2018 Baseball Career Conference  

December 9-10, 2018                
Las Vegas, Nevada

Meet Scouts, Agents, Player Personnel, Media, and Management in MLB careers while gaining valuable insight into a variety of careers from those working at all levels in baseball! 

What are  Baseball Winter Meetings*?
The Baseball Winter Meetings* is an annual event, held each December, in which representatives of all 30 Major League Baseball teams and their 161 minor league baseball affiliates convene for four days to discuss league business and conduct off-season trades and transactions. Attendees include league executives, team owners, general managers, team scouts, visitors from baseball-playing countries, trade show exhibitors. In December 2018, the Baseball Winter Meetings are hosted at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas, Nevada. 

What is the SMWW Baseball Career Conference?
This day-long career conference offers unique panel discussions and question-answer periods designed to start or advance your career in the business of baseball. The day will be split up into diverse speaker panels; including scouting, marketing, management, media, public relations, digital video editing, athlete representation, broadcasting, and sports career strategies.
Simply put, if you are looking to work in baseball, this is a must attend event!

 Why should you attend?
Our annual Baseball Career Conference provides people of all ages with a desire to work in the MLB, minor league baseball, and collegiate baseball, an insight and exposure they can't get anywhere else. This one-day event puts you in the heart of the baseball universe. Baseball Winter Meetings* are not open to the public, however, the SMWW Baseball Career Conference will give you the opportunity to ask questions of Agents, Scouts, Analysts, Media and Player Personnel including:

  • Network with baseball executives at the major league, minor league and collegiate level
  • Career guidance from well-known major league, minor league and collegiate level executives
  • Insights on who is doing the hiring and what you need to know to get hired
  • Connect with sports career-minded individuals
  • Mentors who have been where you are and want to assist you with your career
  • Insider information about changes in the industry that put your career on the fast track
  • Strategies to catapult your career to the next level

    *SMWW's Career Conference is not affiliated or any way connected with MLB, Minor League Baseball, or the Baseball Winter Meetings.
 
 

 

Where

SMWW Baseball Career Conference sessions will take place in the Four Seasons Hotel Las Vegas. The Four Seasons is a 5-Star Hotel located in the Mandalay Bay tower, on the iconic Las Vegas strip. The 2018 Baseball Winter Meetings* are held in the Mandalay Bay Hotel. Our event is in the Four Seasons Hotel which is inside the Mandalay Bay Hotel. You can't get any closer than that! 

Four Seasons in Mandalay Bay  
3960 S Las Vegas Blvd 
Las Vegas, Nevada

Closest AirportMcCarran International Airport

Who Should Attend

Anyone 18 years or older working on the business side of baseball or wanting to work in baseball! (17 and younger may attend with an adult.)

Networking Opportunities: One of the advantages of this conference is the ability to network within the industry with fellow baseball minded individuals. Some work for a team, others are looking to break into the industry. Following their presentations, most speakers chat one on one with attendees. Most attendees come alone but make many new friends and peers within the industry. And they return year after year!

 

 The SMWW event is the best learning experience of the year for understanding how the entire sports market works. I enjoy hearing from a broad spectrum of presenters including executives, front office workers, scouts, players, agents, marketing, media. I've worked in major league sports for 20 years and find SMWW events fresh and unique.  
 Ari Kaplan, Moneyball Analyst for Professional Teams

Information About This Event

Sunday, December 09, 2018

5:30 - 7:30pm  Our Famous SMWW Welcome Reception (optional)

TOPGOLF LAS VEGASTopGolf Las Vegas
4627 Koval Lane, Las Vegas, NV 89109

Come network with baseball executives, SMWW Staff, and fellow baseball conference attendees. Held at Top Golf Las Vegas, behind The Signature at MGM Grand. Top Golf combines the energy of a Las Vegas party in its sprawling entertainment and high-tech driving range, and swanky lounge. The welcome reception is always a great time. Everyone there is excited about the career conference, learning from each other, meeting baseball executives, sharing a few adult beverages, and playing a few rounds of golf-inspired games.  It's optional…but you really shouldn't miss it! Hor d'oeuvres and first drink will be on SMWW. (Dress is casual. All ages welcome.)

Monday, December 10, 2018

8:00am - 5:00pm  SMWW Baseball Career Conference Sessions:
Diverse speaker panels approximately every hour including scouting, marketing, management, media, public relations, digital video editing, athlete representation, broadcasting, and sports career strategies.

Note: The 2018 conference agenda will be constantly changing up until the week of the event. We work with our speakers and panels around their team meetings. Team meetings are scheduled one week prior to the event. However, you can keep checking back as we add speakers. We always have a great schedule. You will love it!

7:30am - Check-In is Open. Coffee and pastries

8:00am - Opening Remarks with Dr. Lynn Lashbrook: Let's PLAY BALL! 

8:15am - Women in Baseball

  • Emily Jaenson, Reno Aces General Manager
  • Justine Siegal, 1st Women to Coach MLB, Founder Baseball For All 

9:00am - The Life of an MLB Agent

  • Oscar Suarez, MLB Certified Agent, SMWW Faculty
  • Paul Kinzer, Agency Rep1 President
  • Tom O'Connell, O'Connell Sports Management President

10:00am - 1-on-1 with former MLB GM Dan Duquette

  • Dan Duquette, Former Baltimore Orioles General Manager

11:00am - Careers in Sports Communications  

  • Tim Mead, Los Angeles Vice President of Communications/SMWW Faculty
  • Maury Brown, 20 year Sports Business Reporter, National Baseball Writer, BBWAA Member, former SMWW Faculty
  • Susan Slusser, 20 year Oakland A's beat writer, MLB Network correspondent, first female president of BBWAA

Noon - Lunch (provided with conference registration)

1:15pm - Carving Your Own Path

  • Joel Corry, CBSSports.com 
  • Dr. Jim Krause, Former Division 1 Head Coach
  • Ron Knight, Atlanta Braves Manager, Minor League Administration /SMWW Alum

2:00 pm - Opportunities in Independent Baseball

  • Gabriel Suarez, Cleburne Railroaders Director of Baseball Operations
  • Rick White, Atlantic League President

3:00pm -  It Begins with Scouting

  • Trey Rose, Pittsburgh Pirates Baseball Operations Assistant/SMWW Alum
  • Haley Alvarez, Oakland A's Scouting Coordinator
  • Larry D'Amato, Former MLB Scout 40+ years, SMWW Faculty
  • Carl Moesche, Boston Red Sox Scouting Supervisor/SMWW Alum

4:00pm - It's A Numbers Game

  • Cory Schwartz, MLB.com VP of Stats
  • Ari Kaplan, Scoutables President, and MLB Analyst; SMWW Faculty
  • Alexis Collins, Baseball Prospectus Contributor to Prospect and Stats Team
  • Lewie Pollis, Philadelphia Phillies Baseball Research and Development
5:00pm - Closing Remarks with Dr.Lynn Lashbrook 
5:30pm -Join the frenzy of the Baseball Winter Meetings* in the Mandalay Bay Lobby which is next to the Four Seasons Lobby. Experience the heart of the action!
 

Registration is now closed.

Conference Registration includes:  

  • Name badge & credentials
  • Registration Packet
  • All conference sessions on Monday in the Four Seasons Hotel in Mandalay Bay
  • Monday Networking Lunch in the Four Seasons Hotel in Mandalay Bay
  • Sunday Night Welcome Reception at Top Golf Las Vegas
 
 

Past Speakers

Speakers vary from year to year:

  • Dayton Moore, KC Royals, GM
  • John Boggs, MLB Agent
  • Ned Colletti, LA Dodgers GM
  • Peter Gammons, Hall of Fame Writer and MLB Analyst
  • Harold Reynolds, MLB Network On-Air Talent and Fox Sports Analyst
  • Joe Hamrahi,  Co-Founder 2080baseball.com and Former President of Baseball Prospectus
  • Fred Claire, Former LA Dodgers GM and Well-Known MLB Executive
  • Don Welke, Vice President Scouting Operations San Diego Padres
  • John Cox, Major League Scout and Pacific Rim Scout San Francisco Giants
  • Tracy Ringolsby, Hall of Fame Writer for MLB.com & Baseball America
  • Dan Evans, Toronto Blue Jays Scout, Former LA Dodgers GM
  • Pat Gillick, 3-Time World Series GM and HOF
  • John Mozeliak, St. Louis Cardinals GM
  • Jayson Stark, ESPN Senior Baseball Analyst
  • Stan Kasten, Los Angeles Dodgers President
  • Jay Miller, Texas Rangers Senior VP
  • Tyrone Brooks, Pittsburgh Pirates Director of Operations
  • Lee Folger - Baseball America President/Publisher
  • Cory Schwartz, MLB Advanced Media Vice President, Stats
  • Bill Squadron, Bloomberg Sports GM
  • Jerry Crasnick, ESPN and Baseball America
  • Rob Neyer, SB Nation National Baseball Editor and Well-Known Baseball Author
  • Tony DeMacio, Director Scouting Atlanta Braves
  • Toney Howell, Special Assistant GM LA Dodgers
  • Dr. Lynn Lashbrook, SMWW President and Founder
  • Benjamin Hill, Baseball Writer, MiLB.com
  • Jeff Idelson, President, National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum
  • Mark Galuska, Director of Marketing and Sales, Columbus Clippers (AAA-Indians)
  • Bobby Brett, Brett Sports & Entertainment and Spokane Indians Managing Partner
  • Bob Masewicz, Total Sports Entertainment Owner
  • John Manuel, Baseball America Editor in Chief
  • Tom Whaley, St. Paul Saints, Executive VP & Owner
  • Dana Sinclair, Sports Psychologist - Clients include Indianapolis Colts, Seattle Seahawks, Boston Red Sox, Los Angeles Dodgers, Toronto Maple Leafs, Anaheim Ducks, and Portland Trail Blazers
  • Ari Kaplan, Scoutables President, Leading Figure in Sports Analytics
  • Oscar Suarez, MLB Agent
  • Tom Leip, Salem-Keizer Volcanoes President
  • Will Carroll - Contributor, SI.com
  • Hector Gomez, MLB Agent
  • Joe Favorito, Sports Publicity & Marketing Consultant
  • Bobby Evans, San Francisco Giants, Dir. of Player Personnel
  • Alyson Footer, National Correspondent MLB.com
  • Sal Artiaga, Former President of Minor League Baseball
  • Dr. Jose Goyos, Ph.D. L.C.S.W. Kansas City Royals Sports Psychologist
  • Mike Birling - Durham Bulls GM
  • Tom Giordano, Special Assistant GM Texas Rangers
  • Scott Akasaki, Los Angeles Dodgers Travel Director
  • Maury Brown, Founder and President of The Biz of Baseball
  • Larry D'Amato, Former MLB Scout
  • Mark Smith, Oakland A's Minor League Video Coordinator
     

About the Baseball Winter Meetings

For those of you who have never experienced the Baseball Winter Meetings*, it is fascinating!  This event is the major baseball event of the year. GMs, player agents, executives, managers, and yes, a few players all attend. It's an event worth attending if you are looking to network, report on the signings and trades that go down, or for fans to feel the energy and excitement. Where else can you have Tommy Lasorda, Bill James, Frank Robinson, Scott Boras, Bob DuPuy, Billy Beane, and Bobby Cox all within 20 feet of each other? (As reported by Maury Brown) There's also trainers, scouts, media, reps from the leagues, ESPN, Baseball America, MLB Network, MLB.com...it is a plethora of baseball who's who. Attending the SMWW Baseball Conference and walking around will be enough for most of you, but for those who want more, read here
*Note: SMWW's Career Conference is not affiliated or any way connected with MLB, Minor League Baseball, or the Baseball Winter Meetings. 

Scholarships

SMWW will award a limited amount of full and partial scholarships for each SMWW Career Conference. You must be 18 years or older to be considered. If interested, fill out an application and submit your resume and a one-page letter explaining why you should receive a scholarship to StudentServices@smww.com

Scholarships do not include lodging or airfare. Those who have completed an SMWW Training Program will be given preference. 

Internships

SMWW offers sports internship opportunities throughout the year in both our Portland, Oregon and Gloucester, England offices. Visit this page for more information. SMWW conducts interviews at SMWW Career Conferences.

 



Download a Copy of the
2015 Baseball Program Here

Note: Speakers are not guaranteed and will change. The closer we get to the date, the more speakers will know their team meeting schedules.

 

 

 

Thank you! We will let you know as soon as conference dates are announced!