Featured Speakers & Topics
We are excited to announce a terrific group of speakers for our 15th Anniversary Conference in 2020!
Read about speakers below and check back as additional speakers will be added soon.
After a successful 14 year NFL career, former Redskins great Brian Mitchell has embarked on a successful radio and TV career as the co-host of the midday show on Team 980, an Urban One radio station. On television, Mitchell serves as analyst and co-host of many of the Redskins focused sports shows and delivers extensive analysis and commentary covering the top regional and national sports stories daily. As a player, Mitchell spent 14 years in the NFL as a return specialist and running back from 1990 to 2003, including 10 seasons with the Redskins, 3 years with the Philadelphia Eagles and 1 with the New York Giants. In 223 games, he gained more than 23,000 all-purpose yards, which is second on the all-time NFL list. He recorded 13 career special-teams touchdowns, which also ranks second in NFL history. A Super Bowl Champion with the Redskins in 1992, Mitchell was named an NFL All-Pro three times and was a Pro Bowler in 1995. He was inducted into the Redskins ‘Ring of Fame’ in 2009 and was named to the team’s 70th Anniversary Team. Mitchell played collegiately at the University of Southwestern Louisiana, which is now the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. Additionally, Brian is a motivational speaker across the Unites States and is involved in several philanthropic endeavors, including hosting a football camp for at risk youth in our nation's capital.
Jennifer Baker is the Director of Athletics and Recreation at Johns Hopkins University. Among her many key initiatives at Johns Hopkins has been the launching of a unique leadership development program for Johns Hopkins student athletes (Blue Jays LEAD). The Blue Jays LEAD program made its debut in 2017-18 with a mission of empowering student-athletes to actualize the leader within and inspire action in their communities at Johns Hopkins and beyond. Baker came to Johns Hopkins from Under Armour, where she served as a Senior Manager of Corporate Real Estate, Facilities and Operations. Prior to her time at Under Armour, Baker spent three years at Cornell University, where she also designed and developed the Big Red Leadership Institute (BRLI), a program that worked with 500 student-athletes to build confident leaders and followers who provided immediate impact to their teams and communities. Baker graduated from the United States Naval Academy with a degree in aerospace engineering and was a member of the Academy’s women’s lacrosse club team. After the Naval Academy, Baker spent seven years in the Navy, including three years as a pilot and four as a construction manager and facilities engineer. She later earned an MBA and a master’s in mechanical engineering from Cornell.
Dr. Jason Richardson
A Pan Am Games Gold Medalist and Olympic Psychologist, Richardson competed as a professional BMX athlete while earning both an MBA in Global Management and a Doctorate in Psychology. He works closely with high performance teams, executives, and athletes. He is also an on-air TV and broadcaster, commentating at international events for his sport - staying true to his passion. His successful career transitions and experiences in competition and business are the foundation (and proof!) for his #ChampionshipLife ethos - Winning in Business, Sport, and Life! Richardson knows that being a champion increases your true impact. This begins with growing your mindset and getting to work on your new path. Neuroscience, behavioral science, positive psychology, sport psychology, and good old fashion wisdom are but just a few of the ingredients Richardson's employs as he helps people become champions in their own lives.
Pastor Carey Casey is best known as a compassionate ambassador and speaker, particularly within the American sports community. As the former CEO of the National Center for Fathering (NCF) and former sports chaplain, Casey has earned a reputation as a dynamic communicator, especially on the topic of men being good fathers. From 2009 - 2016, Casey served on the White House Task Force for Responsible Fatherhood and Healthy Marriage, having been recognized by both the Bush and Obama administrations for his work. Prior to that, Casey spent 18 years in various roles with the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, most recently as president of the FCA Foundation. His career has also included serving as chaplain at the 1988 Summer Olympic Games in Seoul, South Korea, chaplain for the Dallas Cowboys under Hall of Fame Coach Tom Landry, and chaplain for the Kansas City Chiefs. He continues to speak on life issues for numerous professional and college sports teams across America. In high school, Casey played in the 1971 Virginia State Championship football game—the game that was later dramatized in the award-winning movie, “Remember the Titans”. Casey is still friends with former Titans coach Herman Boone and many of the other people who were portrayed in the movie. Casey received his bachelor’s degree from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill where as a running back, he helped lead the school’s football team to the Atlantic Coast Conference Championship in 1977.
A 1999 Notre Dame graduate and Chicago Innovation Award Winner, Morgan is Executive Director of Girls in the Game. At Girls in the Game every girl finds her voice, discovers her strength and leads with confidence through fun and active sports, health and leadership programs. Girls in the Game empowers all girls to be game-changers. The organization works to ensure that girls have the opportunities they deserve to grow into strong, confident leaders with bright futures who can affect change in their own lives and in the community around them. Established in Chicago, Girls in the Game has expanded outside of Illinois and currently hosts programs in both Baltimore, Maryland and Dallas, Texas, serving over 3,600 girls ages 7 to 18 annually. The program strives to serve girls year-round with After School programs, one-day Game Days, Teen Squad, Teen Club, Teen Saturday Series, Sports & Leadership Summer Camp, Summer Squad, Girls’ Triathlon Team, and teen programming at the Cook County Juvenile Temporary Detention Center and Mercy Home for Boys and Girls. Each program is age-appropriate and offers participants the opportunity to be physically active, learn about healthy lifestyle choices, and improve their leadership skills in a safe, all-girl setting.
Derek Brown & Dr. Julie Globokar
Derek Brown is the founder and head coach of Boxing Out Negativity, an anti-violence program that empowers Chicago's at-risk youth to realize the best within themselves. He also serves as Restorative Justice Coordinator at St. Agatha's Church, where he facilitates talking/peace circles with parents, youth, and others throughout the community, schools, and the Cook County Jail. Brown's work has been featured by outlets including CNN, ABC News, Vice News, and Al-Jazeera. Brown knows the hardships of growing up on Chicago’s West side, having joined a gang at the age of thirteen and spent many of his younger years between the streets and jail. By the time he was in his twenties, “Shotgun” had been shot and his best friend murdered. Since the founding of Boxing Out Negativity (a.k.a. the North Lawndale Boxing League) in 2009, Coach Brown has taught “gloves, not guns” to nearly 400 youth. For Brown, boxing is just the hook to attract youth to a broader end: building their self-respect and sense of purpose through a culture of positivity. Boxing Out Negativity seamlessly combines physical training with mentorship, tutoring, motivational discussions, and community service to help youth realize the best within themselves.
Julie L. Globokar is the chairperson of the board for Boxing Out Negativity, where she is deeply involved in programming and administrative duties. She also serves as associate professor of Sociology at Concordia University-Chicago. She holds a PhD in Criminology, Law, and Justice from the University of Illinois at Chicago. Her work on the contextual and historical factors that shape responses to crime has been published in outlets that include the Journal of Offender Rehabilitation, International Journal of Victimology, and Journal of Interpersonal Violence.
Dr. Joe Congeni
Joseph A. Congeni, M.D. is the Medical Director of the Sports Medicine Center at Akron Children's Hospital as well an Professor of Pediatrics at Northeast Ohio Medical University (NEOMED). He developed the Primary Care Pediatrics Sports Medicine Fellowship at Akron Children's Hospital. He is a 1980 graduate of the University of Notre Dame; and received his medical degree from NEOMED in 1984. Dr. Congeni is currently a team physician for the University of Akron and Archbishop Hoban High School since (1988). Dr. Cogeni has won many awards including: the OHSAA Respect the Game Award (2004-2005), the Ohio Athletic Trainer's Association’s Team Physician of the Year Award (2008), and Ohio Outstanding Team Physician by the Ohio State Medical Association (2008), Best Doctors in Northeast Ohio (2009-2019). He is also a lead author on the American Academy of Pediatrics’ Baseball/Softball Policy Statement issued March 2012. Dr. Congeni’s media events vary from appearing on NBC’s TODAY Show in 2009 to his appearance on a PBS documentary entitled “The Smartest Team” in 2012 and a Sports Illustrated segment in 2014. He also has been appearing on a weekly radio sports medicine segment since 1999. He has done extensive research on backpack injuries, steroid use, stress fractures and repetitive stress injuries as well as concussions.
Tom Farrell is the CEO and Executive Producer at The WorkShop Content Studios, where has presided over strategic planning and day to day operations since 2007. He has over 28 years of TV production experience, having spent the past 14 years in executive management. Farrell has spearheaded projects such as Novak for Amazon Prime, Trading Spaces for TLC, The Haney Project for Golf Channel, True North for PBS & Amazon Prime, and Netflix’s documentary series, Basketball or Nothing. Rickie Fowler, Charles Barkley, Ray Romano, Adam Levine, and Olympic Champion Michael Phelps have been just a few of the celebrities that Tom has had the pleasure to work with over his career. A graduate of Villanova University, Tom is on the Endowment Board for his community church and also on the board that oversees the CYO sports program. Tom is a coach in youth athletics and he and his wife, Denise, live in Philadelphia with their four children.
Michael Holstein began his career writing for HBO’s The Wire and working in marketing on films such as The Rock and Independence Day. After a brief stint as an entertainment lawyer, Michael returned to television in 2007, overseeing business affairs and creating content for WETA-TV, one of the nation’s largest public television producers, where he worked on hundreds of shows, including In Performance At the White House, The PBS NewsHour, Finding Your Roots and the documentaries of Ken Burns. Presently, Michael serves as Chief Content Officer for The Content Farm, where he has placed shows on Travel Channel, Ovation, Food Network, Bravo and others. The Content Farm was honored as the Outstanding Media Arts Organization at the 2019 D.C. Mayor’s Arts Awards. Among other accolades, Michael’s 2017 PBS series Live at 9:30 was shortlisted for a Producer’s Guild Award; he won the Real Screen Summit Showdown in 2018 and 2019; and his 2019 documentary Soccer in the City won the United Soccer Coaches Media Award. Michael also serves as the Head of Content for America SCORES, a national sports-arts non-profit, serving over 12,000 disadvantaged youth nationwide.