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

Expertise In:

  • Leadership
  • Motivation
  • Professional Achievement
  • Personal Growth and Achievement
  • Innovation

Audience & Industry

  • Associations
  • Board Meetings and Executive Briefings
  • Colleges and Universities
  • Corporations
  • Sales Professionals

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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George Bodenheimer's Speech Topics

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 engages audiences in an enjoyable and highly informative discussion on a wide range of 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. 

Business Consulting from George Bodenheimer: Encouraging a Culture that Puts People at the Center of its Mission

Bringing in a business consultant can challenge you and your organization to think differently about your business. Whether you are a new leader seeking a renewed vision for your company or a seasoned C-Suite executive exploring new trends in the marketplace, they provide the deep, strategic insights and much-needed perspective to help you make confident and profitable decisions.

George Bodenheimer led ESPN for three decades, focusing on enhancing creativity and cutting-edge innovation. Drawing on leadership insights gained from his extraordinary career, he will coach your executive leadership team on how to emulate the same inventive spirit that propelled ESPN’s meteoric rise. Having achieved astounding global growth and success by encouraging a culture that puts people at the center of its mission, Bodenheimer will help you create or mold your existing business model to achieve growth in a hyper-competitive business environment.

His advisory topics include:

  • Building Effective Teams
  • Improving Corporate Culture
  • Leading Organizational Change

Works by George Bodenheimer