Sports Leadership Institue


Ian Gaffney

Ian is a trusted and tactical connector and confidant to the inner circle leaders of youth, collegiate, and professional sports. He leverages his strong relationships with key decision-makers across the global sports landscape to foster collaboration, connectivity, and community.

As Co-Owner and CEO of the Sports Leadership Institute (SLI), Ian spearheads all aspects of the organization’s growth strategy, including summit development and expansion, fostering new ventures, and guiding a network of prominent sports, entertainment, and otherwise thought leaders.

Beyond SLI, Ian holds investment positions in professional sports franchises and Leagues, tech companies, and startup organizations.

Ian’s passion for sports extends beyond the professional realm. He dedicates his time to coaching high school football at Union High School (WA) and proudly volunteers as an ambassador to the Navy SEAL Foundation.

Zach Siewert

Zach Siewert brings a wealth of experience in sports and entertainment leadership to his role as President of the Sports Leadership Institute. He possesses a proven track record in sales and operations, joined with a deep passion for esports, revenue generation strategies in collegiate athletics, professional sports, and venue management.

Zach spearheads all community development, operational strategy, sponsorship acquisition, and partnership development for new ventures at SLI.

Prior to his current role, Zach held positions at industry leaders like Legends, AT&T Stadium (Dallas Cowboys), and Allegiant Stadium (Las Vegas Raiders). He also played a key role in launching the Dallas Jackals franchise in Major League Rugby.

ADVISOR NETWORK INCLUDES (but not limited to):

Sanyin Siang

Thinkers50 #1 Executive Coach, and Executive Director of Duke University’s Coach K Leadership & Ethics Center at its Fuqua School of Business

Paxton Baker

Co-Owner, Washington Nationals, and Chairman of the US Congressional Award

(ret.) General Robert Brooks Brown

Army, Commander of the US Army Pacific, and CEO of the AUSA

George Raveling

Naismith Hall of Fame Member

Wayne Embry

Naismith Hall of Fame Member

Angela Ruggiero

Co-Founder & CEO, Sports Innovation Lab, and 4-time US Olympian

Joe Moglia

fmr Chairman, TD Ameritrade

Jim & Bev Naismith

Chairpersons, Naismith Family Foundation

Wendy Lewis

fmr Chief Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Officer at MLB and McDonald’s

Bobby Sharma

Founder, Bluestone Equity Partners

Andy Walshe

former Head of Human Performance, Red Bull

Darren Shand

GM, New Zealand All Blacks

Marc Ganis

Founder, SportsCorp Ltd., ”33rd owner in the NFL”

And More…

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