ABOUT 6453 ALUMNI

Across seven continents, 170 countries, and over 100,000 diverse individuals...we are the 6453 ALUMNI network.  What we learned at Nike wasn’t taught in school.  And as employees, we breathed the Nike culture 24/7/365. 

 

We’re an inclusive community of leaders, innovators, creators, and doers that leverage our talents and passion to create the future and redefine what’s possible. We are having a profound and positive impact on the broader communities where we work, live and play. The power of our network energizes us to create new opportunities. Together, we’re unstoppable.

 

We believe there’s more we can do to expand our collective potential as we continue to learn, grow, and transition to the next chapters of our careers and lives beyond the berm through four pillars. 

Community. Activate connections around the world through a dedicated platform.

Knowledge. Gain insights from trusted experts with a shared performance mindset. 

Career. Access best-practice learning and approaches on our path to next.

Impact. Amplify our collective desire to do good.

 

We enable connections between former colleagues, encourage networking, and showcase an array of teammate endeavors. We make it easier to foster new conversations and collaborations through our mission, vision, and purpose.

OUR MISSION.  
Unleash our superpowers
to do good.

OUR VISION.    
Inspire, innovate and enable a diverse and inclusive global community.

OUR PURPOSE.
Amplify our collective impact through the values of sport and culture of innovation.

6453 ALUMNI is an alumni-founded network of former Nike employees and former Nike-sponsored athletes. We're a nonprofit 501(c)(6) organization established for the mutual benefit of our members. We are self-governing, self-sustaining, and we operate independently of Nike, Inc. and its subsidiaries. We live by the values and aspirations Nike was originally founded on.

OUR BOARD OF DIRECTORS

JANA PANFILIO  
Co-Founder and President

Jana spent nearly 30 years at Nike in many different roles across the company. She started by negotiating travel contracts in the late 1990's, then worked as an Executive Assistant to several Nike corporate executives in Global Communications, Equipment Division and Marketing. In 2000, Jana moved into Consumer Insights to deepen her knowledge and grow expertise inthe consumer landscape. Her focus was in bringing qualitative and quantitative insights to life through exhibits, an internal digital platform, and a speaker series program.

Jana's passion for global cultural context and strategic foresight continued as she moved into a newly formed team in 2005, which became Brand Innovation to conceptualize new brand experiences and product innovations. Jana managed operations including overseeing creative and insight agency partners.

As a native Oregonian, preserving our natural environment and habitats is a high priority. Jana's last role prior to retiring from Nike in 2019 was Senior Creative Producer for global sustainability where she led creative efforts aligned with brand directives and led foundational consumer research to inform strategic planning and bring the athlete voice into sustainability storytelling.

Favorite Nike product: Air Rift 

Stephanie Vardavas came to Nike in 1997 as a sports marketing attorney after ten years at Major League Baseball in New York City and eight years at the pioneering sports agency ProServ in Arlington, Virginia.

During her 14 years in the Nike Legal Department, her practice included sports marketing, product safety/regulatory compliance, and trademarks.

Stephanie now has her own law practice and specializes in those same three areas. She also writes Austenesque fiction and published her first novel in 2021.

Favorite Nike product: For pure aesthetics - the original Air Max Plus released in 1998 in Hyper Blue. She walked the Portland Marathon in 2001 wearing a different colorway of that style.

 

STEPHANIE VARDAVAS
Co-Founder and Secretary

LINDA NELSON  
Finance Operations

Linda's first 20 years at Nike was in the Events department. She managed operations for all North America pop-up retail events at major running marathons like the Nike Women’s Marathon in San Francisco, as well as Honolulu, New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Eugene, and Penn Relay to name a few.  Linda also managed end-to-end budgets for all meetings her team executed on behalf of the Nike brand as well as managing all finances for the Events department from forecasting to year-end reconciliation. 

 

In her last few years at Nike, Linda was in Global Events, where she managed end-to-end budgets for events such as Summer & Winter Olympics, Men's & Women's World Cups, including all global product launches at those events. Linda partnered with Nike Treasury, Tax & Security to ensure the process and procedures met Nike protocols and standards.

At all global events as well as Super Bowl & All Star Weekend, not only did Linda manage all the Nike Corporate event tickets, she was responsible for building Nike ticket websites to collect ticket orders, process chargebacks as well as travelling to each destination around the world to distribute tickets.  Linda worked on
Nike's JDI Day employee event, where she managed all finances end-to-end as well as assisted Nike's Global Sales team with product ordering and room drops at all their events including Olympics, World Cups, Sales Meetings, and Product launches.

 

Favorite Nike Product:  Anything with a University of Oregon logo 

Michael McBreen has over 25 years of global business and consulting leadership experience in multiple industries and business models. Michael first worked with Nike in 1997 while working for what today is PricewaterhouseCoopers, joining Nike as an employee in 2000.  During his 10 years at Nike, he worked in Supply Chain, Apparel and Corporate Responsibility.

 

Having worked in business leadership and strategic consulting roles in North America; Asia; Europe and Africa with leading global companies, Michael combines broad-based experience and proven leadership with a global perspective.  As Chief Operating Officer of  global consumer products companies, he was responsible for all product development, sourcing, procurement, manufacturing, distribution/logistics and consumer direct retail operations.  Prior to that, he provided strategic leadership for global supply chain, finance, distribution/logistics, information technology, and direct-to-consumer retail organizations in consumer-packaged goods; food and beverage; industrials; and technology.  


Today, Michael is actively engaged in the development of sustainable social enterprises and serves on several industry and company boards.

 

Favorite Nike Product: Air Force 1

MIKE MCBREEN 
Operations

ETIENNE DUCLOUX
Technology

Etienne is an expert marketing manager with an emphasis on product, brand & consumer marketing. He has over 12 years of management experience while guiding teams to positive metrics across marketing campaigns and fiscal year projections. Etienne is well-versed in Project Management, executing Go-to-Market strategies, and overseeing Cross-Functional projects. Also effective in growth initiatives, and using premium service strategies to boost company and brand presence.

Chris’s comprehensive and intricate understanding of owned and partnered retail is a result of over 40 years of experience in global and regional direct retail, wholesale, marketing, operations, merchandising and visual presentation. 

 

Chris is a results-oriented and multi-functional executive, leading by example and respecting varied and diverse perspectives. His industry experience includes over 18 years at Nike, Inc. in a variety of senior leadership roles within Direct to Consumer as GM Americas Region, Global Store Operations and with Nike’s Commercial Organizations including US Retail Brand Marketing, Global Marketplace Development and Global Sales Operations Strategy. Prior to Nike, Chris spent 25 years in Visual Merchandising and In-Store Marketing & Store Design at Macy’s, Inc. and The May Department Stores Company.

 

Chris is a creative strategist and holds a Commercial Art Degree from The University of the Arts.

 

Favorite Nike product: Nike Air Max 97 OG Silver Bullet

 

CHRISTOPHER SIMONE
Business Development

JILL KASHIWAGI
Outreach, Impact, Asia Community

Jill spent 16 years at Nike from 1993-2009 across retail sales, materials research, and product quality. After Nike, Jill ventured into the financial services industry and in 2019, relocated her family from Portland, Oregon, USA to Tokyo, Japan.

 

In 2021, she began applying her expertise to the public-private sector when she accepted a role with the Tomodachi MetLife Women's Leadership Program (TMWLP). The Tomodachi Initiative is a public-private partnership between the U.S.-Japan Council and the U.S. Embassy in Tokyo, with support from the government of Japan, focused on developing the next generation of female leaders. As of April 2023, Jill has returned to Portland.

 

Jill holds a Bachelor of Science in Merchandising Management from Oregon State University.

 

Favorite Nike product: Windrunner Jacket

 

Chris’s comprehensive and intricate understanding of owned and partnered retail is a result of over 40 years of experience in global and regional direct retail, wholesale, marketing, operations, merchandising and visual presentation. 

 

Chris is a results-oriented and multi-functional executive, leading by example and respecting varied and diverse perspectives. His industry experience includes over 18 years at Nike, Inc. in a variety of senior leadership roles within Direct to Consumer as GM Americas Region, Global Store Operations and with Nike’s Commercial Organizations including US Retail Brand Marketing, Global Marketplace Development and Global Sales Operations Strategy. Prior to Nike, Chris spent 25 years in Visual Merchandising and In-Store Marketing & Store Design at Macy’s, Inc. and The May Department Stores Company.

 

Chris is a creative strategist and holds a Commercial Art Degree from The University of the Arts.

 

Favorite Nike product: Nike Air Max 97 OG Silver Bullet

 

JEFF JACKOLA
Business Development