The Power of Taking a Timeout

A Virtual Course Hosted by the IMPACT Internship Access Fund, a project of The Giving Back Fund

A Powerful Series for these Unusual Times

If you missed out on attending The Power of Taking a Timeout virtual course, now is your chance to watch the series and join the nearly 200 people who experienced this incredible learning opportunity! Video recordings of each session of this course are available for purchase for a limited time, featuring amazing guest speakers, professional development topics, and engaging discussions about the current state of Sports & Entertainment.

10 Recorded Sessions | 15+ Hours of Content

Cost: $195 (Limited-Time Sale Price)

Gain immediate access to all 10 sessions now!

The Power of Taking a Timeout

We are living in an unexplainable time.  A time that is characterized by fear, loss, struggle, disappointments, and uncertainty; but at the same time, profound beauty.  Not everyone experiences a “massive historical moment” in their lifetime, but I can say that I have experienced several that in many ways parallel our current climate — the first being when I lived in NYC during 9/11, the second being a product of the US Economy crashing in 2008 — unexplainable times of my life where both good and bad emerged from tragedy.

What I learned during 9/11 is that I have an inner strength that emerged when faced with those tragic circumstances.  That strength was put to the test again in 2008 when I transitioned from having a comfortable, long-standing career in the NBA with a secure paycheck and health/401K benefits to taking the risk of becoming an entrepreneur and starting my dream of having my own live event production company.

Both times I can honestly say I didn’t know what was going to happen or when things were going to get better.  I found myself asking the question — what did I have to lose?  During this surreal time, a similar question is rattling around my head.  There is something bigger than all of us demanding that we change and adapt, and in this case, that we take a TIMEOUT and recognize what we appreciate and what we take for granted while the world repairs itself.  As I think about the purpose of taking a timeout, I think about the meaning behind it in different circumstances.  Coaches call timeouts during games when they need to refocus the attention of their team or adjust their strategy.  Children get put in timeouts when they need to calm down and think about being responsible with and for their actions.  Wherever they may be, timeouts are generally taken in an effort to spark change and better the situation at hand.

During this unique time in our history, I want to encourage discussions of how we can make the most of the timeout that the world is collectively experiencing right now and come out of it stronger as individuals, as an industry, and as a community.

These thoughts and my unique experiences have led me and my team to develop this course — designed to help us navigate this forced timeout — and how we can emerge stronger, better, and more prepared for the days ahead.

I hope you’ll join us.

Felisa Israel
CEO | Co-Founder
IMPACT Internship

Virtual Course Details


This 10-session course is centered around The Power of Taking a Time Out. Led by IMPACT Internship Lead Instructor, Felisa Israel, each session focuses on a different aspect of the Sports & Entertainment industries and features interactive discussions with high-level, industry executives. These sessions address a variety of topics with engaging conversations regarding the current state of these industries, how things are positively changing, how to be proactive and maximize this time we’re in, how to pivot and adapt to new challenges, and more.

In addition to discussions with the guest speakers, each class session also featured a daily Professional Development topic of discussion designed to provide students with relevant training skills and insight to help them grow professionally during their Time Out. Professional Development Topics include:

  • Building Your Online Presence
  • Change is Good – Understanding the Value of Pivoting
  • Creativity Is Key, Now More Than Ever
  • Effective Researching – Knowledge is Power
  • Effective Time Management Skills
  • How to Maximize Your Value in the Virtual World
  • Maintaining Professionalism in an Unprofessional Environment
  • Paying Attention to Evolving Trends During This Time
  • Recognizing the Opportunity of a Blank Canvas
  • Virtual Networking

All proceeds will go to the IMPACT Internship Access Fund, a project of The Giving Back Fund, our Scholarship Program designed to help young people at critical stages in their personal and professional development by promoting equitable skills, opportunity, education, and access to achieve careers in the fields of sports, entertainment, media, and beyond.

Schedule of Topics and Guest Speakers:


Leonard Armato
Founder & CEO, Management Plus Enterprises
Former Sports Agent (Represented star athletes such as Shaquille O’Neal, Hakeem Olajuwon, Oscar De La Hoya, Kerri Walsh-Jennings)
Founder & CEO, World Series of Beach Volleyball
Former Founder & CEO, AVP Pro Beach Volleyball Tour

Topic: Seeing Through the Lens of a Master Brander & Sports Agent



Libby Bush
Founder & CEO, Tandem Entertainment
Tandem Entertainment clients include Disney, Marvel, Lucasfilm, Ryan Seacrest, Funny Or Die, and more
Former Executive Director, U.S. & Global Partnerships, Marvel Entertainment

Topic: Entertainment Marketing: Studios, Films, Influencers & Brands



Joe Mulvihill
Talent Manager & Entrepreneur
Manager of Boyz II Men & Joey Fatone
Owner, Livewire Entertainment


Joey Fatone
Celebrity, Musician, Actor & Host
Career Includes NSYNC & Dancing with the Stars
Co-Host of the podcast “Two Cups of Joe”

Topic: Talent Management in a Time of Quarantine



Fabiola Torres
Chief Marketing Officer & SVP of Energy, PepsiCo
Former VP of Global Marketing, Beats by Dr. Dre
Former Sr Director of Global Brand Marketing, Nike

Topic: The Power of Brands in Today’s Climate



Greg Jones
VP of Live Entertainment – North America, HARMAN International
Former Sr Sales Manager of Installation for HARMAN’s brands such as JBL
Manages JBL activations with Concert Tours & Festivals Worldwide such as Tomorrowland and JBL Fest

Topic: Impact Throughout the World of Concerts & Festivals




Steve Patterson
Former Athletic Director, University of Texas & Arizona State University
Former President, Portland Trail Blazers
Former President & CEO, Arizona Coyotes
Former SVP & Chief Development Officer, Houston Texans

Topic: College Athletics & Assessing Talent in a Shortened Season



Jerry Colangelo
Managing Director, USA Basketball
Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame Inductee
Former Owner of the Phoenix Suns, Phoenix Mercury, Arizona Diamondbacks
4-time NBA Executive of the Year

Topic: The Global State of Basketball



Lou DePaoli
EVP & Chief Revenue Officer, New York Mets
Former EVP & Chief Marketing Officer, Pittsburgh Pirates & Atlanta Hawks
Former VP, NBA

Topic: The State of the MLB & Impact on Team Revenue



Dave Klewan
GM, The Genesis Invitational / TGR Foundation
Chairman, Los Angeles Sports Council
Former Partnership Director, LA Marathon
Former VP of Partnerships & Events, AVP Pro Beach Volleyball Tour

Topic: The Role of a General Manager & Budgeting During Crisis



Dawn Wilcox
VP, Corporate Partnerships, Children’s Hospital Los Angeles
Founder, Make March Matter

Topic: Corporate, Sports & Entertainment Fundraising Campaigns



Uzma Rawn
VP, Global Corporate Partnerships, Major League Baseball

Topic: League Corporate Sponsorship Sales & Management




Aldis Hodge
Actor – Straight Outta Compton, Hidden Figures, The Invisible Man
Currently seen on the hit Showtime series “City on a Hill”



Edwin Hodge
Actor – The Purge Series, Mayans M.C., Six
Can be seen in the upcoming film “The Tomorrow War”

Topic: Acting & the Current/Future State of Film & TV

10 Recorded Sessions | 15+ Hours of Content

Cost: $195 (Limited-Time Sale Price)

Gain immediate access to all 10 sessions now!

TAX-EXEMPT STATUS The Impact Internship Access Fund operates as a project of The Giving Back Fund, a Massachusetts nonprofit corporation recognized by IRS as a tax-exempt public charity under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code (EIN #04-3367888).

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