OG Culture, developed in partnership with Black Progress Matters, launched The Leaders Network this past week with the support of Troy Vincent and the NFL. We held events at Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas and Hancock Whitney Stadium in Mobile, Alabama. Our goal was to provide 15 aspiring Black coaches and executives, hand-selected by Troy and his team along with OG Culture, with the personal connections necessary to empower and elevate Black leadership within the NFL.
The first portion of the event opened with inspiring keynote remarks from NFL Hall of Famer Warren Sapp, Coach Hue Jackson, and Coach Tony Dungy. These leaders stressed the importance of building relationships with peers and the incredible mentors that helped to pave their success. The second portion of the event included thought-provoking roundtable discussions to explore critical issues and challenges such as Managing Through Crisis, Coaching Superstar Players, the Challenge to Improve Networks, and Knowing the Rules. These discussions allowed our attendees to ask questions directly to our panelists on how they can better navigate their careers and gain insight into how they can lead teams and themselves toward success.
Overall, it was an incredible privilege for all of us at Black Progress Matters and OG Culture to host such a successful event for aspiring Black coaches and executives in collaboration with the NFL Operations team under Troy Vincent's leadership. We look forward to continuing these conversations at events hosted by OG Culture & The Leaders Network and supporting the efforts of OG Culture co-founders James Walker and Roger Harriott. And lastly, a tremendous debt of gratitude to our speakers and OG Culture mentors Tony Dungy, Hue Jackson, Tony Sands, and Warren Sapp.