Meet the Team:
IMPACT Leadership

Felisa Israel

Founder, Executive Director / CEO & Lead Instructor

After a 15+ year career in the NBA, including serving as the Phoenix Suns’ Director of Entertainment & Special Events, NBA Entertainment’s Director of Live Programming & Entertainment, and helping to start the WNBA with the Phoenix Mercury, Felisa started her own live event production company, 10 Fold Entertainment.

Guided by a passion for creating memorable live moments and a philosophy of doing everything tenfold, Felisa and her team have partnered with some of the biggest names in Sports, Entertainment, and Media to produce a variety of successful events using their unique blend of expertise to excite audiences and exceed expectations at every stop. After leaving the NBA, Felisa wanted to make an impact beyond the world of sports. She has since worked with charities such as Children’s Hospital Los Angeles and Straight But Not Narrow to produce fundraising and awareness events, moderated and participated in panels with industry experts to help further positive and creative discussions, and built a strong relationship with the UCLA Anderson School of Management, teaching students, hiring and training interns, and influencing the next generation of rockstars in their fields.

Through her experience hiring interns from, and teaching at, UCLA Anderson School of Management, Felisa saw an opportunity to create her own program to further help students, IMPACT Learning Institute. IMPACT Learning Institute is a professional development program that provides education, mentorship, training, and experiential learning opportunities to college students and recent graduates who aspire to have careers in the Sports, Entertainment, and Media industries. Now, Felisa uses her career experiences, unparalleled network of professional relationships, and passion for helping the next generation to give young professionals opportunities to jumpstart their careers in these highly-competitive industries and teach them the skills necessary to thrive in any work environment.

Nathan Leonard

Head of Programming

Starting his professional career as a student intern, Nathan is a first-hand example of how proper training, guidance, and opportunity can impact students in an extraordinary way.

Nathan has spent the last 6 years as a producer for 10 Fold Entertainment, producing large-scale, live sports and entertainment events and specializing in creating, managinging, and executing programming elements. Enthusiastic and ready to take on new challenges, he has worked with clients in a wide variety of sports such as basketball and soccer events with Bleacher Report, Major League Lacrosse, Kerri Walsh-Jennings’ p1440 beach volleyball tour, the Esports company Immortals and their Overwatch team, the Los Angeles Valiant, and serving as the Game Operations Director for UC Riversides’ Men’s and Women’s Basketball season during 10 Fold’s time consulting their Athletics Department.

Nathan has also supported Felisa’s involvement at UCLA Anderson School of Management by assisting in teaching the Summer Discovery program for the past 5 years, discovering a passion for teaching and guiding others to success. Carrying this passion into IMPACT, he uses his event programming experience to create relatable curriculum and robust Experiential Learning Projects that are tailored to maximize the learning potential of ambitious college students.

Sarah Longacre

Controller

Dr. Kristen Willeumier

Mental Health & Wellness Expert

Global Village, Inc.

Digital Media Partner

Global Village, Inc. is a values-driven, full-service creative marketing agency and production house committed to developing and sharing powerful stories that educate, motivate, inspire, and entertain through visual and digital media.

Our creative and accomplished professional teams specialize in communicating and positioning brands, delivering impactful messages, and articulating specialized concepts with an emphasis on dynamic storytelling and stunning visual imagery. Our work has been viewed by millions around the globe on traditional and emerging media platforms. We continue to push creative imaging boundaries, partnering with some of the world’s most innovative brands including Dolby, Kia, and Blackmagic Design to discover new and imaginative storytelling techniques.

Although Global Village also serves the for-profit community, we have a special passion and a long history of partnering with non-profit organizations, locking arms to help make visions reality and make a meaningful difference in the lives of individuals, families, communities, cities, and nations. Think of us as a powerful advocate – a confidante – ready to walk with you through a tangle of technology, across cultural barriers, and into areas of strategic growth so that your organization can effectively share your story, achieve your goals, and step closer to the better world you seek to create.

Advisory Board

Aldis Hodge
Actor (One Night In Miami, Hidden Figures, Straight Outta Compton)

Angeline Buenaventura
Creative Talent Development Manager at Netflix

Annie Cornforth
Assistant VP, Corporate Partnerships at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles (CHLA)

Brett Lyons
Director, Marketing Strategy at Intel Corporation

David Cooper
Owner at MVP Sports Public Relations

Dawn Wilcox
Associate Senior Vice President, Development & Corporate Partnerships at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles (CHLA)

Edwin Hodge
Actor (The Purge Series, The Tomorrow War, Mayans M.C.)

Elisa Padilla
C-Suite Content/Marketing Executive

Fabiola Torres
CMO, SVP Energy Category at PepsiCo

Jennifer Pope
VP, Community Relations & Team Services at LA Kings

Jeff Ganter
President at Eleventh Hour

Jay Tucker
Executive Director at UCLA Anderson Center for Management of Enterprise in Media, Entertainment & Sports (MEMES)

Jenna Cassidy
Marketing & Operations Executive

Jimmy Musiker
Executive Director/Owner at Summer Discovery

Joe Mulvihill
Talent Manager (Boyz II Men & Joey Fatone)

Lenny Washington
Brand Marketing Assistant/Coordinator at ESPN

Lexie King
IMPACT Learning Institute

Leonard Armato
Founder, Chairman & CEO at Management Plus Enterprises

Libby Bush
Founder & CEO, Tandem Entertainment

Mark Francis
Director, Sport Management Program at Concordia University Irvine

Marc Pollick
President & CEO at The Giving Back Fund

Melanie Wallner
Associate VP, Communications at The Drone Racing League

Rachel Jacobson
President at The Drone Racing League

Tamala Lewis
Senior Director, Community Affairs & Foundation at AEG’s Dignity Health Sports Park

Tanesha Wade
Director, Events & Entertainment at Chicago Bears

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