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Heard at Game Changers

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Don Garber

Commissioner, MLS

“We didn’t need the Rooney rule because [diversity hiring] became part of the fabric of who we were and it’s the culture today. I wholeheartedly believe as I walk through our office and see a staff that reflects the fan base and the country, it gives me as much pride as anything we’ve accomplished. … As an industry, I think we’ve done a better job, but I’d say we’re in the third chapter of a 10-chapter book.”


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Bea Perez

Senior VP, Coca-Cola, on Nike’s campaign with Colin Kaepernick

“They are a thoughtful, deliberate business that does a lot of research, a lot of testing. They probably thought about this campaign for two years, and it sounds like they were waiting for the right moment.”



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Cathy Lanier

Chief Security Officer, NFL 

“Mobile ticketing, mobile credentials, everything we have is going to be on our phones, so that presents a huge digital forensic role for everything we do. It’s a huge part of our responsibility now.”




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Claude Silver

Chief Heart Officer, VaynerMedia

“Culture exists in the shadows.”





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Heidi Browning

Executive VP and CMO, NHL

Legalized gambling “will lead to startups that emerge out of nowhere around data, around analytics, around media and broadcasting. We’re going to see a lot of things we can’t even dream of yet that may enhance it or detract from it.”


Compiled by Michael Smith