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ONLINE EVENT & CONFERENCE
 APR 29 - MAY 02
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COLLEge
ESPORTS expo
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America's favorite collegiate esports conference, is happening on April 29-30, 2021,

in conjunction with the Collegiate Sports Management Group (CSMG) for their first inaugural Collegiate Esports National Championship (CENC)

CEX 2021 Spring Series is a two-day micro event designed especially for the Collegiate Esports National Championship audience and curated

by our team of esports academics, professionals,

and students. This virtual event aims to bring together the brightest minds in the professional and collegiate esports ecosystem to educate, teach, and develop

a discussion about the burgeoning industry's challenges and opportunities.

SCHEDULE 
APRIL 29TH - THU
1:05PM | pANEL
COLLEGIATE CONFERECES IN ESPORTS
Jeff White, Dan Coonan
1:40PM | WORKSHOP
BUILDING A GAMING PC
IBUYPOWER
APRIL 30TH - fri
1:05PM | pANEL
INSIDE ELITE COLLEGIATE ESPORTS COACHING
Ronald Ly, Greg Adler, Cody Elsen
1:40PM | WORKSHOP
COLLEGE COMPUTING SOLUTIONS
LENOVO
2:15PM | PANEL
PLAYER MENTAL HEALTH AND WELNESS
Speaker 1, Speaker 2, Speaker 3
2:15PM | PANEL
ESPORTS INITIATIVES
IN HBCUs
Sonja Stills
2:45PM | panel
WOMEN IN GAMING
Angela Bernhard, Rebbeca Dixon
2:50PM | panel
PRO ESPORTS MEETS COLLEGEG ESPORTS
Angela Bernhard, Rebbeca Dixon
3:30PM | panel
CURRICULUM: EMERGING COLLEGIATE CONTENT
Sky Kauweloa, Stephanie Orme, David Hedlund
3:30PM | panel
ESPORTS CARRERS:
FROM CLASS TO JOBS
Sky Kauweloa, Stephanie Orme, David Hedlund
MEET THE SPEAKERS
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REBECCA DIXON

Cofounder at the*gameHERs

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stephanie orme

Assistant Professor

at Emmanuel College

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jordan sherman

Head of Partnerships at

Geng.gg

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sonja stills

COO & Director of Esports at Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference

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ronald ly

Head Coach at UCI Esports

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joseph yi

Producer & Editor at Team Liquid

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jeff white

Executive Director & Chief Legal at NJCAAE

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josiah seet

Former Strategic Partnerships Manager at Enthusiast Gaming

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sky kauweloa

UH Academic Esports

Task Force

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angela bernhard

Founder at A-Game Esports

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greg adler

Esports Coach at UT Dallas

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ethan schwartz

Events Coordinator

at Misfits Gaming Group

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david hedlund

Professor and Chairperson at St. John's University

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dan coonan

CEO/Commissioner

at ECAC

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cody elsen

Esports Director

at Northwood University

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REBECCA DIXON

Cofounder at the*gameHERs

Rebecca is an entrepreneur and marketing executive with a passion for businesses and organizations that support and amplify women. Rebecca co-founded the*gameHERs with Laura Deutsch, Heather Ouida, and Verta Maloney in March 2020 to amplify and connect women who game.

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sky kauweloa

UH Academic Esports Task Force

Sky Kauweloa is a PhD candidate, who does research on collegiate esports. After spending 2 years doing ethnographic work of UCI's program, his dissertation work is focused on understanding the lived-experiences of collegiate players, the pressures they face, and their development as students, His is now leading the development of his university's esports program, and curriculum development.

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stephanie orme

Assistant Professor at Emmanuel College

Dr. Stephanie Orme is an Assistant Professor of Communication and Media Studies at Emmanuel College in Boston. Her teaching and research is on the gaming and esports industries and culture. She was been involved in esports curriculum planning and development at several northeastern US institutions.

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angela bernhard

Founder at A-Game Esports

Angela Bernhard Thomas is an award-winning Executive Producer with 20 years of experience in the film and entertainment industry. Her work in esports has included co-founding multiple esports start-ups and "first in the industry" initiatives. As Managing Partner of The Gamer Agency, Angela co-pioneered the first agency exclusively dedicated to esports. Her leadership included the development and management of Executive Operations for the Microsoft MIXER Studio in Manhattan and creative direction for 30+ pilots for original gaming shows. Angela is currently co-executive producing a scripted series on gaming culture and an unscripted series on esports betting and innovating the space through her company A-Game Esports.

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jordan sherman

Head of Partnerships at Geng.gg

Head of partnerships & revenue operations at Gen.G Esports -- one of the top professional esports companies with global offices in Los Angeles, Seoul and Shanghai. Previously with the LA Clippers and Major League Baseball.

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david hedlund

Professor and Chairperson, Consultant and Researcher at St. John's University

David P. Hedlund, Ph.D. is currently an Associate Professor, the Graduate Program Director, and the Chairperson of the Division of Sport Management at St. John’s University in New York City. At St. John’s University, Dr. Hedlund is also the Director of the Institute of Interdisciplinary Sport Research, Co-Director of the Sports Analytics Seminar, and a faculty advisor for esports. Dr. Hedlund earned his Ph.D. and a certificate in Measurement and Statistics from Florida State University. He has more than 20 years of domestic and international experience in sport, esports, coaching, business, education and analytics.

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greg adler

Esports Coach at UT Dallas

Esports management specialist focusing in talent development and organizational foundation building 

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sonja stills

Chief of Staff/COO & Director of Esports

at Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference

Sonja Stills is entering her 19th year at the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) and her first year as the Chief of Staff/Chief Operating Officer after serving as the Senior Associate Commissioner for Administration & Compliance for seven years. She is also in her 14th year as the Senior Woman Administrator (SWA) for the conference. She has recently been assigned as the Director of the newly formed MEAC eSports Community. She previously held the positions of Assistant Commissioner for Administration & Compliance, Executive Assistant to the Commissioner, and Director of Compliance.

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ronald ly

Head Coach at UCI Esports

An experienced head coach who has successfully developed amateurs into professionals, professionals into champions, and grassroots clubs into trailblazing programs. Currently the Head Coach of UCI Esports for 3 years now, previously worked with Florida Mayhem, Boston Uprising, and Team Canada 2018 & 2019 in Overwatch.

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ethan schwartz

Events Coordinator at Misfits Gaming Group

Former student chairman of the College Esports Expo, the biggest collegiate esports conference in the world. Connected the music industry to esports and gaming, creating profitable partnerships and networks, all before my 21st birthday. Recently graduated from Emerson College with a degree in Sports Communication. Traditional sports background, now actively working in online events for Misfits Gaming Group.

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joseph yi

Producer & Editor at Team Liquid

Joseph Yi is a producer/editor at Team Liquid who has been passionate about esports since 2014. At Emerson College, Joseph played a role in the creation of Emerson Esports's video production team and regularly travelled to esports events and expos across the country while representing Emerson Esports. As a part of Team Liquid, Joseph continues to share his passion for esports. He has shot and edited a variety of different projects, such as the Team Liquid CSGO Vlogs, the TL X Naruto collaboration video, the Liquid+ launch trailer, and many more.

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david hedlund

Professor and Chairperson, Consultant and Researcher at St. John's University

David P. Hedlund, Ph.D. is currently an Associate Professor, the Graduate Program Director, and the Chairperson of the Division of Sport Management at St. John’s University in New York City. At St. John’s University, Dr. Hedlund is also the Director of the Institute of Interdisciplinary Sport Research, Co-Director of the Sports Analytics Seminar, and a faculty advisor for esports. Dr. Hedlund earned his Ph.D. and a certificate in Measurement and Statistics from Florida State University. He has more than 20 years of domestic and international experience in sport, esports, coaching, business, education and analytics.

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jeff white

Executive Director, Chief Legal at NJCAA

Jeff White serves on the NJCAA National Office staff as the Vice President for Legal, Diversity, IT, & Resources. White spent three years as the Vice President of Student Experience and Human Resources and Director of Athletics at Hocking College, an NJCAA member school in Region XII. White also served as the Director of Human Resources at the Supreme Court of Ohio.

In September 2019, the NJCAA announced the creation of NJCAA Esports, the national governing body for two-year college esports. Spearheading the creation and growth of the new association, White oversees all aspects of the operations as the Executive Director for NJCAA Esports

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dan coonan

CEO/Commissioner at ECAC

Dan Coonan took over as CEO of the ECAC in January of 2017. In a multi-faceted career, he has served as Athletic Director at Santa Clara University for eleven years, Assistant Commissioner of the Pac-12 Conference, practiced law, ran a Congressional campaign, taught law as an Adjunct Professor at the University of San Francisco, and served as Chairman of the Board of the largest homeless shelter network in the Bay Area. In the spring of 2018 he started ECAC Esports, which now boasts over a hundred schools, 400 teams and 3000 participants playing ten games. In 2020 he wrote a highly acclaimed novel, Presidential Spirits.

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josiah seet

(Former) Strategic Partnerships Manager

at Enthusiast Gaming

Josiah is the former Strategic Partnerships Manager at Enthusiast Gaming. He was the partnerships manager at Omnia Media before the company was acquired by Enthusiast Gaming. He managed a sponsorships and branded partnerships for a portfolio of esports teams, content creators and fan communities.

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cody elsen

Esports Director at Northwood University

Cody Elsen first started gaming competitively in 2007 playing a game called Gears of War. In 2015 Cody Founded Fable Esports and also worked with CycloneGG. Cody worked for a few year in the golf industry, even having his PGA Tour credentials working for an equipment manufacturer. Cody launched the Northwood Esports program at the end of 2018 and has grown the program into a powerhouse varsity team.