By United States Olympic Committee | April 30, 2015, 1:08 p.m. (ET)


COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – The United States Olympic Committee will host the 2015 Career Development Forum: The Business of Sport May 25-27 at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colorado. The three-day event – which is designed to foster the next generation of leaders in the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic movements – is open to all current and aspiring sport industry professionals.

Participants will be exposed to the business of Olympic and Paralympic sport, and learn from industry leaders through informative breakout sessions and panel discussions on various topics such as strategic planning, data-driven decision making, digital content and marketing. Additional activities include a welcome reception and career development workshops providing effective skills to enhance career progression within the sports industry.

The forum will conclude with the Team USA Career and Internship Fair, in which participants will have the opportunity to network with representatives from the USOC, National Governing Bodies, and other local and national sports organizations. The program offers a pathway for aspiring and talented sport professionals to become further involved in the Olympic and Paralympic movements, either through the USOC’s internship program, or other career and volunteer opportunities.

Dan Migala, entrepreneur and founder of The Migala Report, a monthly newsletter designed to help keep sports marketing executives abreast of best practices and current trends in sports marketing, will be delivering the keynote address at the Team USA Career Development Forum. Migala has a wide range of expertise with professional experience in virtually every level of sports franchises in addition to journalism and consulting experience. Additional speakers include USOC representatives from business development, marketing, strategic planning, human resources and audit compliance, in addition to other industry leaders, including:

  • Avery Wilson – Director of Strategic Planning, USOC
  • Christie Ward, CSP – Leadership Facilitator, The Impact Institute
  • Coyote Marino – Associate Director of Content Development, New Media/Marketing, USOC
  • Dan Butterfly – Senior Associate Commissioner, Mountain West Conference
  • Kellie Leeman – Associate Director of Championships and Alliances, National Collegiate Athletic Association
  • Michael Cain – Director of Olympic Training Center Business Development, USOC
  • Michael O’Conor – Managing Director of Business Development and Marketing, USOC
  • Morane Kerek – Managing Director of Audit and Audit Compliance, USOC
  • Nicholas Lee Popplewell – Assistant Athletics Director for Marketing and Branding, University of Wyoming Athletics
  • Tim Henderson – Manager of Human Resources, USOC

Registrants will have the option to select from Gold, Silver and Bronze packages. The first 110 participants to register for the Gold package will have the exclusive opportunity to live like an Olympian and Paralympian at the U.S. Olympic Training Center with unlimited access to the athlete dining hall and training facilities. Registration closes May 10.  

To register or to learn more about the Team USA Career Development Forum, visit TeamUSA.org.