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Notes from August 16th

Jody Hahn - Wisdom Gaming

Jody Hahn, COO of Wisdom Gaming, joined virtually at our Tuesday meeting to detail her journey working with Wisdom Gaming despite no previous gaming experience. She also elaborated on the Esports industry itself and the future of Esports. Wisdom Gaming is a gaming company specializing in esports production, content creation, tournament organization, design, and strategic brand activation. Wisdom Gaming has a diverse team of experienced esports minds that offer production services, tournament organization, and marketing strategy for brands passionate about establishing their legacy in esports and gaming. Wisdom Gaming’s 18,000 square feet gaming and esports venue is located on the fourth floor of Mall of America, which houses e-sport gaming events throughout the year. The location also features a bar, lounge, and live broadcasting studio. Jody described Esports as online gaming in the spectator sport kind of way, similar to professional sports. Esports is a highly competitive international sport, often taking the form of organized, multiplayer video game competitions, particularly between professional players, individually or as teams. Esports is not just professional play, what most people don't know is that there are well over 50 people behind the scenes helping it happen. Wisdom Gaming helps with the behind the scenes. Jody also provided some fascinating statistics about the Esports industry. There are around 3.24 billion players, 360 million players in the US. It has a market value of 1.4 billion, and is projected to be over 11.6 billion in upcoming years, showing an enormous change in growth. Players generate revenue through sponsorships by wearing brands or logos of such sponsors. Future trends look positive for Esports, as there continues to be rapid growth globally. Finally, she shared that inconsistencies in player contracts, monetization issues, and money failing to translate into meaningful revenue are few reasons why she considers Esports the wild west industry. Esports is complicated, often with a multitude of industries colliding into one. Despite initially knowing nothing about gaming and esports, Jody’s leadership, skills, and passion for Wisdom Gaming have contributed greatly to the success of this company and their team. She loves the Esports industry and continues to feel challenged by its potential and growing nature. The Esports industry is new, fun, exciting, and Jody is proud to be a part of it.
August 16th, 2022 Meeting Preview 
 Jody Hahn - E Gaming
Jody started her career in healthcare, staying in the industry for 20 years and spending 10 of those years as CEO helping her organization win national accolades for achieving the highest level of care. After her successful run in healthcare, she co-founded CampaignBuddy in 2019 and within 6 months she designed, developed and launched CampaignBuddy. Her company developed a SaaS tool, an ad campaign management tool to help small businesses “playball” online. It provides a one-stop-shop to design, create, launch and manage digital ads on various platforms like Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Google, etc. with no extensive marketing experience. In addition to starting her own company in 2019, Jody joined WeMN (Women Entrepreneurs of MN). WeMN is a non-profit organization helping women entrepreneurs connect, share, grow, develop and learn together. As the current President, Jody joined WeMN to give back to other women trying to achieve their dreams through entrepreneurship. In 2021, Jody finally got her game on. She is the COO at Wisdom Gaming Inc, a first of its kind esports company in the Midwest. Wisdom is an 18,0000 sq ft gaming and esports venue with a live broadcast studio, bar, and lounge located on the fourth floor of Mall of America. Despite no gaming experience, with her leadership Jody is helping the team create Wisdom’s long-term strategy growth, operational effectiveness and efficiencies to launch this amazing company in a “wild, wild west industry”. As a leader and entrepreneur, Jody understands the drive, passion, and commitment it takes to run a successful business. To be a good leader, life must be in balance. So, beyond work, Jody enjoys spending time with her family, hiking, traveling, boating, walking her dogs, golfing, listening to audiobooks, watching movies, and spending time with friends. 

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Notes from August 9th

Rebeccah Parks- Public Information Officer

Rebeccah Parks Photography
On Tuesday, August 9th, Rebeccah parks came into our club to talk about the justice and democracy centers in Minneapolis and Saint Paul. It exists for people to learn about understanding the rule of the law and the rule of an independent judiciary. This project has raised over 1 million dollars and plans to branch out to school systems to connect to students. 5000 students come in every year via summer camps, in person, and online. She explained that not everyone can come in-person, so the online site provides a gateway for students to learn. She talked about the St. Paul area that plans on using interactive screens and displays to keep students engaged. 

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