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ABOUT TWN

Welcome to Tackle What's Next, the premier community and support team for athletes transitioning from sport to what’s next. We recreate a sense of team and camaraderie for athletes like you to find your purpose and create impact in life after the game. 

We build a game plan to prioritize YOU in what's next.

MEET DANIELLE

Founder & CEO | Event Management Consultant | Athlete Career Development | Speaker | Podcast Host 

Danielle Berman has dedicated her career to helping athletes understand their full potential. She works to provide athletes with resources and a community to help them succeed in all aspects of their lives. Her focus on the athlete as an individual rather than a cog in the sports industry machine has helped her create unique opportunities and impact in the sports space.

She has worked in events for 8 years, ranging from large conferences, galas, 5K runs, dinners, weddings, roundtables, board meetings, and networking events. She's been supporting virtual events regularly on Zoom, Airmeet, Clubhouse and similar platforms for audiences ranging from 30- 3000 people. 

From coordinating logistics on the event platform, creating agendas and run of shows, sending invites to speakers/panelists and attendees, as well as managing the event during, including managing Q&A, chat comments, and any tech issues with speakers/attendees that may arise.

Danielle has worked primarily with athletes, both current and retired, for nearly a decade and is passionate about helping them achieve their goals outside of sport. She graduated from Syracuse University with a degree in Sports Management and a minor in Public Communications. Danielle earned her Sports Philanthropy Certificate from George Washington University. She is based in Washington, D.C. and uses her experience working with athletes to support the next generation of leaders, advocates and creatives find their purpose after sports.

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THE TEAM

Olivia Peters

Marketing & Events Manager

Olivia supports Tackle What’s Next with marketing, events, partnership research, and administrative tasks. She is currently a graduate student at Georgetown University and recently graduated from the University of Delaware majoring in Sport Management. She has experience in alumnae relations for the UD athletic department as well as operations for the UD football team. She hopes to work in the nonprofit and community relations sector of sport as well as athlete development. Olivia also grew up playing basketball and volleyball.

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Ashley Perez

Content Director

Ashley creats graphics to promote TWN and engage with partners. She is a retired international basketball player turned teacher who is passionate about supporting student-athletes in their transition to what's next after sports. She played basketball and graduated from James Madison University in 2016 earning a degree in Communication Studies, concentrating in Public Relations, and again in 2019 with her Masters Degree in Sport and Recreation Leadership. Ashley has experience as operational staff and assistant coach at the collegiate level, working in the nonprofit sector and managing social media.

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Alexa Schlitt

Social Impact & Development Intern

Alexa supports the social impact side of events and series. She works on the equity series, finds new ways to engage in social responsibility, and helps connect with the community. Alexa grew up in LA playing basketball, volleyball, and track and field. She is an incoming junior at Syracuse University, majoring in Sport Management with a minor in Political Science. Alexa was VP of community relations for the Sport Management Club and is currently Donations Committee Co-Chair for the Sport Management Club's 2022 Sports Charity Auction.

She has experience in policy and interest group research and is currently working on research surrounding athlete exploitation and the ethicality of the NCAA and NBA, working to find ways for leagues and teams to holistically represent their athletes and the communities they come from.

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Christian Buonadonna

Marketing and Events Associate Intern

Christian (he/him/his) is a senior at Syracuse University studying for a bachelor's degree in Sport Management with a minor in Business. He is also a resident advisor for the Syracuse football program and the Syracuse men's and women's basketball programs. Christian grew up in the Philadelphia, PA-area where he practiced and competed in Tang Soo Do, a Korean martial art, for eight years. Christian aspires to create change and help others less fortunate in the sport industry find their voice because he has served on many diversity, equity, and inclusion committees at Syracuse University.

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Isabel Patterson

Business Development Intern

Isabel is entering her final semester as a graduate student in the Sports Management program at George Washington University. She has experience in start-up companies as well as a background in non-profits and looks to support the growth of TWN in all areas. She looks forward to working in player operations after graduation as well as guiding athletes towards developing a healthy lifestyle outside of sports.

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