2020 KEYNOTE SPEAKERS
NBC Sports Group
Former Head of Innovation & Creativity, Disney
Paralympic Gold Medalist, Motivational Speaker, Author
2020 KEYNOTE SPEAKER BIOS
Creativity Speaker. Former Head of Innovation and Creativity at Disney
As Head of Innovation and Creativity at Disney, Duncan and his team helped Imagineering, Lucasfilm, Marvel, Pixar and Disney Parks to innovate, creating magical new storylines and experiences for consumers around the globe. As founder of iD8 & innov8 he now brings his extensive Disney experience to audiences around the world using a very unique approach to Design Thinking, that helps companies embed a culture of innovation into everyone’s DNA. Duncan is a multiple Ted X speaker and contributor to Fast Company Magazine. He teaches Master Classes at Yale, the University of North Carolina, Duke University and the University of Florida. In 2008 he received the American Citizen of Choice Award at the White House. He also holds the Duke of Edinburgh Award presented by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth.
Executive Vice President of Digital and Sports Consumer Business at NBC Sports Group
Will has direct oversight of the NBC Sports Group’s portfolio of digital businesses, including all business aspects of GOLFNOW, all golf-related lifestyle businesses, SportsEngine, GOLFChannel.com, and NBCSports.com among other web-based businesses, including Rotoworld. McIntosh reports to Pete Bevacqua, President, NBC Sports Group.
NBC Sports is also a founding partner of SportsTech, an Atlanta-based international sports tech accelerator formed in January 2020 by Comcast NBCUniversal and several leading sports brands, and McIntosh serves as the company’s executive representative.
Previously, McIntosh spent a decade as the head of digital for GOLF, most recently as Executive Vice President, Business and Strategy. During his tenure, McIntosh was the primary driver of more than 15 mergers and acquisitions that have proliferated company growth, including EZ Links Golf, the leading provider of golf course technology in North America. In 2016, McIntosh spearheaded NBC Sports’ entry into youth sports via the acquisition of Minneapolis-based Sport Ngin – rebranded as SportsEngine – the leading provider of sport-life management software and mobile applications for more than 45,000 sports organizations and 16 million coaches, parents and youth athletes. Since 2009, McIntosh has driven the strategy and growth for GOLFNOW, a technology company specializing in golf-related digital products and services with the most powerful tee-time marketplace in golf, which is now the golf industry’s No. 1 technology and services company. In that time, the business grew from 1,000 golf course partners to currently nearly 10,000 in 24 countries, connecting with more than 3 million golfers, which are serviced by more than 800 GOLFNOW team members.
Prior to joining GOLF Channel, McIntosh owned and operated his own business ventures with a focus on interactive marketing and software development within the hospitality industry, founding and serving as CEO of three distinct businesses from 2004-2009.
McIntosh earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration, with an emphasis in financial management, from Winthrop University where he graduated magna cum laude. He is a graduate of Comcast’s Executive Leadership Forum, an intensive, company-wide program for Comcast leaders, and was named one of SportsBusiness Journal’s prestigious “Forty Under 40,” honoring the best young talent in sports business.
Motivational Speaker. Paralympic Gold Medalist.
Mallory Weggemann has been a competitive swimmer since the age of seven. On January 21, 2008, she went to the hospital to receive her third and final epidural injection that she was receiving to help treat back pain caused by postherpetic neuralgia. The epidural injections that were supposed to help with the debilitating pain instead left Mallory a paraplegic with complete loss of movement from her abdomen down.
Just three months after her injury at the age of 18, Weggemann chose to return to the pool. In April 2008, her older sister found an article in the local newspaper discussing the Paralympic Swimming Trials at the University of Minnesota. Through the encouragement of her family, Mallory attended the meet as a spectator with her sister and met several of the US National Team coaches, as well as her former coach, Jim Andersen. Still coping with her new disability, Weggemann found one thing unchanged, her love for swimming.
Following the London 2012 Games Mallory launched her career as a highly sought-after motivational speaker and began her training for the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games. Although, in 2014 fate would leave Weggemann with another twist in her athletic journey after she sustained permanent nerve damage to her left arm. Faced with the reality of potentially having to retire Weggemann decided that she wasn’t willing to give up on her dream of the Rio 2016 Games without a fight.
Weggemann returned to the water, her sanctuary and looked to the black line as she fought her way back. With the support of her coach, Steve Van Dyne, Weggemann began her comeback. When Mallory talks about her comeback following injury she says, “It takes a community, it takes a belief that you can be better, that you can fight back, that you can defy all odds and that you do not have to be a victim of your circumstance. A comeback is about the desire to redefine all limitations, having the courage to do what many would call impossible, the passion for what you love to do and most of all having the grace to know when you simply cannot do it alone.”
Weggemann is now a two-time Paralympian and will be training for the 2020 Tokyo Paralympic Games.