Walter Wang Jr. | Vice President of Operations, TSM FTX
Melissa Beckwith | Vice President of Strategy & Innovation, Butler University
Brendan Donohue | President of the NBA 2K League
Moderator: Kelly Krauskopf | Assistant General Manager, Indiana Pacers
Join us for the season opener featuring a conversation exploring the esports industry, From Basement to Boardroom, The Rise of Esports as Big Business. The conversation, moderated by Indiana Pacers Assistant General Manager Kelly Krauskopf, features Walter Wang, Melissa Beckwith and Brendan Donohue.
- Walter Wang began serving as a consultant to TSM FTX, the $540 million esports organization named by Forbes as the world’s most valuable, in March 2017. He is now the COO of TSM FTX and in his role, Walter provides key operational oversight of critical departments such as Partnerships, Operations, Esports and Marketing.
- As Butler University’s vice president of strategy and innovation, Melissa Beckwith’s primarily responsible for leading the University’s forward looking efforts to ensure Butler is well positioned to leverage future opportunities and emerging trends in the ever-changing higher education landscape. One of her recent projects at the university is the new state-of-the-art Butler Esports Park, which focuses on curricular innovation, serving the K-12 community and aligning two of Indianapolis’s economic engines — sports & technology.
- As President of the NBA 2K League, Brendan Donohue oversees the first official esports league operated by a U.S. professional sports league. A sports industry veteran with more than two decades of experience in team and league operations, Donohue manages a league that features 24 teams and is celebrating its fifth season in 2022.
This conversation will be moderated by Kelly Krauskopf who is in her fifth season with the Pacers basketball management staff after 19 seasons as the WNBA’s Indiana Fever’s top executive. Krauskopf joined Pacers Sports & Entertainment in 1999 to build and lead the WNBA franchise. Under her guidance, the Fever reached the playoffs 12 consecutive years (a current League record) and reached the Eastern Conference finals five straight seasons, eight times overall. During this time, the team also made three WNBA Finals appearances and captured the WNBA championship in 2012.
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