145 – Eve Wright Taylor: Vice President and Associate General Counsel for the Miami HEAT

Eve Wright 010aEve Wright has never been the kind of woman to wait for opportunities—in business or in her personal life. This big-picture thinking, calculated risk-taking executive learned the hard way that, with her goals, she would have to create opportunities rather than wait for them.

It’s a philosophy that’s navigated Wright’s successful career in one of the most male-dominated industries in the world— professional sports. And she did it without compromising her personal style or femininity.

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Wright hadn’t even reached 35 when she earned a top spot as Vice President and Associate General Counsel for the Miami HEAT—arguably the hottest professional sports franchise in the world. She is a relatively young executive who’s enjoyed a meteoric rise through the ranks of Corporate America and the professional sports world.

Her track record of success ranges from the corporate law firm setting to the Ladies Professional Golf Association (LPGA) and the Member Team of the National Basketball Association. Wright’s message has captivated audiences large and small (male and female), at forums that have ranged from the American Bar Association to The Golf Channel and the Super Bowl.

In her position at the Miami HEAT and the AmericanAirlines Arena (Arena), Ms. Wright advises on a wide variety of legal issues pertaining to marketing and promotions, concerts and events, corporate sales, merchandising initiatives and player- related matters.

Ms. Wright counts the drafting and negotiation of corporate and marketing partnership agreements, on behalf of the Miami HEAT and the Arena, with American Express, American Airlines, Bacardi, Comcast, Nike, Gatorade, Hublot, Kia, Verizon, Anheuser-Busch, Pepsi, Hewlett Packard, Office Depot, Miller Coors, FedEx Corporation, United Healthcare, Adidas, Blue Cross Blue Shield, Sony Electronics and T-Mobile, to name a few, among her accomplishments in her current capacity. With respect to Arena event operations, she regularly negotiates agreements for the staging of concerts and events (including Lady Gaga, Sade, Celine Dion, Usher, Justin Bieber, Hannah Montana/Miley Cyrus, Taylor Swift, Jay-Z, Kanye West, Alicia Keys, Marc Anthony, WWE, Cirque du Soleil, Disney on Ice, Latin Grammy Awards, SOBE Wine & Food Festival and NFL Players Association, among many others) as well as for movie and television location shoots. Ms. Wright has also negotiated media rights acquisition and production partnerships for regional radio distribution of Miami HEAT basketball games and ancillary programming as well as technology initiatives for both the team and the Arena with respect to websites, social networking platforms and the development of smart phone applications and programming.

Ms. Wright previously served as the Senior Director of Business Affairs for the Ladies Professional Golf Association (LPGA), a non-profit corporation that promotes women’s golf through the LPGA Tour and LPGA Teaching and Club Professional memberships. As Senior Director of Business Affairs, she developed sports marketing opportunities for corporate sponsors to leverage their affiliation with the LPGA in order to reach their target markets; presented strategies to activate golf association relationships and identified strategic brand extension and revenue generation opportunities. Additionally, Ms. Wright managed the LPGA’s international trademark portfolio and retail licensing business.

Among her successes at the LPGA, Ms. Wright served as lead counsel and managed a litigation team to the successful resolution of an intellectual property dispute spanning 5 countries. She also negotiated wireless platform, new media agreements and other programming distribution arrangements as well as provided legal advice regarding domestic and international television production and distribution agreements with ESPN, TWI, SBS and The Golf Channel. With respect to corporate partnerships, Ms. Wright negotiated and drafted international promotion and licensing agreements with corporate sponsors and advertising agencies, including State Farm, ADT, Schick for its “Intuition and Xtreme3” brands, Anheuser-Busch, MasterCard, MBNA (now known as Bank of America) and IMG among others.

During her tenure with the LPGA, Wright also served as the Senior Director of Legal Affairs and Director of Legal Affairs for the LPGA. In those positions, she was involved in several facets of the organization, including corporate governance, LPGA tournament contracts; sponsorship, licensing and retail merchandising initiatives; all legal matters related to LPGA.com; trademark management and foreign trademark prosecution; and television broadcast initiatives. Wright also provided legal advice regarding advertising campaigns, sweepstakes and other LPGA promotions. She is also a former associate in the Minneapolis, Minnesota office of Fredrikson & Byron, P.A. in the E-Business and Corporate Transactions groups, where she practiced primarily in the areas of intellectual property, corporate governance and e- business law.

She speaks regularly on sports, licensing, sponsorship, corporate governance and diversity issues. Among others, Ms. Wright has lectured at conferences and seminars sponsored by the American Bar Association, National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA), the Association of Corporate Counsel (ACC), Bryan Cave LLP, Corporate Counsel Women of Color Conference, Why Not Sports Symposium for Super Bowl XLIV in addition to multiple college and law schools, including University of Miami, Case Western, Indiana University and Florida A&M University. She has also been featured in various publications, including the Black Enterprise, Success Magazine, Legacy Magazine, African-American Golfer’s Digest, the Atlanta Tribune, the Atlanta Post, The DePauw magazines, and on The Golf Channel television network.

Ms. Wright has received several awards, among, them Sports Business Journal’s Forty Under 40 Award; Black Enterprise Magazine’s 40 Under 40; The Thurgood Marshall Fund Distinguished Young Leader Award; Executive 50 Award and the National Bar Association’s 40 Under 40 Nations Best Advocates. An avid supporter of community development initiatives, Ms. Wright has served in various capacities on the boards of regional civic organizations, including the Board of Directors for Black Entertainment and Sports Lawyers Association and Advisory Board for the Corporate Counsel Women of Color. She is currently a member of the ACC professional organization and on the Board of Directors of USA Track & Field.

About Eve’s Book: Life at the Speed of Passion

Life is a contact sport, and no one knows that better than Eve Wright, a dynamic professional sports executive, entrepreneur, and mother. But asLife at the Speed of Passion
our world grows increasingly complex, competitive, and confusing, life becomes less about the luxury of doing what we want and the necessity of doing what we must.

But it doesn’t have to be that way. Life at the Speed of Passion will revolutionize the way you think about what your life looks like, what you do for a living…and why you do it. Through her meteoric rise in the corporate and sports worlds, Eve has learned to master the craft of confident decision-making while blending it with personal integrity to create a life more passionate and purposeful than she ever imagined.

Life at the Speed of Passion will help you:

  • Focus on what really matters to you.
  • Cut the emotional and professional “fat” out of your life.
  • Streamline your personal and professional decision-making process.
  • Learn how to trust your instincts–and act on them with confidence!

144 – Tyler Wagner: Serial Entrepreneur, Best Selling Author of “Conference Crushing”

Tyler WagnerTyler grew up with more energy and passion than most people knew how to handle. As a kid, his vitality was contagious and he freely spread his energy and optimism. Tyler continuously found ways to push his limits as far as he could, and he refused to take the “normal path” and sit on the sidelines of his own life.

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When he was a sophomore at The University of South Carolina, he started his own painting business with Young Entrepreneurs Across America. The year after that, he took on the role of mentoring five students, teaching them how to run their own successful businesses. It became apparent that helping others and showing them a different way to be “successful” was his passion. Giving others the energy and happiness to create their own path was his yellow brick road.

After this, Tyler took a leap of faith and moved to Canada to intern under Jayson Gaignard (Founder of MastermindTalks). He helped to put on multiple conferences, events, and retreats. There he learned what made an exceptional conference that delivered the most value to all of its attendees from the best of the best.

Tyler now speaks to and consults with students, businesses, and entrepreneurs across the country, teaching them the lessons he’s learned on crushing conferences, expanding networks, and nurturing relationships. He also helped to create the #1 Career Guides and Creativity book Breaking Out Of A Broken System.

About Tyler’s Book: “Conference Crushing”

Anyone can benefit from better networking skills, and Conference Crushing provides you with 17 highly effective skills you can put to work for building better relationships and growing a wider, stronger network.
Whether you’re a student trying to land a job, an entrepreneur trying to grow your business or someone who just needs a wider circle of influential people in their life, Conference Crushing is the tool you need.

This book has three power-packed sections of actions you can take before, during and after each networking event to ensure your success increases exponentially.

The reality is, none of us were ever taught how to succeed at these events. No one sits you down to explain how it works, and you certainly don’t learn this in any college course.

In this practical, easy-to-read and action-oriented book, Tyler Wagner explains how you can become more successful and grow your network by attending networking events the correct way.

By drawing examples from his time as a student, entrepreneur, and years of coaching, he shows the reader how to maximize their networking skills in a conference setting and in their everyday life.

143 – Mark Merrill: Founder & President of “Family First”; Co-Founder of “All Pro Dad” with Tony Dungy

mark merrillMark Merrill is the founder and president of Family First, a widely respected national non-profit organization dedicated to strengthening the family. Family First promotes principles for building marriages and raising children through three successful programs.

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All Pro Dad helps men become better fathers through NFL seminars, school-based All Pro Dad’s Days, and AllProDad.com. Its newest initiative, iMOM, and resource rich website, iMOM.com, provide mothers of all ages with information, ideas and encouragement to help them grow wise, healthy, purpose-minded, relationally-focused children.

Mark is the host of the Family Minute with Mark Merrill, a national daily radio program that reaches 2,400,000 people each week. The broadcast is heard on mainstream stations in 32 states, as well as Canada, XM and SIRIUS Satellite Radio and American Forces Network. He has appeared on numerous ABC, CBS, FOX and NBC network affiliates and network radio programs including NPR, CBS Radio and the Canadian Broadcasting Network. His comments and writings have appeared in many publications including USA Today, the Washington Times and Sports Illustrated.

As an energetic advocate for the family, Mark speaks at conferences and events for companies such as Chick-fil-A, JPMorganChase, and Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines. He also speaks at major events hosted by NFL teams, and at special engagements for dignitaries like First Lady Laura Bush and Governor Jeb Bush.

Before founding Family First in 1991, Mark practiced law in Florida for seven years. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree as a Phi Beta Kappa in 1981 and his Juris Doctor degree from the University of Florida.

About Mark’s Book: “All Pro Dad: Seven Essentials to Be a Hero to Your Kid”All Pro Dad

Dads, do you want to be a hero to your kids? A go-to coach for your teens? A husband your wife knows she can count on? All Pro Dad lays out a game plan built on seven essential fathering truths and ultra-practical insights for the questions every dad needs answered at some point. Like football, fatherhood is about winning. But it’s more than just scoring points. It’s about winning the hearts and minds of your children and leaving a rich legacy of love for future generations.

With gut-level “huddle” questions to ask your children, and firsthand stories from well-recognized dads (CBS broadcaster James “JB” Brown, Chick-Fil-A founder and CEO S. Truett Cathy, Grammy Award–winning recording artist Michael W. Smith, FedEx Express COO and president, international, Michael Ducker, and more), All Pro Dad will stir you, equip you, and inspire you toward the goal of being a champion father and a hero to your kids.



142 – Derek Lidow: Globally successful CEO, innovator, and entrepreneur; Author of “Startup Leadership”

DerekLidow-500pxDerek Lidow is a longtime global CEO, innovator and startup coach. He is widely-known as one of the world’s top experts on the electronics industry; his contributions range from patents to value chain applications that have forever improved companies as diverse as Sony, Samsung, Philips, Goldman Sachs and IBM. Among his many accomplishments, Derek a successful entrepreneur who built iSuppli, a leading market research firm. In 2010 he sold his company for $100 million to global information leader IHS.

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Today, Derek is giving back by teaching; Entrepreneurial Leadership and Creativity, Innovation and Design at Princeton and by working with young companies and aspiring entrepreneurs.

He is a media commentator; Lidow’s coverage to date includes The New York TimesWall Street JournalBusinessWeekForbesBloombergThe EconomistNikkeiReuters, and Taipei Times as well as many top bloggers.

Derek’s degrees come from Princeton and Stanford where he earned a PhD in applied physics as a Hertz Foundation Fellow. He is based in New York City and Princeton, NJ.

About The Book

Why do so many entrepreneurs found innovative enterprises, only to find themselves failing as leaders once the business gets off the ground? Because, according to Derek Lidow,startup-leadership-3d being an entrepreneur is fundamentally different from being a business leader.

An entrepreneur’s goal is making his or her vision a reality—a basically selfish, though beneficial, act. A leader, on the other hand, focuses on others, forging individuals with differing wants, needs, and visions into a winning team. In Startup Leadership, entrepreneur and professor Derek Lidow outlines exactly how one can balance these two opposing natures and provides you with the skills and tools to become an Entrepreneurial Leader.

  • Based on Lidow’s popular and well-respected course at Princeton University
  • Developed out of extensive research and real-world experience
  • Distills Lidow’s insights into best practices for growing with the company you created
  • Prepares to avoid the unseen traps that trip up many entrepreneurs

With a unique approach based on extensive research and real-world application, Startup Leadership is a roadmap for innovators who seek to become Entrepreneurial Leaders who can successfully lead their team, enterprise, and themselves to lasting success.

141 – Peter Docker: Leadership & “Start With Why” Culture Expert

Peter-Docker-ProfilePeter Docker is passionate about enabling others to be extraordinary. Inspired by Simon Sinek’s theory of The Golden Circle, Peter works to help individuals and organisations harness the power of Why. The result is extraordinary cultures and sustainable high performance.

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He illustrates his insights by drawing on examples from his previous flying, military, and industry career to explain principles that can be applied in any business. A leadership consultant and executive coach, Peter’s commercial experience extends across Europe, Middle East and Africa, North America, India, and the Far East. He has engaged at senior levels with several of the world’s largest companies, developing an understanding of many industries including oil and gas, construction, mining, pharmaceuticals, healthcare, banking, and aviation.

A former senior Royal Air Force officer and professional pilot, Peter has been a Force Commander during combat flying operations and has seen service across the world. A seasoned crisis manager, his multi-faceted career has encompassed being an international negotiator for the UK Government; leading an aviation training and standards organisation; teaching post-graduates at the UK’s Defence College; flying the late Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher around the world; and leading multi-billion dollar international procurement projects.

Peter is now dedicated to sharing his insights into how human beings operate, communicate and relate, specialising in organisational culture and leadership. Partnering with the “Start With Why” team since 2011, Peter works with organisations on longer-term engagements, delivers master classes at universities, and is a regular contributor to Simon Sinek’s blog and podcast series.

Peter’s Website: Why Not Unlimited