Chambers Lecture Series
The Chambers Lecture Series was established through the generosity of Norman C. Chambers MBA’82 and Monever Chambers. Norm’s vision for the Lecture Series was to bring students, alumni, and the greater Boston College community into direct contact with today’s leaders. From all walks of life, these speakers offer and inside look at how to remain ethical and driven in a modern society. Prominent Chambers guests have included Jessica Long, US Paralympic swimmer and Tom Brokaw, American Television Journalist.
Tuesday, October 28, 2014
George Bodenheimer is an ESPN and cable industry pioneer serving as executive chairman, ESPN, Inc. from January, 2012 through May, 2014 where he provided strategic direction for ESPN’s global business. Prior to becoming executive chairman he served as the company’s longest-tenured president (13 years, 1998-2012) where he led an unprecedented period of global growth. He also oversaw all multimedia sports assets of The Walt Disney Company from March 3, 2003 – December 31, 2011 and was co-chairman, Disney Media Networks from April 20, 2004 – December 31, 2011.
Bodenheimer’s path to leadership mirrors that of ESPN itself—with his sharp focus on creativity and cutting-edge innovation, always enhancing value for sports fans and ESPN’s business partners, and his conviction for teamwork. He believes ESPN’s culture is the company’s strategic advantage. As president, he viewed his primary role as working hard to preserve and enhance that culture while emphasizing career development for all of ESPN’s people. Consistent and substantive growth defined Bodenheimer’s tenure as president, leading to unprecedented success. His leadership style was simple but effective: empower all employees to proactively take charge of their careers and to base decisions on the company’s stated mission: “Serve Sports Fans. Anytime. Anywhere.” He launched a company priority process that engaged all employees to drive business initiatives. His vision created a vibrant, innovative workplace.
Throughout his career, Bodenheimer’s contributions were integral to ESPN’s success. His business initiatives were designed with one goal in mind—to bring greater value to all of ESPN’s constituents: affiliates, advertisers, rights holders and ultimately consumers. While president, his vision led to company and industry-leading innovations in integrated sales and marketing, original programming, acquisitions and new technologies.
Senator Olympia Snowe
Former U.S. Senator from Maine and Representative in the U.S. House of Representatives
Col. Art Athens
Director, Stockdale Center for Ethical Leadership, United States Naval Academy