Laureus Youth Leadership Summit

 We empowered youth to represent the views of their peers and highlighted the role that sport can play in developing leadership skills.

The Laureus Youth Leadership Summit is a conference dedicated to empowering young leaders and strengthening youth-serving programs. During the week of the ESPYs and the ESPN Humanitarian Awards, the Summit put youth voice at the center of the conversation as we explored the role sport can play in building leaders. We provided platform for 100 youth from across the country to connect with 100 athletes and executives, and share their insights on how to best design youth-serving programs.

2018 Laureus Summit Recap

Location event


Conga Room
800 W Olympic Blvd,
Los Angeles, CA 90015

Location event


July 8th – July 9th
8AM – 3PM

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Defining Youth Leadership What is means to be a young leader
How Sport Builds Leaders Why sport is uniquely positioned to develop leadership skills
Athletes Leading the Way Athlete's advice to young people on how to become leaders
From the Field to your Community How skills are transferred from sport for development programs to all areas of life
Voice of a Generation
Young people's advice for the leaders of today
Demonstrating What Works Showcasing successful youth leadership platforms in sport
Working as a Team How cross-sector collaboration can benefit young leaders



8:00 AM Breakfast and Registration
9:00 AM Welcome and Opening Remarks Remarks from Benita Fitzgerald Mosley (CEO of Laureus USA), Kevin Martinez (VP of Corporate Citizenship for ESPN), Laura Freveletti (Senior Program Officer for Allstate Foundation)
9:18 AM Setting the Tone for the Day The Laureus NYC Youth Council will lead an ice-breaker exercise to make sure everybody is feeling welcomed and energized for the day
9:23 AM Opening Keynote: Defining Youth Leadership through Sport Olympian Michael Johnson will discuss what it means to be a young leader
10:00 AM Why Youth Leadership through Sport Exploring why sport is uniquely positioned to develop young leaders with Nichol Whiteman (CEO of Dodgers Foundation), Brad Gluckstein (Founder of Conga Kids), Luke O'Quinn (LAFC YLP Director for Bresee Foundation), Sherrie Deans (Executive Director of NBPA Foundation)
10:25 AM Morning Break
10:40 AM Demonstrating What Works TED Talks showcasing successful youth leadership platforms in sport, featuring Kelli Stewart (Co-Founder, LEAD), Annemarie Elsom (Head of Programmes, City Football Group), Matt Meyersohn (Senior Director of External Affairs, MENTOR)
11:10 AM Working as a Team Panel on how cross-sector collaboration can benefit young leaders, featuring Julius Robinson (Managing Director and Head of Foundation, MUFG), Stacey Ullrich (Senior Director of Global Philanthropy, Under Armour), and moderated by Matt Winkler (Professor and Director, Science in Sports Analytics and Management at American University)
12:00 PM Lunch
1:00 PM Youth Session Laureus New Orleans Youth Council leads a session on why and how we can include youth in programming development and growth
1:20 PM Linking Sport and Life Skills WeCoach leads a workshop on how skills from sport for development programs are transferred to all areas of life
1:40 PM Voice of a Generation A panel of young people give advice to the leaders of today, moderated by Jesse Kay (17 year old Entrepreneur and Podcaster)
2:20 PM Afternoon Break
2:35pm Athletes Leading the Way Panel of professional athletes giving advice to the young leaders in the room on how to continue to develop their leadership skills
3:20 PM Closing Remarks The Laureus Atlanta Youth Council will facilitate a close out exercise to emphasize the most important take aways
3:40 PM Event Ends and Networking Reception Begins

Youth Leadership


The Youth Leadership Summit is for young people, by young people. To help inform the Summit, we created a national council of high school students from Laureus-supported programs. Leading up to the Summit, the council met regularly to formulate topics and ensure maximum relevance to young people today.

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