Mori Taheripour is a globally-recognized executive and award-winning educator with over fifteen years of experience leading initiatives at the intersection of sports and social change in both the public and private sectors. She is a faculty member in the Legal Studies and Business Ethics Department at The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania where she teaches Negotiation and Dispute Resolution at the undergraduate, graduate, and executive levels. Repeatedly recognized by students for her outstanding instruction, Mori is a five-time recipient of awards for excellence in teaching. She is a co-founder of the Wharton Sports Business Initiative (WSBI), a partnership among business leaders, faculty and students that generates knowledge about the sports industry through educational programs, global forums and research.
Mori leverages her expertise in negotiation, diversity and inclusion, social impact, and professional athlete education for a diverse client base that includes major sports leagues, Fortune 100 companies, universities, and professional associations. Current and past clients include Goldman Sachs Foundation, Major League Baseball, NBA Players Association, National Football League, NFL Players Association, 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 an effective and powerful tool in the advancement of international development goals.
Mori is a member of the Women’s Sports Foundation’s Board of Trustees and a founding Advisory Board Member of the Sports Leadership and Management Undergraduate Degree Program at the University of Massachusetts Boston. She regularly presents at conferences around the world, contributes to sports discussions for Knowledge@Wharton on SiriusXM radio 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 her BA in Psychology and Pre-Medical Studies from Barnard College of Columbia University.