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George Bodenheimer was an amazing speaker and we’ve been absolutely flooded with positive comments and remarks since his keynote speech last week. You could have heard a pin drop as he spoke and no one even checked their iPhone during the entire presentation! I thought his remarks were succinct, smart and completely applicable to today’s business climate. He delivered information that was useable from day one back in the office for everyone in the room. He was an extremely engaging speaker and a nice guy too!
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George Bodenheimer

Executive Chairman, ESPN (2012-2014); President, ESPN (1998-2012)

Rising from the mailroom to the executive chairmanship of ESPN, George Bodenheimer helped the company achieve astounding global growth and success by encouraging a culture that puts people at the center of its mission.

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Focus on Mission, Brand and Culture: Unleash the Innovation and Growth Within Your Organization

We all know the business climate is tough, and getting tougher. There is always new competition, new technology, new challenges and hurdles. So, how do you move forward? What are the key elements of sustaining growth through any market condition? As the Executive Chairman of ESPN who rose from his first position in the company’s mailroom to become one of the most respected figures in the media business, George Bodenheimer led ESPN through an unprecedented period of global growth during a period of rapid transformation in the media and sports industries. Through an engaging conversational style format packed with fun sports anecdotes and video Bodenheimer discusses the importance of focusing on innovation and growth within large organizations—and what leaders need to know to foster an environment where good ideas are cultivated, developed and executed.

Culture Rules: Putting People First and Building a First Class Team

Many corporate leaders believe that growth comes only when focusing on the bottom line, but George Bodenheimer believes just the opposite—that great organizations only become that way when they focus on people before focusing on profits. The longest-serving leader of one of the most recognized media companies in the world, Bodenheimer has nurtured and sustained a strong organizational culture built around trusting employees, giving them the tools they need to do their jobs and empowering them to innovate. His leadership insights show that empathetic skills—motivating through listening, caring and encouraging—coupled with business skills, ultimately fuel creativity, innovation and bottom-line growth and is the key to success. Bodenheimer’s refreshing approach to leadership and commitment to people encourage all leaders to work on making an impact on their organization, no matter how large or small.

A Conversation with George Bodenheimer

Consistently named one of the most respected leaders in the media business, George Bodenheimer will engage in a wide-ranging discussion on critical issues impacting business. Bodenheimer draws from his varied and vast experience as a global business leader to discuss issues such as: innovation and encouraging organizational risk-taking; leadership and growth; the business of sports; traditional media in the digital age; recruiting and retaining top talent; cultivating next-generation leaders; and more.

Meet George Bodenheimer


Rising from the mailroom to the executive chairmanship of ESPN, George Bodenheimer helped the company achieve astounding global growth and success by encouraging a culture that puts people at the center of its mission.

George Bodenheimer's path to leadership mirrored that of ESPN itself - sharp focus on creativity and cutting-edge innovation, an emphasis on always enhancing value for ESPN's fans and business partners and encouraging a culture that puts people at the center of its mission. Consistently named one of the most influential figures in media and sports, Bodenheimer would never claim that his success is just his alone. Leading one of the world's premier brands with more than 50 separate business entities, Bodenheimer is an extraordinarily humble leader who believes ESPN's corporate success is a testament to its culture - one where talent is passionate, creative and empowered. Drawing on leadership insights he learned over the course of three decades at ESPN, Bodenheimer uses humor and straight talk to highlight the innovation, growth and culture that made the company one of the crown jewels of The Walt Disney Company and a role model for many companies. Since leaving ESPN, Bodenheimer remains active and in tune with dynamic and big-thinking businesses today, serving on the boards of both Under Armour and Sirius XM. In an unassuming and energetic style, Bodenheimer shares with audiences how to emulate the same inventiveness that has enhanced the value of ESPN and how it helped grow the business in a hyper-competitive business environment through entertaining sports anecdotes, video and question and answer format that can be tailored to each audience and everyone can enjoy. In Bodenheimer's business leadership memoir, Every Town Is a Sports Town: Business Leadership at ESPN, from the Mailroom to the Boardroom (May 2015), the ESPN and cable industry pioneer chronicles ESPN's meteoric rise - one of the most remarkable stories about business and sports in our time.

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