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Front Office & General Manager Accelerator to be Held During December League Meeting in Dallas

Accelerator held December 11-13 will feature curated development and ownership networking opportunities for 42 high potential candidates in an effort to promote diverse executive hiring

DALLAS — December 7, 2023 — Continuing the NFL’s efforts to strengthen the pipeline of diverse candidates across all levels of the league, the NFL will host its Front Office & General Manager Accelerator Program from December 11-13 at the league meeting in Dallas, Texas.

This Accelerator is the fourth time the league has put on the event since it was launched in 2022 and follows the Coach Accelerator that was held May 2023 in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

“The NFL is committed to improving diversity throughout the league, and a large part of that is providing leadership opportunities to diverse candidates,» said NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell. “The Accelerator Program provides our clubs and owners an opportunity to connect directly with some of the finest candidates in the league who they may not know. Our intent is that these efforts translate into more diversity in leadership roles across the League.»

In a refresh to the selection process, Clubs were asked to nominate individuals internal and external to their organizations, which were then vetted by an NFL selection committee.
42 highly qualified candidates of diverse backgrounds, across player personnel, football operations and assistant general manager disciplines were selected for the opportunity to build relationships with club owners and executives ahead of the hiring cycle.

In addition to networking, candidates will participate in a range of personal and professional development programming, including practice interviews led by former general managers and leadership sessions from outside experts. For the first time, personal development workshops, have been included to focus on candidates overall wellness and mental preparedness when applying for roles.

To date, the program has successfully contributed to more diverse candidates being interviewed for open positions, which has translated to recent front office hires.

“For the past several years, the NFL Front Office and General Manager program has played a key role in helping qualified diverse front office candidates develop relationships with owners and club leadership,» said Chicago Bears President & Chief Executive Officer Kevin Warren, member of the NFL Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee. “The value of this initiative is both profound and powerful, and I look forward to encouraging participants to take full advantage of this unique, educational networking and professional development opportunity.»


This year’s Front Office & General Manager Accelerator candidates include:


Arizona Cardinals Quentin Harris
Atlanta Falcons Dwaune Jones
Baltimore Ravens Mark Azevedo
Baltimore Ravens David Blackburn
Buffalo Bills Malik Boyd
Buffalo Bills Terrance Gray
Carolina Panthers Samir Suleiman
Carolina Panthers Adrian Wilson
Chicago Bears Ian Cunningham
Chicago Bears Francis Saint Paul
Cincinnati Bengals Steven Radicevic
Cleveland Browns Glenn Cook
Cleveland Browns Catherine Raiche
Dallas Cowboys Brett Maxie II
Denver Broncos Rich Hurtado
Denver Broncos Kelly Kleine
Detroit Lions Ray Agnew
Green Bay Packers Richmond Williams
Green Bay Packers Lee Gissendaner
Houston Texans Chris Blanco
Jacksonville Jaguars Regis Eller
Kansas City Chiefs Tim Terry
Las Vegas Raiders Dwyane Joseph
Las Vegas Raiders Champ Kelly
Los Angeles Chargers JoJo Wooden
Los Angeles Rams Ray Farmer
Miami Dolphins Reggie McKenzie
Minnesota Vikings Demitrius Washington
New England Patriots Steve Cargile
New Orleans Saints Khai Harley
New York Giants Brandon Brown
New York Jets Chad Alexander
New York Jets Brian Shields
Philadelphia Eagles Ameena Soliman
Philadelphia Eagles Charles Walls
Pittsburgh Steelers Sheldon White
San Francisco 49ers Tariq Ahmad

San Francisco 49ers

Josh Williams

Seattle Seahawks

DJ Hord

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Jacqueline Davidson

Tennessee Titans

Kevin Turks

Washington Commanders

Eric Stokes

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