Innovating in a COVID World

Collegiate Track | 10/08/20, 4:00PM - 4:30PM PT

Callum Fletcher

Esports Director, Illinois Wesleyan

Callum is the Esports Director at Illinois Wesleyan University. Launched in 2017, the program has earned national recognition as one of the best esports programs in the United States with one of the strongest League of Legends rosters. Going into the new academic year, IWU Esports will massively expand as they bring in four new esports titles and a new training facility on campus. Callum has been involved with esports for nearly 15 years and has background as a competitor, event manager, content creator, and community manager before joining Illinois Wesleyan to build their esports program. Callum was born and raised in England but has spent most of his life in the states with his parents and sister. Callum currently lives near Illinois Wesleyan with his partner, Abigail.

Shaun Byrne

Esports Director for Saints Gaming,
St. Clair College in Windsor, Ontario, Canada

Shaun is the Esports Director for Saints Gaming the varsity Esports program at St. Clair College in Windsor, Ontario, Canada. St. Clair College was the first post-secondary institution in Canada to fully embrace varsity Esports. Starting in January 2019 he will also serve as program coordinator and faculty lead for the Esports Administration and Entrepreneurship academic program, one of only a handful of programs in the world training students for careers in the Esports industry. Prior to his positions at the college, Shaun founded and served as CEO for Esport Gaming Events, Inc. from 2012 until 2017. EGE hosted over 100 successful Esports events in that five year span throughout Ontario, Quebec and Michigan, including Good Game Con, the largest, with over 3,000 live participants in 2016 as well as Saints Gaming Live in 2017 which served as proof of concept for the Esports programs at St. Clair College. While Shaun doesn't have as much time to play games these days, when he gets the opportunity his favorites are Super Smash Bros., and Fortnite.

Dana Hustedt

Director of Esports, Grand View University

Dana is the Director of the Grand View University Esports program. The Director position is responsible for the day to day operations, mission, and program development of Grand View Esports. Dana brings a wealth of gaming experience and athletic management experience to this position. She is the first female to direct a university esports program in the nation. Dana’s journey to esports director was documented by ESPN.com in November 2018.