THIS. IS. IMPACT.
WELCOME TO YOUR FUTURE
IMPACT Learning Institute bridges the gap between education and employment for students and young professionals seeking careers in the Sports, Entertainment, and Media industries.
Meet the Team
The IMPACT Journey
The journey of IMPACT Learning Institute and founder, Felisa Israel - The inspiration, adversity, and passion that has led to IMPACT’s success as the premier resource for college students and early-stage professionals pursuing careers in the Sports, Entertainment, and Media industries.
The birth of 10 Fold Entertainment
After a 15+ year career in the NBA, including serving as the Phoenix Suns’ Director of Entertainment & Special Events, NBA Entertainment’s Director of Live Programming & Entertainment, and helping to start the WNBA with the Phoenix Mercury, Felisa started her own live event production company, 10 Fold Entertainment.
WSOBV - Hiring and Training Interns
After being hired to executive produce the World Series of Beach Volleyball, a 6-day live event for national and international broadcast, Felisa began a relationship with UCLA Anderson School of Management, hiring and training ambitious college students as interns. After 5 years of WSOBV, dozens of other events, and continued mentorship, Felisa and her team developed an army of 100+ rockstars.
Begin Teaching for Summer Discovery
UCLA Anderson asked Felisa to be an instructor for one of their programs, Summer Discovery, the world’s leading pre-college summer program provider for high school students. Felisa taught (and continues to teach) the Business of Entertainment, Media, and Sports class and further developed her passion for helping to grow the next generation.
Seeing an opportunity to create their own program in partnership with UCLA Anderson, Felisa and her team created a program that combined their decades of experience, industry insight, and professional relationships in Sports, Entertainment, and Media – IMPACT Internship.
Year 1 in the Books
IMPACT came out of the gate swinging with a successful inaugural year held at UCLA – IMPACT’s academic partner. We secured paid internships for our students at the LA Dodgers, Wasserman, and Tandem Entertainment, a CAA company.
The Virtual Years
Quickly adapting to the global pandemic, we shifted our programs online and found innovative ways to engage in a virtual setting and created an interactive, educational experience. As we continued to adjust to industry changes and the needs of our students, we developed into IMPACT Learning Institute, an all-encompassing professional development program.
Back on Campus
With the green light to be back on campus, we thrived in year 4 with a robust, hands-on in-person program and a fully polished online program as well. We took the best of both worlds and created incredible experiences with the highest level of industry leaders and executive mentors.
We’re excited to make year 5 our biggest and boldest year yet! Check out our summer program pages to learn more about why you should join us online or in-person in 2023.
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The IMPACT Advisory Board
We are grateful for our incredible Advisory Board filled with industry leaders that share our passion for paying it forward and making a positive IMPACT on the next generation.
Black Adam | One Night in Miami | Straight Outta Compton | The Invisible Man | Hidden Figures
Creative Talent Development Manager
Corporate Partnerships, Children’s Hospital Los Angeles
Brett Lyons Director
Marketing Strategy, Intel Corporation
MVP Sports Public Relations
Development & Corporate Partnerships, Children’s Hospital Los Angeles
The Tomorrow War | The Purge Series | Mayans M.C.
C-Level Marketing Executive & Consultant
SVP, GM & CMO
Energy Portfolio, PepsiCo
UCLA Anderson Center for Media, Entertainment & Sports
Community & Hockey Development, Los Angeles Kings
(Boyz II Men, Joey Fatone) & Executive Producer, Film, Music & TV
Brand Marketing Coordinator
Chief Operating Officer
Management Plus Enterprises
Founder, Chairman & CEO
Management Plus Enterprises
Founder & CEO
Tandem Entertainment, a CAA Company
Sport Management Program, Concordia University Irvine
Marketing & Public Relations, The Drone Racing League
The Drone Racing League
Community Affairs & Foundation, AEG’s Dignity Health Sports Park
Diversity, Equity & Inclusion, Chicago Bears