JW Marriott Indianapolis - March 2-4, 2023

2023 Football Career Conference

This conference is your chance to meet Scouts, Agents, Player Personnel, Media, and Management in NFL careers. In the process, you'll learn how to advance your career at all levels of football! 

Our annual Football Career Conference at the NFL Combine provides you with the exposure that you can't get anywhere else:

  • Networking with NFL executives
  • Career guidance from well-known NFL executives
  • Insights on who is doing the hiring and what you need to know to get hired
  • Connect with sports career-minded individuals
  • Mentors who have been where you are and want to assist you with your career
  • Insider information about changes in the industry that put your career on the fast track
  • Strategies to catapult your career to the next level
  • NFL Combine Ticket registration



Who Should Attend the 2023 Football Career Conference?

This conference is designed for individuals who have always dreamed of working in football. Aspiring agents, executives, scouts, sales reps, marketers, analysts – all will learn a bevy of insider information to help set them apart in the employment race. 

Attendees include business professionals hoping to break into sports, sports agents looking to network, college students trying to get a foot in the door, football fans interested in changing careers, and many more satisfied participants.

We do require attendees to be over age 18 (16-17 if accompanied by an adult).



2022 Featured Speakers
*Speakers are subject to change.

Adam Schefter
ESPN Announcer
Paraag Marathe
San Francisco 49ers President
Mark Dominik
ESPN Analyst and Former Tampa Bay Buccaneers GM
Scott Fitterer
Carolina Panthers General Manager
Dr. China Jude
Denver Broncos VP of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
Aaron Schatz
Football Outsiders Founder & ESPN Insider & SMWW Faculty
Kelli Masters
NFL Agent
Jim Van Dam
Indianapolis Colts VP of Ticket Sales and Service
Kristen Kuliga
NFL Agent
Joel Corry
Former NFL & NBA Agent and Salary Cap Expert
Mike Tainer
Football Outsiders Senior Analyst
Russ Lande
Montreal Alouettes Dir. of US Scouting
Ric Serritella
NFL Draft Bible Founder
Kelly Kleine
Denver Broncos Executive Director of Football Operations
Kevin Abrams
Senior Vice President of Football Operations & Strategy - New York Giants
Bill Guertin
800-Pound Gorilla CEO
Rod Graves
Fritz Pollard Alliance Executive Director
Steve Palazzolo
Pro Football Focus Senior Analyst
Aaron Henderson
Bryan Harper
Minnesota Vikings VP of Media and Content
Dr. Lynn Lashbrook
SMWW President & Founder, Certified NFL Agent, Former NCAA Athletic Director, Sports Business Keynote Speaker


Why Should You Attend the Football Career Conference?

Rod Graves, Arizona GM

There are very few chances for you to learn from, and ask questions of, pillars in the industry. Speakers like Adam Schefter, Mark Dominik, John Wooten, and Dr. China Jude aren't coming to your current business, or your college classroom, to discuss the strategies and skills necessary to work in the NFL.

At the Football Career Conference, they will. If fact, following their presentations, many speakers stick around to engage the attendees in one-on-one discussions.

Head coaches, Directors of Player Personnel and Scouting, ESPN writers, Sports Agents, Pro Athletes, and many others will be present at this one-of-a-kind event.



Attend the "Invite Only" 2023 NFL Combine:

In past years, approximately thirty days prior to the conference, those registered would be sent an invitation for complimentary tickets to the NFL Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium. We recommend you choose Saturday to attend the combine but other days should be available. For those of you booking flights that want to attend the combine, we recommend booking your flight to leave after 5 pm Saturday.

Come enjoy the excitement of the NFL Combine and watch future NFL playmakers participate in on-field drills in front of NFL scouts and NFL Network cameras! Fans are encouraged to wear their favorite NFL team gear and cheer on NFL prospects as they start their journey to becoming a member of the NFL family. Take the opportunity to take a photo with the Colts Super Bowl XLI Vince Lombardi Trophy and view all 55 Super Bowl rings up close! Listen to NFL stars and Legends break down the game in exclusive chalk talks the first week of March.

Our wish is to offer attendees an opportunity to watch college players as they are evaluated by 32 NFL teams. Register for the conference and you will be sent the NFL Combine registration information.

Where Does the Conference Take Place?

SMWW NFL Combine Career Conference

Friday, March 3, 2023

Time: 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

Location:   JW Marriott

10 S West St,


SMWW Welcome Reception

Thursday, March 2, 2023 

Time: 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Location:  Punch Bowl Social

120 S Meridian St,

Punch Bowl Social becomes NFL Combine Networking headquarters. (Like an indoor tailgater at the pregame!) Eat light appetizers, enjoy adult beverages, play corn hole, billiards, giant Jenga, giant Scrabble, bowl, karaoke, and get to know your fellow conference attendees in a fun interactive atmosphere.

Reserve Your Hotel Room Here

Once you register, we will email you the link to book your room at a conference discounted rate.

What to Expect at the Football Career Conference 

Upon arrival and registration, you will receive a full agenda outlining the entire 2-day conference. Due to the NFL combine schedule and the fluidity of our speaker's work commitments, we juggle speaking engagements and panels up to the last minute! Below you can see the final agenda of our event last year, to give you a rough idea of what this year will present.
One thing we can guarantee – the event will be jam-packed with speakers and opportunities to network, ask questions, and learn from the best in the business. Every year, we have surprise visits from NFL personnel, who literally walk by our meeting rooms all day and jump into a discussion or panel.
Being in the heart of the NFL Combine, where over 2,500 team executives, scouts, and media members are congregating, makes the difference!
Please note: This is NOT an opportunity to participate in the combine as an athlete. 

Registration Now Open!

This event is limited to the first 300

Conference Registration includes:

Prices Increase December 15
Prices Increase
December 15

General Admission : $500 $400.00 USD


College Students, Faculty & SMWW Alumni : $500 $375.00 USD


Team & Agency Employees : $500 $375.00 USD

** Please note that the conference fee does not include flight or hotel accommodations.

Walk-up registrations will not be accepted. Please register online in advance.


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Group Discounts

In the past, entire University Sports Management programs have attended. If you are interested in a group rate, please contact ike@smww.com, and we can provide group discounts for 5-50 people. 

*SMWW's Career Conference is not affiliated with the NFL.

Note: this agenda is for 2022 as an example. The 2023 agenda will be similar, but speakers and times will vary. The 2023 agenda will be released after the 2023 Super Bowl when speakers and teams know their schedules. Speakers and speaking times will change as NFL team meetings change. Information will be updated as it becomes available.

Thursday: March 3rd, 7-9 pm EST

Welcome Reception at Punch Bowl Social

Friday: March 4th, 8 am-5 pm EST


  • 8 AM: Registration Opens 
    • Coffee and Bagels, Check-in, get settled in seats
  • 8:30 AM: Kick Off with Bill Guertin, The 800 Pound Gorilla Founder & CEO
  • 8:40 AM: Adrenalize Today, Monetize Tomorrow with Dr. Lynn Lashbrook, SMWW President & NFLPA Agent
  • 8:50 AM: Growing Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in Football (Moderator: Dr. Lynn Lashbrook)
  • Dr. China Jude, Denver Broncos VP of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion 
  • 9:15 AM:  Breaking into Sports: Get your foot in the door (Moderator: Bill Guertin)
    • Bryan Harper Minnesota Vikings VP of Content and Production 
    • Jim Van Dam, Indianapolis Colts - VP of Tickets and Services 
  • 10:00 AM  Break
  • 10:15 AM:  The 3 Most Important Moments in Your Sports Career with Bill Guertin, Stadium Gorilla 
  • 11 AM: The Man Behind the Breaking News (Moderator: Dr. Lynn Lashbrook) 
    • Adam Schefter - ESPN Senior NFL Insider 
  • 12:00-1PM: Halftime (Lunch) Grand Ballroom 7-9
  • 1 PM: The Path to Becoming an NFL Executive (Moderator: Dr. Lynn Lashbrook)
    • Scott Fitterer - Carolina Panthers GM 
  • 1:30 PM: The Life of an NFL Agent: (Moderator: Ike Worth)
    • Kelli Masters, NFLPA Agent
    • Charles Stewart, NFLPA Agent
    • Lynn Lashbrook, NFLPA Agent and SMWW President and Founder
  • 2:15 PM: Negotiating Player Contracts (Moderator: Dr. Lynn Lashbrook)
    • Kevin Abrams, New York Giants SVP of Football Strategy and Operations. 
    • Joel Corry, CBS Sports Writer and SMWW Faculty 
  • 3 PM: Analytics and Technology in Football (Moderator: Ike Worth)
    • Aaron Schatz, Football Outsiders Almanac Founder/SMWW Faculty
    • Mike Stoeber, Pro Football Focus Product Manager/SMWW Faculty
    • Steve Palazzolo, Pro Football Focus Senior Analyst
  •  4 PM: The Fundamentals of Scouting (Moderator: Dr. Lynn Lashbrook)
    • Ric Serritella, NFL Draft Bible Founder
    • Mark Dominik, NFL Insider/SMWW Faculty
    • Russ Lande, Montreal Alouettes Dir. of US Scouting/SMWW Faculty
  • 4:45 PM:   Go Global or Go Home (Bill Guertin and Dr. Lynn Lashbrook)
  • 5:15-6:30 PM: Overtime (Networking Happy Hour with drinks & appetizers)


NFL Combine Information
Lucas Oil Stadium
500 S Capital Ave
Indianapolis, Indiana 46225

  • For those of you who registered for the conference, you may be given preference to attend the NFL Combine 

  • Upon registration, you will receive instructions on how to apply for your ticket (please check your ticket for time confirmation).

  • You are not guaranteed you will get into the NFL Combine.



SMWW will award a limited amount of full and partial scholarships for each SMWW Career Conference. You must be 18 years or older to be considered. If interested, fill out an application and submit your resume and a one-page letter explaining why you should receive a scholarship to info@smww.com

Scholarships do not include lodging or airfare. Those who have completed an SMWW Training Program will be given preference. Scholarships cannot be given retroactively after having purchased a registration. 


SMWW Staff

  • Dr. Lynn Lashbrook, SMWW President
  • Liz Lashbrook, SMWW Executive Director
  • Jeff Brodie, SMWW Vice President & NFLPA Agent
  • Ike Worth, SMWW Business Operations Manager
  • Jon LaForce, SMWW Career Advisor
  • Sara Landis, SMWW Operations
  • Dr. Chuck Patterson, SMWW Career Advisor



Previous Speakers

Note: Due to Team Meetings, speakers are not guaranteed and will change. The closer we get to the date, the more accurate the schedule becomes as executives do not yet know their team meeting schedules.

  • Aaron Schatz, Football Outsiders & Pro Football Prospectus
  • Adam Caplan, ESPN NFL Insider
  • Adam Farrand, Athletes Performance Institute – NFL Combine & Football Business Development Manager
  • Adam Schefter, ESPN NFL Insider
  • Alex Brown, Optimum Scouting Head Central Scout
  • Bill Guertin, The 800-Pound Gorilla, Marketing Consultant to 65 Major League Teams
  • Bill Polian, ESPN Analyst, former NFL Executive
  • Bryan Harper, Minnesota Vikings VP Content and Productions
  • Daniel Krywaruczenko, InstantScouting Assistant Director
  • Darren Heitner, Sports Lawyer, Dynasty Dealings, Sports Business Author
  • Dr. Lynn Lashbrook, President, and Founder of Sports Management Worldwide
  • Greg Hylton, Indianapolis Colts VP Premium Seating and Ticket Sales
  • Jack Mills, NFL Agent
  • Jackie Davidson, NFL Consultant
  • Jackie Davidson, NFL Salary Cap Consultant
  • Jen Mueller, Seattle Seahawks Sideline Reporter
  • Jim Solano, NFL Agent
  • Joel Corry, CBSsports.com Writer, and SMWW Faculty  
  • John Wooten, NFL Legend
  • Josh Liskiewitz, Pro Football Focus Analyst (SMWW Success Story) 
  • Kelli Masters, KMM Sports Agency Founder & NFL Agent
  • Kristen Kuliga, NFL Agent
  • Les Snead, LA Rams General Manager
  • Marc Trestman, Toronto Argonauts Head Coach
  • Mark Dominik, ESPN Analyst and Former Tampa Bay Buccaneers GM
  • Matt Moore, Former NFL Quarterback, Miami Dolphins Scout
  • Matt Sheldon, Miami Dolphins director of Football Research and Strategy
  • Michael Tanier, Bleacher Report NFL National Lead Writer
  • Mike Stoeber, Jacksonville Jaguars Associate Director of Football Technology and SMWW Faculty
  • Mike Tannenbaum, Miami Dolphins Executive Vice President, Football Operations
  • Paraag Marathe, San Francisco 49ers President
  • Ray Farmer, Former Cleveland Browns
  • Ray Haija, MGA Sports NFL Agent (SMWW Success Story)
  • Ric Serritella, NFL Draft Bible Founder
  • Russ Lande, GM Jr. Founder and SMWW Faculty
  • Steve Baker, NFL Agent
  • Steve Palazzolo, Pro Football Focus Senior Analyst
  • Tom Mills, NFL Agent (Baker Mayfield)
  • Tony Khan, Jacksonville Jaguars Senior VP of Football Technologies
  • Zack Moore, Caponomics Author


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