Thank you for attending the Ritual Motion College Fair!
Thank you for attending the Ritual Motion College Fair!
Ritual Motion is proud to announce the 2021 Esports College Fair to be hosted here on March 27th and 28th, 2021. This virtual event was created with the goal of connecting colleges and universities that feature on-campus esports teams and clubs with prospective student player-athletes.
The two-day event, free for attendees, will feature speakers, workshops, and collegiate esports program exhibitors. The program will be hosted utilizing a video and networking platform offering meetups, small breakout sessions, and one-on-one connection opportunities.
Programming includes keynote speakers, roundtable discussions with esports coaches, admissions seminars, and workshops on March 27th. March 28th will allow for students to directly connect with exhibitors and learn more about academics and specific esports programs available.
Co-Founder and CEO of XP Leage
Jay is the co-founder and CEO of XP League, North America’s premier coach-led competitive youth esports league. Based in Raleigh, North Carolina, Jay is father to a set of g/g/b triplets and a younger son who rounds out the bunch.
Jay has a history of successful business leadership and entrepreneurship.
In 2015, Jay successfully sold his seven-year-old start-up which he grew to be listed on the Inc 500 list in both 2014 and 2015. His most recent role as Regional Vice President with a publicly traded consolidator had him oversee the acquisition of multiple companies and run a team of over 350 employees.
In 2010, Jay received his MBA from UNC’s Kenan-Flagler Business School and was awarded the Triangle Business Top Entrepreneur Award in 2013.
Jay is an avid wakesurfer and skateboarder, an awful golfer, and a dedicated husband to a wife with whom he has traveled the world. In any spare time you can find him playing COD and snuggling his kids, all who game competitively.
Author & Columnist at Ritual Motion
Monica is a Ritual Motion Columnist and content marketing manager/operations lead at Looking for Group, an online directory of all existing collegiate Esports programs.
As an independent contractor, Monica has been helping build the foundation of collegiate Esports alongside other pioneers by completing short-term projects in various areas of the industry. Most recently, she developed a social media marketing strategy for lfgroup.gg.
Here at Ritual Motion, she contributes written community pieces surrounding health and wellness in gaming. Monica also consults with colleges and universities that are pursuing Esports program development. “Anywhere I can lend my skills, I try to!”
Monica will be talking about how to build your portfolio and leverage your gaming passion and skill set to support your college and career goals.
Grand View University Esports & Executive Director of NAECAD
Jay is the Vice President for Student Affairs and Executive Director of the esports program at Grand View University in Des Moines, Iowa. He helped launch the varsity esports program at Grand View in fall 2016. Jay is also the Executive Director of the National Association of Esports Coaches and Directors (NAECAD). The NAECAD’s mission is to serve, legitimize, and advance competitive esports at all levels with NAECAD members at the epicenter of leadership, advocacy, and professional development. Jay has spent the last thirty years in education. He received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Secondary Education from Westmar College, a Master of Science in Education from Drake University, and his doctorate degree in Educational Leadership from Drake University. Jay also attended the Harvard Institute for Educational Management (IEM), Harvard Graduate School of Education, Harvard Institute for Graduate Education in Cambridge, MA. Jay spent ten years as a high school teacher, guidance counselor, and coach, eight years as a high school principal, and the last fifteen years as the Vice President for Student Affairs at Grand View University.
Senior Higher Education Strategist for Dell Technologies
Danielle Rourke is a Dell Technologies Senior Higher Education Strategist and brings extensive leadership and technology skills, having worked in a variety of disciplines and industries. Prior to joining Dell Technologies, Danielle served as an Associate Director of Information Technology for the University of Colorado Boulder, where she championed new and innovative methods of utilizing technology to make education more accessible to under-served student populations. A technologist and analyst at heart, Danielle’s true passion is helping broker technological solutions to help students, staff, and faculty across the globe engage more fully in the power of education. Danielle has been a gamer since she was old enough to hold a controller and believes that esports unlocks a host of opportunities (technical, community, and career pathway) for students!
Esports Sales & Partnerships
Nick Valencia started his esports journey by learning how to carry a sales quota at Series B-D tech companies. He then took those talents to Beastcoast, an esports organization competing in titles like Rainbow 6, VALORANT, and DOTA 2, where he is responsible for all aspects of revenue strategy and generation. He has worked with professional NFL athletes, gamers, and various brands including: Four Loko, Betway, AORUS, and a few others.
Esports Professional , OXG Esports (MTG Arena)
A regular contributor to Ritual Motion, Allison “Skybilz” Waters was born in Western New York and attended Penn State (BA-English) and St. Bonaventure (MA-English). She began streaming and speedrunning in September 2013 on Twitch.tv/Skybilz and has been Hosting for Games Done Quick since Jan 2015. In 2019, Allison competed in the MTG Arena Mythic Invitational in Boston, MA, and almost obtained a top 16 finish. Also, she competed in Mythic Championship VII in Long Beach, CA later that year. She currently plays for OXG Esports (MTG Arena) and is a showrunner for Games Done Quick.
Co-Founder and Executive Director of Coalition of Parents in Esports (COPE)
Shae Williams aka Shaemmon is the cofounder of the 501c3 nonprofit Coalition of Parents in Esports with a mission to provide better information, resources, and support to gamers and their families. Upon entering esports like many parents through the passions of a child, she recognized the amazing opportunities this brave new industry afforded to her son’s personal, educational, and career development and wanted other parents to see the positive opportunities for growth.
COPE (https://cope.gg) provides support and resources through their partnerships across skills development, child safety, wellness, education, and career needs. The team also has a mission to support youth through scholarships to be used for career development, travel to events, and education.
Shae is a former software executive with IBM and mom to pro gamer and content creator Vanish Duster as well as Brooke, an accomplished figure skater, and dancer and soon to be 3rd generation Baylor coed. Duster is 16 and undecided on college and career, but he knows it will be in esports.
Co-founder & Vice President, Esports at UCF (University of Central Florida)
Annabel is a co-founder and the Vice President of Esports at UCF in Orlando, FL.
As a student leader, she focuses on advocating for other students and sharing professional resources to help them gain confidence and learn new skills. She’s also a co-founder of Power Up Stories and a Radio-TV major hoping to work in the industry when she graduates.
She will be joining the fair as part of a panel of collegiate Esports athletes to discuss the importance of Esports on college campuses.