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Boardroom is a sports, media and entertainment brand co-founded by Kevin Durant and Rich Kleiman and focused on the intersection of sports and entertainment. Boardroom’s flagship media arm features premium video/audio, editorial, daily and weekly newsletters, showcasing how athletes, executives, musicians and creators are moving the business world forward. Boardroom’s ecosystem encompasses B2B events and experiences (such as its renowned NBA and WNBA All-Star events) as well as ticketed conferences such as Game Plan in partnership with CNBC. Our advisory arm serves to consult and connect athletes, brands and executives with our broader network and initiatives.

Recent film and TV projects also under the Boardroom umbrella include the Academy Award-winning Two Distant Strangers (Netflix), the critically acclaimed scripted series SWAGGER (Apple TV+) and Emmy-nominated documentary NYC Point Gods (Showtime).

Boardroom’s sister company, Boardroom Sports Holdings, features investments in emerging sports teams and leagues, including the Major League Pickleball team, the Brooklyn Aces, NWSL champions Gotham FC, and MLS’ Philadelphia Union.

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Out of Office: Claressa Shields, 2x Olympic Gold Medalist & Pro Boxing Legend, on Making Her MMA debut

Last Updated: April 26, 2023

In 2012, as a high school junior from Flint, Michigan, Claressa Shields qualified for the Olympics and won a gold medal in boxing. “T-Rex” won another in 2016, becoming the first US boxer to win gold at consecutive Olympic Games. As a pro, she’s undefeated and widely regarded as the best female pound-for-pound fighter in the world.

Seeking a new challenge, she’s signed a deal with the Professional Fighters League and is now training for her MMA debut. On June 3, ESPN+ begins streaming a four-part series about her bid to become an MMA fighter, with a live broadcast of her bout on June 10. 
Her compelling story has also been the subject of a documentary, T-Rex: Her Fight for Gold, and is being developed into a motion picture written by Oscar winner Barry Jenkins and directed by Oscar nominee Rachel Morrison, the cinematographer for Black Panther.
In this episode of Boardroom’s “Out of Office” podcast, she talks to Rich and Gianni about her tough upbringing in Flint Michigan, her father’s role in introducing her to boxing, her admiration for Serena Williams, and the challenges of training in multiple disciplines to prepare for her first MMA fight. 

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Jonathan Wiener