Spotlight Session

All spotlight sessions are included in registration and are part of a program of 400+ presentations, panels, roundtables, and workshops offered at the conference.

Sports Leaders & Pandemic Adapting

FRIDAY, 6 NOVEMBER, 9:30 - 10:45 EST

No one was prepared to have the world put on hold when COVID-19 pandemic hit, including the sport industry. In unprecedented times like these, how do you make decisions on part of the athletes and staff? How do you make sure sport happens but at the same time keeps everyone safe? Sports leaders in different sectors discuss the tough decisions that were made and how they led the sport industry in unprecedented times.

Christophe Dubi

Olympic Games Executive Director, International Olympic Committee
Now serving as Olympic Games Executive Director, Christophe Dubi joined the IOC as a trainee in 1996, the year of the centenary of the Olympic Games, to work on his favourite subjects: sports management and the impact of the Games.

In July 2007, Christophe Dubi was appointed IOC Sports Director, a role that required him to oversee the sports components of the Olympic Games and to manage relations with the International Sports Federations. He was also responsible for the following IOC Commissions: Athletes’, Olympic Programme, Sport for All and Entourage.

Since September 2014, Christophe Dubi is Olympic Games Executive Director. Working in collaboration with partners across the Olympic Movement, both internally and externally, the Olympic Games Department is in charge of managing and coordinating all activities related to the Olympic and Youth Olympic Games, from the candidature phase to the dissolution of the organising committees, in order to ensure they remain positioned as the world premier sporting events and leave long lasting legacy.

David A. Haggerty

President, International Tennis Federation
Haggerty was first elected President of the ITF on 25 September 2015 and was re-elected on 27 September 2019 for a further four-year term. Previously, he served as Chairman, CEO and President of the USTA Board of Directors, and Chairman of the US Open and was on the USTA board for 10 years. Haggerty was an owner of Prince where he worked for over 13 years before becoming President of Dunlop Maxfli Slazenger Sports. He was Chairman, CEO and President of Head USA; and President of Penn Racquet Sports for 14 years before retiring to focus on his volunteer roles with the USTA.

Haggerty was elected as an International Olympic Committee Member on 10 January 2020 and also serves on the IOC Athlete Entourage Commission. Haggerty is a member of the International Tennis Hall of Fame Board of Directors and the Women’s Tennis Association Board.

He graduated from George Washington University in Washington D.C., with a degree in business administration and marketing. Haggerty was a top player on the GWU tennis team for four years and played on the satellite tour in Europe after graduation. He is a member of the GWU Athletic Hall of Fame where he still holds the school record for the most wins in singles and doubles.

Laura J. Burton

Professor & Department Head, University of Connecticut, Neag School of Education
Laura J. Burton is a professor of sport management and department head in the Department of Educational Leadership within the Neag School of Education at the University of Connecticut. Her research interests include understanding leadership in organizations (particularly sport organizations) and exploring development, access and success in leadership. In her work, Laura focuses on issues of gender in leadership contexts and specifically how stereotypes and discrimination impact women in sport leadership and educational leadership. Her work has been published in the Journal of Sport Management, Sport Management Review, Frontiers, and Harvard Education Review, among other outlets. Laura co-edited Women in Sport Leadership: Research and Practice for Change (2017) and the 2nd edition of Sport Leadership in the 21st Century (2019). She also co-wrote the first organizational behavior textbook specific to the field of sport management, Organizational Behavior in Sport Management (2018). Laura has served as a lead mentor in the US Department of State, espnW Global Sports Mentoring Program: Empowering Women through Sport Initiative, and has also served as an expert for numerous legal case involving gender discrimination in sport leadership in the U.S. 

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