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June 20-23, 2019
Atlanta, GA

 

The Winning Edge Game Changing Retreat is designed to exceed the expectations of a traditional retreat.

Knowing the powerful impact of mentorship and an effective network, The Winning Edge Leadership Academy is hosting the first Game Changing Retreat to influence and prepare student-athletes for a career in sports business.  The focus of this intense, multi-day experience will be on networking, industry discussions, cultivating leadership, and creating career objectives.

Cohort members are a diverse collective of current and former student-athletes with a history of success on and off the field. Mentors are industry professionals who will share insight and provide guidance to the next generation of leaders in sports business.

Read a letter of support from Shirelle Jackson, Senior Associate AD / Student-Athlete Development at the University of Miami.

Retreat Objectives

  • Increase the understanding and application of skills necessary to secure positions in sports business

  • Increase the understanding and awareness of competencies necessary for success in sports business

  • Introduce student-athletes to industry professionals creating positive relationships

  • Raise awareness of the existing talent pool of current and former student-athletes who have a passion and interest to work in sports business.

Retreat Experience

  • Personal attention to professional and personal growth

  • Discussions led by industry professionals

  • Panel on emerging careers in sports

  • Career preparation specific to student-athletes

  • Dinners of Influence attended by industry game changers

  • Corporate site visits with local sport organizations


2019 Cohort

2019 Mentors

2019 Retreat Speakers

2019 emerging career panelists

Streamed live on Twitter // Friday, June 21 9:00 - 10:00 AM

2019 Dinner of Influence Guests


Retreat Classroom


Schedule

THURSDAY, JUNE 20

+ Student-athletes and mentors arrive
+ RISE Presentation with Dr. Collin Williams
+ Welcome Dinner
+ Career Advantages of Being a Student-Athlete with Dr. Leah Turner
+ Career Discussion with Retreat Mentors

FRIDAY, JUNE 21

+ Trap Yoga
+ Emerging Career Panel with Bryan Harris, Tiffany Kelly, Adrian Williams, and Erica Wilkerson
+ Discussion on Networking and Professional Presence with Will Baggett
+ Corporate Site Visits: Atlanta Braves, Jackson | Spalding, Turner Studios
+ Dinner of Influence I presented by Jackson | Spalding

SATURDAY, JUNE 22

  • Introduction to Golf Lesson
    + Breaking the Glass Ceiling with Dr. Julie Shaw
    + Ace Your Interview with Megan Perry
    + Dinner of Influence II

SUNDAY, JUNE 23

+ Championship Mindset with Jarrod Barnes
+ Coping with Success and Failure with Maria Taylor
+ Final Professional Development Activity with Retreat Mentors
+ Student-athlete and mentor departure


Cost of Attendance

+ Transportation to and from Atlanta, GA
+ Hotel: $350

*Current student-athletes are encouraged to gain the support of their athletic department to cover the cost of attendance.

ALL OTHER EXPENSES WILL BE COVERED BY THE WINNING EDGE LEADERSHIP ACADEMY AND OUR DONORS.

LIMITED FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE AVAILABLE FOR THOSE WHO QUALIFY.


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