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Tony La Russa details the keys to his successful leadership—before, after and especially during the game—which can be applied at every level to help your team realize new heights of professional performance. Having inspired extreme loyalty from his players, he reveals the seldom-heard stories of why believing in each player’s ability, even when others did not, provided the platform for them to obtain amazing come-from-behind victories. La Russa has proven that studying the facts relevant to your business allows you to trust your instincts and is a powerful strategy that can lead to great achievement.

Our country has never experienced an administration quite like our present one, where ongoing negative rhetoric, alternative facts and chaos seem to be the order of the day. In today’s divided political climate, Mitch Landrieu, former mayor of New Orleans, believes Washington must stop being so ideologically bent and become problem-solvers. “Compromise” is not a dirty word. Parties must find common ground and come to resolution on complicated issues such as infrastructure, tax reform, immigration, and access to healthcare. In this timely presentation, Landrieu discusses how we need to create a condition in this country where everybody is working, has access to healthcare, and feels like they’re being treated fairly by the justice system. When we are actually working together versus apart, there’s nobody in the world that can come close to competing with the U.S. Drawing from his firsthand experience as a two-term mayor and lieutenant governor, who turned a descending city into an ascending one, Landrieu can be paired with a Republican to speak on the following topics as they pertain to
governing in a Trump era:

  • Growth potential of cities
  • Insight into race relations
  • Criminal justice system
  • Ethical leadership
  • Climate change
  • Public finance
  • Infrastructure

In the wake of the most expensive devastation from a natural or man-made disaster, New Orleans has become one of the nation’s best comeback stories—resurrection and redemption coming from the most unlikely of places. Restructuring the city, and not putting it back the way it was, meant reorganizing the budget and turning education, healthcare, the criminal justice system, and government around. New Orleans overhauled its public school system to a 100 percent charter school model, reimagined its public housing model, and made healthcare more accessible. The New Orleans Police Department was reformed and the comprehensive murder-reduction strategy, NOLA for Life, along with its groundbreaking initiatives (a Multi-Agency Gang Unit and CeaseFire), were implemented. Under the leadership of former mayor Mitch Landrieu, the economy is growing and diversifying. In this inspiring presentation, Landrieu reveals to audiences how the people of NOLA had the ability to see beauty even when everything was lost after Hurricane Katrina. He also discusses why it is important to not only rebuild what was but imagine what could have always been.

As lieutenant governor of Louisiana, Mitch Landrieu helped lead the state through Hurricane Katrina and its aftermath. He also led the city and state through Hurricanes Rita, Gustav, Ike, and Isaac, the BP oil spill, and a national recession. When he was sworn in as the 61st Mayor of New Orleans in May 2010, the recovery from Hurricane Katrina had stalled, the city teetered on bankruptcy and the New Orleans Police Department was under federal investigation. Under Landrieu, New Orleans has become one of America’s great comeback stories. He kick-started the recovery by fast-tracking over 100 projects and securing billions in federal funding for schools, hospitals, parks and recreation and critical infrastructure. He brought sound fiscal management, balanced budgets and ethical contracting to City Hall, leading to the city’s highest-ever credit rating and over $8 billion in private development. By making public safety a top priority, Landrieu reformed the police department and implemented the cutting-edge murder-reduction strategy, NOLA for Life, which led to a nearly 20 percent decrease in the city’s murder rate. In this presentation, Landrieu reveals how his post-disaster leadership skills and innovation helped pull his city through crisis and become more resilient. With his Southern wit and charm, he shares with audiences:

  • How clear command, control and communication can get you through any crisis
  • How his philosophy of “facilitate, link and leverage” brings people together to move forward
  • Why ethical leadership is good for business
  • Why the future of America runs through cities

In the last decade, Coach Jim Larranaga has led two different programs from having no notoriety to being dominant contenders on the national scene. Most recently, Larranaga  reinvigorated the University of Miami Hurricanes program from irrelevance to being ranked number two in the country and winning their first ACC title in school history—an accomplishment that earned Larranaga both AP and Naismith Coach of the Year honors. From the premise that “underdogs can beat the big dog,” Larranaga leads his team with a clear and well-defined plan that begins with recruitment and focuses on developing young talent.

Audiences will learn how to:

  • Use an underdog status to their advantage
  • Compete without the same resources the big dogs have
  • Transform the underdog status into a winning mantra

Finding talented, hardworking employees who will uphold the standards of your company is difficult. Coach Larranaga shares his tried-and-true methods for recruiting players and assistant coaches and for creating an environment that keeps them on the job. Larranaga tells audiences about his 8 C’s—character, competitiveness, competence, consistency, cohesiveness, commitment, communication and confidence—which are the foundation for selecting a winning staff and team and developing a championship-caliber program. Audiences will learn:

  • How to develop a program that will elevate their organization’s performance to the highest level
  • Where to find talented employees
  • How to build a winning, dedicated staff

A team that can relax and have fun together is a winning team, Larranaga explains to audiences, describing the scene just before the Final Four competition when his players skipped routine drills to spend time with family and fans. Sharing his four tenets of commitment—physical, mental, emotional and spiritual—he illustrates how unconditional dedication produces exceptional results in athletics and in life. Larranaga shares:

  • His winning formula for creating a team that works together on the court and supports each other on the sidelines
  • How to create an environment that fosters team growth while promoting individual development
  • How to push players to their limits without wearing them down emotionally and spiritually

As the digital revolution marches on, the workforce of the future begins to look nothing like it has looked in the past or even in the present. What are the macro and micro forces that businesses will need to face and understand to prepare a workforce ready to meet the demands of an every changing world? How will trends around AI, immigration, migration, diversity and leadership effect business and what do we need to know and do to meet those challenges?

Audiences will gain from Lauren’s insight on:

  • The global talent pool has profoundly changed and the change is permanent
  • Most organizations are led in ways that are no longer effective
  • To lead across gender, generation and culture leaders much find ways to connect and inspire
  • How to do that may just be the most pressing leadership issue of our time

We all know the data – women are the majority of the population, the majority of the electorate and the majority of the college graduates in virtually every field and yet in many ways true equality for American Women remains elusive. For years we’ve been hearing about the barriers women face but less about the solutions that women themselves have the power to influence. For the future to be female and equal, women will need to do more than Lean In at work. They will need to step forward and advocate for themselves and each other in new and important ways. While women are as diverse as the nation itself, there are many issues where woman across the spectrum agree. If we can seize the opportunities, large and small, to ensure the full equality of American women, the future holds limitless possibilities.

As one of the most diverse nations on earth, the United States has a unique potential to be the most innovative and how will we live together peacefully and productively? Can we find a way to make our multifaceted diversity an asset, economically and socially or will it continue to be our deepest and most painful source of conflict? Crossing The Thinnest Line argues passionately and persuasively for the possibility, power, purpose and payoff of embracing difference. The stakes for the conversation are high and getting higher. Already, 89% of the world's educated population is either female or minority. In less than a generation, the US will become minority majority. The world economy is global and interconnected. Embracing diversity has never been more imperative. With compelling data and powerful, personal stories, Lauren Leader-Chivee looks at challenges and solutions to immigration, education, business, media and politics and inspires us to rise to the challenge.

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