US Sailing Announces Line-up of Keynote Speakers for Sailing Leadership Forum 2018 February 1-3, 2018 / TradeWinds Island Resorts / St. Pete Beach, Florida

You can make a direct impact on the future of sailing in the U.S. by joining over 600 fellow sailors in St. Pete Beach, Florida on February 1-3 for Sailing Leadership Forum 2018. The event schedule has been released!

America’s Cup Challenger Bella Mente Quantum Racing: Energizing American Sailors

Core members of the Bella Mente Quantum Racing Association will deliver a special keynote presentation on its overall strategy to assist in the rebuild of competitive sailing in the United States. In October, Bella Mente Racing and Quantum Racing made major news by announcing that their two highly successful American based racing programs were joining forces with the New York Yacht Club in a campaign for the 36th America’s Cup.

Hap Fauth (Principal Owner), Terry Hutchinson (Skipper/Tactician) and Phil Lotz (Commodore of the New York Yacht Club) will be on hand to discuss their many goals for this exciting campaign.

This newly formed team has high hopes of returning the Cup to U.S. shores in 2021. Also of high importance, Bella Mente Quantum Racing has goals that go beyond winning sailing’s most prestigious worldwide competition. This syndicate is focused on creating a sense of pride for this American-based campaign and building a deeper connection with the American sailing community.

With the change in boat design to an exciting, foiling monohull, windward-leeward racing courses, and a focused strategy to inspire sports fans around the world and unite the sailing world, the 36th America’s Cup represents a unique opportunity to re-engage the sport's grassroots and re-energize American sailing.

Bella Mente Quantum Racing is thrilled to have this special opportunity to present its strategy to grow the sport in the U.S. to the many leaders and influencers in the sailing industry who will be participating at Sailing Leadership Forum 2018.

Embracing a Millennial Mindset with Social Media Expert Brian Fanzo

Brian Fanzo

Brian Fanzo talks fast and tweets faster. His goal is to inspire, motivate and educate businesses on how to leverage emerging technologies and digital marketing to standout from the noise and reach the millennial and Generation Z consumers.

He has a diverse background working for the Department of Defense in cyber security, served as a technology evangelist at a booming cloud computing startup and is currently the founder of iSocialFanz, which has helped launch digital and influencer strategies with the world’s most iconic brands like Dell EMC, Adobe, IBM, UFC, Applebees and SAP. Fanzo also co-hosts the popular SMACtalk Podcast and FOMOFanz Podcast.

Fanzo’s #ThinkLikeAFan philosophy has powered first-of-their-kind storytelling campaigns for many Fortune 50 enterprise companies leveraging Periscope, Snapchat and Facebook Live under the username @iSocialFanz. He was awarded the Top 25 Social Business Leaders of 2014 by The Economist Intelligence Unit and was nominated for the first ever #ShortyAwards Periscoper of the Year in 2016.

In 2016, Fanzo keynoted in 11 countries at more than 40 events highlighting his passion for change, collaboration and community - dubbed the 3 C’s - these elements are the foundation of his first book "A Millennial Mindset".

Branding Expert Ron Tite Returns to the Forum

Ron Tite

Back by popular demand from Sailing Leadership Forum 2016 is Ron Tite. Named one of the “Top 10 Creative Canadians” by Marketing Magazine, Tite has been an award-winning advertising writer and creative director for some of the world’s most respected brands, including Air France, Evian, Fidelity, Hershey, Johnson & Johnson, Kraft, Intel, Microsoft, Volvo and many others.

In Tite's presentation, "The Coup", he discusses how sport is up against anti-establishment forces. They’re attracting interest, dollars, participation, and they’re attracting attention; and whenever someone’s paying attention to them, they’re not paying attention to you. The anti-establishment forces are challenging what you do, how you do it, and how you define success by writing and following their own rules. So what do you do? We can learn to incorporate anti-establishment behaviors into what we do so we can compete, win back share, and even pull some of them over to our side.

SafeSport’s Susan Woessner: the Importance of a Positive Environment for Young Athletes

Susan Woessner

In 2008, USA Swimming soared to the top of the sporting world as Michael Phelps won his 8th gold medal in the Beijing Olympics. Two years later, the swimming world was rocked to its foundation by allegations of abuse against coaches. How can a sport go from such a lofty pinnacle to rock bottom so quickly?

Susan Woessner, Director of SafeSport for USA Swimming, will address the impact that misconduct has on sport. She will present on best practices in fostering safe, healthy and positive environments for young athletes.

In her role at SafeSport, Woessner is responsible for the oversight of all aspects of USA Swimming’s athlete protection policies, guidelines, educational programs, reporting and adjudication services, and other functions related to USA Swimming’s efforts to create a safe learning environment for their athletes. Come and learn more about how this is relevant to your sailing program.

Reed Maltbie: Creating a Player Centered youth Sport Environment

Reed Maltbie presenting at a 2015 TEDx talk “Echoes Beyond the Game”

Reed Maltbie is the Chief Content Officer and Lead Presenter for Changing The Game Project. With nearly 30 years of experience as an educator/coach and two Masters degrees, Maltbie has a wealth of practical experience and scientific research that he draws on to help athletes, coaches and parents find more effective ways to navigate the youth sport environment. Since the release of his 2015 TEDx talk “Echoes Beyond the Game”, he has become a trusted educator, advisor and speaker to sports organizations all over the globe.

Maltbie's presentation, "Changing the Game: Creating a High-Performance Mindset in our Kids", analyzes conventional wisdom that youth sports are a positive experience for our children, yet 70% of children drop out of organized athletics by the age of 13. Youth sports have become an ultra-competitive, adult centered enterprise that has taken the “play” out of “play ball” for far too many kids. In this talk, you will learn:

• How to keep kids in sports

• How to give a child the competitive edge

• How to push and praise kids to perform well

• Three ways to change kids sports experience for the better

• How to motivate kids to take ownership for sports

• How to help, and not hinder, their performance through the things you say and do

Emily Penn: Take the NExt Step - Beyond Recycling and ReUSable Water Bottles

Emily Penn

Ocean advocate and sailor Emily Penn has seen first-hand how much plastic ends up in our ocean. She has organized the largest ever community-led waste cleanup from a tiny Tongan island, trawled for micro plastics on a voyage through the Arctic Northwest Passage, rounded the planet on the record-breaking biofuelled boat Earthrace, and worked on a sailing cargo ship trading western supplies for coconuts.

Emily splits her time between running eXXpedition - a series of all female voyages to expose the ‘invisible’ microplastic and toxic pollution in our seas - and working on solving the ocean plastics issue with Parley for the Oceans and other corporate clients.

Prior to this, Emily co-founded Pangaea Explorations, to enable scientists, filmmakers and everyday people gain access and explore the most remote parts of our planet via a 72ft sailing expedition vessel.

In this presentation, Penn will share her insights and experiences of exploring seas of plastic in search of a healthy ocean. This interactive session will cover the local and global issues of marine plastic pollution, a spectrum of solutions to tackle the issue and next steps for you and your organizations.

We Have Networking & Fun too!

Our educational presentations, breakout sessions and keynote speakers will offer knowledge, observations and substance to your Sailing Leadership Forum experience. However, don't miss all the networking, hands-on activities, outdoors fun, and social time the Forum offers! Here is a list of activities:

  • Opening Cocktail Reception - Beach Party
  • US Sailing Awards Celebration
  • Meet at the beach for sailing fitness with SailFit
  • US Sailing's Buzz Bar featuring a variety of topics
  • Sponsor and boat demonstrations
  • Wrap-up Cocktail Party & Sunsail Raffle

Contact US Sailing at events@ussailing.org for more information or questions about the Sailing Leadership Forum 2018.

Thank you Sailing Leadership Forum 2018 Sponsors!

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