2016 Annual Conference

SPA Conference (Fall 2016)
"Inspiring Stories, Inspiring Action"
Friday, September 30, 2016
Gordon Dining & Event Center (UW-Madison Campus)
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Featured Speakers

LaMar "Soup" Campbell
UW-Madison, Office of Student Athlete Development
PHOTO: Lamar Campbell

Lamar “Soup” Campbell is a former NFL Defensive Back & Scout, journalist, speaker & owner of Life After The Game Consulting. From his experience he has been able to educate and motivate collegiate & pro athletes to expand their network of business and educate them on opportunities to secure a positive mindset.

With an entrepreneurial background he has developed a transitional curriculum and skill set based on personal experience along with interactions with highly successful companies in sports and business and created Life After The Game Consulting. LaMar has been contracted by the NCAA, NFL & NBA to speak on topics including: entrepreneurship, social media etiquette, life skills , Diversity & Inclusion, and what it takes to succeed at a high level.

LaMar is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin and The Business Management & Entrepreneurial Program at the Wharton School of Business, as well as the Georgia Tech Professional Transitional Program. He has completed the Barney Fletcher School of Real Estate and also graduated the NFL’s Broadcast Bootcamp and NFL Journalism Bootcamp. Additionally, LaMar created LATG Radio on Voice America Sports focusing on player’s transition into life after sports and has been a writer and on air contributor for CNN/HLN focusing on player related issues from mental health to finance. He has previously served as Director of Media Relations for the Atlanta NFLPA Retired Players and has been honored to have spoken on Capitol Hill with former Surgeon general Dr. David Satcher, the Director of the Morehouse School of Medicine, on the importance of mental health.

LaMar is currently pursuing his Masters Degree in Educational Leadership & Policy Analysis from the distinguished University of Wisconsin School of Education and is honored to be serving his University while working in the Athletic Department in Student Athlete Development.

Javier Neira Salazar
Madison College,

I am originally from Bogota, Colombia. I am the youngest of four and moved to the United States at the age of 14. I attended Memorial High School as soon as I arrived, knowing absolutely no English, and with a lot of questions in my head. After graduating from high school, I went through the transfer program at Madison College, and graduated from UW-Madison in May 2010. 

During my high school years, in collaboration with a group of friends, we created the non-profit organization Alcance Inc. This organization was dedicated to help Latin@ students to navigate the education system in the United States, and bring hope and information to all of those who needed it. After I graduated UW-Madison, I started working at Madison College as a recruiter for High School Equivalency Program for agricultural workers. During that time, I learned the true impact of education. I later worked at the Madison College South campus and started my Master’s degree in Education Leadership and Policy Analysis and graduated in 2015; during this year, I also was given the opportunity to be the interim manager for the recruiting team at Madison College, which later translated into my current position of Manager – Scholars of Promise Program and Student Intake. During these years I have learned to advocate for non-traditional, underrepresented and particularly for undocumented students. Today, I want to give you a taste of what an undocumented individual would go through, in order to achieve their educational goal.

2016 Conference Program

Download a copy of this year's program to get more information about schedule, sessions, and presenters! 

For questions, please contact Tonya Schmidt at tonya.schmidt@wisc.edu