Upcoming Event: Pivotal Plays | The Playmaker Accolades. Recognizing Leaders Who Inspire Everyday Good.
Launched in 2011, The Pivotal Plays® Leadership Awards Series is an awards and recognition program honoring individuals and organizations that work hard to turn challenges into winning results. This program aims to highlight and applaud these “Good.Seekers,” who strive to impact their workplace and community, and encourage them to share their stories to inspire others. This talk-show style event and cocktail reception allows attendees to hear guests share stories on the everyday good things that people do to inspire, motivate, and drive them as leaders.
Our moderator, Julie Donaldson, Anchor, Comcast SportsNet will explore views on building high-performing teams and organizational cultures where everyday good is applauded and positivity is contagious.
This year, our honored guests who inspire everyday good are Joe Theismann (Entrepreneur, sports anchor, and former D.C. star Quarterback), Steve Mariotti (Founder, Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship), and Dr. Kurt Newman, MD (President & CEO, Children’s National Medical Center).
Why recognize these Good.Seekers?
“It’s a cyclical thing,” stated Kara Johnson, Director of Development, Network For Teaching Entrepreneurship DC Region (NFTE), “you tell these stories and recognition and awareness is brought to an issue or an organization and that organization is better able to do what they do best, and make an impact in the lives of children. And who knows what the kids who are in NFTE classes today will be 20 years down the line? They could very well be the next generation of playmakers. I think it’s a great circle in terms of how the missions and the focus and the purpose relate.”
Join Pivotal Plays at The Playmaker Accolades as we explore what inspires and motivates leaders to do every good and keep the cycle going. Different points of view from industry leaders and a program you do not want to miss! Register here: http://playmakeraccolades-PivotalPlaysblog.eventbrite.com
Tuesday, November 5
USA Today’s Gannett Center
7950 Jones Branch Drive
McLean, Virginia 22107
4:30 – 5:00 | Welcome Reception (Registration, Cocktails & Networking)
5:15 – 6:15 | Main Program
6:15 – 8:00 | Reception (Networking, Heavy Hors d’oeuvres & Cocktails)
Who Should Attend? Anyone interested in:
- Building teams
- Setting vision and strategy
- Workplace culture
- Making an impact
- Teamwork and collaboration
- Motivating teams in the face of adversity
- Embracing differences to achieve goals
- Responding to curve balls and surprises
Pivotal Plays is supported by ambassadors and partners who are committed to celebrating the positive stories of those who work hard to make good things happen in the workplace and community. Pivotal Plays ambassadors and partners include: CBRE, Lockton, Merrill Corporation, Pappas Group, Stradley Ronon Stevens & Young, LLP, Sportsworx, FoundersCorps, MAVA, MorganFranklin Consulting, Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship (NFTE), Comcast Sportsnet, WNEW, and 106.7 The FAN. You can learn more about the event and register here.
Contributed by Grant Paulsen - Our most recent Pivotal Play was turned in by Washington Redskins safety Jose Gumbs. Viewed throughout training camp and the preseason as a roster long-shot, Gumbs overcame the odds to become the most surprising addition to the Redskins’ 53-player roster.
Gumbs believed in himself and persevered in the face of doubt; the type of inspired work ethic that any organization would love to see. The 25 year-old entered the league as an undrafted free agent in 2012. After a short stay with the New Orleans Saints the former Monmouth star spent nearly three months out of football before joining the Kansas City Chiefs practice squad last winter.
On the first day of training camp in Richmond, the Redskins released a pair of players and signed two defensive backs to fill out a camp quota. Gumbs was one of the players added. The view outside of the organization was that he would be around until Washington needed to sign a player at another less crowded position.
Fast forward. Gumbs made the team’s defense. The 5-foot-10 defender had a banner preseason, making several open-field tackles while consistently showing a propensity to deliver big hits.
Gumbs making the roster is proof that where you come from (his tiny school doesn’t turn out many NFL players) and how you got into the league (not having been drafted or signed to a big contract) doesn’t mean you can’t make it.
Behind the Good of Gumbs making the roster was one player’s confidence that he belonged, even when nobody thought he had a shot to make the Redskins.
The most successful businesses often create their own unique marketplaces by offering a new twist on an old service. San Francisco-based Uber has done exactly this with its mobile app that connects passengers with drivers of luxury vehicles for hire – at a highly reasonable price.
The company recently secured $258 million in financing for expanding into new markets and growing its customer base. It has also expanded its board to include power players like Google’s Chief Legal Officer, David Drummond and David Bonderman, founding partner at TPG Capital.
Bringing Drummond onto the board is no coincidence. Uber will now more effectively tap into the robust Google Maps and Android platforms. In addition, Drummond will provide strategic advice related to products and services, as well as help navigate international governmental and regulatory bodies. This will facilitate the company to grow in Europe and Asia.
For taking the right strategic business steps for enabling international growth – based on an idea as simple as getting people from point A to point B – we are naming Uber as this week’s Pivotal Player.
Written By Grant Paulsen
This week’s Pivotal Play is being turned in by Redskins linebacker London Fletcher. Now 38 and entering his 16th NFL season, Fletcher has never missed a game. His career began way back in 1998 when Fletcher beat the odds as an undrafted rookie free agent who latched on to the St. Louis Rams roster as a special teams standout. Soon enough he was starting on defense, and before long he was leading the team to a Super Bowl.
His four-year stay with the Rams led to a prolific five-year stint with the Bills. Fletcher became a free agent before the 2007 season and chose to sign with the Redskins. The acquisition was seen as a risky one because the linebacker played a violent position and at 32, his play would likely soon be deteriorating.
Six years later Fletcher is the heart-and-soul of the Redskins defense and he’s coming off four straight pro bowls. Behind the good that has been Fletcher’s on-field dominance is an ultra-motivated athlete who comes from humble beginnings in a gang-ridden area of Cleveland.
Behind the good that has been Fletcher’s ascent to stardom in the NFL are work habits that rival that any of player in Washington’s locker room. He works himself to exhaustion over the offseason in Charlotte, crawling through sand pits while pulling weights on hot days – envisioning his teammates needing him to make a tackle in a fall game.
Fletcher is the NFL’s iron man. The next game he plays will be the 241st consecutive contest of his career. At his position, playing in that many games in a row shouldn’t be possible.