PDP students at FOX Sports

2016 LASEC Professional Development Program students

The Los Angeles Sports & Entertainment Commission’s Professional Development Program (PDP) offers college students the opportunity to learn more about the sports business and the skills needed to land a job in the industry. Students in this program work with LASEC’s team to improve their resumes, practice their interview skills and learn from a variety of sports industry professionals. Students gain event experience working on an LASEC-hosted event (Dodgers All-Access or NFL All-Access) and help generate marketing and promotional ideas for a major event LASEC has secured for Los Angeles (i.e. Breeders’ Cup, NBA All-Star Weekend).

PDP students at STAPLES Center
PDP students at ESPNLA

“The lessons I learned and the experiences and opportunities I had will have a lasting impact on me moving forward as I pursue a career in the sports industry.” – PDP Student, 2016

2016 Sports Industry Speakers included:

  • Adam BurkeChief Administrative Officer, Los Angeles Tourism & Convention Board
  • Amanda BrownAssistant Programing Director, ESPNLA
  • Armen DembekjianDirector of Operations, STAPLES Center
  • Cara VanderhookSr. Director of Communications, AEG
  • Carsten PreiszVP, Marketing & Brand Strategy, Conqur Endurance
  • Christina DePippoSr. Manager, Sales and Operations, AEG
  • Claire MillerMarketing and Broadcasting Coordinator, LA Dodgers
  • Colin WachsnerDirector, Premium Seat Sales, Live Nation
  • Dave WeissDirector, Marketing and Promotions, IHeart Media
  • David Sherman-PresserDigital Marketing Manager, FOX Sports
  • Haley StevensSales & Marketing Assistant, ESPNLA
  • Heidi HoffSr. Director, Marketing and Communications, Tournament of Roses
  • Jennifer PranskyCoordinating Producer, Features, FOX Sports
  • John SwidzinskiVP, Golf & Events, CMPR
  • Laura RoenickDirector of Training and Development, UTA
  • Lindsay AmstutzVP, FOX Sports Regional Networks
  • Lagen NashDir. Global Partnerships, Fox Networks Group
  • Matt MesaSocial Media Coordinator, LA Dodgers
  • Mark KatesAccount Executive, ESPNLA
  • Oscar DelgadoDirector, Partnership and Development, LA84
  • Ryan CavinderMarketing Manager, Conqur Endurance
  • Ryan HaydenAgent, UTA
  • Scott McCarthyVP / General Manager, ESPNLA
  • Sean BellSr. Director, Social Media and Events, CMPR
  • Sheri WishVP, Business Development, Conqur Endurance
  • Steve EthierSr. VP, Stadium Operations, LA Dodgers


Applications for the 2017 program will be accepted starting March 2017. Please email acitelli@lasec.us for additional information.