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Thursday, September 22 • 9:00am - 10:00am
Winning Formulas: Sports Analytics, Performance, and Gaining the Competitive Edge LIMITED

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We’re past “Moneyball.” Sports franchises throughout the industry have adopted and implemented myriad quantitative and analytical tools to assess player performance on the field.

These developments have certainly led a revolution in the way we view athletic evaluation. However, we still lack a sufficient grasp on the games being played inside the minds of athletes. Do some people have a knack for defining the moment, while others fold under pressure?

The consequences are heavy — with trophies, championships, endorsements, millions of dollars, and at times the collective soul of entire fanbases riding on the thinnest of margins.

Thrival welcomes a panel of sports experts and professionals as they discuss the ins and outs of sabermetrics, the nature of the business of sports, and what it means to be clutch.


Moderators
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Richard Law

Arsenal F.C. (London)
Richard Law works in Football Operations at Arsenal Football Club.  His responsibilities range from managing all player contracts and transfers to assisting the Manager of the team and the CEO of the club with football issues. | Prior to starting his work for Arsenal in 2005, Mr. Law had assignments in Brazil, Mexico, the USA and Spain.

Speakers
avatar for Justin Forzano

Justin Forzano

Executive Director, Cameroon Football Development Program
Forzano is a social entrepreneur focused on addressing issues that impact youth across the globe, using soccer as a uniting force for good. Based in Pittsburgh, he leads a team of interns and volunteers to create awareness, collect equipment, and raise funds to support the work of CameroonFDP, a FIFA Football for Hope supported initiative. In Cameroon, he is working with his team to expand and develop an innovative approach to community... Read More →
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Dr. Chris Howard

President, Robert Morris University
Dr. Howard is the eighth president of Robert Morris University. He is a distinguished graduate of the U.S. Air Force Academy, where he earned a B.S. in political science in 1991. A Rhodes scholar, he earned his doctorate in politics at the University of Oxford and an M.B.A. with distinction from the Harvard Business School. He received the Campbell Trophy, the highest academic award in the country presented to a senior college football player... Read More →
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Karim Kassam

Director of Analytics, Pittsburgh Steelers
Undergraduate in Electrical Engineering (Queen's University, 2001), Masters in Computer Science (Imperial College, 2002) PhD in Psychology (Harvard, 2010) Faculty member at Carnegie Mellon 2010-2014, Department of Social and Decision Sciences Research and teaching focused on the psychology of decision making and emotion Analytics consultant, Jacksonville Jaguars 2013-2014 Left academia in 2014 to become Senior Director of Applied... Read More →
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Sam Ventura

BS, Computational Finance, Carnegie Mellon University, 2010 PhD, Statistics, CMU, 2015 Joined the faculty in the Department of Statistics at CMU in 2015 Currently teaching classes on statistical graphics and data visualization Research involves modeling the spread of infectious diseases; prediction; clustering; active learning; record linkage, duplicate detection, and entity resolution; statistics in sports Faculty advisor to CMU's... Read More →

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Thursday September 22, 2016 9:00am - 10:00am
Alloy 26 Auditorium 100 S Commons Pittsburgh, PA

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