ADVISORY BOARD

ROY FIRESTONE

Roy Firestone is a seven-time Emmy Award-winning and seven-time cable ACE Award-winning host, interviewer, actor, narrator, writer, and producer. As the ground-breaking, original host of ESPN’s legendary Up Close, Up Close Classic and Up Close Primetime, Firestone has interviewed more than 5,000 athletes, musicians, actors and political figures.

Sports Illustrated has called Firestone "The best interviewer in the business." The late Pulitzer Prize winning columnist Jim Murray once said, “Roy Firestone isn’t just the best sports interviewer I’ve ever seen, he's the best interviewer period.” He will be returning to ESPN soon as the host of a new show airing in 2022 and recently launched an online series called Unlikely Stories. Not limited to television, Firestone is also prolific in movies (Jerry Maguire, etc.) and on the printed page — his most recent book, That’s What I’m Talking About, follows his three best-selling books, Up Close with Roy Firestone and Don’t Make Me Cry, Roy as well as his only children’s book, Kobe and a Boy Named Roy. In 1996, Roy helped to create a foundation, https://www.westcoastsports.org/ that supports youth sports programs in Southern California. As part of the foundation’s programming he also presents the annual Roy Firestone Award: https://www.westcoastsports.org/roy-firestone-award. Viewed as a logical extension of his life’s work, Roy is passionate about the NSM project and will be a hands-on advisor to help bring the NSM vision to life, parlaying all of his experience and expertise as a sports-themed storyteller into the museum experience.


HEATHER IBRAHIM-LEATHERS

Ms. Ibrahim-Leathers founded Global Fund for Widows in 2009. Since then, the Fund has raised over $1,000,000 for economic empowerment programs in Egypt, India, Tanzania, Nigeria, Bolivia, and the Dominican Republic. With its focus on training and financing, the Fund has enabled more than 10,000 widows to become economically empowered and self-sustained. In addition to technical and economic programming, Ms. Ibrahim-Leathers is an active advocate for the rights of widows and child widows at the United Nations, presenting regularly, including at the Human Rights Council in Geneva, the United Kingdom’s House of Lords, and the Commission on the Status of Women in New York. Prior to her career in non-profit, Ms. Ibrahim-Leathers served as a Vice President in Credit Suisse’s Leveraged Investment Group, where she was directly responsible for over $1 billion in high yield and leveraged loan assets. Prior to Credit Suisse, Ms. Ibrahim-Leathers worked at JPMorgan where she was an Emerging Markets Fixed Income analyst responsible for over $4 billion worth of debt issuance. Ms. Ibrahim-Leathers earned the coveted Institutional Investor Award in 1997 for her seminal research on Brazilian banks. She also co-authored Toddlers ON Technology in 2013, a parental guide to explaining the benefits and risks of toddlers and their use of touch-screen technology. Ms. Ibrahim-Leathers earned her Bachelor’s in Economics from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and is a Chartered Financial Analyst.


MARC PITMAN

Marc A. Pitman, CSP® has been leading organizations and teams for decades. His failures and successes have caused him to study leadership for over 30 years, including earning a Masters in Organizational Leadership and certification as a FranklinCovey Coach. Combining his ongoing education with his own experience, Marc helps leaders lead their teams with more effectiveness and less stress. His latest book is The Surprising Gift of Doubt: Use Uncertainty to Become the Exceptional Leader You Are Meant to Be. He’s also the author of Ask Without Fear!® – which has been translated into Dutch, Polish, Spanish, and Mandarin. He’s also the executive director of TheNonprofitAcademy.com and an former Advisory Panel member of Rogare, a prestigious international fundraising think tank. Over the past 18 years, Marc’s organizational and leadership coaching and trainings have helped tens of thousands of nonprofits advance their missions, meet revenue goals, and improve the lives of their staff and supporters including clients like the Maine Public Broadcasting, Georgetown University, In Defense of Animals, Habitat for Humanity, Chabad on Campus, Islamic Relief USA, and the Association of the U.S. Army.

ADAM PORT

New York-based artist Adam Port has been painting professionally for over 20 years and has devoted his photorealistic approach to painting pop culture icons including major historical figures of sports and entertainment: Ruth, Gehrig, Ali, Jordan, Tiger, Elvis, the Beatles, and many more have received the artistic tribute of Port’s life-like portraits. After graduating from Syracuse University’s School of Visual and Performing Arts, Adam burst on the art scene back in 2000 when he was discovered by a New York Knicks photographer and quickly earned a prestigious licensing agreement with the NBA. Port’s clientele consists of many other influential entities, including the Basketball Hall of Fame and Elvis Presley Enterprises, along with several A-list stars, such as Ray Lewis, Shaquille O’Neal and Michael Jordan.

MITCHEL GRAY

Mitchel Gray is a photographer, videographer, and author. His photographic life has encompassed two different disciplines, Fashion and Beauty for the first half and Sports and Fitness for the second. The connection between the two has been a consistent propensity for photographing the body--at rest or in motion, clad or unclad, airborne, waterborne, snowborne, mounted on a machine or four-legged creature. He has to his credit two best-selling photography books, and has illustrated many more, particularly in the active lifestyle/health and fitness field. He has photographed over one hundred magazine covers for publications including Men’s Health, Men’s Fitness, Muscle & Fitness, M & F Hers, Runner’s World, Mountain Bike, Bicycling, Fitness, et al. He has shot many hundreds of magazine editorial and ad pages for various publications and advertising agencies around the world. Much of his portrait work in recent years has focused on celebrities including Tom Brady, Derek Jeter, Barry Bonds, and Ken Griffey, Jr. His latest fine art series, Bodies in Action, which includes several current Olympic and professional athletes, as well as professional dancers from the New York City Ballet, has been the subject of three gallery shows in New York. His earlier fine art work has been shown in galleries throughout the United States and Europe.

LAUREN MEYER

Lauren Meyer is an Emmy nominated Director who grew up in NJ and attended Rutgers. Her work has been seen on dozens of TV Networks and Digital Platforms including Netflix, Amazon, ABC, NBC, Nickelodeon, ESPN, HGTV, A&E, Discovery and many more.


Her specialty is storytelling and being a champion for the underdog while crafting beautiful imagery.


She works as a Director and Producer for broadcast, digital and corporate clients and is the filmmaker behind the critically acclaimed documentary “The Other Boys of Summer”. The film explores civil rights through the lens of America’s pastime and features exclusive interviews with many Negro League baseball players. These are the men who played alongside Jackie Robinson and changed America.


The Other Boys of Summer is being used as the centerpiece of an original Diversity, Equity & Inclusion program that’s making a positive impact with companies, communities and organizations across the country.

MICHELLE RODRIGUEZ

Michelle Rodriguez, MPT, OCS, CMPT, is the founder and director of MPG ONE Wellness, a physical therapy and wellness center. She has over 22 years of experience as a physical therapist working with elite dancers, athletes, performers, musicians, and actors. Michelle's unique background in orthopedics and biomechanics began with her career as a young professional ballerina. Michelle's work with the dance world has led to her involvement, both on-and-off screen, with three movies: Jock Soto's documentary "Water Flowing Together", Darren Aronofsky's "Black Swan”, and Wendy Whelan's documentary "Restless Creature". Michelle and her team have also provided physical therapy to several Broadway shows, including "On the Town", "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory", and "Carousel", among others.

PAMELA BEBRY

Pamela Bebry is a NY licensed attorney with over 10 years of experience working with athletes and celebrities, companies, and household brands to leverage their IP and reputation through licensing, endorsements, and strategic partnerships. Pamela's work has supported over $1 Billion in new revenue for her clients, which have included some of the world's most iconic names in sports — Muhammad Ali, Shaquille O'Neal, and Dr. J, to name a few. A graduate of the University of Michigan and Cardozo Law, Pamela began her legal career with the Screen Actors Guild and later joined Authentic Brands Group (ABG), a leading brand development, marketing, and entertainment company. Pamela led ABG's business and legal affairs department for more than 8 years, through the expansion of its then-binary portfolio to over 50 global brands, culminating with Blackrock's first PE investment valuing ABG at over $4 Billion. After her exit from ABG, Pamela founded her own practice, Bebry Law, through which she advises and supports young companies, executives, and IP-focused organizations as they pursue similar success.