Mori Taheripour teaches Negotiation and Dispute Resolution in the undergraduate and graduate programs at The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. She has served on the faculty of the Legal Studies and Business Ethics Department for over fifteen years and is a six-time recipient of awards for excellence in teaching. She co-founded the Wharton Sports Business Initiative (WSBI), a resource for business leaders, faculty, and students that generates research and provides industry insights through educational programs, consulting assignments, and global forums.
A globally recognized executive and experienced connector, Mori leverages her expertise in negotiation, diversity and inclusion (D&I) and athlete education and development for a client list that includes major U.S. sports leagues, Fortune 100 companies, foundations, universities, and professional associations. Current and past clients include Goldman Sachs Foundation, NBA Players Association (NBPA), National Football League (NFL), United Parcel Service (UPS), Wasserman, and Wells Fargo.
With extensive experience leading initiatives at the intersection of sport and social change in both the public and private sectors, Mori was appointed the first-ever Senior Advisor for Sport for Development at the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) in 2010. She served for four years as the senior U.S. Government Representative tasked with promoting sport as a unique and powerful tool in the advancement of United States international development goals.
Mori has vast, cross-sector diversity and inclusion experience which early in her career involved developing high-profile public health education campaigns focused on underrepresented communities. She later served as the Vice President of Corporate Diversity for the American Red Cross after Hurricane Katrina. Over the past decade, Mori has supported clients such as The Timberland Company, Major League Baseball (MLB) and the National Football League (NFL) in the development and implementation of strategic D&I programs and initiatives.
Mori serves on the Board of Trustees of the Women’s Sports Foundation, the Advisory Board of Skateistan, and is a founding Advisory Board Member of the Sports Leadership & Administration Undergraduate Degree Program at the University of Massachusetts, Boston. She is a contributor to sports discussions on Wharton Business Daily on SiriusXM and was featured in ESPN’s “30 for 30” documentary, Broke.
Mori earned her MBA from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and a BA from Barnard College of Columbia University. Her first book, Bring Yourself: How to Harness the Power of Connection to Negotiate Fearlessly was published in March 2020.