Schedule of Events
8:00 a.m. - 8:30 a.m.: Registration & Breakfast Buffet Open
8:30 a.m. - 8:40 a.m.: Conference Opening
8:40 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.: Risk Management for Event Safety
Speaker: Michael Finley
9:30 a.m. - 9:40 a.m. : Networking Coffee Break
9:40 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.: Event Medical
Session Sponsor: Adventure Medics
Speakers: Claire Ruddenklau, Kat Dougherty
One of the fastest ways to disrupt an event is to have a medical emergency that you are not prepared for. This open-ended discussion will dive deeper into medical support at events including topics such as: How to manage an effective medical team, the differences between using volunteer vs. professional medical staff, the legal liabilities and credentials needed, and questions to ask your medical providers.
10:30 a.m. - 10:45 a.m. : Networking Coffee Break
10:50 a.m. - 11:40 a.m.: Utilizing Your Sports Commission
Sports Commissions and DMO’s – the sports event planning allies you may not know you have. This session will provide an overview of the services these organizations offer planners to make their planning process easier. Learn more about partnering on event bids and how we can bring prestigious events in your sport to our area.
10:50 a.m. - 11:40 a.m.: Strategies to Maximize Participant Experience
Speakers: Jon Marx, Alli Young, Jennifer Hartley, Jessica Joyce (moderator)
An athlete’s event experience starts long before they step on to the field of play. In this panel discussion, we will dive into to strategies and creative ways to elevate your athlete and participants experience from when they first arrive in your destination through the end of your event. Learn from veteran planner’s creative ways to incorporate team welcomes, community giveback, and destination events and excursions, to take your athlete and participant experience to the next level.
10:50 a.m. - 11:40 a.m. : DMO Track Session 1: Intro to Sport Oregon & Setting the Foundation for Statewide Success
Education Track Sponsor: Sport Oregon
Sport Oregon’s mission “to bring economic and quality of life benefits to Oregonians through sport” can reach far and wide in our state with an active and eager DMO community. This session will lay the groundwork for the day by sharing our everyday work and engaging in conversations around measurement, best practices, and challenges in sports tourism.
11:45 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. : Networking Break
12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.: Lunch and Keynote Presentation
The Oregon Sports Summit is excited to welcome former NFL player David Vobora as our 2022 keynote speaker. Upon retiring from the NFL in 2012, he opened Performance Vault — a sports performance training center aimed at helping rebuild wounded warriors. Soon after opening, he launched the non-profit organization called Adaptive Training Foundation. ATF provides access and inclusion to individuals living with physical or traumatic impairments by empowering them through exercise and community.
David is a hope dealer, an alchemist of human development, and a sweat psychologist. He always has one eye on personal and foundational growth, the other eye ensuring no one is left behind in the process, and both feet firmly planted in the present.
Join us for his keynote presentation as he shares his inspirational story and wisdom with attendees.
1:15 p.m. - 2:05 p.m. : How Maupin's World Class Venue Came to Life Through a Simple 5 Step Methodology- Who is Next?
This session will focus on how a simple idea about building a track for the school evolved into a bigger vision that has energized the community through this work. The IncubatorU 5 Step Methodology is practical, results oriented and provides a framework for success. Learn how this methodology allows for dreams to become reality through maximizing the potential of resources that are already available and can be applied to any project, organization or a community looking to transform. This session will dive into the case study of the development of the Maupin Deschutes River Athletic Complex and how bringing world class events to a small town can benefit the entire community.
1:15 p.m. - 2:05 p.m. : Event Planning Core Concepts
Join event planning experts from the Oregon Track Club team in a discussion highlighting core topics of event management – volunteers, marketing, and event logistical planning.
1:15 p.m. - 2:05 p.m. : DMO Track Session 2: Exemplifying a Partnership Success: IRONMAN 70.3 OregonRogue Room (Upstairs)
Education Track Sponsor: Sport Oregon
Speakers: Teresa O'Neill, Angie Onyewuchi, Dawnielle Tehama
Join us for an introduction and panel of the tourism professionals responsible for bringing IRONMAN to life for the first time ever in Oregon. The group will share the challenges and triumphs of executing the event, discuss the impact felt in the region, and dive deep into the partnerships that made it a reality.
2:15 p.m. - 3:15 p.m.: "Seventh Inning Stretch" Networking Event
3:20 p.m. - 4:10 p.m. : Title IX 50 Years Later- History, Accomplishments, and Future Change
This year we celebrate the anniversary of history making legislation Title IX. Join us for this panel discussion to dive into the impact this has made on women’s athletics. Help us celebrate the accomplishments that have been made, and be inspired to become a changemaker.
3:20 p.m. - 4:10 p.m.: Event Sustainability- The Real Cost and Benefits
3:20 p.m. - 4:10 p.m. : DMO Track Session 3: A Look to the Future: Sports ETA Symposium 2024 in Portland
While the Sports ETA annual convention will physically take place in Portland, there will be ample opportunities to activate the entire state for incoming clients and event producers. Join us for a passionate discussion about what makes this particular convention special, and what it will take to make it the most memorable Symposium yet.