Athlete Career and Education



Hosted in conjunction with Team USA’s D.C. Event Week following the Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games PyeongChang 2018, the Athlete Career and Education (ACE) Olympic and Paralympic Summit 2018 is an interactive, multi-day event focusing on personal and professional development. Athletes will have the opportunity to learn how to leverage their athletic careers by developing their personal brands for sponsors and appearances, to gain tools to navigate the job market, to access resources to start a professional career, to engage in discussions with peers as they explore retirement and next steps, and more. 

Highlighted by the U.S. Olympians and Paralympians Association (USOPA) induction celebration and the networking reception, the ACE Summit enables athletes to engage individually with career professionals, executives, sponsors, the ACE support network, prospective employers, and Olympic/Paralympic alumni, who can give them advice tailored to their specific goals and needs. The Summit will also guide them through the available USOPC/ACE resources to help develop their post-PyeongChang goals.

APRIL 24-26



88 Olympians and Paralympians, representing 12 National Governing Bodies (NGBs) who competed in the Winter Games 2018

It was a great experience and I learned a lot. 100% worth it.

2018 Summit Athlete Participant




6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.

Welcome Dinner

U.S. Olympians & Paralympians Association Induction
Keynote Address: Dick Fosbury, Olympian

Games Town Hall
Facilitated by Chad Sunderland, USOPC


"What your team put together here is the most impressive workshop I've seen for any group of individuals in this position. There wasn't one athlete I talked to that felt the day was anything but a tremendous use of their time." 

- Steve Mesler, Olympic Champion



9:00 - 10:15 a.m.

Athlete Panel
Jeremy Bloom, Candace Cable, Sasha Cohen, Steve Mesler, Lauryn Williams

10:30 a.m. - 3:15 p.m.

Session Workshops 
Attend 3 of the 4 one-hour workshops:

  • Get Sponsorship Smart: How Sponsorship Can Work for All Types of Athletes (Vickie Saunders, The Sponsorship Consultants)
  • Writing Your Story Inside and Outside of Sport (Drake Fages, The YouSchool)
  • Becoming the CEO of Your Brand (Patty Hubbard and Stephanie Martin, BrandForward)
  • Public Speaking 101 (Michael Cain, USOPC)
  • Exploring Your Professional Personality - First Steps Towards Finding Your Career Fit (Deloitte)

3:30 - 5:30 p.m.

Designing Your Life - After the Games
Dave Evans, Stanford Life Design Lab

6:00 - 8:00 p.m.

Speaker and Guest Reception

7:30 - 8:00 p.m.

Athlete Networking 101
Chris Smith, Athlete Network

8:00 - 11:00 p.m.

General Networking Reception




8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

One-on-One Sessions
Athletes met one-on-one with professionals to discuss the following topics:

  • Jump Start Your Job Search
  • Life Coaching
  • Personal Coaching on How to Design Your Life Well
  • What's Next for Me? Sit Down with a Transition Coach
  • Get Sponsorship Smart
  • Federal Employment 101
  • Defining Your Post-Games Purpose
  • Financial Advice for the Athlete Lifestyle and Beyond
  • Earn, Save, Spend - Money Coaching for Organized Finances
  • Personal and Performance Counseling: Identifying Strategies for Managing the Future
  • ACE Career Coach Chat


Round-table Discussion
30-minute small breakout discussion sessions in the following categories:

  • Non-Profit Start-Ups
  • For-Profit Start-Ups
  • Using LinkedIn as Your Virtual Business Card
  • Career in Media/Broadcasting
  • Pathways into High Performance Coaching
  • Innovative Strategies and Initiatives for Career Seekers with a Disability


In Their Words more


No. The ACE Summit is only for 2018 U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Team members, speakers and facilitators, and invited guests. However, ACE asks you encourage your Olympic/Paralympic Team members to attend the event.

2018 U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Team members will receive a registration link for D.C. Event Week (late-February or early-March). During the registration, select to attend "ACE Olympic and Paralympic Summit."

The ACE Summit is designed to benefit ALL athletes regardless of their training or retirement status. For 2018, ACE Summit will tailor workshops to provide guidance in how athletes can leverage their Games experience to pursue their next aspirational goals either in or out of sport. 

To see the most up-to-date content, speakers and information, download the 'ACE Events App' in your GooglePlay Store or iPhone App Store.

If you're still unsure if Summit is a good fit for you, contact your career coach or to learn more.

The ACE Summit is a casual event where athletes have the opportunity to engage individually with career professionals, executives, prospective employers, USOPC staff and sponsors, and Olympic/Paralympic alumni. ACE recommends athletes bring the following:

  • Nice pair of jeans/pants
  • Blouse or nice shirt / Team USA apparel
  • One business casual outfit for the networking reception
  • Positive attitude and willingness to learn


ACE will provide:

  • 100 personalized business cards
  • Padfolios with paper
  • Pens
  • Name tags


All travel, lodging, food and event expenses for D.C. Event Week, including the ACE Summit, will be paid for by the USOPC.

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