Football Career Conference during the NFL Combine

March 1-3, 2018
Indianapolis, Indiana 

Experience the heart of the action during the NFL Combine!

 Our annual Football Career Conference provides people of all ages with a desire to work in the NFL insight and exposure they can't get anywhere else:

  • Network with NFL executives
  • Career guidance from well-known NFL executives
  • Insights on who is doing the hiring and what you need to know to get hired
  • Connect with sports career minded individuals
  • Mentors who have been where you are and want to assist you with your career
  • Insider information that changes in the industry that put your career on the fast track
  • Strategies to catapult your career to the next level


Who Should Attend the 2018 Football Career Conference?

This conference is designed for individuals who have always dreamed of working in football. Aspiring agents, executives, scouts, sales reps, marketers, analysts – all will learn a bevy of insider information to help set them apart in the employment race. 

Attendees include business professionals hoping to break into sports, sports agents looking to network, college students trying to get a foot in the door, football fans interested into changing careers,  and many more satisfied participants.

We do require attendees to be over age 18 (16-17 if accompanied by an adult).

Why Should You Attend the Football Career Conference?

Rod Graves, Arizona GM

There are very few chances for you to learn from, and ask questions of, pillars in the industry. Speakers like Adam Schefter, Mark Dominik, John Wooten and Greg Hylton aren't coming to your current business, or your college classroom, to discuss the strategies and skills necessary to work in the NFL.

At the Football Career Conference, they will. If fact, following their presentations, many speakers stick around to engage the attendees in one-on-one discussions.

Head coaches, Directors of Player Personnel and Scouting, ESPN writers, Sports Agents, Pro Athletes and many others will be present at this one of a kind event.

Attend the "Invite Only" 2018 NFL Combine:

*Thirty days prior the conference, those registered, will be sent an invitation for complimentary tickets to the 2018 NFL Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium on Saturday, March 3rd, 2018. This event is closed to the general public, but because of our strong relationship with the NFL, special consideration is being provided to conference attendees. You will be allowed to watch the quarterbacks, tight ends and wide receivers as they are evaluated by the 32 NFL teams. Attendees are not guaranteed entrance. Early registrants will be given priority. The earlier you register, the better your chances! We recommend you arrange for flights and other transportation to leave no earlier than Saturday, March 3rd, 2018 at 4pm. 

Please note: This is NOT an opportunity to participate in the combine as an athlete. 


Where Does the Conference Take Place?

Downtown Indianapolis, Indiana in the heart of the action!


Early bird Conference Fees:
(Pay now and save big! Discounted prices thru February 1, 2018)

Conference Registration Includes: 

  • Thursday Night Welcome Reception at Indianapolis Colts Grille (Note: as of 7/10/17 this restaurant is closed. SMWW will find a new location!)
  • Friday Conference & Workshop sessions. 
  • Friday Networking Lunch
  • Saturday entrance to the 2018 NFL Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium (not guaranteed)

General Admission: $250

College Students, Faculty & SMWW Alumni: $200

Team, Agency Employees & SMWW Agents: $225



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

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


Group Discounts

In the past, entire University Sports Management programs have attended. If you are interested in a group rate please contact and we can provide group discounts for 5-50 people. 

Previous Speakers

Note: Due to Team Meetings, speakers are not guaranteed and will change. The closer we get to the date, the more accurate the schedule becomes as executives do not yet know their team meeting schedules.

  • Bill Polian, ESPN Analyst, former NFL Executive
  • Adam Schefter, ESPN NFL Insider
  • Mike Tannenbaum Miami Dolphins Executive Vice President, Football Operations
  • Ray Farmer, Former Cleveland Browns
  • Marc Trestman, Toronto Argonauts Head Coach
  • Paraag Marathe, San Francisco 49ers President
  • Tony Khan, Jacksonville Jaguars Senior VP of Football Technologies
  • Mark Dominik, ESPN Analyst and Former Tampa Bay Buccaneers GM
  • John Wooten, NFL Legend
  • Dr. Lynn Lashbrook, President and Founder Sports Management Worldwide
  • Greg Hylton, Indianapolis Colts VP Premium Seating and Ticket Sales
  • Aaron Schatz, Football Outsiders & Pro Football Prospectus
  • Mike Stoeber, Jacksonville Jaguars Associate Director of Football Technology
  • Bill Guertin, The 800-Pound Gorilla, Marketing Consultant to 65 Major League Teams
  • Joel Corry, Former Sports Agent, NFL Contract & Salary Cap Expert
  • Kristen Kuliga, NFL Agent
  • Jack Mills, NFL Agent
  • Jim Solano, NFL Agent
  • Kelli Masters, NFL Agent
  • Steve Baker, NFL Agent
  • Jen Mueller, Seattle Seahawks Sideline Reporter
  • Michael Tanier, Bleacher Report NFL National Lead Writer
  • Steve Palazzolo, Pro Football Focus Senior Analyst
  • Adam Caplan, ESPN NFL Insider
  • Russ Lande, Montreal Alouettes U.S. College Scouting Director
  • Alex Brown, Optimum Scouting Head Central Scout
  • Josh Liskiewitz, Pro Football Focus Analyst
  • Adam Farrand, Athletes Performance Institute – NFL Combine & Football Business Development Manager
*SMWW's Career Conference is not affiliated with the NFL.


 Speakers, in addition to dates and times, will change but the structure will be smiliar. Information will be updated as it becomes available. 

Thursday, March 2nd, 2017

10am - 7pm Registration Open at the JW Marriott, 2nd level by Starbucks

7:30pm-9:30pm  SMWW Welcome Reception - Colts Grille, 110 W Washington Street, Indianapolis
Private Party at the Colts Grille. All attendees are invited to join this fabulous networking opportunity. Registration will be open during the reception as folks fly in from all over the USA for the conference. Drop by upon your arrival and meet the SMWW Staff & Faculty, Conference Speakers, and friends of SMWW. 

Friday, March 3rd, 2017
All events at JW Marriott Level 3, 10 S West St, Indianapolis

7:45am Registration opens at the JW Marriott, Grand Ballroom Level 3

8:00am Be in your seats! Welcome and Staff Introductions – Jen Mueller 

8:15am The Two Minute Drill with Dr. Lynn Lashbrook, SMWW President 

8:20am Inside the NFL with John WootenJohn Wooten, former NFL Executive, played for the Browns 1959-67, Redskins 1968. Highly respected by NFL Executives. 
Affectionately known as NFL's Godfather. SMWW Faculty

9am Keynote: Adam Schefter, ESPN Insider

10:15am Secrets into Breaking into Sports
       Greg Hylton, Indianapolis Colts, VP Premium Seating & Ticket Sales & SMWW Faculty
       Jen Mueller, Seattle Seahawks Sideline Reporter

11:15am The Big Business of Football Scouting & Analytics
      Mike Tanier, Bleacher Report NFL Lead Writer & SMWW Faculty
      Aaron Schatz, Football Outsiders Founder & ESPN Insider & SMWW Faculty
      Josh Liskiewitz, Pro Football Focus Analyst & SMWW Alumni
      Russ Lande, GM Jr. Scouting, Montreal Alouettes Regional Scout, & SMWW Faculty
      Mike Stoeber, Jacksonville Jaguars Director of Football Technologies, SMWW Faculty

12:30pm - 1:30pm Networking Lunch (JW Marriott, Grand Ballroom, Level 3)

1:30pm  NFL & CFL Agent Panel, The Inner Working of the Agent World

Kelli Masters, NFL Agent
Kristen Kuliga, NFL Agent
Joel Corry, former NFL & NBA Agent, Salary Cap Expert, and SMWW Faculty
Ray Haija, SMWW CFL Director & SMWW Alumni

2:45pm The Agent - GM - Player Relationship
Mike Tannenbaum, Miami Dolphins Executive Vice President, Football Operations
Lynn Lashbrook, NFL Agent & SMWW President

4:00pm Inside the NFL with former GM & ESPN Insider
Mark Dominik
, ESPN Analyst & former Tampa Bay Buccaneers GM & SMWW Faculty

4:45pm Closing Remarks

5pm - 6pm Networking Happy Hour

Saturday, March 4th, 2017

7:00am or 12:00pm NFL Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium

For those of you who registered for the conference early and received tickets, you may attend the NFL Combine at 7am or 12pm as stated on your ticket. Upon registration, you will receive instructions on how to apply for tickets. You will be allowed to watch the quarterbacks, tight ends, and wide receivers as they are evaluated by the 32 NFL teams. You are not guaranteed you will get into the NFL Combine.



SMWW will award a limited amount of full and partial scholarships for each SMWW Career Conference. You must be 18 years or older to be considered. If interested, fill out an application and submit your resume and a one-page letter explaining why you should receive a scholarship to

Scholarships do not include lodging or airfare. Those who have completed an SMWW Training Program will be given preference. 

What to Expect at the Football Career Conference 

Information will be updated as it becomes available.

SMWW Welcome Reception - Thursday, March 2nd, 2017  7:30pm-9:30pm

Meet this year's speakers, NFL scouts, agents, media members and the SMWW faculty at the legendary Indianapolis Colts Grille! This welcome event is a great kick-off to the conference, spent downtown in the hub of the NFL Combine activity.

The Format

You will receive a full agenda upon arrival and registration, outlining the entire 2-day conference. Due to the NFL combine schedule and the fluidity of our speaker's work commitments, we juggle speaking engagements and panels up to the last minute! Below you can see this final agenda from our event last year, to give you a rough idea of what this year will present.

One thing we can guarantee – the event will be jam-packed with speakers, opportunities to network, ask questions and learn from the best in the business. Every year we have surprise visits from NFL personnel, who literally walk by our meeting rooms all day and jump into a discussion or panel.

Being in the heart of the NFL Combine, where over 2,500 team executives, scouts and media members are congregating, makes the difference!

Hotel Rooms:

This conference is being held at the JW Marriott located at 10 South West Street, Indianapolis, IN 46204. Downtown Indianapolis has many Marriott hotels:

Embassy Suites Indianapolis Downtown
110 W Washington St
Indianapolis, IN 46204

Indianapolis Marriott Downtown
350 W Maryland St
Indianapolis, IN 46225

Sheraton Indianapolis City Centre Hotel 
31 W Ohio St
Indianapolis, IN 46204
Fairfield Inn and Suites Indianapolis
501 W Washington St
Indianapolis, IN 46204
(317) 636-7678

SpringHill Suites Downtown 
601 West Washington Street,
Indianapolis, IN 46204
(317) 972-7293 

SMWW Staff

  • Dr. Lynn Lashbrook, SMWW President
  • Jon LaForce, SMWW Sports Career Counselor
  • Jeff Brodie, SMWW Vice President & NFLPA Agent
  • Liz Lashbrook, SMWW Executive Director
  • Alyssa Rutherford, SMWW Agency Executive Assistant
  • Adam Klimek, SMWW Sports Career Counselor & Agent


Thank you! We will let you know as soon as conference dates are announced!