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ALL IN: Leaders in Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

In coordination with SBJ ALL IN, our virtual two-day conference on March 30-31, we recognize the work of individuals at leagues, teams, colleges, college conferences and professional organizations in the area of diversity, equity and inclusion in sports business. They model DEI practices within their organization and for the industry at large; they have pioneered the measurement of diversity in sports; they are providing instruction and training for how to achieve equity in their organizations; and they lead by example in how to make the sports business a more welcoming and open forum for all.

We know you will recognize some longtime leaders in this space, like Richard Lapchick, Max Siegel and Kevin Warren, and we shine the light on those you might not know well, such as Sonia Harty, Keith Harrison and Sonja Stills.

We understand that these individuals are not the only sports business professionals doing DEI work. In selecting this group, we relied on the input of leaders whom we have recognized in our coverage and others across the industry over the past several months. We believe it is critical to amplify their work and hope it inspires others to follow as the sports business becomes more diverse and inclusive.

Content and research by: Erik Bacharach, Mark J. Burns, Ben Fischer, Laurie Garrison, Betty Gomes, Chris Smith, Michael Smith and Adam Stern.

Diahann Billings-BurfordRISE
Pat ChunWashington State University
Kevin ClaytonCleveland Cavaliers
DeRetta Cole RhodesAtlanta Braves
Jacqueline ColemanWashington Nationals
Laura DixonPro Sports Assembly
Rod GravesFritz Pollard Alliance
Adrien HarrawayNACDA
Sonia HartyMiami Heat
C. Keith HarrisonUniversity of Central Florida
Danita JohnsonD.C. United
Richard LapchickThe Institute for Diversity and Ethics in Sport
Camye MackeyAtlanta Hawks and State Farm Arena
Tod LeiwekeSeattle Kraken
Brandon MartinKansas City Athletics
Gail O'BannonDallas Mavericks
Ann SeeneyU.S. Soccer
Max SiegelUSA Track & Field
Sonja StillsMid-Eastern Athletic Conference
Oris StuartNBA
Brandon ThompsonNASCAR
Kevin WarrenBig Ten Conference
Bruce WimbishBlack Sports Professionals

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