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Pau Gasol      

NBA Power Forward, Two-Time NBA Championship Winner, UNICEF Ambassador

Pau Gasol is a Spanish professional basketball player who last played for the Milwaukee Bucks of the National Basketball Association. He is a six-time NBA All-Star and a four-time All-NBA team selection. Gasol has won two NBA championships, both with the Los Angeles Lakers. He was the NBA Rookie of the Year in 2002 with the Memphis Grizzlies, being the first non-American player to have won that award.

Internationally, Gasol has won a FIBA World Cup title, three EuroBasket titles, two Olympic silver medals, and an Olympic bronze medal with the Spanish national basketball team. Gasol was named MVP of the 2006 FIBA World Cup, and MVP of the 2009 and 2015 FIBA EuroBasket.

In 2003 he was named a UNICEF ambassador, and since then has repeatedly taken part in different campaigns. Gasol has worked in support of infant survival and for the rights of children in other African countries as well as in campaigns against malnutrition in the Horn of Africa.

In December 2010 he took part, along with other NBA stars, in We Are Bigger Than Aids, a campaign against the HIV virus.

In September of 2018, after the publication of his book "Bajo el aro" Gasol said that in spite of not being a doctor he tries to use his public profile to help others. In July 2019 he was named Global Champion for Nutrition and Zero Childhood Obesity by UNICEF Global.

Speech Topics


Resist and Persist

Experience and hardship are often related to how one leads. Sharing his personal experience with the audience, five-time NBA All-Star and three-time All-NBA selection Pau Gasol motivates audience members to set goals and stick to them in order to reach the highest levels of success. Addressing a wide variety of human characteristics such as curiosity, responding to stress under pressure and what it means to lead by example, Gasol explores the qualities he believes shape the survival and overall success of a leader. Catered to suit the needs of your audience, attendees will be captivated and take away new, thought-provoking insights on leadership and perseverance in this engaging presentation.

Seek Balance and Find It

For any organization to thrive and succeed, the members that make up that organization must thrive and succeed within their own individual lives. However, Pau Gasol knows that achieving a healthy life balance in a complex and ever-changing world is not always an easy feat. As a current member of the Chicago Bulls and a highly decorated and accomplished professional athlete in the NBA, Gasol has learned imperative lessons about the danger of excess in daily life, including that of training, pressure and money. Having developed a passion for health and finding balance among the mind, body and soul, Gasol and his brother began the Gasol Foundation and are dedicated to motivating and empowering people to live healthier, happier lives. Able to explore topics from the effects of poor employee wellness on an organization’s bottom line, to the importance of educating children about proper health and fitness, Gasol shares the specific tools and resources he uses to remain balanced and healthy in his own life. In this enlightening and inspiring presentation, he encourages and motivates audience members to make a commitment to not give in to the siren calls of excess that they face in their own lives

The New Leadership

A current member of the Chicago Bulls and a former member of both the Los Angeles Lakers (2008–2014) and the Memphis Grizzlies (2001–2008), Pau Gasol provides fascinating and unique perceptions on what it takes to a ignite team spirit and on the responsibility that comes with powerful leadership. The second Spanish player to ever join the NBA and the first Spaniard chosen to play an NBA All-Star Game, Gasol walks through his personal evolution of becoming a leader in the public eye both on the basketball court and off. He offers insights on the importance of finding a role alongside other leaders within an organization as well as the tools needed to maximize strengths and create winning teams. Exploring the need for leaders to have a vision, being able to forge relationships and having the courage to make tough decisions, audience members take away a deep understanding of what Gasol believes are the keys to great leadership in this informative and thought-provoking presentation.

News


Pau Gasol names baby after Kobe Bryant's daughter

Pau Gasol and his wife Catherine have named their newborn baby after the daughter of former Lakers teammate Kobe Bryant.

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