GMercyU Hosts Sport Management Symposium: The Business of Sport

In partnership with the Sport Management Program, the Sport Business Association, Career Development, and Office for Alumni Relations, GMercyU hosted its first annual Sport Management Symposium: The Business of Sport on April 13.

The event featured four panelists from across the sport industry, including Jenna Bertoti, Account Manager for the Philadelphia Wings; Corey A. Lord ’04, Founder/Owner of CAL Sports Academy; Braydon Ruiz, Financial Representative at Northwestern Mutual; and Dr. Karen Weaver, Graduate Faculty, Higher Education Academic Director, Collegiate Athletics Certificate Program and the University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Education.

Attendees had the opportunity to hear from the professionals about their work experience, their struggles, and their journey. After the panel concluded, attendees joined the panelists for a networking session in the University Hall Rotunda.

“The Sport Management Symposium: The Business of Sport was a resounding success. We were able to create an opportunity for students to connect, collaborate, and cultivate relationships that can help elevate themselves into the sport industry,” shared Maddie Herman, MsEd, Instructor of Sport Management. “The students had an opportunity to hear from and connect with sport business professionals and expand their knowledge base and network.”

“The symposium was an amazing opportunity for everyone, not only students in the Sport Management program, to learn about business and how to stay focused on what we would like to accomplish. We learned new things from professionals in college sports, sport facilities, and professional athletics. I am excited to host this event for years to come,” said Vanessa Vavrova ’26, upcoming SBA President and freshman Sport Management student.

“The panelists gave awesome advice during the panel discussion about the business of the sport industry. It was really nice to connect and engage with different sport professionals in the networking portion of the event,” said JD Rubin ’23, SBA President and senior Sport Management student.