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Pau Gasol      

Power Forward, The Chicago Bulls; Five-Time NBA All-Star; Member of the 2009 and 2010 NBA Championship Los Angeles Lakers

Pau Gasol is a Spanish professional basketball player for the Los Angeles Lakers of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He is a four-time All-Star, and a three-time All-NBA selection, once on the second team and twice on the third team. He has won two NBA championships, both with the Lakers. He was the NBA Rookie of the Year in 2002 with the Memphis Grizzlies.

Gasol was selected by the Atlanta Hawks with the third overall pick in the first round of the 2001 NBA Draft, but his rights were traded to Memphis. He currently holds the Grizzlies franchise records for field goals made and attempted, free throws made and attempted, offensive, defensive, and total rebounds, blocked shots, turnovers, and points. After seven seasons with the team, Gasol was traded to the Lakers in 2008. His younger brother, Marc, was sent to the Grizzlies in the deal. Gasol has won two Olympic silver medals with the Spanish national basketball team.


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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.

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