2022 Conference Schedule

Programming for the 2022 Running USA Industry Conference is in progress. The schedule below reflects sessions and speakers announced as of 11/22. Final schedule will be available by 12/15.

*Please note that session times, dates and speakers are subject to change.

Sunday, February 20

12:00 pm             Expo Opens – Coronado K

Registration Opens – Coronado K

2:00-3:00pm       First Timers Session – Monterrey 1-3

1:00- 5:00pm      Innovation Showcase – Yucatan 1-3

4:00-5:00pm       Women’s Networking Session – Monterrey 1-3

6:00- 8:00pm      Opening Reception – Coronado K

Monday, February 21

6:15 – 7:30am      Morning Run around the Lagoon

7:15-8:15am       Breakfast – Coronado L

8:00am  – 6:30pm      Expo open – Coronado K

8:30am Opening Session –  Coronado L

Welcoming Remarks from Matt West, Running USA Board President, and Dawna Stone, CEO – Coronado L

9:00-9:30am       General Session

Keynote: Charting a Creative Path: Leadership, partnerships, and teamwork in challenging times; Rosalyn Durant, SVP of Operations for Walt Disney World Resort

9:30-9:40am       Quick Break

9:40-10:30am     General Session

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion for the Running Industry -Taking Action for Change

Moderated by Rosalyn Durant, panelists include Alison Desir, co-founder of RIDC, and Erica Edwards-O’Neal, SVP, NYRR

10:30-10:45am Quick Break

10:45 – 11:45am General Session

The Evolution of Sponsorship Panel: Perspective from Brands and Events

●        Alex Vander Hoeven, General Manager, Running Apps at ASICS Digital, and CEO at Race Roster

●        Additional speakers and moderator to be announced

12:00-1:00pm Networking Lunch – Coronado L

1:00-1:45pm Idea Labs

1. Continuity Planning for Events and Organizations

Mike Nishi – COO, Chicago Event Management and Kyle McLaughlin- CEO, Tough Mudder – Coronado M-N

2. The Future of Running (ASICS sponsored session)

Alex Vander Hoeven, General Manager, Running Apps at ASICS Digital, and CEO at Race Roster, Coronado R-T

3. DEI Applications, Activations, and Actualizations

Andy Wallace, VP, Programs & Partnerships, BibRave – Durango 2

2:00-2:45pm Idea Labs

1. Social Media Engagement: How your content can make or break your efforts

Allison Corbett, SVP, Marketing & Communications, P3R – Coronado M-N

2. Marketing Makeover: Do you need one?

Jeff Matlow, President, imATHLETE and Sara Persky, VP Marketing, Ventures Endurance – Coronado P-Q

3. Sustainability Simplified:  Workshop to Prioritize Your Efforts

Mike Sommers, Nuun Hydration, additional speakers TBA– Durango 2

4. Trends in the Running Industry: How 2020 and 2021 Have (and Haven’t) Changed the Running Landscape (RunSignup sponsored session)

Johanna Goode, RunSignUp – Coronado R-T

2:45-3:30pm      Connect Break in the Expo

Conduct your one on one meetings with colleagues without missing programming, or use the time to network with new connections.

Coffee for this break sponsored by Associated Agencies

3:30-4:30pm – General Session, Details to be announced – Coronado L

5:00 – 6:30pm – Happy Hour in the Expo – Coronado K


Tuesday, February 22

6:15 – 7:30 am  Morning Run around the Lagoon

7:30 – 8:30am     Breakfast – Coronado L

9:00 -9:45 – General Session – Coronado L

How to Live and Lead Mindfully, Lee Papa

10:00 – 10:30am Connect Break in the Expo

Coffee for this break sponsored by Protecht

10:30 – 11:30am – General Session – Coronado L

State of the Sport Panel – Industry leaders discuss lessons learned over the past two years about what running needs to do to sustain and grow. How do we proactively evolve and demonstrate value to our customers going forward?

Moderator and panelists to be announced

12:00pm – Expo Closes

11:30am -12:00pm – Connect Break

12:00 -1:00pm   Networking Lunch – Coronado L

1:30-2:30pm Idea Labs

1. Virtual Challenges in a Post Covid World – Johan Tiger, Owner/Principal, Tigertech – Coronado M-N

2.       Putting the Runner at the Table: How this simple strategy can unlock your event’s potential – Stevie Jones, Manager, Event Marketing, Brooks Running – Coronado P-Q

3.       PR and PRs: Publicity Power-Ups for Endurance Events – Meg Treat – Owner/Principal, Treat Public Relations, Durango 2

4.       To be announced

2:30 – 3:00pm  – Connect break

3:00 – 4:00pm – Idea Labs

1. A Strategic Plan for Year-Round Engagement with Your Participants – Jonathan Beverly, Outside, Inc. and Ross Krause, Outside, Inc. – Coronado M-N

2. Inclusive Events – What you need to be doing today – Coronado P-Q

3. How to use technology to meet the changing needs of your consumer – Mohammed Iqbal, CEO, SweatWorks – Coronado R-T

4. To be announced

4:30pm – Closing Reception – See you in February 2023! – Casita Courtyard