Driving Innovation & Growth Through Diversity & Inclusion

The Diversity & Inclusion in Sports Consortium (DISC) and NASCAR presents the 2019 Sports & Diversity Inclusion Symposium.

Please register by Monday, September 23, 2019.

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TUESDAY, October 1, 2019

Rolex Lounge | Daytona International Speedway

  • 7:30AM Registration / Event check-in

  • Breakfast
  • 8:45AM Opening Remarks | Diversity & Inclusion & Sports Consortium Members
  • 9:00AM E-Sports Panel
  • 10:30AM Break
  • 10:45AM Inclusion Solutions Panel
  • 12:00PM Lunch & Learn
  • 1:00PM DISC Member Remarks
  • 1:30PM Keynote | Diversity & Inclusion
  • 2:45PM Break
  • 3:00PM All-Star panel
  • 4:00PM End of Day


  • 6:30PM Reception
  • 7:30PM Fireside Chat | Documenting the Past, Moving Towards the Future

WEDNESDAY, October 2, 2019​

Rolex Lounge | Daytona International Speedway

  • 7:30AM Registration / Event Check-In

  • Breakfast
  • 8:45AM Opening Remarks | NASCAR & DISC MEMBERS
  • 9:00AM Florida Leadership Panel
  • 10:15AM Break
  • 11:45AM Lunch & NETWORKING
  • 1:00PM DISC Member Remarks


The changing sports landscape has led to more leagues adapting Esports. The impact of Esports is at par with live competition on several fronts. This dialogue will focus on how Esports is diversifying sports, eliminating carriers of entry to reach new audiences and creating new and expanding marketing opportunities.

Larry Ridley – Host, SportsNet New York, EA SPORTS Madden NFL Championships Host & NBC Sports Universal Open Rocket League Championships (moderator)

Jusan Hamilton – Director of Racing Operations | NASCAR

Bion West – Manager of Esports & Gaming | MLS

Katie Barnes – Sports & Culture Writer | ESPN

Join us! Learn how four unique organizations are making an impact via networking, career development, advocacy, accessibility and education. Panelists will showcase how their organizations leverage the use of technology to impact and benefit their constituents and drive awareness to their causes as well as the challenges faced with the pace of technology. 

Bill Leong – Director of Diversity & Inclusion | USTA (moderator)

Kathleen Francis – President | Wise Works

Ryan Pettengill – Executive Director | You Can Play

Shaina Wiel – Founder | Minorities in Sports

Gianna Rojas – Advisory Board | National Alliance for Accessible Golf

Chip Wile – President | Daytona International Speedway

Erin Pellegrino – Vice President, Communications, Events & Marketing | RISE

David Steward shares his vision and insight on how smart leveraging of technology can positively impact diversity and inclusion in business, community and education. Learn about his background and what inspired him create and lead one of the most dynamic organizations in the country. 

David Steward – Founder & Chairman | World Wide Technology

Ann Marr – Vice President of Global Human Resources & President, WWT Foundation | World Wide Technology

Expanding the footprint of major sporting events beyond the actual competition is big business. This discussion will showcase how leagues and governing bodies have created opportunities to highlight and engage diverse communities during the biggest fan event of the year. 

D.A. Abrams – President | DISC (moderator)

Corey Smith – Director and Diversity & Inclusion | MLB

Oris Stuart – Executive Vice President & Chief Diversity Inclusion Officer | NBA

Chantee Eldridge – Director of Strategic Communications | NCAA

Michael Smith – Chief Human Resources Officer | NFL

Join us for a viewing of three dynamic documentaries which showcase the challenges, accomplishments and breaking down barriers of color, gender and sexual orientation. Following the viewing, there will be a conversation with documentary representatives from each respective film. Featured Films: Hurley, Soul on Ice, Women Can Coach

Michael Eaves – Sports Anchor | ESPN (moderator)

Hurley Haywood – Former Driver | IMSA

Peter Worrell – Retired Player | NHL

Damon Kwame Mason – Producer | Soul on Ice 

Cheryl Reeve – Head Coach & General Manager | Minnesota Lynx

Dr. Cecile Reynaud – President, Board of Directors | WeCOACH

Leaders of Florida-based leagues will discuss their vision to reach diverse fans & communities, engage employees and foster an inclusive environment from their headquarters outside of the bright lights of New York City. Has technology and innovation been a driver in these efforts? What are some best practices that have informed D&I decisions?

Diahann Billings Burford – Chief Executive Officer | RISE (moderator)

Heather Daly-Donofrio – Chief Communications & Tour Operations Officer | LPGA 

Pat O’Conner – President & Chief Executive Officer | MiLB

Steve Phelps – President | NASCAR

Arjun Chowdri – Chief Innovation Officer | PGA of America

Allison Keller – Chief Administration Officer | PGA Tour

Gordon Smith – Chief Executive Officer | USTA

The use of nontraditional media platforms has elevated conversations on race, gender, social justice. This panel will explore trends and the impact of leveraging various mediums to drive the narrative and enact change. 

Iliana Limon – Sports Content Director | Orlando Sentinel

TJ Adeshola – Head of U.S. Sports Partnerships | Twitter

Donny Khan – Sr. Director of Marketing | NHL

Ashland Johnson – Founder | Inclusion Playbook

Andrew “Hawk” Hawkins – Director of Business Development | UNINTERRUPTED

Should student athletes speak out on critical topics? Are they compelled to advocate and if so, are they properly equipped and encouraged to do so within higher learning institutions by coaches and administrators? This panel will discuss the role of student athletes as a change agent and their post collegiate journey.

Paula Miller – Sr. Vice President & Chief Human Resources Officer | NASCAR (moderator)

Dr. Richard Lapchick – Director | Institute for Sport & Social Justice

Kim Miller – Vice President of Leadership & Education | RISE

Julia Landauer – Driver | NASCAR Pinty’s Series

Dr. Katrice Albert – Executive Vice President of Inclusion & Human Resources | NCAA

The Daytona

Autograph Collection

1870 Victory Circle
Daytona Beach, FL 32114

To make reservations, call 386-323-977 and mention you are affiliated with the 

“Sports Diversity and Inclusion Symposium” to access the room block.

Room Rate: $169++

The rate is subject to availability while supplies last.


Hotel Cut-Off Date: Sunday, September 8th (or as soon as the block is full)


Any cancellations must be made (48) hours prior to arrival to avoid a penalty fee of one (1) night’s room and tax. 


Tuesday, October 1st

Pick Up: The Daytona | Drop-Off: Daytona International Speedway

Shuttles will begin at 7:15AM at the hotel entrance on the 1st floor and will drop off at the Axalta Injector.


Pick-Up: Daytona International Speedway | Drop-Off: The Daytona

Shuttles will begin at 4:15PM at the entrance of the Axalta Injector and will drop guests off at the hotel.


Wednesday, October 2nd

Pick-Up: The Daytona | Drop-Off: Daytona International Speedway

Shuttles will begin at 7:30AM at the hotel entrance on the 1st floor and will drop off at the Axalta Injector. 


Pick-Up: Daytona International Speedway | Drop-Off: The Daytona

Shuttle service will be at 2:30PM at the entrance of the Axalta Injector to take guests back to The Daytona hotel. A shuttle service is available from the hotel to Daytona International Airport. 


If you need direct transportation to Daytona International Airport from the meeting, please contact


For guests driving and parking at Daytona International Speedway, please use NASCAR Dr. entrance and follow the event signage to park in the Axalta Injector parking lot for both days. 

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