The Engagement Academy

Meet the Academy

The winners of the 2nd Hashtag Sports Awards will be selected by The Engagement Academy of Sports & Entertainment. Comprised of industry leaders and engagement experts, the Academy plays a vital role in shaping the future of sports content and experiences.

Taylor Rooks

Host, Take It There

Bleacher Report

Josh Hart

Co-Host

LightHarted Podcast

Michael D. Ratner

CEO & Founder

OBB Pictures

Sandra Lopez

GM & VP

Intel

Nick Kelly

Head of US Sports Marketing

AB In-Bev

Ricardo Fort

Head of Global Sponsorships

The Coca-Cola Company

Heidi Browning

CMO

NHL

Melissa Proctor

CMO

Atlanta Hawks

Carmelo Anthony

Athlete & Partner

Melo7 Tech Partners

Melissa Brenner

EVP, Digital Media

NBA

Sara Toussaint

VP, Sports Marketing

Wells Fargo

Sue Bird

WNBA Athlete & Olympic Champion

Seattle Storm

MICK

Creator & Musical Storyteller

MICK

Dev Sethi

Head of Sports

Instagram

Martellus Bennett

Athlete & Founder

The Imagination Agency

Jay Williams

Athlete Analyst

ESPN

Jill Gregory

CMO

NASCAR

Emma Coburn

Olympic Medalist & World Champion

Jemele Hill

Writer

The Atlantic

Don Lane

CMO

Saucony

Tricia Clarke-Stone

CEO

WP Narrative_

Evan Parker

GM

The Athletic

Carola Jain

CMO

Spartan Race

Baron Davis

Athlete & Founder

Baron Davis Enterprises

Dennis Crowley

Founder & Chairman

Foursquare, Stockade FC

Jeron Smith

CEO

Unanimous Media

Jenna Fidellow

SVP, Entertainment Partnerships

Havas Sports & Entertainment

TJ Adeshola

Head of Sports

Twitter

Joseph Assad

CEO

Kovert Creative

Rich Antoniello

CEO

Complex

Ashley Dabb

CMO

NLL

Ryan Blaney

Team Penske Driver

NASCAR

Max Stinson

Creative Director

Wieden+Kennedy

Jennifer Kavanagh

SVP Marketing & Media

Philadelphia Eagles

Holger Hansen

Managing Partner

Jung von Matt/SPORTS

Will Bortz

Director, Brand Partnerships

Taco Bell

Ann Wool

President

Translation

Anmol Malhotra

Head of Sports Partnerships

Snap

Tina Davis

SVP, Corporate Sponsorships& Marketing

Citi

Andrew Hawkins

Host, ThomaHawk Show

Uninterrupted

Jessica Robertson

Chief Content Officer

Stealth Mode

Gotham Chopra

Founder & Storyteller

Religion of Sports

Andrew Cohen

VP, Global Brand Innovation Marketing

Visa

Hye-Young Cuddy

VP, Global Sports

Engine Shop

Chris Dickerson

Athlete & Co-Founder

Players for the Planet

Sarah Crennan

VP & Head of Content

Yahoo Sports

Brian Verne

CEO & Co-Founder

Wave

BriAnne Newman

VP, Consulting & Events

Fenway Sports Management

Mike Raffensperger

CMO

FanDuel

Larry Weintraub

Chief Innovation Officer

The Marketing Arm

Bonnie Bernstein

Founder & Journalist

Walk Swiftly Productions

Noah Syken

VP, Global Sponsorship

IBM

Lisa Murray

CMO

Octagon

Kevin Merida

Editor in Chief

The Undefeated

Alex Flanagan

SVP, Head of Women's Growth

The Familie V2

Brian Dailey

SVP, Sports Digital & Content Strategy

Showtime

Ryan Spoon

SVP, Digital & Social

ESPN

Elisa Padilla

SVP, Creative Strategy & Partnership Marketing

Roc Nation

Adam Harter

VP, Media, Sports & Entertainment

Pepsi

Andrew Arnot

SVP, Group Director

Deutsch

C. J. McCollum

Host & Athlete

Pull Up with CJ McCollum

Katie O'Reilly

CMO

Philadelphia 76ers

Jimmy Spencer

VP, Athlete Relations & Content

UNINTERRUPTED

Seth Zaharako

Sr. Director, Consumer Engagement

Moët Hennessy

Will McDonough

VP, Brand & Commercial Strategy

Copa90

Michael Brown

EVP, Sports

United Entertainment Group

Josh Grunberg

Head of Content, Partnerships & Talent

Whistle

Amy Choyne

CMO

USTA

Dan Porter

CEO

Overtime

Paul Rogers

Head of Digital & Social Media

AS Roma

Bryan Srabian

VP of Digital Media & Brand Development

SF Giants

AJ Vaynerchuk

CEO & Co-Founder

VaynerSports

Paul Rabil

Co-Founder & Athlete

Premier Lacrosse League

Candy Harris

CEO

Unlisted Brand Lab

Zach Leonsis

GM

Monumental Sports Network

Blake Stuchin

Vice President, Digital Media Business Development

NFL

Patrick Cassidy

Global Director, Consumer Marketing

New Balance

Sasha DiGiulian

Athlete & Co-Founder

ROAM

Mission

To better serve fans in the digital age by recognizing excellence in engagement and inspiring creative talent of all ages while championing diversity, inclusion, and new ideas that galvanize the sports and entertainment industries.

Judging

The winners of The Hashtag Sports Awards will be selected by The Engagement Academy, a prestigious judging panel comprised of 70+ industry leaders and engagement experts across the global sports media and marketing ecosystem.

D&I Committee

In collaboration with Intel Sports, The Engagement Academy has mobilized its first working committee, aimed at increasing gender equality and racial representation in the business behind sports and entertainment. You can read the press release here.

Chairperson

Sandra Lopez

GM & VP

Intel

Committee

Taylor Rooks

Host, Take It There

Bleacher Report

Jill Gregory

CMO

NASCAR

Jarvis Sam

Sr. Director, Talent & Diversity

Nike

Alex Flanagan

SVP, Head of Women's Growth

The Familie V2

Shiz Suzuki

AVP, Sponsorships and Experiential Marketing

AT&T

Dev Sethi

Head of Sports

Instagram

Sarah Crennan

VP & Head of Content

Yahoo Sports

TJ Adeshola

Head of Sports

Twitter

Blake Stuchin

Vice President, Digital Media Business Development

NFL

Tyger Danger

Director of Communications

Bleacher Report