Headliners Luncheon with Major League Baseball Commissioner, Rob Manfred

Wharton Club members & their guests are invited to this Headliners Luncheon at National Press Club with  

  • Just one day before the first pitch flies at the Major League Baseball (MLB) All-Star Game at Nationals Park in Washington, DC, MLB Commissioner Robert D. Manfred, Jr., the 10th Commissioner in the history of the league, will appear at a National Press Club Headliners Luncheon on July 16 to discuss the state of America’s game.
  • Manfred first signed-on with the MLB full-time in 1998 as Executive Vice President of Economics and League Affairs. In this role, Manfred negotiated the MLB’s first drug testing agreement with the Major League Baseball Players Association (MLBPA) in 2002, represented the MLB in several negotiations with the MLBPA over new collective bargaining agreements, and led the MLB’s investigation of the Biogenesis scandal in 2013. Manfred was promoted to Chief Operating Officer in 2013, and when Commissioner Bud Selig announced his plans to retire, MLB owners elected Manfred to succeed Selig as MLB Commissioner for the 2015 Season. As commissioner, Manfred has made quickening the pace of play one of his top priorities, and has already instituted a number of new rules intended to address that issue.
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Meet Rob Manfred:

  • Robert D. Manfred, Jr. was elected as the 10th Commissioner in the history of Major League Baseball on August 14, 2014 by a unanimous vote of the 30 Major League Clubs. He officially became the sport's leader on January 25, 2015.
  • Manfred had served as Chief Operating Officer of Major League Baseball since September 30, 2013. In this role, Manfred managed the Commissioner's Office in New York on behalf of Commissioner Allan H. (Bud) Selig. He worked closely with Club ownership and management executives and has long addressed a variety of the industry's economic, governance and policy issues. As COO, Manfred oversaw labor relations, baseball operations, baseball development, finance, administration and other key areas.
  • Before becoming COO, Manfred served as MLB's Executive Vice President for Economics & League Affairs, reporting directly to Commissioner Selig and responsible for major economic matters such as revenue sharing and the debt-service rule, as well as franchise-specific matters involving the 30 Major League Clubs. From 1998-2012, he was Executive Vice President for Labor Relations & Human Resources. In both capacities, Manfred directed all issues related to collective bargaining with the Major League Baseball Players Association, including the successful renewals of the Basic Agreement in 2002, 2006 and 2011. Those agreements helped realize Commissioner Selig's vision of competitive balance and club financial stability through reforms such as increased revenue sharing, more aggressive payroll taxes, reform of the amateur talent acquisition process and strict debt regulation.
  • The 2002 labor pact was the first in more than 30 years to be settled between the two parties without incurring a work stoppage. MLB is currently in the midst of a period of at least 21 consecutive years of labor peace, a stretch that is unprecedented in the sport's history. Manfred also represented MLB on all upgrades to the game's Joint Drug Prevention and Treatment Program, which stands as the toughest and most comprehensive in American professional sports.
  • Manfred is a 1980 graduate of the School of Industrial and Labor Relations at Cornell University. In 1983, he received his law degree magna cum laude from Harvard Law School, where he was an articles editor of the Harvard Law Review. Following law school, Manfred served as a clerk to U.S. District Court Judge Joseph L. Tauro in the District of Massachusetts.
  • Following his clerkship, Manfred joined the Labor and Employment Law Section of Morgan, Lewis & Bockius, LLP, resident in the Washington, D.C., office. He became a partner in the firm in 1992.
  • Active in professional organizations, Manfred is a member of the Labor Section of the American Bar Association, the Massachusetts and District of Columbia Bar Associations and the College of Labor and Employment Lawyers. He also served as a member of the Board of Directors of the Sports Lawyers Association and the Partnership for Clean Competition. Manfred was named Labor Counsel of the Year in 2008 by the Association of Media and Entertainment Counsel and was awarded an honorary degree by LeMoyne College in 2010.
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  • VIP Reception 12:00-12:30 p.m (you will be informed if your request is granted. PREFERENCE to President's Club & Lifetime Members)
  • Lunch from 12:30-1:00 p.m.
  • 1:00-2:00 p.m.: The speaker's remarks and Q&A from the audience.

Please call Alan Schlaifer at 301-365-8999 if you'd to be considered to attend the reception (if there is one) from 12:30-1:00 pm with the speaker. (He may only bring a few guests, so early sign up helps; preference for President's Club and Lifetime Members).
Where: National Press Club, Ballroom, 13th Floor, 14th & F Streets, N.W., just two blocks from Metro Center
Metro, Parking: Metro Center; several private garages within a few blocks.
Attire: Business
Reservations: $39/person for current Wharton Club members and their guests only. You must reserve in advance on our site. We have only a limited number of seats, so Members may purchase seats only for themselves and up to three guests, if desired. (Photo: on the Natl Press Club website, press.org)

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12:30PM - 2:00PM Mon 16 Jul 2018 ( Timezone: Eastern )


The National Press Club, Ballroom
529 - 14th Street, NW
Washington, DC 20045 USA

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Look Who's Coming:

Brendan Harris
Janet Hanlon
  Climate Advisers
William Hanlon
Alan Schlaifer
  Wharton School Club of DC
Edward Dosik
  Southern Management Corp
Phil Hummelt
  Gimbert Realty Capital
Joseph Komisar
Charles Oat
Gary Malasky
Gary Fox
Wendy Fox
Brian Hart
Gunnar Gunnarsson
Glen Johnston
Eliot Shatzman
Tony Surak
Eric Bell
... a total of 17 guests.
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for the luncheon.