Meet Buffy Filippell – Sports Recruiting Pioneer

Buffy Filippell
Founder & President of TeamWork Online Buffy Filippell

We are excited to have Buffy Filippell as a guest speaker at the first ever Junior Golf Growth Conference this year. The conference takes place from July 8-10 at the Reunion Resort in Kissimmee, Florida, a short distance outside of Orlando. This mind-blowing three-day event features a lineup of world-class speakers who will provide junior golfers, teams, and families with the tools needed to become an elite golfer and a more well-rounded individual for a lifetime.

If you work in sports, chances are you have crossed paths with TeamWork Online, the brainchild of Buffy Filippell, Founder and President of this frontrunner in the sports recruitment industry. Filippell is a true pioneer, and many sports executives today have her to thank for their position. TeamWork Online launched well before LinkedIn, Indeed, or any of the other common recruiting websites were founded. 

Filippell has had many firsts in her career. She created TeamWork Online, a first-of-its-kind, web-based talent recruiting system focused on connecting candidates and employers in sports and live events. In 2016, TeamWork Online celebrated the remarkable achievement of the 100,000th successful candidate and employers’ matches. She was the first female agent at IMG, and was one of the first recruiters to focus on sports while at the worldwide search firm Korn/Ferry. These firsts have created a legacy that reaches across nearly every professional sport, multiple collegiate programs, and the leading live event producers in the world.

Filippell began her career with Wilson Sporting Goods before joining IMG, representing tennis stars such as Andrea Jaeger and Australian legend Ken Rosewall. In 1985, she joined Korn/Ferry, and although her work included executive searches in multiple industries, her passion for and knowledge of sports allowed her to bring in such clients as the Women’s Tennis Association, the Ladies Professional Golf Association, and the Women’s International Professional Tennis Council.

Her experience at Korn/Ferry led Filippell to create TeamWork Consulting in 1987, a retained executive search firm specifically geared toward recruiting executives in sports and live events. The firm has been retained to conduct over 400 executive searches for the country’s most notable sports organizations. Filippell was an early adopter in the digital space, recognizing the need to establish a lower-cost web-based model for organizations to identify talent. She established TeamWork Online, which today, boasts a 1,000-plus employer base spanning 85 percent of all major league sport organizations, minor leagues, golf, tennis, motorsports, mixed martial arts, colleges, major events, and the majority of National Governing Bodies.

Over the years, Filippell has been honored by several organizations, including the Progressive Woman Award from Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield; the Cleveland chapter of WISE; and her alma mater, Indiana University, where she was a member of the women’s varsity tennis team and participated in the 1974 USTA Women’s National Collegiate Tennis Championships. A proponent of education, Filippell serves on the Dean’s Associates Board for Indiana University’s School of Public Health.

About the Conference

At the Junior Golf Growth Conference, guest speakers will cover a wide array of topics designed to help develop the skills necessary to become a champion both on and off the course. From mental toughness to physical fitness, from goal setting to business savviness, this conference will provide a junior with everything they need to succeed for many years after your junior golf days. Young athletes will have the unique opportunity to interact with the industry’s best in business, mental health, college golf experts, fitness and nutrition, social media marketing, celebrities, and much more.

For more information or to claim your group’s tickets, visit and take advantage of our early bird discount before time runs out! Early Bird pricing is available until March 31st, so secure your spot today!


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