IMPACT Learning Institute bridges the gap between education and employment for students and young professionals seeking careers in the Sports, Entertainment, and Media industries.

Accelerate your journey from education to employment with IMPACT this summer.

We bring in the best in the business to share their knowledge and career advice.

IMPACT helps students like Gigi make their dream careers a reality.

Meet the Team

Felisa Israel

Founder, Executive Director & Lead Instructor

Throughout her 20+ 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, along with her entrepreneurial success founding 2 companies, Felisa has established herself as an industry leader in Sports & Entertainment.


Nathan Leonard

Chief Operating Officer

Starting his professional career as a student intern, Nathan is a first-hand example of how proper training, guidance, and opportunity can impact students in an extraordinary way.


Sara Schumacher

Chief Marketing Officer

Sara (aka Schu), a Sports & Performance Psychology grad from Grand Canyon University, is a testament to the transformative power of the IMPACT program. As an IMPACT student, she discovered a vibrant community that shared her passion for sports and entertainment.


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.

Creating IMPACT

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.

Year 5

The IMPACT experience was fully realized in year 5 with our largest class size, new high-caliber executive mentors and speakers, and more work opportunities and experiences offered to students than ever before!


We’re excited to build on last year’s success and go bigger and bolder in year 6! If you want to jump start your professional career and have the experience of a lifetime, look no further than IMPACT this summer!

It's Your Time to Make an Impact!

Get Started! Pick Your Preferred Learning Experience

Online Experience

DATES: June 24 - July 19, 2024
PRICE: $4,195 (Payment plans available!)
LOCATION: Virtual Learning Experience

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In Person Experience

DATES: June 24 - July 19, 2024
PRICE: $5,995 (Payment plans available!)
LOCATION: UCLA Anderson School of Management

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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.

Aldis Hodge


Black Adam | One Night in Miami | Straight Outta Compton | The Invisible Man | Hidden Figures

Angeline Buenaventura

Creative Talent Development Manager


Annie Cornforth

Assistant VP

Corporate Partnerships, Children’s Hospital Los Angeles

Brett Lyons Director


Marketing Strategy, Intel Corporation

David Cooper


MVP Sports Public Relations

Dawn Wilcox

Associate SVP

Development & Corporate Partnerships, Children’s Hospital Los Angeles

Edwin Hodge


The Tomorrow War | The Purge Series | Mayans M.C.

Elisa Padilla

C-Level Marketing Executive & Consultant

Fabiola Torres


Energy Portfolio, PepsiCo

Jay Tucker

Executive Director

UCLA Anderson Center for Media, Entertainment & Sports

Jeff Ganter


Eleventh Hour

Jennifer Pope


Community & Hockey Development, Los Angeles Kings

Jimmy Musiker

Executive Director/Owner

Summer Discovery

Joe Mulvihill

Talent Manager

(Boyz II Men, Joey Fatone) & Executive Producer, Film, Music & TV

Lenny Washington

Brand Marketing Coordinator


Lexie King

Chief Operating Officer

Management Plus Enterprises

Leonard Armato

Founder, Chairman & CEO

Management Plus Enterprises

Libby Bush

Founder & CEO

Tandem Entertainment, a CAA Company

Mark Francis


Sport Management Program, Concordia University Irvine

Melanie Wallner


Marketing & Public Relations, The Drone Racing League

Rachel Jacobson


The Drone Racing League

Tamala Lewis

Senior Director

Community Affairs & Foundation, AEG’s Dignity Health Sports Park

Tanesha Wade


Diversity, Equity & Inclusion, Chicago Bears