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Sports - Keynote Speakers

Kyle Maynard

Kyle Maynard is a motivational speaker, author, entrepreneur and athlete. Despite being born with arms that end at the elbows and legs near the knees, Kyle’s wrestled for one of the best teams in the Southeast, set records in weightlifting, fought in mixed martial arts, and most recently became the first man to crawl on his own to the summit of Mt. Kilimanjaro, the highest mountain in Africa, which awarded him his 2nd ESPY for the Best Male Athlete with a Disability. His story has been featured on The Oprah Winfrey Show, Larry King Live, ESPN’s Sportscenter, HBO’s Real Sports, ABC's 20/20 and Good Morning America, and as a cover story in USA Today. He continues to inspire as the author of his book, No Excuses (2005), a New York Times bestseller.

Nancy Lieberman

Basketball Hall of Famer Nancy Lieberman is widely considered one of the most influential figures in women’s basketball history, became the first female head coach to lead an NBA or NBA D-League team starting in 2010. She played for the US Olympic team, the Women's Basketball League, and the WNBA. She is recognized as the only woman to play in an all-male league, the United States Basketball League and toured the world with the acclaimed Harlem Globetrotters as a member of the Washington Generals. Lieberman’s progress as a successful athlete and leader was based on her boldness and ability to take positive action. She is an influential communicator and has a passion for educating athletes and business leaders to improve efficiency and attain peak performance. Lieberman’s experiences as a mom, basketball player, Hall of Famer, coach, GM, Olympian, broadcaster, and motivator will ignite your attendees. Lieberman latest book, Playbook for Success brings Lieberman’s leadership and coaching ability to the boardroom to teach professionals the same rules of success she teaches her players.

Seth Greenberg

Seth Greenberg joined ESPN in 2012 as a college basketball analyst, bringing 35 years of coaching experience to the job. He is a regular on SportsCenter, ESPN Radio and ESPNU. Greenberg joined at the start of the 2014-15 season as an analyst on ESPN’s College GameDay – the popular Saturday morning and evening college basketball program that originates from the Saturday Primetime game-of-the-week telecasts. He also co-hosts a weekly podcast with ESPN reporter Andy Katz on ESPN.com. Greenberg posted a record of 383-293 in his 22 years as a head coach (Long Beach State, South Florida, Virginia Tech) and secured 11 postseason appearances. Most recently, he led the Virginia Tech Hokies for nine seasons (2003 – 2012), where he was a two-time ACC Coach of the Year and reached the postseason six times. He is second on the school’s all-time wins list with 170-123 record, and his Hokies were 3-3 against No. 1 ranked teams with all three losses coming on the final possession of the game. He brings his experience and leadership skills to the podium addressing corporations and associations on teamwork, leadership, and winning.

Donna Orender

Donna Orender, CEO of Orender Unlimited is a recognized business leader, trailblazer, game changer and executive. Throughout her career, she has navigated unchartered waters, forged new and innovative paths and solutions to create growth and innovation, while building teams and belief systems around success. Donna utilizes her expansive experience in guiding both established and new companies to create positive and inclusive cultures and leverage successful growth and brand strategies across a myriad of industries. Donna served 6 years as the President of the WNBA and spent 17 years working on the PGA Tour, leading the negotiating team that changed how the PGA golf tour was packaged and sold for television. She was responsible for developing strategic direction across all business lines including direct oversight of brand management, advertising, and digital strategy. Through storytelling and experiences gained from years as an innovative executive in the highly visible and charged world of sports, Donna taps into the desire in all of us to make a difference in our worlds.

Bill Walton

Bill Walton has a passion — for his work, for family and friends, for music, for life and for greatness! Bill brings his outsized passion to the stage and inspires audiences with tales from his amazing life in sports and beyond. Bill speaks about the secrets of world-class performance, personal and organizational excellence, and how he overcame nearly impossible odds – on the court and off – to persevere and win. He was inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame, in addition to being selected as one of the NBA’s Fifty Greatest Players of All Time. After retiring from basketball, Bill began his Emmy award-winning broadcasting career. Bill is an authentic and true original who personifies greatness and is one of the most compassionate figures in sports with an extraordinary record of giving back through his work with numerous charities and non-profits. His autobiography, Back From the Dead, was published in March, 2016.

Bo Eason

Bo Eason is a former NFL standout, acclaimed Broadway playwright and performer, and international coach. In 2001, Bo wrote and performed his one-man play, Runt of the Litter, which opened in New York to rave reviews. Bo toured with the play in over 50 cities and it is now being adapted as a major motion picture. Bo has trained with some of the world’s most brilliant performance and movement coaches in his quest for excellence on the stage. Bo now draws from their technique and wisdom to coach others to be excellent presenters and storytellers. Bo is dedicated to helping others tap the power of their personal story and become effective, persuasive communicators.

Matt Mayberry

Matt Mayberry, a former NFL linebacker for the Chicago Bears, is currently one of the most read columnists for Entrepreneur Magazine, as well as an acclaimed keynote speaker, consultant and peak performance strategist. As the CEO of Matt Mayberry Enterprises, a training and consulting company, he specializes in maximizing the performance of individuals and organizations all over the world. He inspires audiences with a combination of powerful stories, current research, and past experiences from his own life and athletic success. He is known for his innovative ideas teaching people how to dominate, turn failure into gifts, improve sales effectiveness, and elevate their potential. Matt will re-energize audiences while providing key ideas and practical strategies that are applicable to increase performance immediately. He encourages all people to not settle for average when they can be great.

Mike Eruzione

Mike Eruzione is best known as the captain of the legendary 1980 U.S. Olympic hockey team that defeated the Soviet Union in the famous “Miracle on Ice” game. His game-winning goal in that game is one of the most played highlights in American sports. After Mike retired from hockey, he spent several years as a sports commentator for Madison Square Garden. He has also covered 5 Olympic Games for CBS and ABC. With Mike’s exciting life achievements, audiences will be enthralled with his story, as well as his ability to motivate and inspire others to achieve success.

Shannon Miller

Shannon Miller remains the most decorated gymnast in American history. She is the only American to rank among the Top 10 All-Time gymnasts and is the only female athlete to be inducted into the US Olympic Hall of Fame – Twice — Individual (2006) and Team (2008)! She is the first American gymnast to win an individual gold medal at a fully-attended Summer Games and cemented her place as the most accomplished gymnast, male or female, in U.S. Olympic history. Shannon is the author of her newly released book, It’s Not About Perfect: Competing for My Country and Fighting for My Life. Shannon discusses with her audiences how the gold medal mindset leads to victory on the competition floor, in the boardroom, and in our personal lives. She utilizes her critical insight to share what it takes to be a winner: the importance of goal setting, leadership, maintaining a positive attitude, and teamwork.

Rebecca Lobo

Rebecca Lobo is an award-winning athlete and successful television analyst, author and motivational speaker. In 1995, she led the University of Connecticut Women’s Basketball Team to its first National Championship and was named the Consensus National Player of the Year. The following year, Rebecca was the youngest member of the gold medal-winning U.S. Women’s Olympic Basketball Team and went on to a seven-year career in the WNBA playing for teams including the New York Liberty, the Houston Comets and the Connecticut Sun. She is the recipient of numerous awards and honors including 1995 AP Female Athlete of the Year, the 1995 ESPY for Outstanding Female Athlete and the 1995 Sportswoman of the Year award from the Women’s Sports Foundation. Rebecca can motivate and inspire all audiences sharing her experiences of excellence and success.

Dara Torres

Dara Torres is arguably the fastest female swimmer in America. She entered her first international swimming competition at age 14 and competed in her first Olympic Games a few years later in 1984. At the 2008 Beijing Olympics, Dara became the oldest swimmer to compete in the Olympic Games. She took three silver medals home, including the heartbreaking 50- meter freestyle race where she missed the Gold by 1/100th of a second. America loved her for her astonishing achievements and composure in the face of defeat. Dara has competed in five Olympic Games and has won 12 Olympic medals. Her impressive performance in Beijing and her attempt at the 2012 London Olympic Games has inspired many older athletes to consider re-entering competition. Olympian, author, and role model, Dara is many things to many people, but above all, she is an inspiration.

John Coyle

John is the Founder of The Art of Really Living, an Olympic silver medalist, Stanford d.school grad, Kellogg MBA, NBC Sports analyst, SVP and Professor of Innovation. As a speaker and author, his talent is weaving facts, examples and intellectual principles into engaging stories which bring his topics to life, and leave you with actionable ideas. John is a thought leader in the field of horology – the study of how we, as humans, process time. His topics include designing a life for strengths, developing greater resiliency, bringing innovation into your organization, and the brain twisting "CounterClockWise" - how to stop time from accelerating by designing your life to include more meaning and memories. When you design your life around your strengths and cultivate your resilience, you can master the art of really living: creating more meaningful experiences and intense memories. His mission is to innovate the human experience, and he has been applying “design thinking” to Fortune 500 companies, careers, and leadership challenges for more than 20 years.

Bill Rasmussen

It is safe to say that Bill Rasmussen changed the face of sports, and the face of television. His brainstorm for a 24-hour cable sports television station, born out of adversity, has become the Worldwide Leader in Sports, ESPN. He had his innovative brainstorm for an all-sports cable TV network within days of his firing by the New England Whalers of the World Hockey Association. His idea captured his imagination, and 14 months later, ESPN was on air for the first time. A life-long entrepreneur and sports fan, Rasmussen’s innovations in advertising, sports and broadcasting are numerous and include not only the creation of ESPN, but also the concept for “Sports Center,” wall-to-wall coverage of NCAA regular- season and “March Madness” college basketball, and coverage of the College World Series. Bill’s entrepreneurial daring, his irrepressible enthusiasm and a dash of good luck gave the world the first 24-hour television network. Once unleashed upon sports fans, ESPN’s impact forever changed the way we watch television.

Amy Van Dyken

Amy Van Dyken-Rouen is a 6-time Olympic champion. She won 4 medals in 1996 in Atlanta and two more in Sydney, Australia in 2000. Amy has the distinction of being one of the few Olympians whose medals are all gold. In 2007 she was the only American swimmer to be inducted into the International Swimming Hall of Fame's Class of 2007. She was also inducted into the Olympic Hall of Fame in July 2008. In June of 2014, she was injured in an ATV accident and severed her spinal cord leaving her paralyzed from the waist down. She teaches audiences the importance of not giving other people the power to tell you what you can’t do. Be thankful for what you have and keep trying to improve.

Melissa Stockwell

If you ask Melissa Stockwell to describe herself one of the first things you’ll hear is, “I am a Patriot, a lover of the red, the white and the blue.” Melissa proudly wore the uniform of the United States Army, where she very nearly gave her life for her country. Today, she proudly wears the uniform of Team USA as a World Champion athlete and Paralympic medalist. Melissa shares her inspiring story, from the battlefields of Bagdad to the podium on the beach of Rio de Janeiro, in an emotionally powerful presentation that leaves audiences forever changed to see ability not disability, to maximize what you do have and forget about what you don’t and to apply, as she details, “…the amazing power of choice.” Melissa fully believes that anyone can do anything that they put their mind to and hopes her audience walks away with a greater appreciation of life and an ‘I can do anything’ attitude.


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