SM Advisory Board Teams Up with Students

Don Garber in classroom

Recently the School of Kinesiology hosted some very special guests: members of our Sport Management Advisory Board (SMAB), Michigan Sport Business Conference (MSBC) co-founders Dustin Cairo and Brandon Rhodes, and other sport media figures and guests. Here is a summary of an eventful week:

tuesday (november 1): SportsBusiness Journal Spotlight 

We learned that SportsBusiness Journal featured SMAB and MSBC members and notable Sport Management alumni in four articles:

Wednesday (November 2): Class visits

Members of our Sport Management Advisory Board partnered with SM faculty to create engaged learning experiences for our students.

In associate professor Dae Hee Kwak's class, students were challenged to help Intel grow as a technology innovator in the sports industry. An SMAB member mentored each team, providing critical insights, suggestions, and critiques.

SMAB members also spoke at classes taught by Kelli Donahue, Kate Heinze, and Kathy Babiak.

Thursday (November 3): Sport Management Advisory Board Meeting

The fall SMAB meeting focused on elevating our excellent Sport Management curriculum and experiential learning to the next level. More than 30 high-ranking members of the sport and entertainment industries met with faculty, staff, and students to begin charting the course. Here's a group photo from the event:

Friday (November 4): Michigan Sport Business Conference

The fifth annual Michigan Sport Business Conference (MSBC) set the bar even higher for attendance and content. Sport Management and Ross students built a terrific line-up, including keynote addresses by Don Garber, the commissioner of Major League Soccer, Dan Gilbert, the founder and chairman of Quicken Loans and Rock Ventures and majority owner of the Cleveland Cavaliers, and Stephen Ross, the chairman and founder of Related Companies and owner of the Miami Dolphins.

Read more about this year's conference keynotes:

Saturday (November 5): Networking Tailgate

The Sport Management program and MSBC co-hosted a tailgate on the U-M golf course that drew nearly 200 alumni, sport and entertainment industry movers and shakers, students, and faculty. It was a beautiful, sunny fall day - made even sunnier by a win against Maryland!