"Take a Knee: How Athletes Focused Attention on Race in Sport and the Reaction of Corporate America."
February 4, 2021
Senior Executive Vice President at National Hockey League (NHL)
Kimberly Davis is a trailblazer and change agent, positively disrupting the financial industry and wide world of sports over her illustrious 30+ year career. Well-regarded as a resilient and visionary leader, Davis brings change to life through sound strategic planning and strong organizational development. She is an inspirational storyteller, an architect of coalitions and a culture builder, with a style that empowers others and a belief that successful business contributes to healthy, vibrant communities. Driven by both data and a passion for progress, she has consistently provided structure and glide paths for organizations to realize their potential for sustainable business growth.
Currently, as Senior Executive Vice President of Social Impact, Growth Initiatives & Legislative Affairs at the National Hockey League – the premier professional ice hockey league in the world – Davis has set the League on a new course to attract, retain and develop fans, with a specific focus on multi-cultural audiences. Reporting to Commissioner Gary Bettman, she is positively influencing and impacting the decisions of 32 NHL Club owners and executives relating to culture, youth participation and social impact, in an effort to improve access and availability of the sport and grow the League’s business for the long-term.
Previously, as Senior Managing Director, Teneo Consulting Worldwide, Davis led the firm’s leadership development and corporate responsibility practice, where she advised Fortune 500 companies, CEOs and cultural icons, including Billie Jean King. She advised the tennis legend on the creation of the Billie Jean King Leadership Initiative – a partnership with CEOs to advance gender diversity and pay equity. Prior to Teneo, Davis enjoyed more than two decades at JPMorgan Chase where she most recently served as Managing Director of Global Corporate Social Responsibility, President of the JPMorgan Chase Foundation and a member of the firm’s Executive Committee.
Ms. Davis has been recognized by Hockey News’ “2020 Top 100 Most Influential Leaders in the sport,” Essence Magazine’s “Woke” - 2019 Change Agents, Adweek’s “30 Most Powerful Women in Sports,” Sports Business Journal’s “GameChangers,” and Savoy Magazine’s “Most Influential Women in Corporate America.” She has received other notable recognitions including Savoy Magazine’s “Top 100 Most Influential Blacks in Corporate America” and showcased in Fast Company’s “100 Most Creative People in Business.” In 2012, she was profiled with First Lady Michelle Obama in Essence magazine’s “28 Most Influential Black Women in America.”
Kim currently serves on the boards of the Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights, Communities in Schools (National) and Sports & Fitness Industry Association (SFIA).
She is a former Trustee of Spelman College and the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill’s Kenan Institute.
Davis earned a B.A. in Economics from Spelman College and has completed the Aspen Institute’s Executive Leadership Program and the Stanford University Executive E-learning Program.
Senior Vice President, External Engagement & Communications at Washington Football Team (WCL ’02)
Julie Andreeff Jensen joined the Washington Football Team in October of 2020 to serve as the team's Senior Vice President of External Engagement and Communications.
Jensen is a communications and corporate affairs leader specializing in building teams and strategies to help companies, organizations, and leaders affect change. Throughout her career, Jensen has advised some of the most well respected global brands and successful leaders in business, politics, and non-profit organizations on communicating their story, ushering through change, and building culture.
Jensen most recently served as Chief Corporate Affairs and Communications Officer at Citadel, a global leader in financial services, where she built the corporate affairs function, including reputation and brand strategy, internal and external communications, executive communications, marketing, and philanthropy. Prior to joining Citadel, Jensen was a partner at the Brunswick Group, a global advisory firm, where she helped build and lead Brunswick's Washington, D.C. office. During her eight years at Brunswick, Jensen advised C-suite executives of Fortune 500 companies on critical business issues including reputation management, change leadership, crisis communications, and public affairs. She was also part of the firm's executive leadership, serving as the global head of marketing for the firm.
Professor of Law, American University Washington College of Law
Professor N. Jeremi Duru is widely recognized for his excellence as an advocate and a teacher. Duru teaches sports law, civil procedure, and employment discrimination at American University Washington College of Law and he is among the nation’s foremost sports law authorities.
Professor Duru is active in the national sports law community, serving as a member of the United States Anti-Doping Agency’s Anti-Doping Review Board, the NCAA’s Committees on Competitive Safeguards and Medical Aspects of Sport, and the National Sports Law Institute’s Board of Advisors. He also frequently lectures and consults abroad.
Professor Duru has a particular interest in sport’s impact on society, with a principle focus on racial and gender dynamics. He has represented the Fritz Pollard Alliance of minority coaches, scouts, and front office personnel in the National Football League as well as sports industry professionals in employment matters involving other leagues, including the National Basketball Association and Major League Baseball. In addition, he has represented collegiate student-athletes – most notably in McAdoo v. University of North Carolina – serving as counsel to plaintiffs suing the university with respect to its nearly two decades-long academic fraud scandal.
Professor of Law, American University Washington College of Law
Michael W. Carroll is Professor of Law and Faculty Director of the Program on Information Justice and Intellectual Property (2009 – present). He teaches and writes about intellectual property law and cyberlaw. Professor Carroll's research focuses on the search for balance in intellectual property law over time in the face of challenges posed by new technologies. His research includes projects about the social costs imposed by one-size-fits-all intellectual property rights and about the history of copyright in music.
Professor Carroll also is recognized as a leading advocate for open access over the Internet to the research that appears in scholarly and scientific journals. He has written white papers and has given numerous presentations to university faculty, administrators, and staff around the country on this issue. In addition, he speaks about and promotes publication of open educational resources and open scientific data.