SportsPro's fortnightly virtual conference series
In an industry first, leading experts will gather in a fortnightly virtual conference series to discuss the most important topics facing the business of sports.
Attendees will get free access to SportsPro’s unrivalled network and hear first-hand how the industry’s disruptors have overcome their challenges. Each session is free to attend and will go deeper than any virtual event has before, addressing subjects such as esports, sustainability, broadcast, digital strategy, sponsorship, women’s sport and much more.
Don’t miss the next virtual event on 30 September, 1 – 5pm BST.
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Senior Executive Vice President of Social Impact, Growth Initiatives & Legislative Affairs
Kimberly Davis is a trailblazer and change agent, positively disrupting the financial industry and wide world of sports over her illustrious 30+ year career. Well-regarded as a resilient and visionary leader, Davis brings change to life through sound strategic planning and strong organizational development. She is an inspirational storyteller, an architect of coalitions and a culture builder, with a style that empowers others and a belief that successful business contributes to healthy, vibrant communities. Driven by both data and a passion for progress, she has consistently provided structure and glide paths for organizations to realize their potential for sustainable business growth.
Currently, as Senior Executive Vice President of Social Impact, Growth Initiatives & Legislative Affairs at the National Hockey League – the premier professional ice hockey league in the world – Davis has set the League on a new course to attract, retain and develop fans, with a specific focus on multi-cultural audiences. Reporting to Commissioner Gary Bettman, she is positively influencing and impacting the decisions of 32 NHL Club owners and executives relating to culture, youth participation and social impact, in an effort to improve access and availability of the sport and grow the League’s business for the long-term.
Previously, as Senior Managing Director, Teneo Consulting Worldwide, Davis led the firm’s leadership development and corporate responsibility practice, where she advised Fortune 500 companies, CEOs and cultural icons, including Billie Jean King. She advised the tennis legend on the creation of the Billie Jean King Leadership Initiative – a partnership with CEOs to advance gender diversity and pay equity.
Prior to Teneo, Davis enjoyed more than two decades at JPMorgan Chase where she most recently served as Managing Director of Global Corporate Social Responsibility, President of the JPMorgan Chase Foundation and a member of the firm’s Executive Committee. Ms. Davis has been recognized by Hockey News’ “2020 Top 100 Most Influential Leaders in the sport,” Essence Magazine’s “Woke” – 2019 Change Agents, Adweek’s “30 Most Powerful Women in Sports,” Sports Business Journal’s “GameChangers,” and Savoy Magazine’s “Most Influential Women in Corporate America.” She has received other notable recognitions including Savoy Magazine’s “Top 100 Most Influential Blacks in Corporate America” and showcased in Fast Company’s “100 Most Creative People in Business.” In 2012, she was profiled with First Lady Michelle Obama in Essence magazine’s “28 Most Influential Black Women in America.”
Kim currently serves on the boards of the Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights, Communities in Schools (National) and Sports & Fitness Industry Association (SFIA) She is a former Trustee of Spelman College and the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill’s Kenan Institute.
Davis earned a B.A. in Economics from Spelman College and has completed the Aspen Institute’s Executive
Senior Vice President, Diversity & Inclusion
As Senior Vice President of Diversity & Inclusion for the National Basketball Association (NBA), Liliahn Marguerite Majeed oversees team diversity and inclusion efforts across the NBA, WNBA, NBA G League and NBA 2K League. Majeed also helps lead the NBA’s Women’s Leadership Initiative and NBA Coaches Equality Initiative, responsible for events such as the Women’s Leadership Forum, NBA All-Star Women in Basketball Operations Forum and NBA Coaches Summit.
Prior to joining the NBA’s Diversity & Inclusion department, Majeed was a Vice President in the Team Marketing & Business Operations (TMBO) group. In that role, she led strategy for arena experience, season ticket membership and premium consulting while also serving as the league liaison for the Indiana Pacers and Washington Wizards.
Majeed joined the NBA in 2005 from Four Seasons Hotels & Resorts. She graduated from Howard University with a bachelor’s degree in business administration and hospitality management. Majeed lives in Brooklyn with her daughter Farah.
Vice President of Diversity, Inclusion & Engagement
Clayton is the Vice President of Diversity, Inclusion & Engagement for the Cleveland Cavalier Operating Company. He is responsible for developing and leading the D&I strategic plan for all Cavalier properties including the Rocket Mortgage Fieldhouse. Clayton is only one of three C-suite level executives out of all 147 major professional sports teams to hold this position.
Clayton is also the new Board Chair for Community Health Charities (CHC). CHC is a national health organization that for more than 65 years, has been creating stronger, healthier communities by build capacity for nonprofits by raising awareness, amplifying their message, and driving more funds and supporters to their cause.
Clayton has had an extensive career with some of the world’s most notable companies including Procter & Gamble, The United States Tennis Association, Russell Athletic, American Cancer Society and prior to joining the Cavaliers Clayton worked at Bon Secours Mercy Health where he led D&I, language services, supplier diversity and the executive talent functions.
Clayton’s approach to diversity & inclusion is grounded in a belief that everyone is part of the D&I landscape. He has successfully used this approach with the Cavs to develop a strategic D&I business plan that has delivered quantitative and qualitative results affecting representation of the workforce, the culture of the workplace, revenue from the marketplace, authentic community and fan engagement.
Kevin is a native of Cleveland, Ohio. He has 4 Daughters, Granddaughter and Grandson. Additionally, Kevin is a board member of the Greater Cleveland Urban League and the famed Cleveland City Club. He has served on many other local and national community and non-profit boards and has been recognized by multiple national publications. Clayton is an Alum of North Carolina Central University and received a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Business Administration and Psychology from Wilmington College (Ohio) where he was a co-captain and student athlete on the basketball team.
Kick it Out
Chief Brand Officer
Stephanie McMahon is Chief Brand Officer of WWE, a publicly-traded (NYSE: WWE) global media company. In this role, she is responsible for WWE’s Brand, Community Relations, and Pop Culture strategy, which includes celebrity integrations and partnerships within the entertainment industry. Stephanie represents the company as its global brand ambassador, and also plays a character who appears regularly on WWE programming.
Among her many contributions, Stephanie has been the driving force behind WWE’s women’s evolution, which has given female performers an equal share of the spotlight both in and out of the ring. Prior to being named Chief Brand Officer, Stephanie was Executive Vice President, Creative and was responsible for overseeing the Digital and Creative Departments. She was also the first woman to lead WWE’s Talent Relations, Talent Brand Management and Live Events businesses.
Chief Transformation Officer
Michael Sutherland is the Chief Transformation Officer at Real Madrid, which is consistently ranked as the highest earning european football club and is one of the most valuable sports brands in the world. Prior to Real Madrid, Michael was the Director of Virtual Reality and Director of Product and Design for Emerging Technologies at HP Inc in Silicon Valley. He has been an active angel investor, founder and advisor in early stage companies and has led the growth and commercialization of technology startups in Silicon Valley. He is a global technology leader and expert in corporate innovation and commercialization of new technology products.
Denise Lewis OBE
Commonwealth Games England
Denise Lewis OBE is an accomplished presenter, broadcaster, former athlete and President of Commonwealth Games England. The former Gold Medal winning heptathlete, who holds the second highest number of points scored by a British Heptathlete, has gone on to secure a successful broadcast career. Since her retirement from Athletics, Denise has undertaken an array of television work including commentating on high profile athletics events and fronting shows such as BBC’s Secret Britain and Right on the Money.
Denise is one of the “golden girls” of British athletics, winning gold at the 2000 Sydney Olympics and subsequently being inducted into the UK Athletics Hall of Fame in 2011. Denise has twice been runner-up in the BBC’s Sports Personality of the Year awards (in 1998 and 2000) and was also honoured with an OBE in the 2000 New Year Honours.
National Women's Soccer League
Lisa Baird, Commissioner of the National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL), oversees all operations for the NWSL with a focus on growing revenues and audience while elevating the profile of the league globally. Baird joined the NWSL in March 2020 from New York Public Radio (NYPR), where she served as the Chief Marketing Officer for more than a year. Prior to NYPR, Baird spent a decade as the Chief Marketing Officer at the United States Olympic and Paralympic Committee. During her tenure with the USOPC, Baird played the leading role securing broadcast, sponsorship and licensing deals and launched the iconic Team USA brand. She became the Senior Vice President of Marketing and Licensing for the National Football League (NFL) in 2005 and continued to grow the most commercially successful sports league in the United States, directing the NFL’s consumer products, entertainment marketing and advertising programs. She was named the 2011 WISE Woman of the Year for making a significant impact on the business of sports and was recognized in the 2011 Sports Business Journal’s inaugural class of “Game Changers: Women in Sports Business.” More recently, she was named to the 2016 Business Insider TOP 50 Most Innovative Global CMO’s and most recently in 2019 as an OpCon Top 50 Marketer.