Kenneth Shropshire, Emeritus Faculty Director
Kenneth L. Shropshire is Wharton School Professor Emeritus of the University of Pennsylvania and the Emeritus Faculty Director of its Wharton Sports Business Initiative. He served as Chairman of the School’s Legal Studies and Business Ethics department from 2000-2005. Shropshire joined the Wharton faculty in 1986, specializing in sports business and law.
He is the CEO of the Global Sports Institute. He is also a former president of the Sports Lawyers Association, the largest such organization in the world and Program Chair of the ABA Forum Committee, Sports Law Section.
The most recent of his eleven books are Sport Matters: Leadership, Power, and the Quest for Respect in Sports, Negotiate Like the Pros: A Top Sports Negotiator’s Lessons for Making Deals, Building Relationships and Getting What You Want and Being Sugar Ray: The Life of America’s Greatest Boxer and First Celebrity Athlete. His works include the foundational books, In Black and White: Race and Sports in America, The Business of Sports and The Business of Sports Agents. His current book project is, The Mis-Education of the Student Athlete: A Manifesto to Fix College Sports.
His consulting roles have included a wide variety of projects including work for the NCAA, Major League Baseball, National Football League, the United States Olympic Committee and Rory McIlroy, Ryan Howard and NFL Hall of Famer Kellen Winslow. In 2000 the mayor of Philadelphia appointed Shropshire to chair Philadelphia’s stadium site selection committee and later, projects focused on future Philadelphia bids for the Olympic Games. He developed the not for profit RISE (the Ross Initiative in Sports for Equality), at the behest of Miami Dolphins owner Steve Ross. RISE is focused on using sport to positively impact race relations. Shropshire also serves as the Academic Director of Wharton’s Business Management and Entrepreneurship Program for NFL players focusing on their transition away from the game. He has served as an arbitrator for the NFLPA and USATF.
He earned an undergraduate degree in economics from Stanford University and his law degree from Columbia University. He then joined the law firm of Manatt, Phelps, Rothenberg and Tunney in Los Angeles and later served as an executive with the Los Angeles Olympic Organizing Committee.
Shropshire has provided commentary for a number of media outlets including Nightline, CNN, the New York Times, USA Today, The Wall Street Journal, National Public Radio and Sports Illustrated. He also co-hosts The Wharton Sports Business Show on Sirius XM Radio.
Michelle Young, Director of Operations
Michelle Young is the Director of Operations for the Wharton Sports Business Initiative. She joined the organization in September of 2015 after accumulating more than a decade of experience in various facets of the sports industry.
Michelle began her career in sports business in 2002 for the Philadelphia Eagles, promoting premium suite and club seat licenses at the newly-constructed Lincoln Financial Field.
She then joined the athletic apparel manufacturer, AND 1, where her management of various aspects of the company’s famed Mix Tape Tour helped expand the Tour’s value as a global sales tool for the brand across Europe and the Asia-Pacific region.
After her time at AND 1, Michelle immersed herself in the collegiate side of sports, occupying positions of increasing responsibility over a seven year span at Temple University. She first joined the Temple Athletics Department, where she engaged in a broad range of fundraising activities for the men’s basketball and football programs and served as stewardship manager for the Owl Club.
While with the Athletics Department, she also planned a variety of high profile events for NCAA tournaments and bowl games. This experience led to a position in the University’s Office of Special Events, where her event planning responsibilities expanded to include leadership hospitality at sporting and other events and coordinating across multiple University departments to ensure the successful planning and execution of the University’s annual Commencement ceremonies and the Inauguration of University President Neil D. Theobald.
Michelle’s extensive experience in the sports industry has afforded her the invaluable breadth and depth of knowledge that she brings to her role as Operations Director for the Wharton Sports Business Initiative.
Michelle earned a Master of Science degree in Sports Management from Temple University in 2011 and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Public Relations from the University of Florida in 2002. She is a Pennsylvania native and currently resides in Philadelphia.