AFP Conversations Podcast


DeMaurice Smith: Operational Game Strategy: Managing Plans, Politics and Personalities

In order to be successful, every leader must develop a game plan that accounts for the politics and personalities of everyone involved.

In this special edition of the AFP Conversations Podcast, Jim Kaitz, president and CEO of AFP, speaks with DeMaurice Smith, who will kick-off the AFP 2021 Executive Institute, sponsored by PNC. Smith has served as executive director of the National Football League Players' Association since 2009, and prior to his role now, was recognized as one of the best trial lawyers in the country.

In this interview, Smith gives a preview of his keynote, “Operational Game Strategy: Managing Plans, Politics, and Personalities,” where he will share insider stories from both his current leadership position and his previous life as a homicide prosecutor that exemplify the importance of strategic planning and contextual decision making.

AFP 2021 takes place November 7 - 10 in Washington, D.C. To learn more about the event and register, visit

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