Forum Schedule

The Sailing Leadership Forum 2020 schedule will feature presentations from experts on a wide variety of topics that address the challenges we all share.

*Last Updated 1-31-20*

2020 Keynotes


Kevin Pearce

Kevin Pearce went from being an Olympic gold medal hopeful to suffering a severe traumatic brain injury that nearly took his life. As a champion snowboarder once considered the key rival to Shaun White, earned a silver medal with a thrilling performance at the 2009 Winter X Games. However, in a devastating training accident, Pearce suffered the traumatic brain injury that would change his life forever.

Today Pearce is inspiring the level of admiration that he once did as a spellbinding snowboarder. His uplifting presence has earned reviews ranging from “the experience of a lifetime” to “the best speaker that I have ever heard.” Known for contagious optimism that lifts up audiences, he is delivering a powerful message of perseverance, purpose, overcoming adversity and finding strength through helping others.

Doug DeVos

Doug DeVos co-chairs the Board of Directors of Amway, one of the world’s leading direct selling companies. He previously served as president of Amway for more than 16 years. DeVos’ focus on fostering entrepreneurship and providing opportunities for people around the world to start a business of their own helped drive Amway to its leadership position in the industry.

Beyond Amway, DeVos chairs the Executive Committee for the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia and is involved in numerous Michigan business and civic organizations, including the Business Leaders for Michigan, West Michigan Policy Forum, and Gerald R. Ford Presidential Foundation.

DeVos, along with his wife, Maria, are very active with their personal Foundation supporting many community causes.

A passionate sailor, DeVos has partnered with Hap Fauth, Roger Penske, and the NYYC to compete for the America’s Cup in 2021 in Auckland, NZ.

Sandy Cross & Julius Mason

Sandy Cross, a member of the PGA of America staff since 1996, serves in the newly-created position of Chief People Officer. A native of Hamburg, New York, Cross leads the PGA’s initiatives regarding its most important asset—its people. She is charged with enhancing a purpose-driven and values-based culture, as the PGA of America strives to be personally fulfilling and meaningful to a multi-generational team. Cross focuses on creating opportunities to stretch, lead, grow and have fun, by supporting learning and development, coaching, recognition and reward, and making a positive social impact in the communities where the PGA team works and lives. Cross also oversees the Human Resources and Diversity & Inclusion Departments.

From 2014-18, Cross was the Senior Director of Diversity & Inclusion, during which time she launched the Diversity & Inclusion Department and laid out a strategic plan for driving its integration across all lines of business. She has built a tremendous foundation for the PGA’s inclusion programming that is driving creation of a game, an industry workforce and a supply chain that reflect America.

In her prior role as Director of Women’s and New Market Initiatives. She led the groundbreaking “Connecting with Her” strategic initiative to attract and retain women in the sport. She also steered the PGA’s first-ever participation in the Global Sports Mentoring Program, a partnership with the U.S. Department of State and espnW, designed to promote the growth of women and girls in sports worldwide.

Julius Mason serves as the Senior Director of Public Awareness and External Relations for the PGA of America, where he is responsible for a broad range of public relations activities, relative to the strategic direction and positioning of the PGA, its leadership, brand and major championship events— the Ryder Cup, PGA Championship and KitchenAid Senior PGA Championship. He also is a direct liaison between the PGA of America and players and agents on the PGA Tour, Champions Tour, Golf Writers Association of America and European Golf Writers Association. In addition, Mason interfaces with the United States Ryder Cup Captain and Team, as well as the PGA Ryder Cup Committee.

Dr. Jason Richardson

Dr. Jason Richardson is a dynamic Executive Coach with documented personal and coaching success in business and elite athletics. Jason specializes in coaching people through major transitions, increasing leadership capabilities, and boosting engagement/morale.

Jason is a World Champion and Pan American Games gold medal pro athlete. He has facilitated seminars, workshops, and delivered keynote talks around the globe for Audi, Lexus College, GT Bicycles, Keller-Williams, USA Cycling, US Olympic Committee, Chico Unified School District, San Diego Housing Authority, and other well-known brands. He has coached seven Olympians and several world champions.

Rain Bennett

Rain Bennett is a two time Emmy-nominated filmmaker, writer, and competitive storyteller with over a decade of experience producing documentary films that focus on health and wellness.

With his company Six Second Stories, he takes the knowledge and skills learned from “indie” filmmaking and uses them to help nonprofits and purpose-driven companies use short form video storytelling in their marketing strategies to deepen their impact on communities and the world.

Bennett has been featured in publications like Men’s Health and Sports Business Global, has contributed to Huffington Post, Breaking Muscle, and Chapelboro, and hosts a podcast called The Storytelling Lab, where he breaks down the art and science of storytelling.

His mission is simple: to make the world happier and healthier by sharing stories of change.

Coach Reed Maltie

"Better Coaching for a Better World” - Coach Reed is Founder of Raising Excellence, which trains coaches, educators, and sport leaders through digital learning, live workshops, and custom-built education and certification systems. His clients range from grassroots to National Governing Bodies. His services include curriculum support, coach development resources, and the deployment of large scale education, certification, and mentor programs to thousands of coaches across North America.

He is also the Co-Creator of Positive Discipline Tools for Coaches with Dr. Jane Nelsen, which are focused on empowering coaches to implement social emotional learning and behavioral collaboration methods in coaching, helping coaches communicate, collaborate, and reduce conflict more effectively with young athletes. PD Tools for Coaches uses online Masterclasses, workshops, and trainer certification programs to deploy the DP methods for coaches.

Since the release of his 2015 TEDx Talk “Echoes Beyond the Game”, he’s become a regular guest on radio shows, podcasts, and TV programs across the globe and a highly regarded public speaker known for his dynamic, insightful, and compelling presentations.