Sports Events Marketing Experience Conference (2016)

The 13th Annual Sports Events Marketing Experience (SEME 2016) is scheduled for April 8-9, 2016, in Washington, D.C. at Verizon Center and American University.

The event known as the the premier national sports career and networking conference has kicked off Early Bird Discount Registration online. More than 80 industry speakers and 40 sports organizations will be represented. The event has sold out seven consecutive years.

The 13th Annual Sports*Events*Marketing*Experience
April 8-9, 2016 in Washington, D.C

The first two announced Keynote Speakers are Robert Shaw from Facebook, Ryan Kuehl, Under Armour, and Bill Connors from Red Bull, continuing a legacy of prominent global keynotes.

Ted Leonsis, Owner, Chairman and CEO of Monumental Sports & Entertainment (Wizards, Capitals, Mystics, Verizon Center), will provide a special kickoff reception Friday night.

Friday Networking Lunch Breakout Session Features One-on-One Access to Over 20 Sports Executives, hosted by Bram Weinstein.

“We are at critical juncture in the sports industry today – with the convergence of digital media platforms and a global audience – and we feel the role and scope of SEME has never been more valuable for new professionals looking to break into the sports industry,” says Matt Winkler, SEME Executive Director. “SEME has been fortunate over the past eleven years to have such an inspiring commitment from our hundreds of executives and sports industry professionals from all over the country who take time to serve as speakers and panelists each year.”

The highlight for Day 2 includes the impactful Breakfast with Buffy immersion with Buffy Filippell of TeamWork Online, the nations leading sports job placement resource. Also feature is the Personal Brand Elevator Pitch Competition Challenge, sponsored by AU’s Kogod School of Business.

Finally, Saturday’s Young Executives Breakout Lunch will feature 30-Sports-Professionals-Under-30 Who Will Share Their Secrets To Breaking In and Moving Up in the Industry.


SEME will feature over 75+ executives and experts from over 40+ organizations in 20+ different sports career fields, including top decision makers from the NFL, NBA, MLB, NHL, MLS, NCAA, NASCAR, College Sports, Action Sports, Minor Leagues, the Olympics and other public and private organizations.

Previous SEME Keynote Speakers:
Kevin Plank (Under Armour), Mark Waller (National Football League – NFL), Phil de Picciotto (Octagon), James Brown (CBS Sports), Tim Brosnan (Major League Baseball – MLB), Ross Greenberg (HBO Sports), Mark Abbott (MLS), Ted Leonsis (Monumental Sports & Entertainment), Sunil Gulati (U.S. Soccer), Christine Brennan (USA Today), Matt Mirchin (Under Armour), Honey Thialijeh (FIFA), John Brenkus (ESPN Sport Science), Geoff Bough, FanDuel), David Albrutyn (IMG), Seth Winter (NBC Sports Group), Donald Dell (Lagardere/ProServ), Tom Buesse (USA Today Sports Media Group), Dan Rossomondo (NBA), Burke Magnus (ESPN), Josh Centor (NCAA), Tom George (Octagon), Charlie Casserly (NFL/CBS Sports), Larry Miller (Nike), Larry Jones (Fox Sports), Jimmy Lynn (AOL Sports), Dave Morgan (Yahoo! Sports), Ed Foster-Simeon (U.S. Soccer Foundation), Buffy Filippell (Teamwork Online) and ­­­­­the NFL Players Association (NFLPA).

This innovative and interactive experience for college students and recent graduates builds upon an exceptional track record formed over the past eight years with a cast of over 400+ keynotes, panelists and speakers from its previous three locations – SEME East (D.C.), SEME Central (Chicago/Northwestern) and SEME West (Los Angeles/ U.S.C.) – which SEME now has combined the reach of those three exceptional conferences into one.

Supported by a staff of all student volunteers, SEME offers attendees a special opportunity to gain the insight, strategy, and contacts necessary to break into this ultra-competitive industry. Continuing the setting of unique access to those seeking careers in the sports industry, SEME’s two-day event brings career seekers and advanced students together with the leaders in the sports industry.

Participation in this unique industry experience allows attendees to gain first-hand knowledge and real-world career insight, interact with global leaders in the sports and event fields, participate in one-on-one interviews and explore internship and job opportunities. Key features of the event include the Networking Reception, the Career Workshop and Job/Internship Fair, all of which provide answers to the ultimate career and job question: “What Makes Me Marketable?”

Special pricing is available for early bird registration, groups of five or more and 15 or more.


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