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Former NFL Head Coach and Current ESPN Analyst

KEYNOTE SPEAKER
TUE. 2/14, 6:00PM

Herm Edwards is a charismatic inspirational speaker who shares with his audience a special game plan which centers on the pillars of teamwork — work ethic, communication, integrity and legacy. A former NFL player, scout, assistant coach and head coach, Edwards shares stories and motivational moments from his career that resonate with any group. The lessons he has learned along the way and the impactful messages he has shared with his teams will keep any audience on the edge of their seat. Herm Edwards has a zest for life that is hard to match and is clearly evident in his dynamic presentation. Whether it is his faith, his family or his football team, Herman Edwards exudes passion in all areas of life. That energetic and enthusiastic attitude best defines the way he approaches his role as an in-studio NFL analyst for ESPN. Edwards utilizes his diverse background in pro football to be one of the most informed and educated analysts on television today.

The Fort Monmouth, NJ native enjoyed a 10-year professional playing career from ‘77-‘86, spending the first nine of those seasons with the Philadelphia Eagles. He totaled 33 interceptions for 98 yards with one TD during his tenure with that franchise. His 33 career INTs rank as the third-best in Eagles history, just one from the team record of 34. Edwards concluded his NFL playing career in 1986 and secured his first job with the Kansas City Chiefs in ‘89 as the recipient of the club’s Minority Coaching Fellowship. Edwards is the first graduate to become the head coach of the franchise for which he served his fellowship.

Beginning his coaching career as defensive backs coach at San Jose State (’87-’89), Edwards later returned to Kansas City as the defensive backs coach from ‘92-’94. After a one-year stint as a pro personnel scout with Kansas City in ‘95, Edwards moved with Tony Dungy to Tampa Bay in ‘96. In 2001, he departed Tampa Bay to become head coach of the New York Jets, where he led them to the postseason in his first campaign with the squad. Edwards rejoined the Chiefs in 2006, becoming the first head coach in franchise history to guide Kansas City to the playoffs in his initial season with the club. In his debut campaign, Edwards posted a 9-7 overall record, tying the mark of most victories by a first-year coach in franchise history.

Throughout his career, Edwards has used his position in the league to serve as a positive role model. He and his wife, Lia, are involved in numerous charitable efforts and philanthropic endeavors. In 2002, Edwards was named the Big Brother of the Year by the Catholic Big Brothers For Boys and Girls in New York. Edwards was appointed as a charter member of the Fritz Pollard Alliance in 2003, which serves as a conduit between NFL minority coaches and league executives. He was named to the Positive Coaching Alliance’s National Advisory Committee that year. He has also been an active participant in the All Pro Dad initiative, a parenting program that has received national recognition. The Edwards’ are also active supporters of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation in Kansas City.

Edwards began his hands-on participation in supporting charitable causes as a player, founding the Herm Edwards Youth Foundation in ‘85. For 11 years, the Youth Foundation hosted the Herm Edwards Charity Golf Classic and raised funds for the Boys & Girls Club in Seaside, California. Wanting to make an even more direct impact on the lives of underprivileged children on the Monterey Peninsula in California through his foundation, Edwards solicited the support of his friends and family, as well as players and coaches throughout the league, to conduct The Herm Edwards Youth Football Camp. In June of this year, Edwards brought his camp to Seaside, CA.

Mori Taheripour
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The Art of Negotiation: Essential Strategies and Skills TO ACHIEVE SUCCESS
WED. 2/15, 2:30PM

Mori Taheripour is a negotiation strategist and educator with over a decade of experience teaching negotiation at the Wharton School and to a diverse range of clients including sports leagues and agencies, Fortune 500 companies, universities, and professional associations. She uses an experiential teaching environment to facilitate participants’ real-time, practical application of their theoretical knowledge and empower them to become more effective and confident negotiators. Her classes provide a conceptual framework to promote agreement in both personal and professional settings and give participants a chance to take an intense look at themselves and their counterparts, providing a unique opportunity for candid and instant feedback.

Ms. Taheripour’s negotiation clients, past and present, include: The Goldman Sachs Foundation, Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses Program, Wells Fargo, Alvarez & Marsal, NBA Players’ Association (NBPA), The National Football League (NFL), NFL Players’ Association (NFLPA), Wasserman Media Group, United Parcel Service (UPS), AIGA Design and Business Conference, UCSF Nurse Leadership Program, National Association of Mutual Insurance Companies (NAMIC), American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN), E-House China, the U.S. Department of State Middle East Partnership Initiative (MEPI) and White House Fellows Program.