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WISE Twin Cities College Series

The Power of Networking & Your Career Path

Date: Wednesday, November 18th, 2020
Time: 
5:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Location: 
Virtual Zoom Webinar

Join WISE Twin Cities on Wednesday, November 18th at 5:00 p.m. for a virtual webinar on The Power of Networking and Your Career Path. Hear from WISE Twin Cities board members on the power of expanding your network and how those connections are integral to your career journey and success.

ABOUT THE SPEAKERS

Sarah Denn | St. Thomas University | Athletics Program Manager l Moderator

Sarah Denn is set to begin her third year on the St. Thomas Athletics Staff as Athletics Program Manager. Denn oversees all Ticket Operations, including the Tommie Season Ticket program, as well as serving as a site manager for events, and assisting with both marketing and budget for the department. Sarah came to St. Thomas after two years as a Guest Experience Specialist and Tour Coordinator at SMG. As such, Denn developed and operated the Tour Department at U.S. Bank Stadium. She oversaw Premium Areas for all major events, such as the 2016 Grand Opening, Minnesota Vikings home games, ESPN X Games, Super Bowl LII, as well as numerous concerts, MSHSL State Tournaments, trade shows, and galas among others.  

Sarah graduated in 2015 from the University of Minnesota’s Carlson School of Management with a degree in Marketing. She brings experience from Major League Baseball (MLB), where she was a Facility Operations and Security Intern for the Office of the Commissioner in New York City. In addition, she served as an intern for NBC during the Winter Olympic Games in Sochi, Russia in February of 2014. As well as experience with Minnesota Timberwolves & Lynx, and the 2014 MLB All-Star Game festivities at Target Field. Denn is currently pursuing her MBA at the University of St. Thomas. 

Kara Kawakami | Minnesota United FC l Premium Hospitality Manager l Panelist

Kara joined Minnesota United in 2017, during the organization’s first year as an MLS Franchise. She worked to build a premium philosophy to support the customized needs of premium guests and multi-year relationships, and transitioned through TCF Bank Stadium into the opening of Allianz Field. Currently, she oversees the service and strategy of all multi-year suite and loge box clients and focuses on continuing exceptional experience and service in all premium areas, representing 3 inclusive clubs, loge boxes and the suite level. Kara also serves on the Women in Sports Events Twin Cities (WISETC) Executive Board, and the Association of Luxury Suite Directors (ALSD) Board of Advisors.

Kara graduated from the University of Minnesota – Twin Cities in 2011 with a degree in Sport Management. She began her career in sports with the Major League Soccer National Sales Center training program and obtained her first ticket sales role at FC Dallas. Eventually returning to Minneapolis, MN – Kara spent time on various projects in fundraising, business development and events. In 2014, Kara rejoined the sports industry working with the Minnesota Timberwolves and Lynx in premium hospitality. During her tenure, she managed the transition of suite multi-year clients through the completion of the new practice facilities, Mayo Clinic Square, and the opening of the Target Center Suite and Renovated Premium Level. Among some of her key projects were overseeing the launch of Chairman’s Club and Suites, guest chef programming, suite benefits and service offerings, and the launch of Mayo Clinic Square hospitality and events.

 

Kathleen Coyle | Minnesota Vikings | Senior Manager, Premium Sales l Panelist

After graduating from Brown University, Kathleen decided working in the sports industry would be a fulfilling way to connect her passion for sports with professional relationship development. Having previous experience with the Cleveland Cavaliers, New York Jets and San Francisco 49ers, she moved back to her home town to join the Minnesota Vikings U.S. Bank Stadium project through Van Wagner Sports and Entertainment. Currently in her seventh season with the Team, Kathleen is now a member of the Vikings Corporate Partnerships team overseeing Premium Sales. After living and working throughout the country, she is proud to be a part of the Minnesota Vikings franchise. 

 

Kristin Gow | Sportradar | Product Manager l Panelist

Kristin Gow is the Product Manager of Image and Editorial APIs for Sportradar. Kristin oversees the strategic vision and product roadmap for content APIs that deliver 150 collections of headshots, action images and sports news to media clients. Since joining Sportradar in 2015, Kristin has held management roles in both sales and product and spearheaded initiatives that streamlined processes and communication during a time of tremendous growth for Sportradar. Kristin currently serves on the Executive Board of Directors for Women in Sports and Events Twin Cities (WISE TC) and the Associate Board of Directors for Girls on the Run Twin Cities. 

Kristin graduated from the University of Minnesota with a major in Communication Studies and a minor in Journalism & Mass Communication. After graduating, she landed her first job in sports as a community relations intern for the Minnesota Timberwolves and Lynx. Kristin went on to work in television as a production assistant for Hubbard Broadcasting. She took on the role of floor director during the launch of Twin Cities Live and started hosting and producing backstage features with guests of the show. Kristin discovered her love of storytelling and decided to pack up and move to Austin, MN to pursue a job as a television reporter. During her time in Southern Minnesota, Kristin reported on a large tornado outbreak, covered numerous state high school tournaments, produced feature stories on prep athletes, hosted a weekly high school sports show and interviewed some of Minnesota’s top pro athletes. Kristin returned home to the Twin Cities in 2012 and started working for Fox Sports North where she immersed herself in the business side of broadcast sports. All of these roles helped Kristin bring a vast array of sports media experience to her current role at Sportadar.

Kristin lives in the Twin Cities with her husband and two daughters. She enjoys running, drinking iced coffee, listening to audiobooks, and traveling with her family.

REGISTRATION

WISE Members should log into their WISE Account through the WISE Twin Cities website prior to registering. For questions on registration please contact WISE Twin Cities at info@wisetwincities.org.

  • Free for Members & Non-Members

Deadline to register for this event is Monday, November 16 at 5:00 p.m.

QUESTIONS

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