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Bob Tuschman  

Veteran Television Executive

As SVP/GM of Food Network, Bob led the Food Network’s programming team for 18 years. His creative leadership helped turn Food Network from a little viewed niche channel into a Top Ten cable network, a billion dollar brand and an international media powerhouse, whose programming is now seen in more than 150 countries. He oversaw the development and launch of hundreds of television series, including such mass hits as Chopped, Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives, Cutthroat Kitchen, Cupcake Wars, Food Network Star and Next Iron Chef His programming has collectively earned 119 Emmy nominations and taken home 31 Emmys. He discovered and developed such iconic stars as Rachael Ray, Giada De Laurentiis and Guy Fieri. Bob has been a familiar on-camera presence, having served as a judge and mentor for 11 seasons of Food Network Star, the network’s #1 rated series.

Prior to working at Food Network, Bob was a Producer for ABC News, filing stories from across the country and around the world for Good Morning America and primetime news hours. His acumen for spotting and developing talent was honed working as an agent for actors and directors in New York, early in his career. But it all started when he spent two years working as the personal assistant to Diana Ross.

Bob graduated from Princeton University with a degree in Public and International Affairs. He also completed the Program in Cable Executive Management at The Harvard Business School.

Speech Topics

Success for the Next Generation of Leaders: How To Have The Career - and Life - Of Your Dreams

How will you succeed at creating an authentic life with success in your chosen field? When you’re just starting out, trying to break into a tough career field can seem like an impossible task. But you can always find a way. Bob has conquered some of the toughest fields in the country, having risen to the top of television, entertainment and news. And this nice boy from Cleveland has kept his midwestern warmth, humor and ease while climbing to the top.

Mixing motivational stories with practical advice, Bob will show you: How to identify and get started on the great work of your life, how to ace your job interviews, how to insure promotions, the three things employers never want to hear, how to turn failure into success and why the accidents that knock you off your ladder should be ones you most welcome. No matter what field you want to get into, these are the practical and inspirational rules you need to know. Here’s your invitation to live an extraordinary, authentic and successful life.

How to Inspire Creativity: 8 Rules to Maximize the Creative Potential of Your Team

Every business relies on the creativity of its employees to come up with new products, new solutions and new pathways to growth. But creating the right environment, culture and methods to maximize creativity in a bottom line world can be elusive. In this inspiring and motivational talk, Bob will share the lessons gleaned from nearly two decades of leading the creative team behind Food Network’s transformation into a Top Ten Network, an international powerhouse, a billion dollar brand, and the recipient of 119 Emmy nominations. While sharing behind the scenes stories on the development of the network’s most popular hits and stars, Bob will show you the rules you need to know to lead any creative team to success.

Topics include: The secret to making a hit, What to do when your pipeline is empty, The myth of the solitary genius, Why the best leaders are not who you’d expect, and how to inspire creativity even if you’re not creative.

How to Build a Billion Dollar Brand: The FOOD NETWORK Story

Food Network hit the air in 1993 with only 2 shows, a handful of viewers and cable operators who wouldn’t pay a dime for it. Today it is one of cable’s most watched and most loved networks with programming seen in more 150 countries and a billion dollar brand that inspires deep consumer passion. With fun behind-the-scenes looks at the stars and programming of everyone’s favorite network, you’ll learn how a power brand emerged from unlikely beginnings and receive takeaway for anyone who has a dream to explode their own small business.

Topics include: Identifying and developing talent, building a dream team, secrets to a happy workforce, inspiring creativity, creating passionate consumer relationships, why focus groups don’t work, and negotiating downturns.

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