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Terry Francona    

Manager of the MLB's Cleveland Indians; Former Manager of the Boston Red Sox & 2-Time World Series Champion

Terry Francona defied history by leading the Boston Red Sox to their first World Series Championship in 86 years. After rebounding from a 0-3 deficit and defeating the arch-rival New York Yankees in the American League Championship Series, the Red Sox swept the St. Louis Cardinals, four games to none, in the 2004 World Series. He once again helped lead the Red Sox to the 2007 World Series title with a 4-0 sweep of the Colorado Rockies.

Francona's major league managerial career began in 1997 with the Philadelphia Phillies, where he worked for four seasons. In 2004, the Red Sox hired Francona to manage their club and he led the team to a 98-64 record in 2004, the second-best record in the American League behind the division-rival Yankees. Under Francona's leadership, the club jelled in the second half and was the hottest team in baseball after the All-Star break.

Currently the manager of the Cleveland Indians, Terry Francona shares with audiences the successful coaching and leadership methods that brought his team, a self-described "bunch of idiots," all the way to World Series victory in 2004. Using techniques culled from his many years as a player and a major-league coach, Francona shares his game plan for success. Through leadership, persistence, and teamwork, he shows audiences that no obstacle is too difficult to overcome. Francona is experienced at bringing out the best in every individual on his team and working to overcome adversity by keeping all focused and believing in one goal: success.

Speech Topics

Making It Happen

Leadership, Persistence & Teamwork


Indians manager Terry Francona won't quit baseball, healthy or not

Terry Francona's legs are rapidly rocking back and forth. He reaches for a pencil on his desk, and starts softly jabbing his right leg, over and over, as if a little ...

Indians' Terry Francona will not manage in All-Star Game

Cleveland Indians manager Terry Francona will not manage the American League in Tuesday's All-Star Game after he underwent a heart procedure to address ...

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