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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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  • It's Healthy to Update Your Mission

  • There's Opportunity in Everything

  • Corporate Culture, Priorities and Leadership

  • The Importance of Passion and Sustained Innovation

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

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    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

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    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

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    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.