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Nola Agha

Nola Agha (Ph.D. Management, UMass Amherst) is an associate professor in the Sport Management Program at the University of San Francisco. She has experience in international business operations and has consulted to some of the world’s largest sporting leagues. To bring a multi-disciplinary approach to her research, she combines her training in economics and management to focus on the economic impacts of teams and stadiums, the efficiency and equity outcomes of stadium subsidies, and a variety of issues related to minor league baseball. Her research can be found in the Journal of Sports Economics, Sport Management Review, International Journal of Sport Finance, and more.

Fayne Cohen

A degree in sports marketing from University of Maryland (go terps!) and numerous internships within media and sponsorship led Fayne to move to California after college and start her career in sales for Raiders Radio Network. While receiving her Masters in Sport Management from the University of San Francisco, she assisted in client services for Octagon's football division. Following graduate school, Fayne combined her passion for sports, events, and giving back by directing events for numerous non-profits, including Alameda County Meals on Wheels and Marshawn Lynch's Fam 1st Family Foundation. Currently, Fayne is expanding her knowledge in the tech industry handling events, marketing, and partnerships for SafetyChain Software. She also serves as the Marketing and Communications Chair as part of the the Board of Directors for SF Bay Area chapter of WISE (Women in Sports and Events). Fayne is a proud Philadelphia native.

Anna Mielke

Anne graduated from Fordham University in the Bronx with a degree in Business Administration, concentration in Marketing, and dual secondary concentrations in Sports Business and Communications and Media Management. Currently, Anne is an Account Executive at WME | IMG and works primarily on the Visa account. Anne's main responsibilities are planning and executing advance film screenings for Visa and their clients. Prior to WME | IMG, Anne worked as an Account Manager Echo Marketing and helped manage a number of accounts, including Bank of the West, Dolby, and Peet’s Coffee. In her college days, Anne worked with Premier League Basketball in New York and at the London Summer Olympics. Anne was raised in the Bay Area and has been a lover of Bay Area sports her whole life. In her free time, she enjoys trying new restaurants, petting every dog she comes in contact with, watching movies and of course, taking in sports.

Megan Herrity

With over 15 years of experience in hotels and third party travel management, Megan is currently the Vice President of Travel for PIVOT.  She oversees a division that manages travel for professional sports teams and sporting events.

Morgan Fuller

Morgan Fuller grew up in Sunnyvale, CA. She went to Stanford University where she majored in Psychology and was a member of the varsity synchronized swimming team. During her time at Stanford, she took a leave of absence to train full time as a member of the USA National Team in hopes of qualifying for the 2012 Olympic Games. Morgan won a silver medal at the 2011 Pan American Games in the team event and was named to the 2012 US Olympic Synchronized Swimming Training Squad. After falling just 3 spots short of qualifying for the Olympic Games, Morgan returned to Stanford to help lead the team to the 2013 National Championship Title. As the national champions, Morgan and her Stanford team were selected to represent the US at the World University Games, where they won the bronze medal. After retiring from competitive synchronized swimming in 2013, and graduating from Stanford in 2014, Morgan spent a year working in the tech industry. After realizing that she left her heart in the sports industry, Morgan left tech and has worked in a variety of positions within sports. Her previous positions include Program Administrator at Positive Coaching Alliance, Championship Assistant for the 2016 US Women's Open (golf), and Partnership Marketing Assistant for the San Jose Earthquakes. Currently, Morgan is pursuing her Masters in Sport Management at the University of San Francisco, serving as a contractor for the USOC in the Games Operations Department working on projects for the upcoming 2018 Winter Olympics, and Intern Manager for the 2017 World University Games in Taipei with BTI Events.

Joan Steidinger

Joan Steidinger, Ph.D., is a Certified Consultant through the Association of Applied Sports Psychology and on the United States Olympic Committee’s Registry of Sport Psychology.  She has written columns online for PsychologyToday.com and SFGate.com. She has worked as a clinical & sports psychologist for close to 30 years with offices in Mill Valley and San Francisco.  Two of her particular interests were women’s issues and sports psychology. Her expertise is in performance psychology, life transitions, depression, anxiety, dual diagnosis, PTSD, addiction, and public safety personnel (police & fire personnel).  She has numerous speaking credits to her name in the public and private sector, including a couple of years speaking at the Western States 100 mile Endurance Race training camp, and at the San Francisco Commonwealth Club.  In addition, she taught Exercise and Sport psychology at SFSU.  In the 1990s, she was an elite ultra runner with  Tamalpa Women’s Racing Team, placing 1st in the Pacific Region and Dr. Joan placing 3rd in the Open Division.  In addition, she was a competitive Ride and Tie athlete, competing in a number of seasonal races and several times in the National Championships.  In 2014, she published her first book, “Sisterhood in Sports:  How female athletes collaborate and compete.”  Currently, she is working on a book about the inequality of female athletes in sports.  Steidinger has also been a lifelong athlete in a variety of sports and was a pre-Title IX high school athlete in badminton and tennis. You will see her running the trails of Mt. Tam in Mill Valley, California where she lives with her husband, JP, and two goldie dogs, Spencer and Parker.

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