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Join HR leaders across the sports industry to learn, share best practices and build relationships.


Frisco, TX

Nolan Partners invites you to participate in our inaugural Sports HR Summit, proudly presented in collaboration with PGA of America and Mercer. This exclusive event will unite HR leaders across the major leagues, renowned brands, and prominent sports businesses to glean insights from industry pioneers, collaborate with your colleagues, learn from thought leaders, develop meaningful professional relationships, and foster a culture of continuous learning. As stewards of organizational culture and excellence, HR leaders hold a distinct responsibility fostering environments of peak performance and belonging. This summit offers you a unique opportunity to join your peers for a conference that is all about you.

The Nolan Partners Excellent Leadership HR Summit will take place at the Home of PGA of America on June 11th and 12th in Frisco, TX. The event is specifically designed for HR executives to be able to share in a confidential, private, and intimate environment and therefore attendance will not be open to the general public.

Our 2024 event is fully committed. Come back to register your interest for next year.

Kisha Smith
Chief People Officer

Christina King
VP Human Resources

Lindsay Dowdy
SVP Human Resources

Jamie Sackman
Chief People Officer

Sianneh Mulbah
Chief People Officer

Sandy Cross
Chief People Officer

Kristie Pappal
VP Human Resources

Erin Dangerfield
SVP People & Culture

Sarah Steers
EVP Human Resources

Jeff Miller
SVP Human Resources

Gina Galasso
EVP & Chief People & Culture Officer

DeRetta Cole Rhodes
EVP & Chief People Capital Officer

Shaun Mayo
Chief Human Resources Officer

Camye Mackey
EVP & Chief People, Diversity & Inclusion Officer

Kisha Smith, Chief People Officer of Tepper Sports and Entertainment
Christina King, VP Human Resources of NYC FC
Lindsay Dowdy, SVP Human Resources of Dallas Stars
Jamie Sackman, Chief People Officer of St. Louis Blues
Sara Schultz, SVP Human Resources of Chicago Cubs
Erin Dangerfield, SVP People and Culture of Golden State Warriors and Chase Center
Sianneh Mulbah, Chief People Officer of Minnesota Timberwolves
Sarah Steers, EVP Human Resources of Chip Ganassi Racing
Sandy Cross, Chief People Officer of PGA of America
Lauren Lopez, Chief People and Culture Officer of NWSL
Shaun Mayo, Chief Human Resources Officer of Arizona Cardinals
Jeff Miller, SVP Human Resources of Texas Rangers

HR Leaders Driving the Future of Sports Business

Tuesday, June 11th

5:30pm – 8:30pm

Welcome Reception at Ice House

Wednesday, June 12th


Breakfast & Registration


Welcome Address

Chad Biagini

9:05am – 9:35am

CEO’s Evolving Expectations of HR to Move at the Speed of the Business

Moderator: Chad Biagini
Speakers: Brad Alberts & Lindsay Dowdy, Dallas Stars

9:40am – 10:25am

Succession Planning, Performance Management, & Leadership Development: Preparing for the Organization of Tomorrow

Moderator: Matt Rogers
Speakers: Christina King, NYC FC
Gina Galasso, OC Entertainment
Erin Dangerfield, Golden State Warriors

10:25am – 10:45am

Coffee Break

10:50am – 11:30am

Ask a Labor Attorney Anything (Unofficial Legal Advice)

Moderator: Jared Bartie & Andy Spital, Wilkie

11:35am – 12:05pm

Maximizing Your Total Rewards Investment to Drive Employee Experience

Moderator: Howard Levine, Mercer
Speakers: Michelle Course, PGA TOUR
Jennifer Carroll, MLS League Office

12:10pm – 1:20pm

Lunch & Roundtable Discussions

Lunch for the first 30 minutes
Roundtable Discussion for the second 40 minutes

1:25pm – 1:55pm

Digital Transformation: How to Leverage the Right Technology to Accomplish Strategic Priorities

Moderator: Mark Mayleben
Speakers: Camye Mackey, Atlanta Hawks
Kristie Pappal, Philadelphia Eagles
Michele Sturgell, Kroenke S&E

2:00pm – 2:45pm

Transforming HR into a Value Creator

Moderator: Paul Nolan
Speakers: Sianneh Mulbah, Minnesota Timberwolves
Kisha Smith, Tepper Sports & Entertainment
Elizabeth Mearman, Baltimore Ravens

2:45pm – 3:05pm

Coffee Break

3:10pm – 3:40pm

Transforming a Culture through Measurable Habits & Behaviors

Moderator: Peter Carton, SMU
Speakers: Jeff Miller, Texas Rangers
Heidi Weingartner, Dallas Cowboys
Tarsha LaCour, Dallas Mavericks

3:45pm – 4:15pm

How to Engage a Multi-Generational & Cultural Workforce: Culture, Career Path, & Development

Moderator: Matt Rogers
Speakers: Jamie Sackman, St Louis Blues
Joe Walsh, Arizona Diamondbacks

4:15pm – 4:35pm

A Case Study in Culture Transformation

Moderator: Chad Biagini
Speakers: Brad Deutser, Deutser

4:40pm – 5:25pm

Roundtable Discussions

Culture & Belonging (Facilitated by Duetser)

5:30pm – 5:40pm

Closing Remarks

Chad Biagini

6:00pm – 6:30pm

Buses to commute attendees to Dee Lincoln


Cocktail Hour @ Dee Lincoln


Dinner @ Dee Lincoln