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2020 Sports Business Journal Thought Leaders Retreat

July 21 - 22, 2020
The Resort at Pelican Hill
Newport Coast, CA


The purpose of Thought Leaders is to provide busy executives like yourself a smaller, peer-to-peer environment that allows you to take some time for yourself while discovering new ideas for your business and acquiring new associates in the industry. This by-invitation-only event will bring together the sports industry’s senior executives for two days of information sharing, dynamic speakers, outdoor activities and peer-level relationship building. Thought Leaders provides attendees the opportunity to address important topics outside the scope of day-to-day sports business, such as leadership, creativity, innovation, management issues, work/life balance, and diversity and inclusion.


Back By Popular Demand!

The 2019 Thought Leaders at The Resort at Pelican Hill was such a resounding success that we will be returning to this beautiful location on Tuesday, July 21 and Wednesday, July 22 for the 2020 Retreat. From the moment of arrival, you’ll experience a place like no other.  The service and ambiance of the Resort at Pelican Hill is one of a kind. And the backdrop for two days of meetings – panoramic views of the Pacific Ocean - will be unforgettable.  Conveniently located in Orange County, CA, the resort is less than 10-miles from John Wayne Airport and just about 45-miles from Los Angeles International Airport. LA Traffic permitting, you can be at the resort in under 1-hour! So get ready to relax, learn and network.

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Thought Leaders Through the Years

 In 2019, Thought Leaders was held at Pelican Hill Resort. Previous Thought Leader locations have included:

  The Ritz-Carlton, Bachelor Gulch in Beaver Creek, Colorado
The Ritz-Carlton, Half Moon Bay
The Inn at Spanish Bay, Pebble Beach
The Cloister at Sea Island
The Sanctuary at Kiawah Island

Visit FIND OUT MORE to request information on Thought Leaders 2020.