Pau Gasol
Power Forward, San Antonio Spurs
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Pau Gasol is a Spanish professional basketball player who plays for the San Antonio Spurs. In 2001, he became the second Spanish player ever to join the NBA, and in 2006, he was the first Spaniard chosen to play an All-Star Game in Houston. He was also the first to classify for the playoffs with the Memphis Grizzlies in 2003–2004 and to win the NBA’s championship (twice, with the Los Angeles Lakers in 2008–09 and 2009–10).

Gasol was selected by the Atlanta Hawks with the third overall pick in the first round of the 2011 NBA Draft but his rights were traded to Memphis.

He became the first non-American player to become the NBA’s Rookie of the Year in 2002 with the Memphis Grizzlies.

From a very young age, Gasol had a passion for children’s health. His mother was a doctor and his father a hospital administrator who both practiced at home what they preached at work: healthy kids lead to happy families, who then, together, contribute to successful communities. The Gasols had regular access to and were educated on the importance of physical activity, healthy food and emotional security. Some of Pau’s fondest family memories were moments spent together actively living a healthy lifestyle.  As part of the Gasol Foundation, he strives to do everything he can to ensure that same level of access and enjoyment for today’s global youth.

Currently, the Gasol Foundation provides health and wellness outreach and enrichment education directly benefitting both children and parents. Gasol looks forward to casting continued light on important health and wellness issues through future philanthropic partnerships and the work of the Gasol Foundation.

Speech Topics

  • The New Leadership
    A current member of the San Antonio Spurs and a former member of the Chicago Bulls (2014-2016), 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.
  • 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 San Antonio Spurs 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.
  • Resist and Persist
    Experience and hardship are often related to how one leads. Sharing his personal experience with the audience, six-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.   
Official Site: San Antonio Spurs
Official Site: Gasol Foundation
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