplex, the Capitals’ training facility, and George Mason University’s EagleBank Arena.

An integrated media, technology, sports and entertainment company, Monumental also runs Monumental Sports Network, a first-of-its-kind regional sports network for digital, mobile and over-the-top platforms. In addition, Leonsis is co-founder and a partner at Revolution Growth, a $1 billion set of investment funds via which he and his partners make a select group of speed-up capital investments in businesses each year. He sits on a variety of boards, including American Express and Groupon, and is the former vice chairman and president of AOL.

Marne Levine
Vice President, Global Partnerships &
Business Development
Facebook
Marne Levine

Vice President, Global Partnerships &
Business Development
Facebook

Marne Levine is chief operating officer of Instagram, a social media platform with a community of more than 1 billion focused on bringing you closer to the people and things you love. As COO, she is responsible for helping to scale the company’s business and operations globally. Over the next few months, she is transitioning to lead Facebook’s partnerships and business development team, which spans Facebook’s family and apps, including Facebook, Whatsapp, Oculus, Messenger and Instagram.

Levine joined Instagram from Facebook, where she served as vice president of global public policy from 2010 to 2014. Prior to Facebook, she served in the Obama administration as chief of staff of the National Economic Council (NEC) and special assistant to the president for economic policy. Levine began her career in 1993 at the Department of the Treasury, where she held a number of leadership positions during the Clinton administration.

David Levy
President
Turner
David Levy

President
Turner

Long regarded as one of the media industry’s most influential executives, David Levy is president of Turner. Turner delivers some of the most valuable brands in the world across entertainment, sports, news and kids programming, and offers a portfolio of advertising solutions.

In his capacity as president, Levy oversees Turner’s leading portfolio of domestic entertainment, sports, kids and young adult networks and businesses, including TBS, TNT, Cartoon Network, Adult Swim, Boomerang, truTV, Turner Classic Movies (TCM), Bleacher Report and Turner Sports. Additionally, he leads Turner’s two domestic (U.S.) revenue divisions—ad sales and distribution.

Levy, who has enjoyed more than a 30-year career at Turner, assumed executive oversight of Turner’s domestic portfolio in 2013. Levy’s numerous honors include his 2012 election to the Broadcasting & Cable Hall of Fame, and in 2018, he was named by Sports Business Journal as one of the most influential executives of the past 20 years.

Damian Lillard
NBA Player
Portland Trail Blazers
Damian Lillard

NBA Player
Portland Trail Blazers

Damian Lillard is in his seventh season as a guard for the Portland Trail Blazers. In 2017-18, he earned his first All-NBA First Team selection, and this season he earned his fourth NBA All-Star invitation. Lillard, the sixth player picked in the 2012 NBA Draft, won the 2012-13 NBA Rookie of the Year Award, becoming just the fourth unanimous recipient of that honor.

Lillard is the spokesman for the RESPECT program, which he started in 2013. The program aligns with the priorities of Portland-area schools and promotes respectful behavior by incentivizing youth to “Show Up, Work Hard and Be Kind.” As a Global Ambassador for Special Olympics, Lillard enjoys spending time with the athletes and empowering them to showcase their full potential despite their disabilities.

Lillard is the founder of Front Page music, which released both of his albums, “The Letter O” and “Confirmed.” He has successfully blended social platforms to elevate his music while involving an array of corporate partners—such as adidas, NBA2K, Spalding, State Farm and JBL—through creative campaigns.

Mickey Mikitani
Founder & Chief Executive Officer
Rakuten, Inc.
Mickey Mikitani

Founder & Chief Executive Officer
Rakuten, Inc.

Mickey Mikitani is the founder, chairman and CEO of Rakuten. Founded in Japan in 1997 with the mission to contribute to society by creating value through innovation and entrepreneurship, Rakuten has grown to become one of the world’s leading internet services companies.

Rakuten has a dynamic ecosystem of more than 70 services, spanning e-commerce, fintech, digital content, and communications, bringing the joy of discovery to more than 1.2 billion members across the world. Rakuten is also preparing to become Japan’s newest mobile network operator in 2019. Rakuten is an Official Partner of the NBA and the first jersey partner for the Golden State Warriors.

Mikitani was appointed as a director at Lyft in 2015, and he was appointed chairman and director of Rakuten Aspyrian in 2016, where he also took up the role of CEO in 2018. In 2011, he was appointed chairman of the Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra, which has the longest history and tradition of any orchestra in Japan, and serves as representative director of the Japan Association of New Economy (JANE).

Neal Mohan
Chief Product Officer
YouTube
Neal Mohan

Chief Product Officer
YouTube

Neal Mohan is chief product officer at YouTube. He is responsible for YouTube products and user experience on all platforms and devices globally. This includes YouTube’s core mobile applications, YouTube.com, emerging technologies such as VR, vertical experiences such as YouTube Kids and Music, and YouTube’s two subscription services, YouTube Premium and YouTube TV. Products for media partners, content creators and musicians are also part of Mohan’s portfolio.

Previously, Mohan served as senior vice president of display and video ads at Google. In this role he was responsible for the company’s advertising offerings on YouTube, the Google Display Network, AdSense, AdMob, and the DoubleClick family of programmatic ad platform products. He focused on growing the overall digital media industry by building innovative solutions for millions of Google’s advertising and media partners around the world.

Stephen Pagliuca
Co-Owner & Managing General Partner
Boston Celtics
Co-Chairman, Bain Capital
Stephen Pagliuca

Co-Owner & Managing General Partner
Boston Celtics
Co-Chairman, Bain Capital

Steve Pagliuca is a managing partner, co-owner and chairman of the basketball committee of the Boston Celtics. During the past decade, Pagliuca has played a leadership role in the development of the Celtics’ basketball strategy and operations.

In addition, he is the president of the Boston Celtics Shamrock Foundation, the charitable arm of the organization. The Shamrock Foundation helps children gain access to housing, healthcare and other services in partnership with local charities. Pagliuca also serves as an alternate member of the NBA Board of Governors.

A highly accomplished business leader, Pagliuca is co-chairman of Bain Capital, a leading global private investment firm that is based in Boston. Bain Capital provides capital and expertise to a wide range of companies from start-ups to multibillion-dollar enterprises. An active investor in the media, technology, financial services and healthcare industries, he has helped to build Bain Capital into one of the world’s leading investment companies.

Pagliuca is a trustee of Bain Capital Children’s Charity. He is a recipient of the Bright Star Award from President Bill Clinton and the American Dream Award from Habitat for Humanity for his charitable efforts and contributions to the community.

James Pitaro
President, ESPN
Co-Chairman, Disney Media Networks
James Pitaro

President, ESPN
Co-Chairman, Disney Media Networks

James Pitaro was named ESPN president and co-chair, Disney Media Networks, on March 5, 2018, after serving eight years as a top Disney executive.

Pitaro’s record of success leading businesses focused on consumer products, digital initiatives and sports made him the quintessential selection for ESPN at a pivotal point in its 38-year history: a time of unprecedented technological advancements and rapidly changing consumer habits.

Since February 2016, Pitaro had served as chairman of Disney’s consumer products and interactive media division, the world’s largest licenser of consumer products. Pitaro originally joined The Walt Disney Company in 2010 as co-president, Disney Interactive. Pitaro came to Disney from Yahoo, where he rose to head of media.

Pitaro earned a bachelor’s degree in economics from Cornell in 1991 and a law degree from St. John’s in 1994.

Vivek Ranadivé
Owner & Chairman
Sacramento Kings
Vivek Ranadivé

Owner & Chairman
Sacramento Kings

Vivek Ranadivé is the owner and chairman of the Sacramento Kings. He is an entrepreneur, technology visionary, best-selling author and philanthropist recognized for his innovative thinking.

As a technology entrepreneur, he pioneered the use of real-time event processing software and created TIBCO, a multibillion dollar software company. In addition to digitizing Wall Street, his software became the central nervous system for most of the world’s largest companies and government agencies. He is known as “Mr. Real Time,” which reflects his belief that by getting the right information to the right place at the right time, you can make the world a better place.

Ranadivé is a longtime basketball fan whose affiliation with the NBA began in 2010, when he became the co-owner and vice chairman of the Golden State Warriors. In 2013, he became the first Indian majority owner of an NBA team when he purchased the Sacramento Kings, securing the team’s future in California’s capital city. Under Ranadivé’s leadership, the Kings have invested $1 billion in the downtown area, creating thousands of jobs, revitalizing the region and building the next great American city.

Michael Rubin
Founder & Executive Chairman, Fanatics
Co-Owner, Philadelphia 76ers
Michael Rubin

Founder & Executive Chairman, Fanatics
Co-Owner, Philadelphia 76ers

Renowned internet entrepreneur Michael Rubin is the founder and executive chairman of Fanatics, the global leader for licensed sports merchandise that is changing the way fans purchase team apparel through an innovative, tech-infused approach to designing, making and selling fan gear. Rubin, who is co-owner of the Philadelphia 76ers and New Jersey Devils, also owns two other businesses at the forefront of online commerce: the Rue Gilt Groupe, owner of two of the top online private sale destinations in the U.S., and ShopRunner, a members-only service aggregating shopping benefits from top retailers and brands.

At a time when the retail industry is experiencing massive upheaval, Rubin has envisioned a new model called Vertical Commerce. This V-Commerce approach allows for incredible speed-to-market of fan gear, benefitting leagues, teams and retailers looking to serve the insatiable real-time appetite of fans worldwide, fueled by explosive growth in technology, mobile and social media.

Lilly Singh
Creator, Comedian &
New York Times Best-Selling Author
Lilly Singh

Creator, Comedian &
New York Times Best-Selling Author

Lilly Singh is a multi-faceted entertainer who has found success as an actress, producer, writer and creator. One of the most recognizable digital creators, she has amassed a global audience over 14 million YouTube subscribers with more than 2 billion video views on her iiSuperwomanii channel. Last spring Lilly appeared in Ramin Bahrani’s Emmy nominated HBO film Fahrenheit 451 opposite Michael Shannon and Michael B. Jordan, and she is the New York Times Best Selling author of How to Be A Bawse: A Guide to Surviving Conquering Life. As a prominent voice and activist for women’s rights and girls’ access to education, Singh created her #GirlLove initiative to inspire positivity among women in order to better support each other’s voices and encourage upward mobility. Additionally, UNICEF appointed Lilly as one of their Goodwill Ambassadors in 2017.

Randall Stephenson
Chairman & Chief Executive Officer
AT&T
Randall Stephenson

Chairman & Chief Executive Officer
AT&T

Randall Stephenson was named to his current position in 2007. Since then, AT&T has invested to become a global leader in the technology, media and telecommunications (TMT) space, providing integrated solutions that range from premium content and video entertainment, to mobility and high-speed internet, to IP network services, security and the Internet of Things (IoT).

Stephenson, who began his career at Southwestern Bell Telephone in 1982, was appointed to AT&T’s board of directors in 2005. Under his leadership, AT&T has become one of the largest pay TV providers in the world with more than $160 billion in 2017 revenues, and its 4G LTE network covers more than 400 million people in North America. It also provides high-speed internet connections to more than 60 million U.S. customer locations, and its integrated network solutions are available in countries that represent 99% of the world’s economy.

Steve Stoute
Founder & Chief Executive Officer
United Masters + Translation
Steve Stoute

Founder & Chief Executive Officer
United Masters + Translation

Steve Stoute is an advertising entrepreneur and music industry innovator. Stoute is the founder and CEO of UnitedMasters and Translation. With funding from Alphabet, Andreessen Horowitz and 21st Century Fox, the companies are converging music, technology and storytelling in a way that has never been done before.

UnitedMasters is a technology and data-driven artist services company that provides creators with tools to maximize their potential while remaining independent from traditional record labels. Translation Agency is a creative agency that connects the world’s most famous brands to culture through sports and entertainment.

Prior to founding Translation in 2004, Stoute was a music industry executive at Sony Music and Interscope Geffen A&M. He produced albums for Mariah Carey and Nas, led the production efforts for Gwen Stefani and Enrique Iglesias, and executive produced the Academy Award–winning 8 Mile film and soundtrack.

Joe Tsai
Co-Founder & Executive Vice Chairman
Alibaba Group
Co-Owner, Brooklyn Nets
Owner, New York Liberty
Joe Tsai

Co-Founder & Executive Vice Chairman
Alibaba Group
Co-Owner, Brooklyn Nets
Owner, New York Liberty

Joe Tsai joined Alibaba Group in 1999 as a member of the founding team and has served on the company’s board of directors since its inception. He is executive vice chairman of the company and serves on the investment committees of Alibaba Group and its financial technology affiliate, Ant Financial.

After graduating from Yale College (BA, economics and East Asian studies) and Yale Law School (JD), Tsai joined Sullivan & Cromwell as an associate in the tax group in New York from 1990 to 1993. He then transitioned from law to private equity. After a year as general counsel of New York buyout firm Rosecliff, Inc., Tsai worked as a member of the investment team in the Hong Kong office of Investor AB, of Sweden’s Wallenberg family, from 1995 to 1999.

Tsai grew up in Taiwan and attended The Lawrenceville School, where he played football and lacrosse. As a freshman at Yale, he walked on to the Yale men’s lacrosse team and, for the next four years, watched all of the games from the bench. He registered one career goal against Georgetown as a senior.

Tsai is the 49% owner and Alternate Governor of the NBA’s Brooklyn Nets; owner of the WNBA’s New York Liberty; and owner of the San Diego Seals of the National Lacrosse League.

Casey Wasserman
Chairman & Chief Executive Officer
WASSERMAN
Casey Wasserman

Chairman & Chief Executive Officer
WASSERMAN

Casey Wasserman is the chairman and chief executive officer of Wasserman, a leading sports, entertainment and lifestyle marketing and management agency that represents brands, properties and talent on a global basis. He is also the chairman of LA 2028, the Los Angeles Organizing Committee for the 2028 Olympic and Paralympic Games. Wasserman headed the city’s successful bid campaign to host the 2028 games.

Wasserman also serves as president and CEO of the Wasserman Foundation, a private family foundation founded in 1952 by his grandparents Lew and Edie Wasserman. The foundation currently funds in the areas of education, arts & culture, health, service and global initiatives. Wasserman is a trustee of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, and a board member of several renowned philanthropic organizations including The Jules Stein Eye Institute, The LBJ Presidential Library and The Motion Picture & Television Fund.

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