September 27-29, 2023

September 27-29, 2023 | Chicago

The Summit is for anyone who wants to be in the middle of the action, on the cutting-edge, changing the game and shaping the future. You’ll hear from the most influential industry thought leaders as they share revolutionary ideas and insights. Where innovative and inspiring conversations happen.

8:00-10:30AM | WEDNESDAY, SEP 27

Pre-Summit Training:
Become a Sponsorship Rockstar

Before the Summit kicks off, we have a special treat for you — an immersive and interactive 2 ½-hour, pre-Summit Sponsorship Mastery Academy Training Session. We will provide you with the knowledge, strategies, and insights necessary to conquer the sponsorship world.

Attendees can register for the training through the official Summit app.


2023 Speakers & Presenters

Amber Burda

Executive Director of Sponsorship, Business & Corporate Development

James Ho

Executive Director of Customer Success

Marques Jackson

Senior Director Corporate Partnerships & Media, Miami Dolphins & Hard Rock Stadium

Dan Keats

Director of Sponsorship and Consumer Engagement

Gina Scott

VP, Group Licensing | Partner Services

Tony Wells

Former Verizon Chief Media Officer & 4X CMO


A Partnership That Went Bananas

Discover how the Savannah Bananas and Zappos.com transformed a traditional sports experience into an unforgettable, fan-centric extravaganza that resonated with audiences far and wide.

2023 Topics

The tough topics, cool trends and innovative ideas we’ll be talking about at the Summit:

The Changing Media Landscape

Simple & Transparent Valuation Methods

Building & Activating Partnerships through DEI

Embracing Change & Driving Growth

Emerging Technology from AI to the Metaverse.

Data-Driven Decisions Deliver Results

Cultivate a High-Performance Mindset

Finding your Personal Purpose

Purpose-Driven Partnerships

Mastering the Art & Science of Selling Sponsorships

Navigating Economic Conditions

Success Metrics and Determining ROI

“The Summit always inspires and invigorates me. It’s an exciting, educational environment allowing attendees to visit each other and learn about bold partnerships unfolding in extraordinary markets nationwide.”


Who’s Joining Us in 2023

The Summit is for those who buy, sell, activate, and support sponsorship and partnership marketing.

Here are just some of the organizations you’ll see at this year’s Summit…

Our Partners Make the Magic Happen

Show our 2023 Sponsors some love and get ready to connect with them at the Summit!

2023/09/27 11:00:00

until Sponsorship Mastery Summit 2023

In Store at this Year’s Summit…

  • Join the Pre-Summit virtual happy hour and get insider tips on how to make the most of their visit to the Windy City.
  • Attend the Welcome Reception and mingle with like-minded sponsorship professionals.
  • Get access to the Summit app, the one-stop-shop for event info and networking.
  • Attend more than 20 sessions and hear 30+ industry leaders who were invited specifically to expand your knowledge and skills.
  • Book 1-on-1, 15-minute coaching sessions with speakers and SMA board members to get personalized advice.
  • Attend an immersive, interactive 2 ½ hour pre-Summit Sponsorship Mastery Academy Session.
  • Participate in “Talking (Sponsor)Ship” roundtables and expand your professional network.
  • Enjoy two plated lunches and breakfast buffets – because good food makes for great conversations!
  • Attend the Summit Soiree and Awards Ceremony and celebrate with your peers.
  • Join our Sponsorship in Action tour and experience sponsorship from a sponsor’s POV.
  • Receive post-Summit cliff notes with three key takeaways from every session – so you can put your new knowledge into action right away!