Thursday, September 28, 2017 - 8:00am to 12:30pm
U.S. Chamber of Commerce
1615 H Street, NW
Washington, DC 20062
United States

SPORTS FORWARD brought together visionary industry leaders who are shaping the future of sports and fitness. Established professionals and savvy startup founders alike discussed how they’re finding new ways to support athletes at all levels, engage fans, and create jobs.

Topics at SPORTS FORWARD included the entrepreneurial movement in sports; next-generation sports marketing; eSports; player safety; illegal streaming; the economic impact of sports in cities; and the role of sport in bringing about social change. 

Speakers included: 

  • George Pyne, Founder & CEO, Bruin Sports Capital
  • Jennifer Langton, Vice President of Health and Safety, National Football League
  • Angela Ruggiero, Co-founder and Managing Partner, Sports Innovation Lab
  • Kern Egan, President of Consulting, Americas, Lagardére Sports and Entertainment
  • Wayne Lonstein, CEO, VFT Solutions
  • Imari Oliver, Founder & CEO, Bond & Play
  • Jonathan Ohliger, CEO, VEEPIO
  • Ricky Medina, Senior Manager of Business Development, NFL Players, Inc.
  • Dan Mannix, CEO, LeadDog Marketing Group
  • Benita Fitzgerald-Mosley, CEO, Laureus Sport for Good Foundation USA
  • Gregory O'Dell, President & CEO, Events DC

SPORTS FORWARD is part of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation's FAST FORWARD series, a forward-looking platform to explore the people, ideas, and innovations that are shaping our lives and our businesses. Learn more.




SPORTS FORWARD gathers seasoned professionals and savvy startup founders for discussions on new methods to support athletes, engage fans, and create opportunities for industry growth. *The Sports Forward webcast has not yet been posted. Check back for updates or visit for other videos.