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Shaquille O'Neal            

15-Time NBA All-Star Player, Media Personality, Entrepreneur & Philanthropist

Few individuals ever become iconic enough to be known by one name—Shaq. A revered cultural icon, Shaquille O’Neal is best known for an NBA career spanning nearly two decades and earning him the sport’s highest honors, including membership in the NBA Hall of Fame. The four-time NBA Champion, 15-time NBA All Star and three-time NBA Finals MVP has been named one of the most influential athletes by Forbes magazine, in addition to being the highest ranked NBA athlete on Nielsen’s State of the Media: Year in Sports 2010 and Business Week’s Power Sports 100.

But Shaquille O’Neal isn’t only a legendary athlete; he has also established himself as a powerful media personality and businessman over the years. Ranked among ‘‘The 100 Most Creative People in Business’’ in 2012 by Fast Company magazine, O’Neal is currently an NBA analyst on TNT’s Emmy-award winning show, Inside the NBA on TNT.

In addition to being an early investor in companies such as Google, O’Neal has managed an increasingly robust personal brand. The first verified celebrity account on Twitter, O’Neal announced his NBA retirement via Tout, the social media app that allowed users to tape 15-second video statuses. O'Neal has released four rap albums, with his first, Shaq Diesel, going platinum. He is also an electronic music producer, and touring DJ, known as DIESEL. He has appeared in numerous films and has starred in his own reality shows, Shaq's Big Challenge and Shaq Vs.. He hosts The Big Podcast with Shaq. He became a minority owner of the Sacramento Kings in 2013 and is the general manager of Kings Guard Gaming of the NBA 2K League.

Speech Topics


From Shaquille O'Neal to Shaq: Creating, Selling and Growing the Ultimate Brand

With a jewelry line, comedy tour and a bestselling sneaker line -- Shaquille O'Neal achieved all of those things outside of the basketball court, where he first made his mark. Over the last two decades, the 15-time NBA All Star has established a nearly unrivaled personal brand. Senior editor at Forbes Kurt Badenhausen deemed O'Neal a "marketing visionary" who "broke new ground through his career off-the-court," particularly in the world of technology, as "one of the first athletes to embrace social media." Most recently adding television analyst to his impressive repertoire, Shaq is the epitome of a modern Renaissance Man and an expert on growing a revolutionary brand. In this interactive speech and discussion, Shaq shares his personal insights into building and expanding not just a memorable brand -- but an iconic one.

What Is Your Leadership Style?

What is the most important achievement of 15-time NBA All Star Shaquille O'Neal's career? Earning his doctorate, for which he incidentally made history as the first person in the 'Top 50 NBA Players of All Time' to do so. Toward his degree in Organizational Learning and Leadership, Dr. O'Neal interviewed top CEOs and business leaders to learn when and how they incorporated humor into the workplace as part of their leadership styles. In his interactive talks, he shares the insights he learned from leaders at such companies as Pepsi, Reebok, Starbucks, Apple and Carnival Cruise Lines and how this research changed his leadership style in managing his own business empire.

News


Shaquille O'Neal to Be Inducted Into San Antonio Sports Hall of Fame
Shaquille O'Neal: How My Family Helped Me Go from a 'Medium ...

Retired NBA superstar Shaquille O'Neal tells PEOPLE about the importance of mentorship, education and parenting.

Shaquille O'Neal says he and Kobe Bryant could have won six titles ...

Shaquille O'Neal believes if he and Kobe Bryant could've stayed together on the same team, they would've tied Michael Jordan's title total.

Shaquille O'Neal Joins Florida Cop to Surprise Kids in Viral Pick-Up ...

Three-time NBA Finals MVP Shaquille O'Neal was humbled by the officer's reaction to the boys and went to the police station on Saturday to surprise Officer  ...

Shaquille O'Neal scores a two-house compound outside of Atlanta ...

The Big Aristotle has found himself a big slice of the Peach State. Retired professional basketball player turned television analyst Shaquille O'Neal has bought ...

Shaquille O'Neal Chicken-Restaurant Reality Show Ordered for ...

Facebook has picked up a new reality series starring NBA legend Shaquille O' Neal for its video service Facebook Watch. "Big Chicken Shaq" will chronicle ...

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