Executive Leadership Track

Presented by SunTrust, Global Prairie, and The PICTOR Group

Monday, October 15, 2018
Atlanta Marriott Marquis
Hosted by Women Leaders in College Sports, the Executive Leadership Track is an executive-level program held in conjunction with the 2018 Women Leaders National Convention. This one-day program on Monday, October 15, is designed for women at top leadership levels in athletics, business, or entrepreneurship. Don't miss your chance to network, interact, and collaborate with other executives to elevate your leadership skills, get inspired, stay balanced, and raise your game!


Registration for the Executive Leadership Track is available two ways:

  • As a program add-on for current Women Leaders in College Sports members already attending the National Convention. When registering for the National Convention, you may add the Executive Leadership Track on to your registration for an additional fee of $150.
  • As a stand-alone program for any woman, member, or non-member, interested in attending the Executive Leadership Track only for $500 (National Convention registration not included). When registering for the National Convention, select "Executive Leadership Track only."

Online registration for the Executive Leadership Track opens June 15. On-site registration will be available on Monday morning, October 15, pending space availability.


7:30-8:45 a.m.
Registration, breakfast and networking. 
*with all Women Leaders National Convention attendees

8:45-10 a.m. 
Opening Keynote: Jennifer Palmieri
*with all Women Leaders National Convention attendees 

Molly Fletcher

Entrepreneur and author
Living Your Fearless Life
10:30-11:30 a.m. 

Molly Fletcher is a trailblazer in every sense of the word: a rare talent of business wisdom, relationship brilliance and unwavering optimism. As a CEO, she shares her unconventional and unique techniques that made her one of the first female sports agents in the high stakes, big ego world of professional sports, and now a successful entrepreneur.

Formerly, as president of client representation for sports and entertainment agency CSE, Molly spent two decades as one of the world's only female sports agents. She was haled as the "female Jerry Maguire" by CNN as she recruited and represented hundreds of sport's biggest names, including Hall of Fame pitcher John Smoltz, PGA Tour golfer Matt Kuchar, broadcaster Erin Andrews, and basketball championship coaches Tom Izzo and Doc Rivers.

As she successfully negotiated over $500 million in contracts and built lasting relationships, she also observed and adopted the traits of those at the top of their game. Molly shares her proven approach to negotiating in her company's Game Changer Negotiation Training workshops, teaching people how to close more deals faster, while strengthening the relationship. 

Molly has been featured in ESPN, Fast Company, Forbes, and Sports Illustrated. A sought after motivational speaker, she delivers game changing messages to top companies, trade associations, and teams worldwide. 

Molly is the author of four books: Fearless at Work; A Winner's Guide to Negotiating; The Business of Being the Best; and The 5 Best Tools to Find Your Dream Career. She has been recognized by Michigan State University with the Outstanding Alumni award and has received numerous other awards. Molly currently serves as a National Trustee member for the Boys & Girls Clubs of America and on the national advisory board for the Positive Coaching Alliance (PCA). 

Molly earned her bachelor's degree in communications from Michigan State University, while captaining the women's tennis team. Molly's energy and passion for life shines through everything she does. She finds her greatest joy at home in Atlanta with her husband, Fred, and their three daughters. 

11:45 a.m.-1:15 p.m.
Lunch: Nike Lifetime Achievement Awards Celebration
*with all Women Leaders National Convention attendees 

Mori Taheripour 

Negotiation expert and lecturer at the Wharton School
Negotiation Strategy
1:45-2:45 p.m.

Mori Taheripour is a globally-recognized executive and award-winning educator with over 15 years of experience leading campaigns and initiatives at the intersection of sports and social change. She is a faculty member in the Legal Studies and Business Ethics Department at The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, teaching Negotiation and Dispute Resolution at the undergraduate, graduate, and executive levels. Repeatedly recognized for her outstanding abilities as a faculty member, she has been honored with the William G. Whitney Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching in 2007, 2011, 2012, and 2016. Ms. Taheripour is also a co-founder of the Wharton Sports Business Initiative (WSBI), a partnership among top level business leaders, faculty, and students that generates and disseminates knowledge about the sports industry through educational programs, high-level student consulting assignments, global forums, and research.

As an executive consultant, Ms. Taheripour leverages her expertise in negotiation, diversity and inclusion, sport for development and high-impact philanthropy for diverse client base that includes major sports leagues, Fortune 100 companies, universities, and professional associations. Current and past clients include: Major League Baseball, NBA Players Association, National Football League, NFL Players Association, The Goldman Sachs Foundation, The Timberland Company, United Parcel Service, USA Track and Field, Wasserman, Wells Fargo, and the White House Fellows Program. 

From 2010 to 2014, Ms. Taheripour served as the first-ever Senior Advisor for Sport for Development at the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). In this role, she was a senior US Government Representative tasked with promoting sport as a unique and powerful tool in the advancement of international development goals. She led the integration of sport into USAID programs around the world and was responsible for driving strategic partnerships between sports organizations, civil society, private sector corporations, and non-governmental organizations. 

Ms. Taheripour is a member of the Women's Sports Foundation's Board of Trustees, serves on the Investment Committee for USA Track and Field and is a founding Advisory Board Member of the Sports Leadership & Management Undergraduate Degree Program at the University of Massachusetts, Boston. She has also been a featured speaker at numerous conferences around the world, a contributor to sports discussions for Knowledge@Wharton on SiriusXM radio, and was featured in ESPN's 30 for 30 documentary, Broke

Ms. Taheripour earned her MBA from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and her BA in Psychology and Pre-Medical Studies from Barnard College of Columbia University.

Erika James

John H. Harland Dean of Goizueta Business School at Emory University
Crisis Leadership
3-4 p.m.

Erika James is a published researcher and award-winning educator with a passion for consulting and speaking, she places an emphasis on what higher education can do to be of service to industry. 

Under James' leadership, Goizueta remains one of the top business schools in the nation with an upward trajectory in student career success and faculty thought leadership. Her approach includes a consistent call for faculty, staff, and students to effectively collaborate, raise the school's influence and garner and effectively steward school resources. 

Before arriving at Goizueta, James served as the Senior Associate Dean for Executive Education at the University of Virginia's Darden School of Business, where she was instrumental in starting various Executive Education programs, including the Women's Leadership program. She has served as an assistant professor at Tulane University's Freeman School of Business, and a visiting professor at Harvard Business School. Her academic career includes involvement in diversity initiatives and membership on multiple university councils and committees. James' expertise in workplace diversity and crisis leadership has led to recognition in scholarly journals and mainstream media. 

James sits on the board of the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB), the foremost accrediting body in business education. James speaks at numerous conferences in the areas of leadership, organizational effectiveness, change management, and diversity. Within the Atlanta community, she serves on the boards of Junior Achievement, The East Lake Foundation, and the Alliance Theater. This community service aligns with her passion for education and advancing women in business. 

James is a member of the Leadership Atlanta Class of 2016 and, shortly after becoming dean, was named to the "Power 100" list of Ebony Magazine. She is committed to establishing an equal playing field across gender and race and, in 2014, was honored by the National Diversity Council. 

James holds a Ph.D. and Mater's degree in organizational psychology from the University of Michigan. She received a Bachelor's degree in psychology from Pomona College of the Claremont Colleges in California.