Basketball Career Conference at the NBA D-League Showcase

Friday, January 20, 2017 9am-5pm
Hershey Sportzone & Hershey Centre, Toronto - Home of the Raptors 905
Mississauga, Ontario, Canada

What is the NBA D-League Showcase?

The 2017 NBA D-League Showcase, is a 22-game, five-day event from 18-22, featuring the league's 22 teams playing two regular-season games each at Hershey Sportzone. This showcase is an annual event that attracts agents, scouts, and front office executives from all 30 NBA teams and international basketball organizations.

What is the Basketball Career Conference at the NBA D-League Showcase?

The Basketball Career Conference is a one-day event on Friday, January 20th, 8am-10pm to provide people of all ages with a desire to work in professional basketball insight and exposure they can't get anywhere else:

  • Network with basketball executives
  • Receive career guidance from basketball insiders
  • Discover who is hiring and what you need to know to get hired
  • Connect with other basketball career minded individuals
  • Learn strategies to catapult your career to the next level
  • Ask questions of basketball executives, scouts, media members and more
     

If you want to see your basketball career jump to the next level, the NBA D-League Showcase Basketball Career Conference is the event you need to attend!

Why You Should Attend the 2017 Basketball Career Conference:

      This one-day event will feature panel discussions, Q&A sessions and networking events with some of the biggest names in the world of basketball. Attendees can expect to learn more about the business of basketball including:

      • Insight into Sports Marketing
      • The in's and out's of Sports Agency
      • The Path to Becoming an NBA Scout
      • The Growing Field of Digital Video Editing
      • The Role of Media Relations
      • Sports Journalism and Broadcasting
      • Career Strategies You Can Implement
         

      If you want to start a career in basketball or advance your current one, attending the Basketball Career Conference is the move you need to make. Find out who is hiring and for what roles, network with basketball executives, and learn strategies to catapult your career to the next level.

      "Our Basketball Career Conferences provide an invaluable opportunity for attendees to learn about careers in professional basketball while networking with some of the biggest names in the industry," says Dr. Lynn Lashbrook, President of Sports Management Worldwide.

      Past conference speakers have included team executives like the Chicago Bulls Gar Forman, New York Knicks Director of Player Personnel Mark Warkentien, and media members like ESPN insiders Amin Elhassan, scouts, personnel executives and many more experts from the world of basketball.

      "All of the speakers and staff were knowledgeable and answered questions with great insight and experience," says attendee Jarrod Lindsay. "To be surrounded by so many influential names in the world of basketball left me feeling extremely motivated. What a great event to network and learn!"

      Basketball careers start with Sports Management Worldwide, and our Basketball Career Conference is a great way to get introduced to the people behind the scenes that make the game great.

       

      Information about the 2017 NBA D-League Showcase Basketball Career Conference:

      Conference sessions are held at:

      Hershey Sportszone (Same parking lot as Hershey Centre)
      5600 Rose Cherry Pl
      Mississauga, ON L4Z 4B6, Canada

      Games are held at:

      Hershey Centre
      5500 Rose Cherry Pl
      Mississauga, ON L4Z 4B6, Canada

      Friday, January 20, 2017

      9am-4:30pm
      Conference sessions will take place at Sportzone Extra Time Lounge and cover a wide range of topics including sports marketing, agency, basketball scouting and analytics, digital video editing, event management, media relations, journalism, and broadcasting.

      4:30pm-5:30pm
      Networking Happy Hour held in the Sportzone Extra Time Lounge: Network with basketball executives, SMWW staff, and other basketball conference attendees.  Our networking events are always a great time. Everyone there is excited about the career conference, learning from each other and sharing a few adult beverages.

      6pm Austin Spurs vs. Northern Arizona Suns (Tickets included to the Friday Night Games at Hershey Centre (Live on ESPNU)

      8:30pm Raptors 905 vs. Long Island Nets  (Tickets included to the Friday Night Games at Hershey Centre (Live on ESPNU)

       

      NBA D-League Showcase & Conference Hotel Accommodations

      A few hotels near Hershey Centre:

      Sandman Signature Mississauga Hotel
      5400 Dixie Rd, Mississauga, Ontario L4W 4T4, Canada
      1.3 miles (2km) from Hershey Centre

      Which Airport Should You Choose?

      • Toronto Pearson International Airport (11km) suggested
      • Toronto City Airport - Billy Bishop (30km)
       

      Registration For 2018 - COMING SOON
       

      (This event is limited to the first 100 and will sell out fast!)

      2017 General Admission: $129

      2017 College Students, Faculty & SMWW Alumni:  $129

      Conference Registration Includes: 

      • Name badge & credentials
      • Registration packet
      • All conference sessions
      • Friday Networking Lunch (Sandwich, fruit, cookie, chips, and beverage)
      • Friday Networking Happy Hour (one beverage and light snacks)
      • Tickets to Friday Night D-League Games at 6:00pm & 8:30pm (A $50 value!)
      • Free parking for the entire day
         

       

       

      ** Please note, conference fee does not include hotel accommodations

      Walk-up registrations will not be accepted. Please register online in advance.

       

      Speakers To Be Announced At A Later Date

      Speakers are not guaranteed. We are constantly making speaker additions.Keep coming back to this agenda to see the most recent additions.

      Check Out Our Photos From This Year's Conference!

       

       

      2017 SMWW Basketball Career Conference Agenda
      (Tentative - keep checking back for updates)

      Friday, January 20, 2017

      8:00 am Registration opens (Continental breakfast provided)

      8:45 am Welcome & Opening Remarks
      Dr. Lynn Lashbrook, SMWW President

      9:00 am Sports Agency - Recruiting & Signing Clients in the NBA, NBA D-League and Overseas 
           Bret Kanis, Hightower Law Firm, NBPA Certified Agent
           Jan Wieland, Blacktop Management FIBA Certified Agent
           Trevor Whiffen, 
      Dickinson Wright Partner

      9:45 am Break

      10:00am Opportunities in Sports Marketing, Sales, and Sponsorship 

           Tom Pistore, Toronto Raptors Vice President, Sales & Service 
           Kim Carter, Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment Head of Human Resources 
           Jonathan Chang, NBA Canada, Director - Marketing and Events

      11:00 am Q & A with an NBA GM & NBA D-League President
           Masai Ujiri, Toronto Raptors President & GM, Alternate NBA Governor 
           Malcolm Turner, NBA Development League President

      12:00 am Networking Lunch (Box Lunch provided: sandwich, chips, fruit, salad, & assorted beverages)

      1:00 pm Careers in College & University Basketball
           Glen Grunwald, McMaster University Director of Athletics & Recreation & former Toronto Raptors GM and former New York Knicks GM
           Graham Brown, U Sports CEO

      2:00 pm  Keynote Speaker: It's Not Who You Know, It's Who Knows You
      Mark Warkentien, New York Knicks Director of Pro Player Personnel, SMWW Faculty

      2:45 pm Break

      3:00 pm Behind the Scenes of the NBA D-League Basketball  (Career Opportunities in Basketball Scouting, Analytics, & Video)
           Kyle Nishimoto,  Reno Bighorns Video Coordinator/Director of Basketball Operations
           Bob MacKinnon, Texas Legends Head Coach
           Ken McDonald, Austin Spurs Head Coach

      4:00 pm Closing Remarks -  Dr. Lynn Lashbrook, SMWW President

      4:30 pm Networking Happy Hour with basketball executives, SMWW staff, and other basketball conference attendee
                     Hershey SportZone Extra Time Lounge
      - Drinks, Sliders and Wings

      6:00 pm Austin Spurs vs. Northern Arizona Suns

      8:30 pm Raptors 905 vs. Long Island Nets