Brown alumni in the world of sports

In an effort to connect students interested in sports business with alumni in the field, the Brown Sports Business Club, Watson Institute for International Studies, Career Development Center, Swearer Center for Public Service and Brown University Sports Foundation joined forces Friday to host a panel featuring five Brunonians involved in the world of sports.

The panel, moderated by Eli Wolff ’00, featured four alumni and one current undergraduate, each of whom shared their personal perspectives and experiences with the audience of around 20 students.  Ross Greenburg ’77, President of HBO Sports for the past 10 years, oversees all of the network’s sports content and helped to establish Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel. Robert Kenneally ’90 played hockey for the Bears and is currently Brown’s Associate Athletic Director, acting as liaison between Admissions and Financial Aid and director of Student-Athlete Academic Support Services. Rick Olczyk ’92, Kenneally’s teammate while at Brown, now serves as Assistant General Manager and Director of Hockey Operations and Legal Affairs for the NHL’s Edmonton Oilers.  A former World Champion and Olympic Rower, Whitney Post ’95 acts as director of the Women’s Sports Foundation’s GoGirlGo! Boston. The final member of the panel was Allison Galer ’11, President of the Brown Sports Business Club and marketing director for Marie Ferdinand-Harris of the WNBA.

With members from such diverse backgrounds, the panel touched on a variety of topics including the reputation of the Brown name in the world of sports, the role of emerging social media platforms, and the future of the sports industry.  The members also took questions from the audience and remained after the conclusion of the discussion for one-on-one interactions with the attendees.

Photos by Sam Rubinroit.

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