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2016-2017 Featured Speakers

Kevin Demoff

 Kevin Demoff

Kevin Demoff

Executive Vice President of Football Operations and COO
Los Angeles Rams


Los Angeles Rams


About Kevin Demoff

Kevin Demoff is in his eighth year as Chief Operating Officer & Executive Vice President of Football Operations with the Rams. In this capacity, Demoff serves as the team’s top front office executive and liaison to owner and chairman, Stan Kroenke, on all organizational matters.

After serving on the working group that helped Kroenke return the Rams – Los Angeles’ original professional sports team – home to L.A., Demoff is now playing a significant role in delivering on Kroenke’s vision to design and construct the 298-acre sports and entertainment district in Inglewood that will serve as the future home of the Rams. The NFL-themed campus will include a 70,000 seat stadium, performance venue, retail district and office complex and is currently the largest entitled real-estate project in Southern California. Demoff will also continue to lead the club on all business operations, including marketing and sales, finance, administration, communications, ticketing and community affairs. Additionally, Demoff works closely with General Manager Les Snead and Head Coach Jeff Fisher to develop the club’s strategic plan for player signings and acquisitions.

Demoff serves on the boards of the United Way of Greater Los Angeles, Los Angeles Sports and Entertainment Commission and Los Angeles Sports Council. Demoff is also part of the American Cancer Society’s CEOs Against Cancer, which is a partnership of the world’s leading CEOs and the American Cancer Society dedicated to eliminating unnecessary deaths and suffering from cancer. Since joining the Rams in 2009, Demoff has been responsible for re-organizing the club's business efforts with a focus on delivering a better overall experience for Rams' fans and increasing the club's presence in the community.

As part of his vision, Demoff spearheaded the organization’s efforts to become one of the strongest philanthropic partners in professional sports. That focus has led the team to receive numerous awards for their charitable efforts including being named the “2010 St. Louis Philanthropic Organization of the Year.” His tireless dedication to community engagement will continue to set the tone for the organization as they look to become part of the fabric of the greater Los Angeles region. While in St. Louis, Demoff and his family established the “Demoff’s Dreamers” ticket program and purchased tickets for patient families at The Children’s Hospital to attend every Rams’ home game. That effort will continue in Los Angeles. Demoff and his wife, Jennifer, were very active in the St. Louis community and led efforts for The Magic House, St. Louis’ Children’s Museum and COCA (Center of Creative Arts). Demoff also held leadership positions with the United Way of Greater St. Louis, Regional Business Council, St. Louis Sports Commission and Salvation Army.

Prior to joining the Rams, Demoff spent the previous four seasons (2005-08) with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, where he served as a consultant before being named Senior Assistant in 2006. In this capacity, Demoff assisted General Manager Bruce Allen in contract negotiations, salary cap management, strategic planning and both college and pro scouting. During his tenure with the Buccaneers, the team captured NFC South titles in 2005 and 2007 while posting a winning record in three of his four seasons. Born and raised in Los Angeles, Calif., Demoff received a bachelors’ degree in history from Dartmouth College in 1999 and a Masters in Business Administration from the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth in 2006. Kevin and Jennifer have two children – a daughter, Claire and son, Owen.

Jody Giles

 Jody Giles

Jody Giles

Executive Director Emeritus
Under Armour


Under Armour

Jody Giles is the former CIO for Under Armour, the fast-growing, Baltimore-based company specializing in performance apparel, footwear, and accessories. Upon joining Under Armour in 2005, as the company's first CIO, Giles worked to build an IT culture with high team engagement.

Prior to Under Armour, Gile served as CIO of Vans Inc., based in Southern California, where he lead a turnaround of the IT function. Giles has also worked in the Entertainment Industry, serving as CIO for Virgin Interactive Entertainment, and as Executive Director of Systems Planning for Paramount Pictures.

Honored as "Lattanze Executive of the Year" by Loyola University in April, 2013 and "CIO of the Year" by the Gartner Midsize Enterprise Summit in 2004, Giles possesses deep experience in Apparel and Footwear design, development, production, distribution, and marketing, specifically in high-growth and high-profile brands.

Giles is a recipient of the "Excellence in Education Business Partner Award" from Anne Arundel County Public School System for his work in developing the Business, Innovation and Leadership program and curriculum.

Giles earned his MBA, with distinction, from the Pepperdine Graziadio School of Business and Management, and was a graduate of the University of New Mexico with a degree in business computer systems.

Steve Kerr

 Steve Kerr

Steve Kerr

Head coach
Golden State Warriors

Golden State Warriors Pepperdine DELS

Entering his third season as head coach of the Golden State Warriors, Steve Kerr engineered the most successful campaign of any first year coach in NBA history in 2014-15, culminating in the Warriors winning the fourth NBA Championship in franchise history and the first in 40 years. En route to the NBA title, which was Kerr’s sixth after winning five during his 15-year playing career, he led the Warriors to a then-franchise-record 67 victories, establishing NBA records for most wins and highest winning percentage (67-15, .817) by a rookie head coach.

Kerr followed his inaugural campaign by winning the 2015-16 NBA Coach of the Year Award for leading the Warriors to an NBA-record 73 wins in 2015-16, eclipsing the previous mark of 72 set by a Chicago Bulls squad in 1995-96 that featured Kerr as a key reserve. In addition to the single-season wins record, the Warriors set new league marks for single-season road wins (34), consecutive wins to begin a season (24) and consecutive regular-season home wins (54). After seeing a 16-game improvement over the previous season in 2014-15 (51-31 in 2013-14), an NBA record for the biggest improvement by a 50-win team in league history, the Warriors improved by six wins in 2015-16, joining the Chicago Bulls (1995-96 & 1996-97) as the only teams to win at least 65 games in back-to-back campaigns.

Originally named to the position on May 19, 2014, Kerr is the 25th head coach in franchise history and the 20th since the team moved to the West Coast in 1962. He is the fourth Warriors coach to win an NBA title, joining Eddie Gottlieb (1947), George Senesky (1956) and Alvin Attles (1975). Kerr, 50, owns 28 years of NBA experience as a player, coach, television analyst and front office executive, including a three-year stint (2007-10) as president of basketball operations and general manager for the Phoenix Suns. During his time as the Suns GM, the club posted a 155-91 (.630) record and earned a pair of playoff berths, including a trip to the 2010 Western Conference Finals.

Having made the playoffs 11 times during his playing career, Kerr is one of only 26 players in NBA history to win five championships, earning three rings with Chicago and two with San Antonio. A key reserve for Chicago during the team’s three-peat championship run from 1996-98, Kerr famously hit the game-winning, title-clinching shot in Game 6 of the 1997 NBA Finals. He won his fourth consecutive championship in 1999 with the San Antonio Spurs to become one of only two non-Boston Celtics to win four-straight NBA titles (joining Frank Saul, 1951-54). His fifth ring came in his second stint with the Spurs during his final NBA campaign in 2002-03.

The NBA’s all-time three-point percentage leader, having converted on 45.4 percent (726-of-1599) of his attempts from long range, Kerr amassed career averages of 6.0 points, 1.8 assists and 1.2 rebounds in 910 regular-season games with the Phoenix Suns, Cleveland Cavaliers, Orlando Magic, Chicago Bulls, San Antonio Spurs (twice) and Portland Trail Blazers.

Kerr was originally selected by the Phoenix Suns in the second round (50th overall) of the 1988 NBA Draft out of the University of Arizona. Kerr capped his collegiate career as a senior in 1988 by helping lead the Wildcats to their first Final Four appearance. An All-Pac 10 guard in both 1986 and 1988, he remains the school’s career leader in three-point field goal percentage (57.3 percent). Kerr was also a member of the USA Basketball team that captured the 1986 World Championship in Madrid, the last American Men’s Senior Team composed strictly of amateur players to capture a gold medal. During his playing career, Kerr played for some of the most successful coaches in the history of the game, including Phil Jackson, Gregg Popovich, Lenny Wilkens, Cotton Fitzsimmons and Lute Olson. Born in Beirut, Lebanon, and raised in Pacific Palisades, CA, Kerr was a ballboy in 1978 and 1979 at UCLA, where his late father, Malcolm, was a professor.

As a broadcaster, Kerr has served two different four-year stints as a game analyst on TNT’s award-winning NBA coverage. In addition to a full slate of regular-season games, he also worked TNT’s marquee events, including the NBA All-Star Game, playoffs and conference finals. During his most recent stint in broadcasting, beginning in 2010, Kerr also served as an analyst for NCAA Tournament and Final Four coverage on Turner Sports and CBS. Kerr earned a degree in general studies from Arizona with an emphasis in history, sociology, and English in 1988 and serves on the board of directors for Peace Players International, a Washington, D.C.-based organization that uses basketball as a means to bridge cultural gaps in areas of political, racial and religious conflict.

Born on September 27, 1965, Steve and his wife, Margot, have two sons, Nicholas and Matthew, and one daughter, Madeleine. Nick received his degree from the University of San Diego in 2015 and is completing his graduate studies at the University of California, Berkeley, where he played as a walk-on for the Bears’ basketball team for one season. Madeleine is a senior at UC Berkeley and is a member of the volleyball team. Matthew is a freshman at the USC School of Cinematic Arts.

In October 2014, Steve and Margot Kerr committed $1 million to the University of Arizona to assist with the McKale Memorial Center renovation and future academic facility enhancements.

Dr. Jerry Brown

 Dr. Jerry Brown

Dr. Jerry Brown

Medical Director
Eternal Love Winning Africa
("ELWA") Hospital

Eternal Love Winning Africa

Many around the world were shocked as we watched the Ebola crisis unfold. One man, Dr. Jerry Brown, watched too. He took action and stopped people from dying of Ebola. Through his work as medical director of the Eternal Love Winning Africa Hospital in Monrovia, Liberia, and in the face of skepticism and misunderstanding, he trained, taught and treated waves of people who came to his hospital. In December 2014, Brown was named person of the year by Time Magazine for his work fighting Ebola, which remains a threat but is no longer spreading at the rates once feared.

The efforts of Brown and his staff at Eternal Love Winning Africa Hospital saved hundreds of people who contracted the disease, and perhaps untold thousands who never got it because of the hospital's containment efforts. The ELWA Hospital is a health facility that SIM founded in 1965. It is located in the center of Paynesville City, Monrovia, Liberia, and caters to thousands of people. It is also an evangelical, interdenominational, and non-profit-making Christian primary-care ministry in the Republic of Liberia.

Brown is a remarkable servant leader and inspires other leaders to rise, have unshakeable courage, and to save lives. Learn about his global leadership experience and how to encourage leaders to take risks, go the extra mile, and lead through challenges.