Host & Moderators

Matt Egan
Reporter
CNN
Matt Egan

Reporter
CNN

Matt Egan is an award-winning reporter at CNN, covering business, the economy and financial markets across CNN’s television and digital platforms. He is based in the network’s New York bureau.

Egan has been with CNN since 2014, most recently as lead writer for CNN Business. In that role, he provided breaking news coverage and daily analysis as well as in-depth investigations. Egan also regularly appeared on CNN’s television networks, conducting exclusive and news-making interviews with business leaders, government officials, investors and lawmakers.

Egan wrote a series of articles on turmoil in the overnight lending markets that won the “Best in Business” award by the Society for Advancing Business Editing and Writing (SABEW) in 2019. Another series of stories Egan wrote on the dismantling of General Electric won an EPPY in 2018 for best business reporting, and his months-long investigation into the Wells Fargo scandal was honored by SABEW and the Society of Professional Journalists.

Poppy Harlow
Anchor
CNN
Poppy Harlow

Anchor
CNN

Poppy Harlow anchors CNN Newsroom weekdays from 9-11am ET alongside Jim Sciutto. She is also the creator and host of the CNN podcast BossFiles with Poppy Harlow, and the host of the upcoming CNN+ show Boss Files.

Harlow has interviewed some of the world’s most well-known business leaders including Warren Buffett, JPMorgan Chase CEO Jamie Dimon, Google CEO Sundar Pichai, Bill Gates and Melinda French Gates, YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki, Jay-Z, CZI co-founder and co-CEO Dr. Priscilla Chan, and Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, among others. She has also interviewed Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, and moderated two CNN Presidential Town Halls.

Harlow is currently pursuing a one-year master of studies in law at Yale Law School. She is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and was part of the 2019 class of Henry Crown Fellows at the Aspen Institute.

Kaylee Hartung
Correspondent
ABC News
Kaylee Hartung

Correspondent
ABC News

As a correspondent for ABC News, Kaylee Hartung contributes to the most watched network news programs on television. One day she’s reporting from the frontlines of the COVID-19 pandemic for World News Tonight, the next she’s interviewing stars in sports and entertainment for Good Morning America.

Hartung joined ABC in 2019 after two years with CNN, where breaking news sent her coast to coast. But she first honed her on-air talent as an award-winning sports reporter for ESPN. She contributed to coverage of the biggest college sporting events in the country, including the College Football Playoffs, Final Four and College World Series. During her five years with ESPN, she also hosted on SEC Network and Longhorn Network.

Before stepping in front of the camera, Hartung began her career in CBS News’ Washington bureau as an associate producer for Face the Nation and assistant to the program’s then-host Bob Schieffer.

Ernie Johnson
Studio Host
Turner Sports
Ernie Johnson

Studio Host
Turner Sports

Ernie Johnson is the iconic voice of Turner Sports, a six-time Sports Emmy Award winner and longtime host of TNT’s Inside the NBA studio show. With Johnson as host, Inside the NBA has won five Sports Emmy Awards for “Outstanding Studio Show – Daily.” In addition to his 30 years hosting Inside the NBA, Johnson has hosted studio coverage of the NCAA Tournament since 2011 and has been an integral part of MLB on TBS game and studio coverage since 2007. The National Sports Media Association named Johnson co-winner of its 2021 “Sportscaster of the Year” award.

During his tenure at Turner Sports, Johnson has also been a game analyst, play-by-play announcer, and studio host for the network’s coverage of the NFL, professional golf tournaments including the British Open and PGA Championship, college football, Wimbledon, the Winter Olympics, and the Goodwill Games. In 2017, he became a New York Times best-selling author with Unscripted: The Unpredictable Moments that Make Life Extraordinary.

John King
Anchor & Chief National Correspondent
CNN
John King

Anchor & Chief National Correspondent
CNN

John King is CNN’s chief national correspondent and anchor of Inside Politics, an hour-long program featuring a panel of top-tier political correspondents that airs weekdays at noon ET. An award-winning journalist, King has covered the past nine presidential elections and has reported from all 50 states and more than 70 countries.

King is pivotal to the network’s daily reporting and breaking news coverage and participates in major events such as CNN’s 2020 Election Night in America coverage. Past campaign experience includes moderating three presidential primary debates in 2012. This past election was the fourth cycle in which King’s reporting included use of CNN’s “Magic Wall,” which was first introduced in 2008 and was also an integral part of the network’s Emmy award-winning 2012 election night coverage.

King, who joined CNN in May 1997, became chief national correspondent in April 2005. Before joining CNN, King was an Associated Press correspondent for 12 years.

Ahmad Rashad
Host
NBA TV
Ahmad Rashad

Host
NBA TV

Emmy award-winning sportscaster Ahmad Rashad is the host of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame Enshrinement Ceremony. A host and commentator for NBC for 20 years, Rashad covered four Olympics and won an Emmy for his work on the 1988 Olympics in Seoul. He was executive producer, managing editor and host of the Emmy-nominated show NBA Inside Stuff for 16 seasons.

Rashad currently serves as an NBA ambassador and consultant to the New York Knicks.  He recently produced a five-part NBA special, Ahmad Inside, for ESPN, and is the host of Game Show Network’s Tug of Words.

An All-American at Oregon, Rashad was enshrined in the College Football Hall of Fame in 2007. He is also a recipient of the Pioneer Award, the highest award given by the university.

Rashad played 10 NFL seasons, including seven in Minnesota, where he earned four Pro Bowl selections, All-Pro honors and Pro Bowl MVP. In 2017, he was enshrined in the Vikings’ “Ring of Honor.”



Participants

Shan Aggarwal
Vice President, Corporate Development & Ventures
Coinbase
Shan Aggarwal

Vice President, Corporate Development & Ventures
Coinbase

Shan Aggarwal is vice president, corporate development and ventures at Coinbase, where he leads teams responsible for all mergers and acquisitions, venture investments, and product strategy. He previously helped lead investor relations efforts at Coinbase, including all capital raising and capital markets activity through the company’s direct public offering in 2021.

Prior to Coinbase, Aggarwal was a technology investor at Greycroft, an early and growth-stage venture capital firm with a particular focus on emerging technologies. He began his career as a strategy consultant in Bain & Company’s Los Angeles office, where he advised clients on strategic and operational issues. He graduated from UCLA with a degree in neuroscience.

Maverick Carter
Chief Executive Officer
The SpringHill Company
Maverick Carter

Chief Executive Officer
The SpringHill Company

Maverick Carter has significantly impacted the sports and media landscape and helped usher in a new era of athlete empowerment. As LeBron James’ longtime business partner and CEO of The SpringHill Company, Carter has channeled his passionate curiosity and determination to uplift others into developing authentic, award-winning content. The SpringHill Company owns notable brands including athlete empowerment brand UNINTERRUPTED and its More Than movement; the trailblazing hit show for leading cultural conversations, The Shop; and their blockbuster family film, Space Jam: A New Legacy.

In 2021, The SpringHill Company assembled a transformational investment group including RedBird Capital, Fenway Sports Group, Nike, and Epic Games, with the strategic investment valuing the company at $725 million. With an extensive background in marketing and business development, Carter was instrumental in building LRMR Ventures and in securing James’ lifetime deal with Nike, the first in the company’s history.

Shouzi Chew
Chief Executive Officer
TikTok
Shouzi Chew

Chief Executive Officer
TikTok

Shouzi Chew is the chief executive officer of TikTok, where he is responsible for partnering with the company’s management team to drive global growth and lead corporate governance. Chew has been a member of the TikTok family since its inception, having led a team of ByteDance’s early investors.

Previously, Chew served as the executive director, president-international and senior vice president at Xiaomi. In the past he held the position of partner at DST Global. Chew earned an undergraduate degree from University College London and an MBA from Harvard.

Mark Cuban
Entrepreneur
Founder, costplusdrugs.com
Mark Cuban

Entrepreneur
Founder, costplusdrugs.com

Mark Cuban has been a natural businessman since age 12, when he sold garbage bags door to door. He went on to found MicroSolutions right out of college and Broadcast.com, a streaming service that he and friend Todd Wagner sold for $5.6 billion.

Since his acquisition of the Dallas Mavericks in 2000, Cuban has transformed the franchise. The Mavs competed in their first NBA Finals in 2006, won their first League title in 2011, and they are currently listed as one of Forbes magazine’s most valuable franchises in sports.

Cuban first appeared as a “Shark” on the ABC show Shark Tank in 2011, becoming the first person to live Tweet a TV show. He has been a star on the hit show ever since and is an investor in an ever-growing portfolio of small businesses. In addition, he is a best-selling author, executive producer of films that have received seven Academy Award nominations, and founder of Sharesleuth, a research and investigation website to uncover fraud in financial markets.

Lenny Daniels
President
Turner Sports
Lenny Daniels

President
Turner Sports

Lenny Daniels is president of Turner Sports, a division of WarnerMedia. He is responsible for all aspects of Turner Sports and Bleacher Report’s management including production, programming, scheduling, league relations, business development, ad sales, marketing, digital, talent, events and operations.

Appointed to the position in 2014, Daniels leads the overall strategy for the division including acquisitions and the expansion of the company’s sports media rights. Turner Sports has formed one of the most expansive portfolios of premium sports content highlighted by partnerships with the NBA, MLB, NCAA and NHL.

Daniels also oversees Bleacher Report and House of Highlights—the leading digital sports destinations for highly-engaged sports fans—along with NCAA.com and NCAA March Madness Live. Additionally, he guides Turner Sports’ partnership with the NBA to jointly manage its vast suite of multimedia offerings including NBA TV, the NBA App, NBA League Pass and NBA.com.

Baron Davis
Former NBA All-Star
Entrepreneur & Investor
Baron Davis

Former NBA All-Star
Entrepreneur & Investor

Baron Davis is a two-time NBA All-Star, serial entrepreneur, investor and creator of thought-provoking content and digital platforms. He has also become an outspoken advocate for financial literacy and ed-tech and VC leaders from underrepresented communities.

Davis continues to see opportunities and gaps in several industries, and where he can’t find companies that fill those gaps, he creates them. He is the founder of several companies—including Sports, Lifestyle in Culture (SLiC), Business Inside the Game (B.I.G.), UWish, and LAUNFD—each with the objective of combining creative talent with original publication and production to develop and provide educational and empowering stories that appeal to global audiences of all ages. Davis served as producer of several acclaimed documentaries and with his production company No Label, he was the executive producer of the Hulu show, WTF, Baron Davis and he directed, wrote and stars in the upcoming comedy, Domino: Battle of the Bones.

Adi Dhandhania
Chief Operating Officer, North America Interactive
Bally’s Corporation
Adi Dhandhania

Chief Operating Officer, North America Interactive
Bally’s Corporation

Adi Dhandhania joined Bally’s Corporation in 2019 and currently serves as the company’s Chief Operating Officer for North America’s Interactive business. In his current role, Adi is responsible for the company’s operations and execution of the digital business. Previously, Adi managed Bally’s transition towards an interactive gaming and digital first organization. He led the effort to expand the company’s market access footprint, partnership with Sinclair to launch Bally Sports, acquisition of Bet.Works, Monkey Knife Fight, Telescope, AVP, LATB and SportCaller, to position the company as a vertically integrated omnichannel gaming organization.

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. In her role, she leads Amazon’s worldwide sports strategy, identifying and evaluating new opportunities, and enabling customers to access live and on-demand sports content, on hundreds of devices, in more than 240 countries and territories.

Prime members around the world can watch live sporting events such as Thursday Night Football, the Premier League, WNBA, US Open (tennis), UEFA Champions League, Ligue 1 and Roland-Garros, and can also subscribe to streaming services such as NBA League Pass, NBA TV, and MLB.TV, through Prime Video Channels.

Prior to joining Amazon, Donoghue was at ESPN for more than 18 years, where she most recently served as executive vice president, global business and content strategy, leading the ongoing development and implementation of ESPN’s enterprise-wide business and content strategy.

Roham Gharegozlou
Chief Executive Officer
Dapper Labs
Roham Gharegozlou

Chief Executive Officer
Dapper Labs

A leader in blockchain and distributed ledger technology, Roham Gharegozlou is the CEO of Dapper Labs and the founder of its parent company Axiom Zen. Prior to founding Axiom Zen, Gharegozlou served with the Rising Tide Fund in Silicon Valley as a partner focused on seed-stage investments. Before Rising Tide, he worked with Newbury Ventures, a technology-focused venture fund that has supported VCs that are now part of global brands such as PayPal and Microsoft. He earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in economics and biological sciences from Stanford.

Dan Gilbert
Chairman, Cleveland Cavaliers
Founder & Chairman, Rocket Companies &
the Rock Family of Companies
Dan Gilbert

Chairman, Cleveland Cavaliers
Founder & Chairman, Rocket Companies &
the Rock Family of Companies

Dan Gilbert is founder and chairman of Rocket Companies and the Rock Family of Companies (a portfolio of technology businesses and real estate investments), a co-founder of StockX (the first stock market of things), and chairman of the 2016 NBA champion Cleveland Cavaliers. These more than 100 affiliated companies employ 30,000 team members across the country.

Gilbert is also a founder and principal of Detroit Venture Partners (DVP), a venture capital firm that funds startup/early-stage tech companies and a founding partner of private equity group Rockbridge Growth Equity.

In 2011, Gilbert co-founded Bedrock, a full-service real estate firm specializing in acquiring, leasing, financing, and managing commercial and residential space. Bedrock and affiliates have 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.

Dr. Patrice Harris MD, MA
Chief Executive Officer & Co-Founder of eMed
Former President of the AMA
Dr. Patrice Harris MD, MA

Chief Executive Officer & Co-Founder of eMed
Former President of the AMA

Dr. Patrice A. Harris, the co-founder and CEO of eMed, is board-certified in psychiatry and has diverse experience as a private practicing physician, public health director and patient advocate. In 2018, she was elected as the 174th president of the American Medical Association, the first African-American woman elected to that position.

Harris’ life is marked by her passion to improve the lives of children and communities around her, especially communities of color. She is a recognized expert in children’s mental health and childhood trauma, and integrating public health, behavioral health and primary care services. She has received numerous awards in recognition of her service and leadership.

After serving as president of the AMA, Harris has continued in private practice. She regularly consults with public and private organizations on health service delivery and emerging trends in health policy, teaches at medical schools, and is a fellow of the American Psychiatric Association.

Grant Hill
Basketball Analyst, WarnerMedia/TNT
Vice Chairman, Atlanta Hawks
Grant Hill

Basketball Analyst, WarnerMedia/TNT
Vice Chairman, Atlanta Hawks

Grant Hill is in his ninth 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.

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

Chairman & Chief Executive Officer
Magic Johnson Enterprises

Having left the basketball court for the boardroom, 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.

Still a commanding presence in popular culture, Johnson co-owns MLB’s Los Angeles Dodgers, WNBA’s Los Angeles Sparks and MLS’s Los Angeles Football Club. He continues to expand his influence through his many businesses, including Equitrust Life Insurance Company and SodexoMAGIC. Through a new fund, Johnson is investing millions of dollars in infrastructure improvement in the U.S. and is one of the leading investors in several minority-owned tech companies including ShotTracker, Uncharted Power, and Jopwell. In 2021, Johnson was appointed to the board of directors for Fanatics and Cameo.

Carsten Koerl
Chief Executive Officer
Sportradar AG
Carsten Koerl

Chief Executive Officer
Sportradar AG

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

Marc Lore
Limited Partner, Minnesota Timberwolves & Lynx
Founder, Chairman & Chief Executive Officer
Wonder
Marc Lore

Limited Partner, Minnesota Timberwolves & Lynx
Founder, Chairman & Chief Executive Officer
Wonder

Marc Lore is founder, chairman and CEO of Wonder, a company that’s reinventing the at-home dining experience. In addition, he is the newest NBA and WNBA owner, having purchased the Minnesota Timberwolves and Minnesota Lynx with Alex Rodriguez. Together, Lore and Rodriguez also launched a venture firm called VCP, focused on investing big and early in proven founders armed with the right vision, capital, and people.

Lore is the lead and largest investor in Archer, an aerospace company and co-founder and chairman  of Wizard, a conversational commerce company. Telosa is his legacy project—a city being built from scratch to test a new model for society, called Equitism.

Prior to this, Lore started and sold four companies, most recently Jet.com, which was acquired by Walmart in 2016 for $3.3 billion. Until 2021, Lore served as the president and CEO of Walmart U.S. eCommerce. Lore was also the co-founder and CEO of Quidsi. The company was sold to Amazon in 2011 for $550 million.

CJ McCollum
NBA Player, New Orleans Pelicans
President, National Basketball Players Association
CJ McCollum

NBA Player, New Orleans Pelicans
President, National Basketball Players Association

CJ McCollum, guard for the Portland Trail Blazers, is a well-known professional basketball player, journalist, philanthropist, and businessman. A committed leader and champion of others, McCollum serves as president of the National Basketball Players Association.

McCollum’s offensive prowess paired with his contagious charisma has made him into a fan favorite around the NBA. Engaging as he is intelligent, McCollum can be found putting his journalism degree to work as the host of the top-rated basketball podcast, Pull-Up with CJ McCollum.

McCollum creates change wherever he goes. He inspires aspiring journalists through “CJ’s Press Pass,” a journalism-based mentorship program that provides one-of-a-kind opportunities for students looking to get involved in the media. He works with local Boys & Girls Clubs in Portland to develop “CJ McCollum Dream Centers,” innovative learning rooms that provide a safe space for underserved youth to learn, explore, create, and grow.

Chad Millman
Chief Content Officer
The Action Network
Chad Millman

Chief Content Officer
The Action Network

Chad Millman is chief content officer of The Action Network, a leading source for sports betting news, information and data. He also hosts the top-ranked betting podcast, The Favorites.

Millman launched Action with The Chernin Group in 2018 and helped drive its $240 million sale to Better Collective in 2021. Each month, through its award-winning app, website, podcasts, live shows, videos and social handles as well as partnerships across leagues, sportsbooks and media outlets, Action serves tens of millions of fans with credible betting content.

Prior to Action, Millman was ESPN Digital’s editorial director and editor-in-chief of ESPN The Magazine. At ESPN he created the gambling beat and the podcast Behind The Bets, made appearances on SportsCenter, E60 and other programs and wrote weekly columns. He has also written seven books, including four bestsellers, ranging from the autobiography of Howard Stern producer Baba Booey to The Odds, about the lives of Vegas bookmakers and bettors.

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, user experience, and trust and safety on all platforms and devices globally. This includes YouTube on mobile, desktop and TV devices, experiences such as YouTube Music, Kids, and VR, 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.  In his role ensuring trust and safety across the YouTube ecosystem, he oversees the creation and enforcement of its content policies and community guidelines.

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.

Chiney Ogwumike
2-Time WNBA All-Star, Los Angeles Sparks
ESPN NBA Analyst
Chiney Ogwumike

2-Time WNBA All-Star, Los Angeles Sparks
ESPN NBA Analyst

Chiney Ogwumike is a two-time WNBA All-Star for the Los Angeles Sparks and a full-time, multi-platform ESPN commentator and NBA analyst. In August 2020, she became the first Black woman to host a national, daily sports-talk radio show. More recently, Ogwumike became a regular on ESPN’s NBA Today and NBA Countdown. The 2021 Forbes “30 under 30” honoree also holds the title of executive producer for the ESPN Films documentary 144 on the 2020 WNBA season.

Ogwumike, the first player picked in the 2014 WNBA Draft, led Stanford to three Final Fours while earning multiple honors for her academic success. In 2014, she was named the Capital One Academic All-American of the Year and the Pac-12 Women’s Basketball Scholar-Athlete of the Year. She is passionate about giving back and empowering the next generation, having made numerous trips to Africa with NBA Africa and other nonprofits to help launch youth engagement initiatives using basketball as a tool for development.

Steve Pagliuca
Co-Owner & Managing General Partner
Boston Celtics

Co-Chairman, Bain Capital
Steve Pagliuca

Co-Owner & Managing General Partner
Boston Celtics

Co-Chairman, Bain Capital

Steve Pagliuca is co-owner and managing general partner of the Boston Celtics and serves on the NBA Board of Governors. As a managing partner and chairman of the Celtics’ basketball committee, he has focused on the development and improvement of the basketball operations. Pagliuca also serves as president of the Boston Celtics Shamrock Foundation, which helps children gain access to housing, healthcare and other services in partnership with local charities. It is one of his many significant philanthropic efforts and contributions.

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.

Chris Paul
NBA All-Star Guard, Phoenix Suns
Philanthropist & Entrepreneur
Chris Paul

NBA All-Star Guard, Phoenix Suns
Philanthropist & Entrepreneur

Chris Paul, playing in his 17th season, continues to shine on the court, cementing his place as one of the NBA’s all-time greats. He earned his 12th All-Star selection this season while leading the Phoenix Suns to the NBA’s best record.

Paul, who entered the League as the fourth overall pick in the 2005 NBA Draft, tops active players in career assists and steals and ranks in the top five in NBA history in both categories. His honors include the 2005-06 NBA Rookie of the Year Award, 2013 NBA All-Star Game MVP Award, 10 All-NBA selections, and nine NBA All-Defensive Team selections.

Off the court, Paul served as president of the NBA Players Association for eight successful seasons and is an advocate for a number of endeavors and social justice initiatives, most notably his support of historically black colleges and universities. In 2016, he received the “Human Spirit Award” from the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame and was named ESPN’s “Sports Humanitarian of the Year.”

Jimmy Pitaro
Chairman
ESPN & Sports Content
Jimmy Pitaro

Chairman
ESPN & Sports Content

James Pitaro was named chairman of ESPN and Sports Content in October 2020.  He had been ESPN president and co-chair since March 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 ideal selection for ESPN at a pivotal point in its 38-year history, at a time of unprecedented technological advancements and rapidly changing consumer habits. Under his direction, ESPN has secured several programming deals that have the network well-positioned for the future.

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.

Michael Rubin
Chief Executive Officer, Fanatics
Partner, Philadelphia 76ers

Co-Chair, REFORM Alliance
Michael Rubin

Chief Executive Officer, Fanatics
Partner, Philadelphia 76ers

Co-Chair, REFORM Alliance

Michael Rubin, internet entrepreneur, philanthropist and social justice advocate, has built several multibillion-dollar direct-to-consumer companies. Driven by a passion for business and love of sports, Rubin is CEO of Fanatics, a leading global digital sports platform. Prior to Fanatics, he founded GSI Commerce, which he sold to eBay for $2.4 billion in 2011.

Outside of business Rubin is a criminal justice reform advocate and co-chair of the REFORM Alliance, an organization working to advance criminal justice reform and eradicate antiquated probation laws. He is also the creator of the ALL IN Challenge, one of the largest digital fundraisers ever, which raised $60 million to feed those in need during the COVID-19 pandemic through online auctions and sweepstakes involving items donated by the biggest celebrities, athletes, entertainers, leagues, teams and corporations. Annually named as one of the most influential people in sport business, he is also a partner of the Philadelphia 76ers.

Dr. Leroy Sims MD, MSc, CAQSM
Senior Vice President of Medical Affairs
National Basketball Association

Emergency Medicine Physician
Mills Peninsula Medical Center
Dr. Leroy Sims MD, MSc, CAQSM

Senior Vice President of Medical Affairs
National Basketball Association

Emergency Medicine Physician
Mills Peninsula Medical Center

Dr. Leroy Sims, MD, MSc, CAQSM, is board-certified in Emergency Medicine and Primary Care Sports Medicine. He is Senior Vice President of Medical Affairs for the National Basketball Association (NBA) and a practicing emergency medicine physician at Mills Peninsula Medical Center in Burlingame, California. At the NBA, Dr. Sims leads medical operations, develops and implements health and safety policies and protocols, investigates medical technologies to optimize the employee and fan experience, conducts medical risk assessments, and delivers innovative strategies and processes to keep the NBA safe and healthy.

Dr. Sims was heavily involved in the creation and execution of the medical protocols the NBA implemented during the restart of its 2020 season at Walt Disney World Resort.  Additionally, Dr. Sims served as a team physician for USA Basketball at the 2020 Summer Olympic Games in Tokyo, Japan, and team physician for the USA Track and Field team at the 2016 Summer Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. He was the Medical Director and team physician for the NBA’s Golden State Warriors from 2011-2014.

A graduate of Stanford University with Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degrees in Biological Sciences, Dr. Sims received his Doctor of Medicine degree from Stanford University School of Medicine, during which time he was awarded a Howard Hughes Medical Institute Fellowship. He completed his Emergency Medicine residency at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center in Torrance, CA. He went on to complete a fellowship in Primary Care Sports Medicine at Stanford University School of Medicine.

Ryan Smith
Founder, Qualtrics
Owner, Utah Jazz
Ryan Smith

Founder, Qualtrics
Owner, Utah Jazz

Ryan Smith is founder and executive chairman of Qualtrics, the leader in customer experience and creator of the Experience Management (XM) category. He has grown the company from a basement startup to one of the fastest-growing technology companies in the world, with 25 offices globally and more than 13,500 customers, including more than 80 percent of the Fortune 100, and 99 of the top 100 business schools.

In 2016, Smith co-founded 5 For The Fight, the campaign to eradicate cancer by supporting groundbreaking cancer research. 5 For The Fight is crowdfunding for cancer research, inviting everyone to give $5 for the fight against cancer. In 2016, he was named one of Fortune magazine’s  “40 Under 40,” a list of the most powerful, influential, and successful young people in business. Smith was listed by Forbes as one of “America’s Most Promising CEOs Under 35” in 2013. In December 2020, he and his wife Ashley purchased the Utah Jazz.

Casey Wasserman
Chairman & Chief Executive Officer
WASSERMAN
Casey Wasserman

Chairman & Chief Executive Officer
WASSERMAN

Casey Wasserman is the chairman and CEO 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 chairperson of the LA28 Olympic and Paralympic Games, a position he has held since 2014 when he was appointed to head the city’s successful bid campaign. In addition, Wasserman serves as chairman of the Los Angeles Super Bowl Host Committee for Super Bowl LVI in 2022.

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 funds in the areas of education, arts and culture, health, service and global initiatives. Wasserman is a trustee of the Lost 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.

Strauss Zelnick
Chief Executive Officer
Take-Two Interactive Software, Inc.
Strauss Zelnick

Chief Executive Officer
Take-Two Interactive Software, Inc.

Strauss Zelnick has a long history of leading media and communications enterprises and is deeply involved in originating investments, advising executives and guiding strategic and operational initiatives across all portfolio company investments. Zelnick serves as CEO and chairman of the board of Take-Two Interactive Software, and he recently served as interim chairman for CBS.

Prior to forming ZMC in 2001, Zelnick was president and CEO of BMG Entertainment, at that time one of the world’s largest music and entertainment companies. Before joining BMG Entertainment, he was president and CEO of Crystal Dynamics, a producer and distributor of interactive entertainment software, and he spent four years as president and COO of 20th Century Fox, where he managed all aspects of the company’s worldwide motion picture production and distribution business. Zelnick also served as president and COO at Vestron and was a vice president at Columbia Pictures.