SPWC Panelist: Marianna Whitehurst

Marianna Whitehurst

Marianna will serve on Panel 4-Telling Your Story: How to Engage Your Donor Base

Marianna Whitehurst is a 15-year resident of the City of Atlanta.  She currently serves on the Board of Directors for Georgia Playworks and both the Foundation Board of the Georgia Sports Hall of Fame and the Chick Fil A Peach Bowl Advisory Board. Whitehurst is the first woman in the country to sit on both a state’s HoF board and a Bowl Committee. She was honored by the Atlanta Women in Sports in 2019 with a Trailblazer Award and by the Atlanta City Council for her outstanding service to the state’s athletes.

Whitehurst also serves the Selection Committee for the OMBI Group’s Giving Gracefully Award, a national award given every year during Super Bowl week that recognizes the philanthropic work of athletes and entertainers. She will additionally serve as host for those awards & their celebrations during Superbowl LIV in Miami.

Marianna has been the family representative for the scholarships the Whitehursts’ sponsor for over a decade, and as such mentored those students-athletes throughout their college careers.

The Davidson College alumna and has drafted two book series; one for student athletes and one for children (and their families) impacted by an autism diagnosis that highlights the importance of SEL (social emotional learning) and movement in the development of all young children, be they neuro typical or neuro atypical.

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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