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Shane Battier (Exclusively WSB)

He can’t jump very high. He’s not very fast. In fact, he fails the ‘eyeball’ test in nearly every basketball category. And yet, Shane Battier has proved to be invaluable to every team he has ever suited up for. In this impassioned and inspiring presentation, Battier shares with audiences the ways in which he believes sacrifice, ownership, embracing failure, championship professionalism, and a Hunger Games mentality contribute to the powerful and significant intersection of art and commerce. A genuine team player, he knows that champions are often made when no one is looking and encourages audience members to always do what it takes for the team to succeed—whether their efforts receive recognition or not. Stats don’t always tell the story of value, and Battier is living proof.

Shane Battier (Exclusively WSB)

What can I control? How do my passion and distinguished skills add value to my organization? In the face of discouragement and desolation, these are some of the questions that Shane Battier often asked himself in his endeavors toward success. He shares his personal story with audiences and expounds on how factors such as dedication, resilience and tenacity ultimately rendered Battier an invaluable member of championship winning teams. Deemed the “No-Stats All-Star” by best-selling author Michael Lewis in a New York Times Magazine cover story, audience members are emboldened to apply Battier’s strategy, vision and leadership skills in their own professional careers in this thought-provoking and impactful presentation.

Shane Battier (Exclusively WSB)

While statistics have always been a huge part of professional sports, a focus-shift occurred in recent years: the traditional measurements of athletic success have increasingly been surpassed by more analytical approaches. From Major League Baseball’s sabermetrics to the use of data analysis by a growing number of NBA teams, Shane Battier breaks down how athletes can leverage every point of data available to achieve success, even if they do not live up to many of the traditional metrics. Audiences will learn:

  • How tech industry trends have intersected with professional athletics, and what every athlete should know if they want to fine-tune their abilities
  • Strategic takeaways any organization can use to mine the data available to them in order to improve on key performance indicators
  • The technology available, from wearables to digital analytics, to improve athletic performance

Bill Bradley (Exclusively WSB)

The U.S. boasts the most advanced health care technology in the world, yet its health care delivery system is mediocre. Based on years of problem-solving experience in healthcare during his careers in both the United States Senate and the private sector, former U.S. Senator Bill Bradley tells audiences:

  • The current health care situation and the historical path that brought us to this point
  • What still remains to be done to refine the healthcare system
  • As reforms are implemented, how organizations and employees can collaborate to reduce health care costs and ensure affordable care

Bill Bradley (Exclusively WSB)

Businesses and organizations are challenged with the ongoing need to build effective teams that ultimately drive revenues and create organizational success. Based on his expansive leadership experiences as an Olympic athlete, a Rhodes scholar, a NBA Hall of Famer, a three-term senator and a presidential candidate, this American statesman shares with audiences his:

  • List of the five essential qualities for leadership
  • Unique perspective on leadership and team building
  • Inspiring American leadership stories personally gathered on the basketball court and campaign trail
  • Passion for community building and account of how each of us can make a difference in our community

Bill Bradley (Exclusively WSB)

For over 40 years, Bill Bradley has traveled across America as a basketball player, politician and best-selling author. Along the way, he has met thousands of people—both famous and unknown—whose distinctive life experiences make up the interwoven fabric that is the American community. These uplifting and extraordinary stories reflect the capacity of Americans to overcome setbacks, laugh at themselves, follow their passions, help their neighbors and invent new industries. When Bradley left politics, he continued to listen to stories by talking with Americans on his award-winning SIRIUS XM Satellite Radio program American Voices. By mixing these accounts with anecdotes from his own life and from American history and literature, Bradley shares deeply personal stories that show the best of our country and its possibilities. From the man who teaches people how to wrestle with alligators and the Starbucks barista who donated a kidney to a customer to the Fenway Park groundskeeper-turned-lawyer and the salmon counter in Oregon, Bradley’s high-energy presentation will make your audience laugh, cry, think, and dream. His American tales truly touch the human heart.

Bill Bradley (Exclusively WSB)

The recent recession proved that society has not learned from the mistakes of the past. While many look to blame private industry for the ongoing economic turmoil, Bill Bradley shows that it is bad political judgment that brought us to the brink of collapse. In this highly informative and timely discussion, Bradley looks at the economic meltdown and outlines how we got here through a mix of too much leverage, not enough regulation and forgetting the economic indiscretions that caused previous recessions. Moving forward, Bradley advocates the need to embrace a culture of innovation that invests in our educational system as the foundation for preventing such economic turbulence in the future. Bradley shares with audiences:

  • The direct connection between faltering economics and failing schools
  • How education is necessary to stay competitive with China and other emerging powers 
  • What steps leaders in Washington need to make to not only fix economic regulation but also fix crumbling schools

Bill Bradley (Exclusively WSB)

In this presentation based on his book, We Can All Do Better (May 2012), Bill Bradley offers his own concise, powerful and highly personal review of the state of the nation. Breaking from the long-held intransigent viewpoints of both political parties, and with careful attention to our nation’s history, Bradley passionately offers a no-holds-barred prescription on subjects including job creation, deficit reduction, education, immigration, foreign policy and the role of money in politics. While equally critical of the approaches of the Tea Party and Occupy movements, he champions the power of individual Americans to organize, speak out and bridge divisions, while calling on the media to assume a more responsible role in our national life. Bradley shares with audiences how we can all—elected officials, private citizens and presidents—do a better job of moving our country forward. His firsthand knowledge of the government’s inner workings, the country’s diversity and the untapped potential of the American people make Bradley the perfect guide to lead this timely and thought-provoking discussion.

Jim Calhoun (Exclusively WSB)

Using the lessons and principles he has learned over his storied career as one of the winningest coaches in college basketball history, Coach Jim Calhoun passionately shares the strategies and techniques that leaders must use to achieve both personal and professional success. By getting leaders to become master motivators who can push individuals to go that extra mile by putting team over their individual interests, Calhoun drives organizations to establish standards and a culture of excellence that can propel any team to win every day. Calhoun highlights the importance of planning, teamwork, overcoming adversity, flexibility, managing to win and having a capacity to learn from your mistakes so you can keep your team focused on winning every battle. Renowned for his ability to build run-of-the-mill teams into powerhouse forces, Calhoun’s passionate approach to leadership and his tangible techniques give leaders the tools necessary to pave their own way to success.

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