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Kevin Warren

COO, Minnesota Vikings

Kevin Warren was named Chief Operating Officer of the Minnesota Vikings on February 12, 2015. Warren’s extensive experience in all business facets of the organization create the perfect foundation for him to lead the business operations of the organization. Warren is the highest-ranking African-American executive working on the business side for a team in the NFL and is the first African-American COO in NFL history. In September of 2013, Warren’s reputation and NFL experience were recognized when he was named a member of the NFL Committee on Workplace Diversity, which is committed to enhancing and promoting diversity at every level of the NFL.

Warren earned his bachelor’s degree in business administration from Grand Canyon University in 1986; he was inducted into the Grand Canyon University Athletics Hall of Fame in 2012. He was the 16th inductee and only the fifth basketball player to earn the prestigious honor in the University’s history. Warren earned his MBA from Arizona State University in 1988, and his Juris Doctorate degree from the University of Notre Dame School of Law in 1990. Warren is a licensed attorney with the State Bar of Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota (House Counsel-Rule 10), and the District of Columbia.

Philanthropy is an integral part of Warren’s life; he and his wife, Greta, are especially passionate about education. Over the past few years, the family has donated more than 4,000 backpacks filled with school supplies for the entire school year to various elementary schools including Lucy Craft Laney Community School and Cityview Community School, both located in north Minneapolis.

In December 2014, Kevin and Greta created Carolyn’s Comforts in conjunction with the University of Minnesota Masonic Children’s Hospital and are donating $1 million to a pediatric emergency care assistance fund to honor the legacy of his sister, Carolyn Elaine Warren-Knox, who passed away of brain cancer. Since the inception of Carolyn’s Comforts, nearly 500 financial grants have been made to families in need.

In 2017, Kevin and Greta launched the ‘No Doors Closed’ Scholarship Program, selecting high-school seniors from District 191, who will be first generation college students. Each student is awarded a four year, $5,000 per year academic scholarship to attend their college institution of choice. Kevin and Greta plan to continue awarding four scholarships annually until a total of 16 students are in the program on a perpetual basis. Warren places a priority on civic leadership and engagement, serves on several boards both locally and nationally and has been recognized for his leadership in both business and charitable communities.

Wednesday, April 03

Shaping the Progressive and Inclusive Organization of the Future: A Sports Business Imperative

Moderator: Brandon Gayle, Director, Global Sports Partnerships, Facebook
Kathy Behrens, President, Social Responsibility and Player Programs, NBA
Jamil Northcutt, Vice President, Player Engagement, MLS
Inga Stenta, Senior Director, Global Brand Marketing, Reebok
Kevin Warren, COO, Minnesota Vikings

Champions Panel Discussion: Reflecting on a Career in Sports with an Eye on the Future

Moderator: Abraham Madkour, Executive Editor, Sports Business Journal / Daily
Buffy Filippell, President, TeamWork
Bob Kain, former Co-CEO, IMG; Executive Committee, USGA
Earl Santee, Managing Director, Americas, Populous
Ron Semiao, Vice President, Programming and Media Events, NFL; former Senior Vice President, ESPN X Games
Kevin Warren, COO, Minnesota Vikings