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The Business of Diversity in Sports and Entertainment (BDSE), in conjunction with the National Sports Forum, recognizes the need for more programs supporting the importance of diversity in the front office. The NSF aims to increase the opportunities for up-and-coming ethnic minority and/or women sports professionals to have access to the senior-level best practices of revenue generating responsibilities within the industry and networking opportunities that have set the NSF apart.
 2017 BDSE Cohort
Ivy Anderson, WME | IMG
Tristan Mitchell, Major League Soccer
Ernest Baskerville, Los Angeles Athletic Club
Chris Molina, St. Louis Cardinals
Chris Molina
Mackenzie Blondin, New York Yankees
Shulmith MuthyalaRice University Athletics
Maribel Castro, Washington Nationals
Cassandra NicaisseNFL Players Association
Cassandra Nicaisse
Raphael Collins, Cleveland Indians
Deanna RepolletSporting Kansas City
Keely Couillard, American Cancer Society
Jason RobinsonSTATS LLC
Courtney Counts, Science Spark Inc.
Nikki RomoloSporting Kansas City
EJ Cutliff, Bulldog Sports Properties
Laniesa ShaferChicago Cubs
Shantonie DerrickLeadDog Marketing Group
Maria SolomonConsultant
Alicia EnglishUniversity of Tennessee
Alicia English
Taunita StephensonSouthern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference
James EricsonWhelan Event Services
James Ericson
Katie TangOctagon
Marcus GuthrieMiami Dolphins
Christian Trigg, San Francisco 49ers
Robert HenriquezOakland Raiders
Jamaal WaltonUniversity of Alabama Athletics
Hunter HorensteinErie SeaWolves
Reginald Whitted IISt. Louis Cardinals
Alicia JessopUniversity of Miami
Joshua WoodsPGA Tour - The Players Championship
Paul Lockhart-KorrisRice University Athletics


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 2017 BDSE Committee
The BDSE program is organized and run by a committee of individuals in the industry who have a strong desire to support and grow the diversity initiative within the sports and entertainment industry. The committee is responsible for reviewing and selecting the 32 members of the 2017 BDSE Cohort. The 2017 BDSE Committee members are:
Rose Barre, New York Yankees
Tara Jackson, Body Armor
Bryan Blair, Rice University
DeAnna Holland, Dick's Sporting Goods
Lisa Boaz, Anheuser-Busch
Laura Waters-BrownPGA Tour
Andy Dolich, Odgers Berndston
Morris White, Northern Illinois University
Jose Duverge, Soccer United Marketing/MLS
Alby Abalos, National Sports Forum
To see a full list of all BDSE members to date CLICK HERE
 How to Become a Member of the 2017 BDSE Cohort
All scholarship recipients must meet the following selection criteria:
  • Applicant must be an ethnic minority, as defined by the U.S. Census Bureau, or a woman;*
  • Applicant is a mid-level professional in the sports and entertainment industry; and
  • Applicant is a first-time National Sports Forum attendee.
All scholarship recipients are expected to fulfill the following responsibilities:
  • Attend the National Sports Forum.
  • Gain the support of their organization to cover the travel and hotel expenses to attend the National Sports Forum.
  • Actively participate within the BDSE cohort during the Forum and in to the future as the BDSE program grows.
The 2017 BDSE Cohort Application period is now closed
If you have any additional questions regarding the NSF Business of Diversity in Sports and Entertainment program please contact
Alby Abalos at or (619) 469 - 4101 ext 204.


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