NFL Combine Football Career Conference

Thursday & Friday, February 25 & 26, 2016
(Note: This year we start Thursday night at 7:30pm.)
Indianapolis, Indiana 

Experience the heart of the action during the NFL Combine!

Since 2002 Sports Management Worldwide has been changing lives at the NFL Combine, not on the field, but in the conference room. Our annual NFL Combine 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 know 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 to 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 2016 NFL Combine 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 18 (16-17 if accompanied by an adult).

Why Should You Attend the NFL Combine 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 NFL Combine 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.

 
 

Where Does the Conference Take Place?

Downtown Indianapolis, Indiana in the heart of the action!

JW Marriott Indianapolis 
10 South West Street
Indianapolis, IN 46204

Conference Fees

Conference Registration Includes:

  • Thursday Night Welcome Reception
  • Friday Conference & Workshop sessions. 
  • Friday Networking Lunch
 
General Admission: $275 Early Bird Pricing  
 
College Students, Faculty & SMWW Alumni: $250 Early Bird Pricing
(Your university will be on your name tag. All Sports Management Worldwide Students and Alumni are included at this rate.)  
 
Team, Agency Employees & SMWW Agents: $250 Early Bird Pricing  
(The team or agency you currently work for will be on your name tag.) 


Questions about the workshop or group rates? Contact Alyssa at alyssa@smww.com.

Note: This conference does not include entrance to the NFL Combine, which is closed to the public. For more information, visit the NFL Scouting Combine website. Speakers are subject to change and not guaranteed.

Group Discounts

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

Scholarships

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 one page letter explaining why you should receive a scholarship to StudentServices@smww.com

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

Previous Speakers

Please Note: Teams & Executives do not yet know their schedules for the NFL Combine Conference. We put together a rough draft of the agenda for the day to give you an idea of what to expect. Speakers will changes as teams make meeting schedules and flight arrangements.

  • Adam Schefter, ESPN NFL Insider
  • Ray Farmer, Former Cleveland Browns
  • Marc Trestman, Baltimore Ravens Offensive Coordinator
  • Paraag Maranthe, San Francisco 49ers President
  • Tony Khan, Jacksonville Jaguars Senior VP of Football Technologies
  • Mark Dominik, ESPN Analysts 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-Pund 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 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
     

What to Expect at the NFL Combine Career Conference  

SMWW Welcome Reception

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 speakers 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 for 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!

 

2015 NFL COMBINE FOOTBALL CAREER CONFERENCE AGENDA

(2016 information to be added as it becomes available.)

Speakers and times will change. Please keep checking back to this webpage for updates and changes.

Friday, February 20, 2015

 3:00 - 6:30pm Registration Open at
the JW Marriott, 2nd level by Starbucks

7:30pm to 9:30pm SMWW Welcome Reception in downtown Indianapolis 
Private Party at the Rock Bottom Brewery. 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. 

Saturday, February 21, 2015

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

8:30am Welcome with
SMWW President Dr. Lynn Lashbrook

8:45am Inside the NFL with two NFL Veterans:
Moderator: Lynn Lashbrook
John 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
Mark Dominik, ESPN NFL Analyst, former Tampa Bay Buccaheers GM & SMWW Faculty

9:45am Break
Those with special invite meet with John Wooten in the foyer for entry into the 2015 NFL Combine

10:00am-10:40am How to Get a Job in the NFL
Moderator: Lynn Lashbrook
Jen Mueller, Seattle Mariners & Seahawks Sideline Reporter, SMWW Faculty
Greg Hylton, Indianapolis Colts, VP Premium Seating & Ticket Sales & SMWW Faculty

10:40am-11:30am NFL Agent Panel:  "Tips to Success in finding Top Draft Picks and Securing Endorsements"
Moderator: Jen Mueller
Kelli Masters, NFL Agent
Jim Solano - NFL Player & Coach Agent 
Kristen Kuliga - NFL Agent
Joel Corry, former NFL & NBA Agent, Salary Cap Expert

11:30am-12:30pm Networking Lunch

12:30pm -1pm "The Life of a NFL GM "
Ray Farmer, Cleveland Browns GM
Moderator: Lynn Lashbrook

1:15pm Keynote: "The Three Most Important Moments in Your Sports Career"
Bill Guertin, 800 Pound Gorilla CEO
Sales Trainer for the NFL, NBA, MLB, NHL, MLS

2pm Break

2:15pm-3pm NFL Video and Football Analytics
Moderator: Dr. Lynn Lashbrook
Tony Khan, Jacksonville Jaguars Senior VP Football Technology & Analytics
Mike Stoeber, Jacksonville Jaguars Video Department, SMWW Faculty

3pm-3:45pm Media & Journalism Panel
Moderator: Jen Mueller
Mike Tanier, Bleacher Report NFL Lead Writer
Adam Caplan, ESPN NFL Insider Commentor

3:45pm Break

4:00pm Scouting with the Pros at the NFL Combine
Moderator: Dr. Lynn Lashbrook
Aaron Schatz, Football Outsiders Founder & ESPN Insider
Russ Lande - GM Jr. Scouting, The Big Ten Network & The National Football Post & SMWW Faculty
Steve Palazzolo, Pro Football Focus Senior Analyst

5pm "Differentiate Yourself"
Dr. Lynn Lashbrook  

Download a Copy of the 2015 NFL Combine Program Here:

 

Hotel Rooms:

This conference is being held at the JW Marriott located at 10 South West Street, Indianapolis, IN 46204. Downtown Indianpolis has many Marriott hotels. Rooms are available at the JW Marriott, but we reccommend you stay at one of these Marriott hotels below as they are connected to the JW Marriott and much less expensive:

SpringHill Suites Downtown 
601 West Washington Street,
Indianapolis, IN 46204

 

Courtyard Marriott Downtown 
601 West Washington Street Indianapolis, IN
 
Fairfield Inn and Suites Indianapolis
 501 W Washington St
 Indianapolis, IN 46204
 
Hotel options within 1.0 mile walking distance of JW Marriott Hotel
 
Conrad Indianapolis
50 W Washington St
Indianapolis, IN 46204
 
The Westin Indianapolis
50 S Capitol Ave
Indianapolis, IN 46204
 
Hyatt Regency Indianapolis
1 S Capitol Ave
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
 
Crowne Plaza Indianaplois Downtown Union Station
123 W Louisiana St
Indianapolis, IN 46225
 
Omni Severin Hotel
40 W Jackson Pl
Indianapolis, IN 46225
 
Embassy Suites Indianapolis Downtown
110 W Washington St
Indianapolis, IN 46204