Honoring the 2021 DEI Champion in Sports at the National Sports Inclusion Conference

Sep 7, 2021 11:35 AM ET
Press Release

HOUSTON, September 7, 2021 /3BL Media/ - DiversityFirstTM will be hosting the National Sports Inclusion Conference from August 31- September 1, 2021. The conference will be held virtually with this year’s theme being “Inclusion = Innovation”. The two-day conference will honor a number of diverse talents from different industries.

The DEI Champion in Sports Award distinguishes a select group who exhibit exceptional leadership qualities in the sports industry. The focus of the award is to give prominence to the accomplishments of individuals who exceed the scope of what is expected in their organizations and communities. The award is open to all levels of executives who demonstrate diversity and inclusion efforts within their organizations. 

2021 Awardees

Aaron

Lampkin

Vice President of Ticket Sales & Service

Sounders FC

Alaina

Williams

Senior Director of Global Fan Marketing

NBA

Andrea

Young

Diversity Programs Account Manager

Octagon

Ashton

Henderson

Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Detroit Pistons

Ay'Anna

Moody

Director of Social Impact and Generation Thrive

Golden State Warriors Community Foundation

Brian

Richardson

Director for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Indianapolis Colts

Brittany

Ramos

Director of Partnerships Strategy

Los Angeles Rams

Cassandra

Diaz

Coordinator, Office of the WNBA Commissioner

WNBA

Cassidee

Owens

Creative Services Manager

Denver Broncos

Cat

Davidson

Manager, Partnership Strategy

Los Angeles Rams

Dr. Catalina

Lara

Senior Manager of Minor League Education and Learning

Los Angeles Dodgers

Chidozie

Ibeabuchi

Director of Player Engagement

MLS

Emily

Blady

Baseball Operations Analyst

Chicago White Sox

Erika

Austin

Senior Marketing Manager

Indianapolis Colts

Hairat

Babalola

Sr. Manager of Suite Sales and Service

Washington Football Team

Humberto

Fernandez

Sr. Manager, Global Media Distribution, Affiliate Programs

National

Basketball Association

Jarrett

Nobles

Director of Business Development

Los Angeles Chargers

Jennifer

Todd

Co-Founder and Executive Vice President

The Basketball Tournament

Jessica

Rice

VP, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Under Armour

Dr. Karen

Kassebaum

Founder & CEO

Athlete2Athlete

Kenny

Norton

Production Associate

NFL Network

Kritt

Tucker

DEI Program Manager, WIN Program

Nike

Marcus

Momon

Coordinator, Diversity Marketing

Atlanta Braves

Marlon

Kerner

Director of Player Engagement and Alumni

Buffalo Bills

Matthew

Menard

Senior Manager of Group Ticket Sales

Houston Dynamo FC, Houston Dash

Matthew

Schulte

Senior Manager of Client Services and Special Events

Kansas City Royals

McKenzie

Watts

Diversity and Inclusion Manager

Dallas Mavericks

Michelle

Gulino

Manager of Corporate Partnerships

Dallas Cowboys

Miguel

Ramos

Sr. Director of Diversity & Inclusion Strategy

Minnesota Twins Baseball Club

Mike

Taylor

Senior Director, Team Marketing & Business Operations

National

Basketball Association

Mike

Nieves

Manager, Client Services

Kansas City Royals

Miriam

Maiden

Sr. Director of Human Resources

Kansas City Royals

Nick

Birdsong

Director, Digital and Social Media

Jacksonville Jaguars

Ndidi

Massay

Senior Director of Workplace Culture and Diversity Initiatives

CBS SPORTS

Robert

Griffin

American Football Quarterback

Baltimore Ravens

Ron

Knight

Assistant Director, Minor League Operations

Atlanta Braves

Sarah

Bailey

Manager of Analytics and Data

Los Angeles Rams

Stacy

McCorkle

Director of Community Relations

San Francisco 49ers

Stefanie

Iennaco

Coordinator in the Diversity & Inclusion department

United States Tennis

Association

Stephanie

Lovingood

Senior Activation Manager

Phoenix Suns & Phoenix Mercury

Steve

Campbell

Vice President of Communications

Indianapolis Colts

Zachary

Geist

Promotions Manager

Texas Rangers

Zenab

Keita

Manager of Partnership Development

Golden State Warriors Corporate Partnerships

 

About The National Sports Inclusion Conference

With hundreds of attendees, the 2021 Inaugural Sports Inclusion Conference pioneers the discussion of diversity and inclusion in the sports industry. Offering extraordinary networking opportunities, professional development, and critical conversations surrounding diversity and inclusion, attendees are able to curate their experience for optimal learning and growth. This year’s conference will take place virtually on August 31 and September 1, 2021. More information about the Sports InclusionConference is available on their website

Media Contact:
Ashana Outler
DEI Project Specialist
Ashana.Outler@DiversityFirst.Org