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Business Casual Series: Athletes, Entrepreneurs, and Difference Makers – Jews in Sports copy

June 8, 2021 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Zoom in with Federation’s Business and Professionals community for a very special lunchtime Business Casual event. This is a rare opportunity to engage with a power panel of Jewish sports entrepreneurs, athletes, and difference makers who are all heavy hitters in the billion-dollar sports industry.  

This is a free event! Bring your lunch — and maybe even some popcorn, peanuts, and Cracker Jacks — and enjoy a lively panel discussion that’s sure to be packed with great stories and juicy insider info on the sports business.


Reporter, WSB-TV

Michael Seiden


Michael Seiden joined Channel 2 Action News as a reporter in 2018. Michael is thrilled to be back home reporting for the station he grew up watching. Since joining the team at WSB-TV, Michael has reported extensively on law enforcement and the justice system. Michael was raised in Marietta, where he graduated from Walton High School -- Go Raiders! It was there that Michael got his first taste of broadcast journalism, anchoring the morning announcements on WHS-TV. Prior to joining Channel 2 Action News, Michael was a reporter/ fill-in anchor for WPLG in Miami/Ft. Lauderdale, where he covered everything from breaking news to major national stories. In 2018, Michael was one of the first reporters on the ground after the deadly mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High. In 2017, Michael reported from New York City, where he helped lead his station’s live team coverage from the scene of the terror attack in Lower Manhattan. He also traveled to Texas, where he covered Hurricane Harvey, returning to South Florida only days later to cover Hurricane Irma. During his time at WPLG, Michael also covered major events from the Pulse Nightclub massacre to the death of Fidel Castro and deadly boat crash that killed Marlins ace Jose Fernandez and two others. Prior to joining WPLG, Michael was a reporter with KOCO-TV in Oklahoma City. While working in the Sooner State, Michael reported on some of the deadliest natural disasters, including an EF-5 tornado that tore through Moore in 2013. Before moving to Oklahoma City, Michael worked as a reporter at KBMT-TV in Beaumont, Texas, where his career first kicked off. Michael graduated from Arizona State University with a bachelor's degree in mass communication and journalism. When Michael isn’t chasing major news stories, he and his wife Jessica are busy attempting to keep up with their almost 5-year-old son, Bennett, or their furry canines, Cannoli and Piper. Since graduating from college, Michael has always had a passion for working with children and animals. Michael volunteers his time with Clippers & Cops, a non-profit that was started in Atlanta to help bridge the gap between cops and the communities they serve. Michael also works with L.E.A.D., which has a mission to empower an at-risk generation to lead and transform their city of Atlanta by using the sport of baseball to teach Black boys how to overcome three curveballs that that threaten their success: Crime, poverty and racism. Over the years, Michael has volunteered with numerous organizations, including Boys and Girls Clubs of America, Big Brothers Big Sisters and The Humane Society. Michael is a huge sports fan and loves to catch as many live sporting events as possible. Michael also enjoys working out and learning about nutrition.
Former Baseball All-Star & World Series Winner

Shawn Green

Shawn Green is a former Major League Baseball right-fielder. Green was a first-round draft pick and a two-time major league All-Star. He drove in 100 runs four times and scored 100 runs four times, hit 40 or more home runs three times, led the league in doubles, extra base hits, and total bases, won both a Gold Glove Award and a Silver Slugger Award, and set the Dodgers single season record in home runs. Green was also in the top five in the league in home runs, RBIs, intentional walks, and MVP voting. Shawn Green famously opted to miss games on Yom Kippur, even when his team was in the middle of a playoff race.
CEO of Orender Unlimited, Past President of the WNBA

Donna Orender

Donna Orender is an innovator, trailblazer, and game changer who has been recognized as one of the Top 10 Most Powerful Women in Sports and one of Newsweek’s “100 Most Influential people in Sports”. She proudly served as the President of the WNBA, for six years and spent 17 years at the PGA TOUR, where she led programming, digital, and branding in the Office of the Commissioner. She is also the bestselling author of “WOWsdom! The Girl’s Guide to the Positive and the Possible” that quickly became an Amazon number one new release.
Men’s Basketball Head Coach, Georgia Tech

Josh Pastner

University of Memphis men’s basketball team to five post-season berths in seven seasons as the Tigers’ head coach, Josh Pastner became Georgia Tech’s fourteenth men’s head basketball coach on April 8, 2016. Pastner has established the Yellow Jackets as one of the top defensive teams in the nation, while he and his staff have steadily improved the team’s offense to be ranked in the top half of the Atlantic Coast Conference in the last two years. Those efforts, as well as improving efforts in recruiting, produced Georgia Tech’s first Atlantic Coast Conference Championship in 28 years and its first berth in the NCAA Tournament in 11 years in the 2020-21 season.
Owner/President Minnesota Vikings. Chair, Jewish Federations of North America

Mark Wilf

Mark Wilf, an attorney and partner in Garden Homes, a real estate development firm is also owner/president of the NFL’s Minnesota Vikings. Mark Wilf is the chair of the Board of Trustees of The Jewish Federations of North America (JFNA). He has previously served as United Jewish Community National Campaign Chair, United Jewish Appeal National Young Leadership Cabinet Chair, and as President of the Jewish Federation of Central New Jersey. Most recently Mr. Wilf has chaired JFNA’s national initiative that addresses the needs of impoverished Holocaust survivors living in the United States.
Baseball All-Star & World Series Winner

Kevin Youkilis

Kevin Youkilis is a three-time All Star and two-time World Series winner who primarily played for the Boston Red Sox. A native of Cincinnati, Ohio, he was drafted by the Red Sox in 2001 after playing college baseball at the University of Cincinnati. He played in Major League Baseball for the Red Sox, the Chicago White Sox, and the New York Yankees.

Event Co-Chairs 

Greg Eisenman | Ryan Halpern | Gary Marx | Jeffrey Marx  

Business & Professionals Division Chair
Avery Kastin


June 8, 2021
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
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