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2019 Boston Speakers


Friday, June 21, 2019

Conference Topics 10:00 - 3:00

The Financial Impact of Sports on Society

The Social Impact of Sports

Amateur Sports Impact and Pitfalls

Pro Sports the Changing Dynamic

eSports a New Player in the landscape

Sports for Societies Benefit


eSi Business Pitch event 

3:00 - 4:30

Business Networking Friday Night

5:00 - 7:30

Saturday, June 22, 2019,

10:00 am - 2:00 pm

1. Special Guest - Richard D. Yeargin III, 2x National Champ with Clemson 

2. Michael Kostoff, Eligibility Expert

Win All Four - A presentation about the academic requirements for NCAA eligibility to win that college scholarship.

More, including An in-depth look a the SAT and ACT College Admissions Exam

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Dan Lebowitz has served as the Executive Director of the Center for the Study of Sport in Society since October of 2008. He is the third executive director in the Center’s 30+ year history. 

Executive Director

Dan Lebowitz

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The NAAAA is the presenter of the "Watkins Award" the premier award in the nation for African-American Male High School scholar -athletes for the past 28 years.

Executive Director

National Alliance of African-American Athletes 

J. Everett Pearsall,

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Community Initiative Liaison

Boston Police Department, Bureau of Community Engagement

Boston Police Officer

Jeffrey Santos Lopes, MPA

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Win Great stuff, like the New Book by Cedrick Watkins

A Legacy of Giving:

The Franklin D. Watkins Story.

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Reginald Grant,MS Ed


Corporate Relations, Retired NFL Players Congress

A former NFL New York Jet and retired English teacher with 30 years of business development experience.

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Chad Jones, Esq.

NFL Concussion Attorney

I represent former NFL players that have suffered neuro-cognitive impairment as a result of repetitive brain trauma. 

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Michael Kostoff, MS Ed

NCAA Eligability Expert

Michael Kostoff, M.A. Ed. has coached football at the high school and college level since 1990.

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Lisa Markland

Director of Training

At the Center for the Study of Sport in Society where she develops curriculum and leads training for the Center’s local, regional, national, and international partners

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Jim Sugarman

CEO 4GenNow

Connecting 4 Generations of Entrepreneurs. 4GenNow is a LinkedIn community with anew economic empowerment model to create and fund startups.

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Janelle Ridley

Boston Public Schools

Working  to reverse the school-to-prison pipeline and ensure all youth have access to educational equity,

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Chad Coleman

Highly regarded actor Chad Coleman states "The joy of acting comes from the joy of reading. Founder of Chad's Fighting Chance a non-profit helping youth.

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Mary Gardner

Speech Coach & Keynote Speaker

A nationally recognized speaker and public speaking coach, she often works' with celebrities and athletes. 

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Dr. Paul Ruffin

CEO, ECI Netorks

A nationally recognized tech-expert and advocate for small business and opportunities for veterans.

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Bob Grant

Chairman, Retired NFL Players Congress

Super Bowl Champion Bob Grant is one of the founders and Chairman of the Board for the Retired NFL players Congress. A for-profit business with a license with the NFL.

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Richard D. Yeargin III 

2x National Champ with Clemson,

Boston College Football

He is working on his master’s degree in Healthcare Administration at Boston College, with the goal of playing in the NFL after this season.

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