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Carlo Ancelotti is a retired footballer and Italian football manager. He is currently managing Bayern Munich. Ancelotti is the only manager to have won the UEFA Champions League three times and reached four finals (three finals and two victories with Milan, and one victory with Real Madrid). He is also the first manager to have won the FIFA Club World Cup for the European clubs. Ancelotti is regarded as one of the best and most successful managers of all time.
Nicknamed Carletto, Ancelotti played as a midfielder and began his career with Italian club Parma, helping the club to Serie B promotion in 1979. He moved to Roma the following season, where he won a Serie A title and four Coppa Italia titles, and also played for the late 1980s Milan team, with which he won two league titles and two European Cups, among other titles. At international level he played for the Italian national team on 26 occasions, scoring once, and appeared in two FIFA World Cups, finishing in third-place in the 1990 edition of the tournament, as well as UEFA Euro 1988, where he helped his nation to reach the semi-finals.
As a manager, he has worked for Reggiana, Parma, Juventus, Milan, Chelsea, Paris Saint-Germain, Real Madrid and Bayern Munich, and has won domestic titles in Italy, England, France and Spain.
Arsène Wenger started his management career in France with AS Nancy and Monaco from 1981-1994. Then moved to Asia where he was the manager of Nagoya Grampus Eight in 1995/1996, where he won the J-League Super Cup and the Emperor’s Cup, and was voted the J. League Manager of the Year. Since 1996 Wenger has been manager of Arsenal FC and has led them to three Premier League titles, five FA Cups, and five Community Shields. Arsène has also guided the Gunners to the Champions League and the UEFA Cup finals. He was the first coach from outside of the UK to win the Premier League and is, by some distance, the longest serving manager in the Premier League. Arsène has been hailed as the man responsible for changing the philosophy of football played by Arsenal, who under his leadership have adopted an exciting and attacking style of play.
Thomas is one of the most respected executives in football due to his passion and vision for the Falcons, his dynamic drafting and philosophical approach to building a team – and since he joined in 2008, the team has experienced a level of consistency that is unmatched in the team’s 46-year history. After his first season with the Falcons, he was named ‘Executive of the Year’ and again went on to be honoured in 2010. He then helped guide the Falcons to their third consecutive playoff appearance for the first time in franchise history in 2012. Prior to his tenure at the Falcons he was with the New England Patriots between 2002-2007.
Brian has been the General Manager and Senior Vice-President of the New York Yankees for 16 years, having initially joined the organisation as an intern in 1986. The New York Yankees is one of the best known teams in world sport and is the most valuable franchise in the US, with a value of $2.3billion. During Brian’s tenure, the Yankees have won five World Series championships and seven American League pennants. Brian is recognised for piloting the Yankees front office through one of its most successful periods and in 2009 he was selected as MLB Executive of the Year for 2009 by the Boston Chapter of the Baseball Writers’ Association of America.
Former Head Coach
Sir Graham is one of the most successful rugby coaches of all time. Starting out at the Auckland provincial team in 1992, he moved to coach Wales in 1998. It was there that he made his first major mark, leading the team to 11 consecutive wins and becoming the first foreign coach to supervise a British and Irish Lions tour. From 2004 to 2011 he coached the All Blacks, New Zealand’s national team. It was here that he earned his reputation as the person responsible for creating an environment of excellence across the team; transforming them from under achievers, to 2011 Rugby World Cup champions, with an incredible record of 88 wins from 103 tests along the way. Affirming his successes, Sir Graham was knighted in the 2012 New Year Honours for his services to rugby.
Mike was selected by NASA is April 1996. To date he has carried out three spaceflights, and has spent 381 days, 15 hours and 11 minutes in orbit and has logged 48 hours and 37 minutes of extravehicular activity time on 9 spacewalks, making him the American record-holder for the most time spent in space and placing him sixth on the EVA time list. Prior to joining NASA, Mike served in the U.S. Air Force as a flight test engineer, flying in F-16 and F-15 aircraft. In addition to two NASA Distinguished Service Medals and three NASA Spaceflight Medals, he is a recipient of the first International Space Station Leadership Award as well as the Defense Superior Service Medal, Legion of Merit, and Meritorious Service Medals for his military service.
Iain heads up Team GB’s most dominant and successful Olympic programme from Rio 2016. He has been involved with the British Cycling set up for the last four games (Athens, Beijing, London and Rio), so is in the perfect person to discuss not only the success of this year, but also how the programme has progressed since the year 2000. He was previously the sprint coach, and was instrumental in the progression that saw riders such as Sir Chris Hoy, Victoria Pendleton, Jason Kenny and Laura Trott become champions, with the results improving from 4 medals in Sydney 2000, to 12 medals in Rio 2016. In the last couple of years, Iain stepped up to the role of head coach where he developed the vision, structure and environment which would prove hugely successful in maximising the potential of the athletes and their coaches.
Sam Presti is heading into his seventh season with the Thunder after being appointed General Manager in 2007. A year into his tenure with the Thunder, he was promoted to Executive VP. In 2010, Presti was named NBA ‘Executive of the Year’ by The Sporting News and his phenomenal drafting over the years with the Thunder has established the team as arguably one of the top three in the entire NBA. His philosophy that you need more than one star to make a team is reflected in his trading strategy to build a team that is sustainable and one that nurtures young talent.
Executive Vice President of Baseball Operations
Beane turned the identification and recruitment of talented players into a science, famously charted in the best-selling book ‘Moneyball’ and has moulded the A’s into a perennial postseason contender whilst running the club as one of the most cost effective teams in the MLB. Throughout his career Beane has been awarded a number of prestigious honours including; The Sporting News’ Executive of the Year, MLB’s Executive of the Year, and Street & Smith’s Sport Business Journal’s “40 under 40” list. Billy Beane was drafted by the New York Mets in 1980 and spent most of the 1980s in the minor leagues. He played six seasons in the major leagues before joining the management team of the Oakland Athletics in 1990, becoming general manager in 1997. His innovative management style inspired the 2003 book Moneyball, which was made into a film in 2011, starring Brad Pitt as Beane.
Chairman and Chef Patron
A household name in the UK, Raymond Blanc is a self-taught two star Michelin chef and Chairman and Chef Patron, Belmond Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons, the only country house hotel in the UK to have achieved two Michelin stars for a total of 30 years. Restaurants, bakeries, patisseries, hotels and a cookery school are but a few of his achievements, alongside being a best-selling author with his own BBC television series. He was presented with an honorary OBE in 2008 in recognition of his services to the British food industry and received the insignia of Chevalier in the Ordre National de Légion d’Honneur in 2013, for services to agriculture, the highest French decoration.
Chief of Sport Performance
Alan Ashley was named chief of sport performance for the United States Olympic Committee on Sept. 1, 2010, after previously serving as managing director of sport performance since January 2010. In his current role, Ashley oversees the USOC divisions tasked with providing targeted resources and support to the National Governing Bodies, athletes and coaches in pursuit of sustained competitive excellence. These areas include coaching and sport science, sports medicine, international games and sport partnerships. Sport performance is also responsible for the preparation and execution of all Team USA activities related to the Olympic and Paralympic Games.
Ashley joined the USOC after spending 16 years with the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association, where he was a key contributor to the rise of the U.S. ski and snowboard teams, having most recently served as the vice president of athletics. At USSA, Ashley helped manage the coaching, training and organizational structure for six Olympic (alpine, cross-country, nordic combined and freestyle skiing; ski jumping; and snowboarding) and two Paralympic (alpine and cross-country skiing) sports involving 170 elite athletes, 125 elite coaches and administrative staff, 320 USSA clubs, 3,000 club coaches and 16,000 USSA member athletes.
Meg is a screenwriter and producer, and is currently nominated for the Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay for co-writing the script for Pixar’s Inside Out. She also co-wrote the script for The Good Dinosaur and is currently writing the script for the live-action Captain Marvel movie. Story telling is an interesting subject for performance professionals to look at because it gives the opportunity to influence and connect with people, and can prove to be incredibly insightful when identifying how people work and develop. Part of this development relates to the story of emotion, and Meg has the ability to ‘find heroes’ which could relate back to sport where you’re looking to inspire and influence your team or organisation, and get emotional responses from your players or personnel. This can also relate to athletes themselves, a story can make them understand the obstacles and personal development tasks that they must overcome to become successful.
Leon has been in charge of GWS since 2013, and has just led the club to their most successful season finishing 4th on the AFL Ladder and into the Preliminary Finals, where they face the Western Bulldogs this Saturday for a place in the Grand Final. He enjoyed a distinguished playing career between 1990 and 2003, and then moved into assistant coaching roles with the Bulldogs and Hawthorn before taking over the Giants from AFL legend Kevin Sheedy. The Giants are the AFL’s newest team, joining in 2012, so Leon has been part of the project that has seen them progress every year since its existence, improving on and off the field since. When Leon took over, they were the bottom club in the league but has since made a huge improvement jumping from a 27.3% winning record and a 16th place finish to this season winning 72.7% of games and finishing 4th, with a chance of becoming Premiership champions.
Tara Swart is the only leadership coach with a PhD in neuroscience and a successful career as Medical Doctor behind her. This unique combination of experience comes together to create an uncompromising and holistic impact on performance optimisation in businesses globally, and she is passionate about spreading simple, pragmatic neuroscience-based messages that change the way people work. Tara is at the forefront of the application of neuroscience to business and is a published author of a book and over 20 articles in journals of neuroscience and coaching – juggling being a Senior Lecturer at MIT, as well as being CEO of neuroscience consulting company Unlimited Mind.
Adviser to Prime Ministers and Government Ministers
Sir Michael Barber is a British educationist and Chief Education Advisor to Pearson and the Managing Partner of Delivery Associates. He is a world-leading expert on the effectiveness of government, and author of widely acclaimed book How to Run a Government so that Citizens Benefit and Taxpayers Don’t go Crazy. The book draws on his experience as the Chief Advisor to Prime Minister Tony Blair. In 2001, he founded and headed up the Prime Minister’s Delivery Unit, which he ran until 2005, and in this role was responsible for ensuring delivery of the government’s domestic policy priorities across health, education, crime reduction, criminal justice, transport and immigration.
Sir Michael Barber was appointed as non-executive board member at the Ministry of Justice in November 2015. Sir Michael previously served the UK government as Chief Adviser to the Secretary of State for Education on School Standards and as Head of the Prime Minister’s Delivery Unit. In this role was responsible for ensuring delivery of the government’s domestic policy priorities across health, education, crime reduction, criminal justice, transport and immigration. The Delivery Unit he created in Downing Street has since been emulated in many other countries. After leaving government, Sir Michael became Partner at McKinsey & Company where he played a leading role in establishing its public sector practice. Sir Michael joined Pearson in September 2011 as Chief Education Advisor, leading their worldwide programme of efficacy and research. He is Chairman of the Pearson Affordable Learning Fund.
Faculty and Associate Director of Dance
Risa Steinberg, both faculty and Associate Director of Dance at The Juilliard School, has been an active member of the dance community for more than 35 years as a performer, teacher, re-constructor of the works of José Limón, and mentor to young choreographers. She has had the good fortune to travel the world performing and teaching extensively. Former principal dancer with the José Limón Dance Company, Bill Cratty Dance Theater, Annabel Gamson, Anna Sokolow’s Player’s Project, Colin Connor, and American Repertory Dance Company of Los Angeles, Ms. Steinberg has also been a guest artist with choreographers including Wally Cardona, Sean Curran, and DanzaHoy of Caracas, Venezuela. Her solo concert, A Celebration of Dance, featured repertory from Isadora Duncan and Doris Humphrey as well as contemporary choreographers. As a re-constructor of the works of Mr. Limón, Ms. Steinberg has worked with companies and dancers around the world including Nureyev and Friends, Frank Augustyn, Karen Kain, and the Pennsylvania Ballet. She was a dance panelist for the New York State Council on the Arts; presently sits on the Artists Advisory board for Danspace Project at St. Mark’s Church and is on the selection committee of The Bessies. Ms. Steinberg is currently the Choreographic Advisor and Rehearsal Coach for Brian Brooks Moving Company.
Global Head of Culture
Maxine has been a Googler for 10 years now, and now the leads the whole companies strategy for their world renowned culture and environment. Google is led by the values and missions of its employees, and when they hire people it is integral that they fit to the principles that the company set – it’s not just about what you achieve, it’s how you achieve it. She not only looks outward to decide on what the type of person the company should recruit, but also looks inward to scrutinise whether the people who work and lead the company are abiding by the beliefs they have set. All this is really relatable to sport, and the responsibilities will mirror that of a lot of General Managers, Head Coaches and CEO’s – asides from this, Google set the standard when it comes to corporate culture and everyone will be intrigued just how the company, and Maxine in particular, creates it. I intend to put her on a panel discussing talent, and exploring how they draw people into the culture and more importantly what engages them to it, a topical and interesting discussion when it comes to talent acquisition and management.
Chief Innovation Officer
Geoff has over twenty years of experience in technological innovation from conceptual engineering design and development through to sales and business development for both blue chip and start-up companies alike. A mechanical engineer by training his career spanned most branches of engineering from mechanical, aeronautical, civil, chemical and petroleum engineering before changing focus to telecoms, media and entertainment in the Internet boom and has now returned to McLaren Applied Technologies as Managing Director. His current focus in on realising breakthrough’s in performance in fields as diverse as sports, health and wellness, and operations through the application of McLaren Technology and design.
Mountaineer, Climber and Adventurer
Kenton Cool is one of the finest alpine climber of this generation. His accomplishments are staggering. He has summited Everest twelve times. He is the first person in history to climb the three Everest peaks, the so-called Triple Crown, in one climb, a feat previously thought impossible. He was nominated for the prestigious piolet d’Or in 2004 for climbing a previously unclimbed route on Annapurna III. In 2012 he fulfilled the Olympic Games pledge of placing a 1924 gold medal on the Everest summit. He is the only Briton to have skied down two 8000-metre mountains, and in 2009 he guided Sir Ranulph Fiennes to the summit of Everest, helping to raise over £5 million for Marie Curie Cancer Care.
His accomplishments are all the more extraordinary considering an incident in the summer of 1996 which tore Kenton’s world apart. Whilst climbing in Wales, he broke a handhold on a route aptly called ‘Major Headstress’ and fell to the ground with such force that he shattered both his heel bones. Initially told he would never walk unaided again, Kenton spent four weeks in hospital, had three operations, three and a half months in a wheelchair and months of rehab. Today he is still in pain and after a long day in the mountains it’s not uncommon to see him struggling to walk or moving around on his hands and knees. One Man’s Everest explains why he still has the energy and desire for more adventure.
Melissa Painter is the Executive Producer at 5D Global Studio where she helps clients think about the intersections of their industries and emergent technologies. Painter is an award-winning filmmaker who has directed three features, and produced two. Her films have premiered at Sundance, Cannes, The New York Film Festival, SXSW, and Telluride. She was a writing and directing fellow at the Sundance Lab, and a recipient of a Warner Brother Fellowship. She holds a BA from Columbia University in Ancient Greek and an MFA from NYU Tisch School of the Arts in Film. She is co-author of the book Edie Sedgwick, Edie: Girl on Fire. Previously to working at 5D Global Studio, Melissa served as Managing Director of a contemporary dance company, and worked at WONDROS in content strategy and as co-director of short form documentaries for clients such as the NRDC, The Teaching Gardens, Gladstone Institute, The Gates Foundation, The California Endowment, and Columbia Journalism School.
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Technology has always been deeply woven into the world of sports. What’s different today is the ability to make technology more personal and intelligent, so it provides athletes and coaches with customized and real-time data to help teams improve training and performance. Intel is leading this next generation of computing by creating reference designs and complete end-to-end solutions from software to security to hardware that allow customers and partners to develop meaningful & impactful solutions.
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