Sports and Society Program

Sports & Society Speaker Alumni

Leaders and athletes who have participated in events hosted or organized by the Sports & Society Program include:

President Clinton and Kobe Bryant at ESPN Town Hall on Kids and Sports
President Clinton and Kobe Bryant join the Aspen Institute Project Play conversation at an ESPN Town Hall on Kids and Sports.

Doug Abrams, Associate Professor, University of Missouri Law School

Robert Alfert, Partner, Broad and Cassel

Hans Anderson, Sr. Concept Developer, Emerging Techology, ESPN

Kirk Anderson, Director of Coach Education and Development, U.S. Tennis Association

Tom Aney, Father of youth athlete

Jessie Aney, nationally ranked youth tennis and hockey athlete

Malia Arrington, Director of Ethics and Safe Sport, U.S. Olympic Committee

Alan Ashley, Chief of Sport, United States Olympic Committee

Tom Avischious, Field Services Director, USA Swimming

Awista Ayub, author, Kabul Girls Soccer Club

Julian Bailes, Jr., Founder and Director, Brain Injury Research Institute

Linda Baker, Program Officer, The David and Lucile Packard Foundation

Tom Farrey and USOC CEO Scott Blackmun
Tom Farrey and USOC CEO Scott Blackmun

Ryan Basen, Research Associate, American Institutes for Research

Jason Baumann, Director of Education, USA Diving

Tal Bayer, Development Director and Head Rugby Coach, Perry Street Public Charter School

Garrett Beatty, Ph.D. Student, Sport Psychology, University of Florida Sport Policy & Research Collaborative

Amanda Becker, Thomson Reuters

Notah Begay III, Founder, NB3 Foundation

Michael Bergeron, Executive Director, National Youth Sports Health & Safety Institute

Mike Bittman, Partner, Broad and Cassel

Marlene Bjornsrud, CEO and Co-Founder, Bay Area Women's Sports Initiative

Scott Blackmun, CEO, U.S. Olympic Committee

Cheri Blauwet, Sports Medicine Fellow, Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago/Northwestern, Feinberg School of Medicine

Ivan Blumberg, CEO, Athletes for Hope

Taylor Branch, Pulitzer Prize-winning author and civil rights historian

Christine Brennan, Sports Columnist, USA Today

Christine Bolger, Coaching Education Manager, USOC 

Irv Bomberger, Executive Director, American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine 

Kyle Boyer, Manager of Coaching Education & Training, US Lacrosse 

Carolyn Braff, Associate Marketing Manager, Gatorade

David Breshears, Mountaineer and Founder of GlacierWorks

Charles Brock, Associate Curator of American and British Paintings, National Gallery of Art

Jim Brown, Founder of Amer-I-Can, member of Pro Football Hall of Fame

Cedric Bryant, Chief Science Officer, American Council on Exercise

Jon Butler, Executive Director, Pop Warner Little Scholars

Carol Callan, Women's National Team Director, USA Basketball

Amy Callendar, Federal Legislative Manager, National Athletic Trainers' Association

Kahlaa Cannady, seventh-grade student and midfielder, Anderson Monarchs

Disabled triathlete Sarah Reinertsen and Olympic stars Nancy Hogshead-Makar, Michelle Kwan and Gary Hall Jr. at Project Play launch summit.
Disabled triathlete Sarah Reinertsen and Olympic stars Nancy Hogshead-Makar, Michelle Kwan and Gary Hall Jr. at Project Play launch summit.

Robert Cantu, Co-Founder & Medical Director, Sports Legacy Institute

Janet Carter, Executive Director, Team Up For Youth

Laurence Chalip, Professor and Department Head, Dept. of Recreation, Sport and Tourism, University of Illinois

Jay Coakley, Professor of Sociology, University of Colorado at Colorado Springs

Mark Cole, Executive Director, Aspen Valley Ski & Snowboard Club

Kain Colter, Board Member, College Athletes Players Association

Quinn Cotter, student-author, "Playing Time: What Kids Really Think About Kids' Sports"

Tom Cove, President and CEO, Sporting Goods Manufacturers Association

Kim Crabbe, first African American member of U.S. women's national soccer team

Diana Cutaia, Athletic Director, Wheelock College (Mass.)

Ray Daniel, Lead Researcher, Kinematics of Impact Data Set

Peter Davis, Director, Sport Performance Management

Anita DeFrantz, Chair, Women and Sport Commission, International Olympic Committee

Brooke de Lench, Executive Director,

Donna de Varona, President, DAMAR Productions, Inc., former Olympian and broadcaster

John DiPaolo, Chief of Staff, Office of Civil Rights, U.S. Department of Education

David Drummond, Senior Vice President of Corporate Development and Chief Legal Officer, Google

ESPN executive editor John Walsh and basketball coach Craig Robinson.
ESPN executive editor John Walsh and basketball coach Craig Robinson.

Arne Duncan, Secretary, U.S. Department of Education

Ginny Ehrlich, CEO, Clinton Health Matters Initiative

Tom Farrey, Executive Director, Aspen Institute Sports & Society Program, ESPN reporter

Stefan Fatsis, Sportswriter, Commentator, NPR, Slate

Dr. Jonathan Fielding, Director, Los Angeles County Department of Health

Benita Fitzgerald-Mosley, Chair, Board of Trustees of Women's Sports Foundation

Tim Flannery, Director of Coaching Education, National Federation of State High School Associations

Barry Ford, Director, Public Affairs and Advocacy, U.S. Tennis Association

Ed Foster-Simeon, President and CEO, U.S. Soccer Foundation

Ashley Fox, NFL Columnist,

Jon Frankel, Correspondent, HBO Real Sports

Dr. Janet Fulton, Lead Epidemiologist, U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Dr. Dan Garza, Assistant Professor, Stanford Medical School

Laura Gentile, Vice President, ESPNW, ESPN

John Gerdy, Author, "Sports: The All-American Addiction"

Elliot Gerson, Executive Vice President, The Aspen Institute

Gerald Gioia, Division Chief, Pediatric Neuropsychology, Children's National Medical Center

Allie Grasgreen, Insider Higher Education

Brian Hainline, Chief Medical Officer, NCAA

Gary Hall Jr., former Olympic swimmer and board member, National Youth Sports Health & Safety Institute

Scott Hallenbeck, Executive Director, USA Football

Darell Hammond, Founder and CEO, KaBOOM!

Bob Harper, personal trainer, host of NBC's The Biggest Loser

Michael Hausfeld, Chairman, Hausfeld LLP

Cheryl Healton, President and CEO, American Legacy Foundation

Wendy Hilliard, Founder, Wendy Hillliard Foundation

Colin Hilton, President and CEO, Utah Athletic Foundation

Nancy Hogshead-Makar, Senior Director of Advocacy, Women's Sports Foundation

Patrick Hruby, Writer/Reporter, Sports on Earth

Frank Hugelmeyer, CEO, Outdoor Industry Association

Ramogi Huma, President, National College Athletes Players Assocation

Mark Hyman, author, Until it Hurts: America’s Obsession With Youth Sports

Roslyn Johnson, Deputy Director, Parks, Recreation and Facilities, Richmond, Va.

Kurt Kamperman, CEO, Community Tennis, U.S. Tennis Association

Kiki Kaplanidou, Assistant Professor of Sport Management, University of Florida

Stephen D. Keener, President and CEO, Little League International

Pat Kelleher, Assistant Executive Director, USA Hockey

Dionne Koller, Director, University of Baltimore Center for Sport and the Law

Dr. Dean Kriellaars, Associate Professor, Department of Physical Therapy, University of Manitoba

Michelle Kwan, five-time World Champion figure skater

Deborah Slaner Larkin, Board Member, National Women's Law Center

Ted Leonsis, Managing Partner, NBA's Washington Wizards and NHL’s Washington Capitals

Robert Lipsyte, Author, Accidental Sportswriter, and former New York Times columnist

Warren Lockette, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Clinical and Program Policy, US Department of Defense

Dr. Robert Malina, co-author "Growth Maturation and Physical Activity"

Eddie Mason, Former NFL Linebacker; President, Mase Training, LLC

Will Mayer, Owner, Willpower Therapy, LLC

William Mayer, Chairman Emeritus, The Aspen Institute, and UFL franchise owner

Teri McCambridge, Chair, Council on Sports Medicine, American Academy of Pediatrics

Alicia McConnell, Director of Athlete Services and Programs, U.S. Olympic Committee

Patrick McEnroe, General Manager, Player Development, U.S. Tennis Association

Tom McMillen, Chair, National Foundation on Fitness, Sports and Nutrition

Dara Meinerth, Specialist, Sports and Recreation, YMCA of the USA

Asher Mendelsohn, Director of Referees and Coaching Education, U.S. Soccer Federation

Mark Messier, Hockey Hall of Fame member, youth coach in Greenwich, Conn.

Gary Mihoces, USA Today

Jeff Miller, Senior Vice President, National Football League

Maya Moore, Olympian and professional basketball player for WNBA’s Minnesota Lynx

Caitlin Morris, North American Executive Director, Access to Sport, Nike

Ralph Morton, Executive Director, Seattle Sports Commission

Wayne Moss, Senior Director, Sports, Fitness and Recreation, Boys & Girls Clubs of America

Dr. Risa Lavizzo-Mourey, President and CEO, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

Edwin Moses, Chair, Laureus Sport for Good Foundation, and Olympic track champion

Anne Mosle, Director, ASCEND, Family Economic Security Program of the Aspen Institute

Ben Mueller, Chronicle of Higher Education

Scott Myers, Executive Director, World Sport Chicago Foundation

Amy Nakamoto, Executive Director, America SCORES

Joe Nocera, Columnist, New York Times

Stephen Norris, Vice President of Sport, WinSport Canada

Eben Novy-Williams, Bloomberg News

Chris Nowinski, Co-Director, Center for Study of Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy

Apolo Anton Ohno, speed skater, most decorated winter Olympian in history

Katy Orr, Trustee, Lucile & David Packard Foundation

Sean Pamphilon, Writer/Filmmaker, SP Philms

Carol Pandiscia, Health and Wellness Consultant

Amy Perko, Executive Director, Knight Commission on Intercollegiate Athletics

Shellie Pfohl, Executive Director, President’s Council on Fitness, Sports and Nutrition

Stacey Pine, Chief Government Affairs Officer, Nat’l Recreation and Parks Association

Nathan Plowman, North American Partnerships Director, Access to Sport, Nike

Dwayne Proctor, Senior Program Officer and Director, Childhood Obesity Program, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

Tab Ramos, former Olympian, member of National Soccer Hall of Fame

Robb Rehberg, Associate Professor, William Paterson University of New Jersey

Mike Richter, Partner, Environmental Capital Partners, and former NHL goaltender

Craig Robinson, Head Coach, Men’s Basketball, Oregon State University

Sharon Roerty, Senior Program Officer, Childhood Obesity Team, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

Dr. Paul Roetert, CEO, AAHPERD

Michael Sagas, Chairman, Department of Tourism, Sports Management and Recreation, University of Florida

Jeremy Schaap, Correspondent, ESPN

Robin Schepper, Senior Advisor, Bi-Partisan Policy Center

Brian Selander, Executive Vice President, The Whistle

Shannon Shy, National Membership Director, American Youth Football

James Siegel, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, KaBOOM!

Todd Sitrin, Group Vice President, Global Marketing, EA Sports

John Skipper, President, ESPN, and Co-Chair, Disney Media Networks

DeMaurice Smith, Executive Director, National Footbal League Players Association

Mara Smith, Founder and Principal, Greatplay

Chris Snyder, Director of Education, U.S. Olympic Committee

Larry Soler, CEO, Partnership for a Healthier America

John Spengler, Associate Professor, University of Florida

Steve Spinner, Founder, Sports Potential, Inc.

Steve Stenersen, President and CEO, U.S. Lacrosse

Bonnie St. Jean, Paralympian, author of How Strong Women Pray

Jennifer Swint, Senior Vice President, APCO Worldwide

Derek Thompson, Senior Editor, The Atlantic

Jason Thompson, Director of Diversity and Inclusion, U.S. Olympic Committee

Jim Thompson, CEO, Positive Coaching Alliance

Gil Trenum, Representative, Brentsville District School Board

Kevin Turner, former NFL running back

Travis Tygart, CEO, US Anti-Doping Agency

John Walsh, Executive Vice President and Executive Editor, ESPN

Anne Warhover, President and CEO, Colorado Health Foundation

Chris Watts, Strategic Paternships & Special Projects, President's Council on Fitness, Sports & Nutrition

John West, Founder and CEO, The Whistle

Jim Whitehead, CEO/Executive Vice President, American College of Sports Medicine

Laurie Whitsel, President, National Coalition to Promote Physical Activity

Matt Winkler, Associate Dean, Sports Industry Management, Georgetown University

Mike Wise, Sports Columnist, Washington Post

Eli Wolff, Paralympian, and Director, Sport and Development Project, Brown University

Dr. Shale Wong, Assistant Professor, Pediatrics, University of Colorado Health Services

Dave Zirin, Sports Editor, The Nation