Announcing the 2020 BDSE Cohort

Announcing the 2020 BDSE Cohort

Posted on January 13, 2020 by National Sports Forum | Press Releases  

San Diego, CA –The NSF aims to increase the opportunities for up-and-coming sports professionals who are ethnic minorities, or women, to gain access to the senior-level best practices of revenue-generating responsibilities within the industry. We aim to provide networking and educational opportunities that set the NSF apart!

The NSF is proud to announce new additions to the prestigious Cohort. This year, the Cohort received a record number of applications, creating further excitement about the program. With so much interest in BDSE this year, we are confident that we are bringing the best of the best to join us at the 2020 Forum in Atlanta, GA. The list of 31 Cohort members are listed below:

Kelly Lewis: Turnkey Sports; Director

Trevian White: Minnesota Vikings; Partnership Activations Coordinator

Ade Ayodele: Charlotte Hornets; Manager of Partnership Development

Adrianne Bright: Learfield IMG College; Coordinator, National Sales Partnership Management

Alexis Swatt: Amsterdam Mohawks; Game Day Host and Public Announcer

Allison Fillmore: PGA TOUR; Executive Director, THE TOUR Championship

Amanda Shank: Ripken Baseball; Director of Strategic Partnerships

Ashley Turner: DeVos Sports Business Management at UCF; Director of External Affairs and Partnerships

Brandon Ellis: Northwestern University; Assistant Director of Business Operations

Chalen Tolden: San Francisco 49ers; Denise DeBartolo York Fellow

Clifford Simmons: Monumental Sports & Entertainment; Senior Manager, Corporate Partnership Analytics

Douglas Morgan Jr.: Los Angeles Sparks; Corporate Partnerships Executive

Eric Chaves: PGA TOUR; Inside Sales Manager

Ese Ighedosa: Carolina Panthers; Associate Counsel

Iman Warren: Cleveland Browns; Senior Membership Services Representative, Premium Clubs

John Cash: The Narmer Group, LLC; Managing Director

Kelley Johnson: Wasserman; Manager, Brands

Kenny Yansen: Learfield IMG College; Manager, National Marketing Solutions

Kimberly Gordon: Cleveland Indians; Service Rep, Corp Partnership and Premium Hospitality

Latrice Sales: Jackie Joyner-Kersee Foundation; Director, JJK Winning in Life

Quinton Wash: Hornets Sports and Entertainment; Manager of Digital Development

Sekou Kaba: / National Basketball Association (NBA); Business Growth Specialist / League Operations Assistant

Shaina Wiel: Minorities in Sports Business; Founder/CEO

Shamaree Brown: Atlantic Coast Conference; Director of Student-Athlete Programs & Compliance

Stephon Preston: Global Sport Institute; EA to the CEO

Aaron Henderson: Sucherman Group; Executive Director

Brittany Coles: Spectra; Director of Sales

Joe Sargent: Kansas City Chiefs; Director of Brand Marketing

Kenneth Washington: Van Wagner Sports & Entertainment; Associate General Manager

Osvaldo Martinez: Lagardere Sports; Head of Sales Operations

Sara Diaz: PGA TOUR; Multicultural Marketing

The entire NSF family is incredibly excited to see what this year’s Cohort will be bringing to the table. We are looking forward to the opportunities that BDSE will continue to create!


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. For more information on the BDSE program and committee members, please visit