Professional Development

At the USOPC, we know that professional development equips athletes with skills beyond sport, enhances career prospects, and fosters personal growth. Investing in athlete's holistic development supports them during their athletic career and beyond.

Program & Events Calendar
Working with ManpowerGroup opened my eyes to new and less intimidating ways to navigate the job/career hunt. It definitely gave me confidence in my ability to translate my athletic accomplishments into career skills.

Alex Deibold 2014 Olympian

  • 1:1 Career Services

    The USOPC has teamed up with ManpowerGroup to help athletes upskill their career off the field of play. Finding a new career or part-time job while competing is a time consuming process, Manpower can help expedite the process.

    By signing up, Team USA athletes have the opportunity to match with a career coach that they'll work with 1-on-1 for three months. Their coach will help them understand and leverage their strengths and skills, personal and professional priorities, and ideal work environments, enabling them to focus their search on the right career opportunities – not just another job.

  • Impact Academy

    The Impact Academy is an exciting new series of programs created especially for the Olympic and Paralympic Movement by Tuck Executive Education at Dartmouth.

    Each program offers Team USA athletes and USOPC, NGB, and LA28 employees the opportunity to build their professional network with others in the movement and learn immediately applicable skills for work and life.

    As the first learning and development opportunity for both employees and athletes, the Impact Academy is designed to help everyone learn together as a community, as an investment in their growth.

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  • Next Step: Transition to Business

    The transition from athletics into the civilian world is complex and demands new skills and knowledge. Next Step, at the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College, was designed specifically to help elite athletes and military veterans navigate that transition and prepare them for a career in business.

    This general management certificate program combines a self-paced online learning phase with a live online learning phase to deliver an educational experience that is both flexible and immersive. Next Step helps participants refine what they know, discover what they don’t, and build the right business acumen to move their careers forward. It also allows them to build a robust network of ambitious peers who are also experiencing a career transition—bonds that last for years after the program concludes.

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  • Monthly Career Conversations & Workshops

    Every month we offer Team USA athletes the chance to join exclusive Career Conversations and Workshop programming. Each session is designed to deep dive into a relevant topic or translatable skill that they can take with them through any aspect of their athletic journey and beyond.

    These sessions are designed to be highly interactive and connect athletes with both peers and experts in their field. Some topics include:

    • 'Exploring the Medical Field Career Path'
    • 'So You Want to Be an Entrepreneur?'
    • 'Presenting with Confidence'
  • Team USA LinkedIn Group

    Over 700 current and retired athletes have come together in the Team USA Career & Education Hub on LinkedIn. This hub was created to encourage community and generate shared learnings around the topics of personal and professional development for Team USA athletes.
    This community is uniquely positioned to support the many aspects of life during and after sport by connecting people, providing job leads, referrals and valuable content to help athletes achieve their goals. Whether athletes are looking for resources, or in a place to help others, the LinkedIn hub is a great way to keep a pulse on what's going on in the Team USA athlete community.

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  • Athlete Only Mental Health First Aid Training

    Mental Health First Aid is a course that teaches attendees how to help someone who may be experiencing a mental health or substance use challenge. The training helps attendees identify, understand, and respond to early or worsening symptoms as well as mental health crises. This virtual training is for Team USA athletes only. To learn more about Mental Health First Aid, visit


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