A championship mindset is necessary for successful team leadership. The best experts on this are both professional athletes and business leaders. The abilities they use daily apply universally at work, from always refining their skill and stepping outside of their comfort zone to always keeping their consumers and competition in mind. The motivational sports speakers driving today's top businesses and teams are aware that success requires teamwork. These seasoned sports business speakers cover a wide range of topics, such as overcoming challenges, cooperating as a team, having ambition, and success.
Scott O’Neil is the CEO of the Philadelphia 76ers and New Jersey Devils. After joining the NBA, he worked directly with NBA and WNBA teams to increase revenue and strengthen their franchise brands as the Vice President of Business Operations and Team Consulting. His current responsibilities include providing guidance to NBA, WNBA, and NBA Development League teams on all business operations. He is regarded as one of the best and brightest sports executives in the industry and has made significant contributions to the league and the sports industry as a whole.
Masai Ujiri is the general manager of the NBA's Toronto Raptors. In Europe, Ujiri played professionally for six years before calling it quits in 2002. Once Ujiri met David Thorpe at an NBA summer league game, Thorpe introduced him to college coaches. Ujiri first worked as a youth coach in Nigeria before joining the Orlando Magic as an unpaid scout. After that, Ujiri was employed as a global scout, and in 2008, he was appointed general manager of the Toronto Raptors.
Cynt Marshall has spent her life breaking down barriers, particularly when it comes to moving up the corporate ladder. In 2018, she became the first female black CEO in the NBA when the Dallas Mavericks hired her after a 36-year career with AT&T. As Senior Vice President of Human Resources and Chief Diversity Officer at AT&T, Marshall developed the company's diversity and inclusion culture. She formerly served as the president of AT&T North Carolina, where she also made history by being the first black chair to lead the North Carolina State Chamber of Commerce.
Donna Orender is a sports executive and former collegiate and professional basketball player. Following her basketball career, she accepted a position as a production assistant at ABC Sports, after which she accepted a similar position at the Sports Channel. Orender worked for the PGA Tour for 17 years until being promoted to senior vice president of strategic development in the commissioner's office in 2001. She was appointed president of the WNBA in 2005, and during the following five years, she set out to transform the league with a strong emphasis on branding, relationship development, and marketing. Orender achieved recognition as the seventh most influential woman in sports in 2005.
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