During this virtual event, you’ll connect with top sports reporters, editors, marketing professionals and employers working in Philadelphia and around the country. Learn about their careers and how to start yours, get tips on sports reporting and make contacts that could impact your future.

Event Schedule

  • 11 am -12pm: Breakout Rooms
  • 12 – 12:15pm: Short Recess
  • 12:15 – 1:30pm: Keynote Address by Kate Scott

Keynote Address

Following the breakout session, join us for a keynote address from Philadelphia 76ers Play-by-Play Announcer Kate Scott. She is Philadelphia’s first female play-by-play announcer, the first woman to call an NFL game on the radio, and the first woman to call a football game for the Pac-12 Network, among many other firsts.

Kate Scott
Philadelphia 76ers Play-by-Play Announcer

Kate Scott became Philadelphia’s first female play-by-play announcer when she took over the Sixers job for the retiring Marc Zumoff, KLN ‘92. She is the first woman to call an NFL game on the radio and the first to call football for the Pac-12 Network, among other events.

Breakout Sessions

Starting at 11 a.m., use any of the join links below to join the summit. Upon entering Zoom, you will be able to choose the breakout room you would like to join. At any time during the session, you can leave a breakout room and jump into another one.

Michael Lee
Sports enterprise reporter at The Washington Post

Michael Lee is a sports enterprise reporter at The Washington Post focusing on the intersection of gender, diversity and how sports shape our society. Lee previously worked at The Post from 2004 to 2015, serving as the national NBA writer and beat writer for the Washington Wizards. He is a longtime NBA scribe who covered the league for 19 seasons at the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, The Post, Yahoo! Sports and the Athletic.

Terry Lefton, KLN ’79
Editor-at-large at Sports Business Journal

Terry Lefton, KLN ‘79, is the editor-at-large for the Sports Business Journal and a Temple alum. His focus is breaking news on sponsorship, licensing, advertising, and marketing deals in the world of sports. Before joining Sports Business Journal, Lefton covered the sports marketing and media segment for Brandweek and the Industry Standard. He has also worked as a writer for The Sports Network, where he covered the 1984 Winter Olympics in Sarajevo.

Ndidi Massay
VP of workplace culture & diversity CBS Sports

As the vice president, workplace culture and diversity at CBS Sports, Ndidi Massay’a job is to build a more diverse workforce that includes more women of color, disabled and LGBTQ+ employees. Her top goals include building a more diverse workforce, with better retention, and more senior level diversity. She also served as the Commissioner of the New York State Athletic Commission since 2016, and before that she helped launch the Ross Initiative in Sports for Equality, a nonprofit that works to improve race relations throughout sports by promoting understanding, respect and equality. She has also been a diversity and inclusion consultant for the NFL.

Lesley Van Ness
Talent acquisition supervisor at Gray Television

Lesley Van Ness is the talent acquisition supervisor at Gray Television. Her job is to identify top candidates for hire at all 113 of the company’s television stations.

Interested in having your reel critiqued? 

During Lesley Van Ness’ breakout, she will be critiquing student anchor/reporter reels. If you would like your reel to be reviewed, please send your video link to mrfine@temple.edu by 11:59 p.m. on Wednesday, February 2. Please note that not all of the reels will be able to be reviewed, but every student who sends one in will receive a notification about whether or not theirs has been chosen. Regardless of whether your reel is chosen, all are invited to join the session to learn more about how to build a winning résumé reel.

Chris Williams, KLN ’15
Producer of video production for the NJ Devils

Chris Williams, KLN ‘15, is a regional Emmy Award winning videographer and Temple alum. As Producer of Video Production for the NHL’s New Jersey Devils, Chris covers the team daily by producing news and feature content for its various digital platforms.

Klein Recruitment Session

Are you an incoming student interested in media and communications? Are you a current students looking to add a minor in media and communication to your current degree? Following the breakout session, stick around to talk with Klein’s recruitment team to learn more about Klein’s academic programs including our new Sports Media Certificate.

Klein’s academic programs and location make it the perfect place to study media and communication.

Klein’s undergraduate programs encourage students to take advantage of Philadelphia’s rich history and its position as the nation’s fourth-largest media market through innovative curriculum that makes the city their classroom. Klein students enjoy the resources of a large, urban research institution, and they combine those benefits with the one-on-one relationships and mentorship available in more close-knit college settings. They gain an affordable education that connects their interests and passion with 21st century challenges.