The University of Miami School of Education and Human Development’s Sport Administration Program is hosting its ninth annual Global Sport Industry Conference (SIC) at the Shalala Student Center on Thursday, April 11th, 2024. This year's event focuses on the Growth and Evolution in Sport and will be highlighted throughout the conference. The event features a variety of sport and entertainment programming that includes engaging speakers and panelists as well as breakout sessions that address the most relevant issues in the ever-growing business of sport and entertainment.

Conference Agenda

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Keynote Speaker

Tyler Epp
President of Formula 1 Miami Grand Prix


Panel 1: How Inter Miami Became a Reference Point of Global Fútbol

Molly Dreska
Inter Miami CF Vice President of Communications



Panel 2: Philanthropy Power Panel

Mackie Feierstein
Foundation Director of Russell Life Skills and Reading Foundation

Gabriel Diaz
Foundation Director for The Jay Family Foundation
Twan Russell
Former NFL and UMiami Football Player, current AD of St. Thomas Aquinas
Lyzz Ogunwo
Vice President of International Development and Global Impact for the National Basketball Players Association

Panel 3: Green Future Forum

Teddy Lhoutellier
Sustainably Director for the University of Miami
Erin Burnett
UM Green Athletics Intern

Cynthia Miller
Director of Health, Safety, and Environment for Miami Dolphins
Michael Prairie
Director of Sustainably and Business Optimization for Florida Panthers
Zach Ruiz
Sustainability Manager of Kaseya Center

Panel 4: Game Changers in Sports Media

Camron Ghorbi
Associate AD / Communications – University of Miami

Chris Fallica
Wagering Expert at Fox Sports
Bobby Marks
NBA Front Office Insider for ESPN
Michael Ryan 
EP Meadowlark Media, Business/Talent Development

Speed Networking Event



Panel 5: Igniting Sales and Marketing Strategies in Sports

Dr. Windy Dees
Professor & Graduate Program Director, University of Miami

Chris Gargani
Vice President of Sales & Marketing for Jacksonville Jaguars
Savanna Wood
Executive Associate Athletic Director, Brand & Marketing Strategy for University of Miami
Tiago Pinto
Chief Marketing Officer for Miami Marlins

Closing Remarks

Kayla Blake
Assistant VP, Engagement: Miami Hurricanes Global Sales & Partnerships

Dan Radakovich
Athletic Director, University of Miami

Networking Session

Located at Lakeview Terrace

The SIC will feature engaging keynote speakers as well as breakout sessions that address the most relevant issues in the business of sport and entertainment.

The SIC will be held on UM’s Coral Gables campus in the beautiful, Shalala Student Center.


2019 Conference Attendees


The UM Sports Industry Conference is a "must-attend" conference for sport professionals who want to establish connections with local and global experts. The conference stimulates networking and provides updated information about the trends in sports industry.

Marcelo Claudino
CEO, TopSoccer and TopConsulting