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about mori

Mori Taheripour is an award-winning educator and globally-recognized executive with over fifteen years of experience leading initiatives at the intersection of sports and social change in both the public and private sectors. 

Mori serves on the faculty of the Legal Studies and Business Ethics Department at The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, teaching Negotiation and Dispute Resolution at the undergraduate and graduate levels. Repeatedly recognized for her outstanding abilities, she is a six-time recipient of awards for excellence in teaching. Mori co-founded of the Wharton Sports Business Initiative (WSBI), a resource for business leaders, faculty and students that generates research and provides expertise through educational programs, high-level student consulting assignments, and global forums.  

An experienced connector with a strong global network to draw from, Mori is a cross-sector consultant, leveraging her expertise in negotiation, diversity and inclusion, athlete education and development, high impact philanthropy, and sport for development. Her diverse client base includes major sports leagues, Fortune 100 companies, universities, and professional associations. Current and past clients include Major League Baseball, NBA Players Association, National Football League, NFL Players Association, Goldman Sachs Foundation, Entrepreneurs' Organization, The Timberland Company, United Parcel Service, USA Track and Field, Wasserman, Wells Fargo and the White House Fellows Program.

From 2010 to 2014, Mori served as the first-ever Senior Advisor for Sport for Development at the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), the federal agency responsible for all non-military foreign aid and humanitarian assistance. In this role, she was the senior U.S. Government Representative tasked with promoting sport as a unique and powerful tool in the advancement of international development goals. 

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 UMass, Boston. She is a featured speaker at numerous global conferences, a contributor to sports discussions for Knowledge@Wharton 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 will be published on March 24, 2020.