Mori Taheripour is as a faculty member in the Legal Studies and Business Ethics Department at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania where she teaches Negotiations and Dispute Resolution in the Undergraduate, MBA and Executive Education programs and has received the William G. Whitney Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching in 2007, 2011 and 2012. Ms. Taheripour is also a co-founder and affiliated faculty member of the Wharton Sports Business Initiative (WSBI), a partnership among top level business leaders, faculty and students that generates and disseminates knowledge about the sports industry through educational programs, high-level student consulting assignments, global forums, and research associated with the professional sports industry.
Since 2010, Ms. Taheripour has served as the Senior Advisor for Sport for Development at the US Agency for International Development (USAID). In this role, she serves as the lead U.S. Government representative for promoting sport as a unique and powerful tool in the advancement of international development goals. Ms. Taheripour is responsible for the strategic integration of sport into USAID programs around the world and she serves as the senior technical advisor for all Agency programs related to sport and development. She manages relationships with professional sports leagues, federations, and franchises and is responsible for driving strategic partnerships between sports organizations, civil society, private sector corporations and non-governmental organizations.
In 2006, after Hurricane Katrina, Ms. Taheripour served as the Vice President of Corporate Diversity for the American Red Cross. In this position, she developed and executed the corporate-wide strategy for diversity and inclusion to ensure that the Red Cross reflected the communities it served in its people, programs, policies and services. During her tenure at the Red Cross, Ms. Taheripour was credited with more than doubling the funding for high profile diversity initiatives through strategic alliances with key corporate partners including State Farm, the Home Depot, and Verizon Foundation.
Ms. Taheripour serves as an independent consultant for a variety of corporate, non-profit and sports organizations. Current and past clients include The Goldman Sachs Foundation, Wells Fargo, The Timberland Company, AB InBev, Wasserman Media Group (WMG), NBA Players’ Association (NBPA), United Parcel Service (UPS), Major League Baseball (MLB) and the NFL Players’ Association (NFLPA). Ms. Taheripour is widely known for her expertise in negotiation, global sports philanthropy, social inclusion and diversity, and athlete engagement and development. She has been a featured speaker and moderator at numerous conferences around the world and was recently featured in ESPN’s 30 for 30 documentary Broke.
Ms. Taheripour earned her MBA from The Wharton School and her BA in psychology and premedical studies from Barnard College/Columbia University.