WRK & WIN

WRK & WIN

This is WRK & WIN podcast where top founders, entrepreneurs and people leaders share their inspiring stories of success.

Episodes

February 21, 2024 43 mins

Antony Bonavita is the Executive Vice President of Venue Operations for the Cleveland Cavaliers and Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse, responsible for overseeing the venue's operations, guest experience, and project management. With over 27 years of experience in facility and event management, he played a key role in the renovation of Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse and manages operations for various Cavaliers organization venues, including th...

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Natalie White is the Founder and CEO of Moolah Kicks, a pioneering brand exclusively focused on creating basketball shoes for women. Originating from her observation of the lack of female-specific basketball sneakers during her senior year at Boston College, Natalie was propelled by the realization that existing footwear options did not address the unique biomechanical needs of female athletes, thus posing a higher risk of injury. ...

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Emily Jaenson is a professional speaker, podcast host, author, and consultant specializing in sports sponsorship. With 15 years of experience in the sports industry, she has served as the general manager and corporate partnerships manager of the Reno Aces. Emily's professional journey includes selling season and group tickets for the Chicago Bulls, leading fundraising efforts for the Muscular Dystrophy Association in Chicago, and r...

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Corinne Milien is the Founder and CEO at WRK, a people-powered HR and staffing solutions to overcome workforce challenges in sports, media, and entertainment. As an unwavering advocate for diversity and inclusion, Corinne aims to eradicate bias and eliminate barriers that have historically marginalized certain groups from traditional hiring practices.

Corinne’s roots in sports trace back to her time as a student assistant at Bemidj...

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DeLaina Sarden is a Principal at Parker Executive Search, a leading global executive search firm known for its expertise in higher education and sports. With a background in college athletics, DeLaina previously worked at the University of Wisconsin and Michigan State University, focusing on student-athlete success. An accomplished former volleyball player at the University of Central Florida, she played a pivotal role in leading t...

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Will Baggett is the Co-founder and brand strategist at Monetize Your Message, a premier platform for speakers aiming to enhance their impact and audience reach. A former operations coordinator for the College Football Playoff, Will has built a reputation as an award-winning major events professional. His experience includes producing high-profile events like the Super Bowl, Final Four, and various college football bowl games. As a ...

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Ena Patel is the Director of Games Planning & Integration at LA28, the Los Angeles Organizing Committee for the Olympic and Paralympic Games 2028. She plays a crucial role in ensuring the smooth delivery of the games, focusing on cross-functional planning and maintaining integration across various departments to prevent siloed operations. Ena's career in sports has been marked by a dedication to strategy, organizational development...

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Christine Lawrence is the former Senior Director of Insights and Analytics at World Wrestling Entertainment and has nearly two decades of experience in research and insights. Her expertise has informed some of the world’s largest sports and entertainment providers, including Viacom. She’s currently the Senior AVP at EXL, an analytics and digital operations company helping clients improve business outcomes. 

Christine excels at incr...

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Jennifer Davis is the Chief Marketing Officer and President of Central States Manufacturing, a 100% employee-owned nationwide manufacturer of metal roofing, siding, and building components. She is the first to hold the CMO position at the company, overseeing marketing, strategy, and innovation, while also leading Central Storage Works. With a career that includes leadership roles at companies like LEARFIELD, Amazon Web Services, Ho...

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Nona Lee is the Founder and CEO of Truth DEI, a consulting firm assisting organizations in identifying and implementing growth strategies in diversity, equity, and inclusion. With a rich background in the sports industry including a tenure as Executive Vice President and Chief Legal Officer for the Arizona Diamondbacks, she combines her legal expertise with a deep-seated commitment to DE&I. Nona's experience extends to managing leg...

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Marsha Oliver is the Senior Vice President of Community and Public Engagement for the PGA TOUR, the premier organization in professional golf renowned for organizing professional tours in North America. In this role, Marsha focuses on enhancing the PGA TOUR's engagement and impact within diverse communities. She joined the TOUR in April 2019, bringing a wealth of over 25 years of experience in public affairs, community relations, m...

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Kathy Delaney-Smith is an iconic figure in collegiate sports, famous for having the most wins in the Ivy League for both men's and women's teams. She spent 41 years as the Head Coach of Harvard University's Women's Basketball team, leading them to 11 Ivy League titles and 15 appearances in the NCAA postseason tournament. Kathy is not just a successful coach but also a dedicated advocate for gender equality in sports, playing a sign...

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Ian Moses is the Head of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at LEARFIELD, a leading media, data, and technology services company with a significant presence in college sports and live events. Ian not only enhances LEARFIELD’s internal culture, but also ensures its values are reflected in their engagements with partners, properties, and the broad communities they serve. He fosters high-performance teams that are inclusive and represen...

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Bill Guertin is the Co-founder and Chief Learning Officer at ISBI 360, a company that offers innovative solutions for the sports and entertainment industry primarily through personnel growth, enhanced sales, and talent recruitment. Sometimes known as The 800-Pound Gorilla, Bill is a sales and peak performance expert who brings value to audiences worldwide as a professional keynote speaker, sales trainer, skilled facilitator and Mas...

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RaShaun Brown is the Co-founder and CEO of Screen Skinz, a company revolutionizing the traditional screen protection market by producing officially-licensed and personalized screen protectors. He has a versatile academic background with undergraduate degrees in sports management, business administration, and marketing and a master's degree in sports administration, all from the Ohio University.

Starting his career in sports, RaShau...

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Allison Fillmore is the Vice President of Business Development at the PGA TOUR, the premier organization in professional golf renowned for organizing professional golf tours in North America. Before joining the PGA TOUR, she held positions at the Atlanta Falcons, NASCAR, and the Atlanta Dream. In her current role, she's focused on growing the business, improving fan experiences, and building strong partnerships. She is also committ...

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Romola Ratnam is the Senior Vice President and Head of Impact, Inclusion, and Advocacy at Endeavor, a global sports and entertainment company known for fostering some of the most dynamic storytellers, brands, and live events. At Endeavor, Romola is responsible for all corporate social responsibility initiatives, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion efforts, and leveraging the company's vast network to drive social change. This includes...

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Justin Riley is the Senior Vice President of Operations at Hillman Grad, a full-service media and production company focusing on empowering underrepresented artists and amplifying the stories of diverse, historically marginalized communities across all industries. He is an experienced professional with a unique background, bringing a blend of skills from various fields. Justin holds an undergraduate degree in television and broadca...

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Dr. T.M. Robinson-Mosley is the Principal and Managing Partner at Mosley & Associates Consulting, a firm specializing in offering comprehensive counseling and psychological services, sports performance consulting, inclusion training, belonging initiatives, and leadership development with a culturally-responsive lens. Currently serving as a Consulting Psychologist for the Big 4+ professional sports leagues, Dr. Mosley’s influence an...

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Laila Brock is the Senior Vice President for Community Impact and Strategic Partnerships at Atlanta Dream, a 2023 WNBA playoff team. She joined the Dream in December 2022, aligning the organization’s mission with its business development objectives and emphasizing the team's core values.

With over 20 years as a sports executive, Laila's expertise spans several significant roles. Before her current position, she was the Vice Preside...

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