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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

  • 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.

  • 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


Retreat Experience

  • Career preparation specific to student-athletes

  • Dinners of Influence attended by industry game changers

  • Corporate site visits with local sport organizations

  • Personal attention to professional and personal growth

  • Discussions led by industry professionals

  • Panel on emerging careers in sports

2019 Mentors


Schedule

THURSDAY, JUNE 20

+ Student-athletes and mentors arrive
+ Welcome Dinner
+ RISE Presentation with Dr. Collin Williams
+ Discussion on Career Advantages of Being a Student-Athlete
+ Career Discussion with Mentor

FRIDAY, JUNE 21

+ Morning Activity
+ Emerging Career Panel
+ Discussion on Networking and Professional Presence
+ Corporate Site Visit I
+ Dinner of Influence I

SATURDAY, JUNE 22

+ Morning Activity
+ Discussion on Breaking the Glass Ceiling
+ Corporate Site Visit II
+ Dinner of Influence II

SUNDAY, JUNE 23

+ Breakfast Conversation with Trevor Moawad
+ Discussion on Coping with Success and Failure
+ Final Activity
+ Student-athlete and mentor departure


Cost of Attendance

+ Transportation to and from Atlanta, GA
+ Hotel: TBD

*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.


A Game Changing Cohort Member Must:

  • Be a current or former collegiate student-athlete

  • Be able to gain the financial support of their athletic department or cover their travel/hotel expenses

  • Be identified as a leader on and off the field of play

  • Be a minority, as defined by the U.S. Census Bureau, or a woman

  • Have a passion to work and excel in sports business

  • Complete the application by the deadline of February 1, 2019

All applicants will be asked to submit a current resume, two references, a 30 second video telling us why you are a future leader in the sports business to complete application. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed.


See what went down in Miami during our 2018 Game Changing Retreat.


Want to learn how you can make this retreat a game changing experience for the next generation of leaders?