Sport Management graduate students sat across the table from some of Wisconsin’s top sports leaders as part of an Ethics and Leadership in Sport assignment they likely won’t soon forget.

Green Bay Packers President and CEO Mark Murphy (pictured above), Milwaukee Bucks General Manager John Hammond, Milwaukee Admirals President Jon Greenberg, and UW-Milwaukee Senior Associate Athletic Director Kathy Litzau accepted invitations in fall 2015 to meet with small groups of students and share their perspectives on leadership, crisis situations, the day-to-day grind, and high-visibility decision making in successful sports organizations. Students expressed how impressed they were with the leaders’ candor during the conversations.

"You can’t get that from a book," said Dan Underberg, ’10, chair of the Sport Science and Management Department. "To talk to someone face-to-face changes the dynamics. It makes these leaders more genuine. Suddenly they are more than a soundbite from the news. They’re people."

Underberg said the assignment objective focused on simply listening, learning and allowing students to determine what they could apply to their own leadership styles.