MLC Connect

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Real sports creatives. Real speakers. One community.

July 16, 2024 - July 18, 2024

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About
Connect

2023 Recap

MLC CONNECT is an exclusive gathering of major level creative minds & artists from around the nation in the pro sports creative media industry. The objective is to “connect” these professionals through an experiential digital community and annual gatherings. To learn, teach, share new techniques, ideas, concepts, philosophies, software & best practices – to inspire and challenge one another. To nationally network with creative leaders & artists within the field of pro sports and gather industry-leading knowledge that can be applied to individual sports markets. MLC CONNECT is a pro sports community that helps creative makers push the industry forward. Community members take their brands to the next level in marketing, advertising, entertainment and culture, while building creative value and directly impacting the core objectives for your pro sports organization.

Welcome to MLC CONNECT. A place to truly gather, learn, return, apply & share.

The
Lineup

*Subject to change.

Chris Garcia

Chris
Garcia

Founder & Creative Director at Major Level Creative

Pierina Inciarte

Pierina
Inciarte

Director, Video Producer, Editor, Sports Filmmaker

Ross Yoshida

Ross
Yoshida

Senior Director, Graphic Design at Los Angeles Dodgers

Ashley Strauss

Ashley
Strauss

Creative Director at Detroit Lions

Tad Carpenter

Tad
Carpenter

Designer, Illustrator & Author at Carpenter Collective

Mike Campau

Mike
Campau

Digital Artist, Photography, CGI

Tim Tadder

Tim
Tadder

Photographer, Artist, & Director

Christine Zambetti

Christine
Zambetti

Design Director at Tennessee Titans

Mekale Jackson

Mekale
Jackson

Senior Director of Global Social Media Strategy at Under Armour

Aaron Cooper

Aaron
Cooper

Design Director, Brand & Product Consultant, Footwear & Innovation Expert

Akshay Ram

Akshay
Ram

Product Manager at Adobe

Justin Wright

Justin
Wright

Art Director at National Football League

Joe Gonzalez

Joe
Gonzalez

Brand Director at Lakewood Creative

Emily Griffin

Emily
Griffin

Sr VP Marketing & Brand at Lions

Ryan Mills

Ryan
Mills

Sr Manager, Project Management at Dolphins

Alex Knodel

Alex
Knodel

VP of Marketing Strategy & Insights at Titans

Brian Facchini

Brian
Facchini

Chief Communications & Brand Officer at Lions

Speaking Inquiry

HOW TO
QUALIFY FOR MLC CONNECT

Are you a full-time creative for a pro sports team, college or sports-based organization? If yes, please continue to register. If no, unfortunately you do not qualify for MLC CONNECT. Although we respect everyone’s career, MLC CONNECT is an exclusive creative conference for the sports industry. Thank you for your understanding.

If you do not qualify, your registration is subject to further review and/or refund. Refunds will be subject to a 10% transaction and inconvenience fee. When in doubt, email us before you register. Thank you for respecting our qualification policy.

YES! I'm Qualified

The Connect Experience

An exclusive gathering of major league creative minds & artists from around the nation in the pro sports graphic design industry. The objective is to connect these creative professionals in one city for an annual three-day industry conference. To learn, teach, share new techniques, ideas, concepts, philosophies, software & best practices – to inspire and challenge one another. To nationally network with creative leaders & graphic artists within the specific field of pro sports design and gather industry leading knowledge that can be applied to individual sports markets.

Includes in your registration:

• Welcome Pack
• Workshops & breakout sessions with vetted industry experts
• Discussions related to design, photo, video, motion, illustration, social media, and leadership
• Private networking mixers
• Direct access to your sports creative peers

$995

16

Speakers

6

Breakouts

3

Mixers

Location

FORD FIELD

Home of the Detroit Lions

2000 Brush St
Detroit, MI 48226

OFFICIAL HOTELS

DoubleTree Suites by Hilton
Detroit Downtown

525 West Lafayette Blvd, Detroit, MI 48226
(313) 963-5600

Click HERE to secure your room
Must book before June 17th
$220 per night

Courtyard by Marriott
Detroit Downtown

333 East Jefferson Ave, Detroit, MI 48226
(313) 222-7700

Click HERE to secure your room
Must book before June 18th
$235 per night

Past
Speakers

Hear from our past speakers to see what makes MLC Connect an inspirational powerhouse.

Ben Jenkins

Ben
Jenkins

Founder at Warstic Sports

Dane Storrusten

Dane
Storrusten

Vice President of Creative at The NFL

Martellus Bennett

Martellus
Bennett

Former NFL Tight End; Founder at The Imagination Agency

Speaking Inquiry

2024
Schedule

Click on each day for more info.




7:00 AM-10:00 PM

WELCOME MIXER

@ Detroit Shipping Co | 474 Peterboro St, Detroit, MI 48201

8:30 AM

DOORS OPEN + CHECK-IN

@ Ford Field | 2000 Brush St, Detroit, MI 48226


9:00-9:10

DAY 2 KICKOFF & WELCOME MESSAGE


9:10-9:55

LIVE RECORDING OF THE CREATIVE ATHLETE PODCAST

Christine Zambetti, Design Director, Titans | Ross Yoshida, Sr Design Director, Dodgers | Chris David Garcia, Founder & Creative Director, Major Level Creative

DESIGN | STRATEGY


10:05-10:55

CREATORS BEHIND THE CULTURE

Mekale Jackson, Sr Director of Global Social Media Strategy, Under Armour

DESIGN | PHOTO | VIDEO | STRATEGY


11:05-11:50

DECISION SCIENCE OF CREATIVITY

Alex Knodel, VP of Marketing Strategy & Insights, Titans | Ryan Mills, Sr Manager of Project Management, Dolphins | Kate Sessoms, Sr Solutions Consultant, Wrike

DESIGN | PHOTO | VIDEO | MOTION | STRATEGY | TECH


11:50-1:30

LUNCH BREAK

Make a friend and grab a bite in downtown Detroit


1:30-2:15

SOCIAL + PRODUCT ENGAGEMENT

Akshay Ram, Social + Product Engagement, Adobe

DESIGN | VIDEO | STRATEGY | TECH


2:25-3:10

LEAGUE BREAKOUTS

Small group discussions based on the league you work for – NBA, NCAA, NFL, NHL, MLB, OPEN

DESIGN | PHOTO | VIDEO | MOTION | STRATEGY | TECH


3:20-4:05

BRANDING THE MOMENT

Justin Wright, Art Director, NFL

DESIGN | PHOTO | MOTION | STRATEGY


4:15-4:25

CLOSING REMARKS


4:30-6:00

HOTEL & DINNER BREAK


6:00-9:00 PM

DRINK & DRAW + MEDIA HEADSHOTS

@ Ford Field | 2000 Brush St, Detroit, MI 48226


LIVE
STREAM

Not able to travel to Detroit this year, but still want to take in all the education? A Live Steam Pass is for you. All of the main stage speakers, right on your desktop.

To get the fully integrated, immersive experience including breakout sessions, networking, mixers, and more — the in person option is for you. Make the move and we’ll see you in Detroit.

*Please note that the sessions are broadcasted live and will not be recorded or available for re-watch.

Live Stream Pass

2023 Recap

Sponsors

Wrike
Vū
Detroit Lions | 2024 Official Host
MAJOR LEVEL CREATIVE | Full-service sports and lifestyle brand studio
Printed Threads
HTX Sports Tech
SPORTS INNOVATION SUMMIT | The Future of Sports Tech, Creativity, and Innovation
The Creative Athlete Podcast

Gain valuable exposure for your brand and help us ensure the success of our 9th Annual Conference by becoming a sponsor or exhibitor!

Want to build valuable connections with creatives from around the world? Become a sponsor for the 9th Annual Conference and join us in July 2024.

Why
MLC Connect

The value of Connect is and will always be our extraordinary community of pro sports creatives. A unique space that cultivates personal, professional relationships with kindred individuals and equips creative makers to collaborate, challenge each other, and ultimately push the industry forward. To put it simply, direct access to people who do what you do across the nation.

This community continues past the three days we are together in person and will support you throughout your entire career.

Get here and experience the cultivation for yourself.

Sports Innovation Summit

Imagine your designs and creative vision being brought to life with cutting-edge tech! The Sports Innovation Summit, happening alongside MLC Connect, showcases the exciting future of sports advancement.

Explore AI, VR, and data-driven strategies that reshape fan engagement, sustainability, and investment. Attendees will collaborate with sports tech leaders, investors, and founders at the Sports Innovation Summit and fuel their creative engine while redefining the future of sports with game-changing innovations.

It’s all happening at Ford Field in Detroit, MI this July. Remember, the Sports Innovation Summit requires separate registration.

Learn More