Podcast: Philip Leopold, Sports Works

Philip Leopold, Sports Works

Listen in to this week’s Sports Philanthropy Podcast as Philip Leopold, Managing Partner of Sports Works joins our host Roy Kessel. Philip shares his insight into his “C-Suite” Sports Marketing Consulting and discussed his experiences working with the Vatican on their initiative “Sports and Faith at the Service of Humanity.”

Philip Leopold joins Roy Kessel on the Sports Philanthropy Podcast


  • 00:30 Background in Sponsorship
  • 01:15 Sport and Faith at the Service of Humanity (Vatican initiative)
  • 02:20 Brand marketing experience
  • 05:00 Challenges non-profits face in securing sponsorships
  • 10:20 Evaluating the ROI for sponsors
  • 17:00 How sponsors behave unreasonably
  • 20:00 Sustainable Impact
  • 24:00 Reluctance of corporations to support faith-based initiative
  • 28:10 Breadth of faith-based giving
  • 29:30 Val Ackerman and leadership for college conferences
  • 34:00 Working with colleges
  • 35:45 Making changes at the policy level and impacting government
  • 39:15 Philip as King of the Soccer World

Roy Kessel

Roy Kessel

Roy Kessel is the Founder of the Sports Philanthropy Network. Roy has worked in the sports business world for over 20 years including serving as an instructor in Northwestern University's graduate Sports Management Program. Having served as a sports lawyer representing athletes, entrepreneurs and start-up businesses, Roy has extensive experience helping organizations improve their strategy, marketing, communications and leadership development.
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