Join us November 5th (4:30 to 7:30pm) at the USA Today Gannett Theater. This event honors three business, community and sports leaders with a track record for using the power of Everyday Good to turn challenges into winning results.
Hear from Joe Theismann (entrepreneur, sports anchor and former NFL star quarterback), Steve Mariotti (Founder, Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship), and Kurt Newman MD (President and CEO, Children's National Medical Center). Different points of view and a program you will remember!
At this talk-show style event and cocktail reception you will have the chance 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 (Comcast SportsNet) will also explore views on building high-performing teams and organizational cultures where everyday good is applauded and positivity is contagious.
Joe Theismann is an entrepreneur and the former star quarterback for the Washington Redskins. He spent the last two decades working for ESPN on their NFL broadcast and the NFL Network. A 1971 graduate of University of Notre Dame, Mr. Theismann received All-American honors and led the Fighting Irish to consecutive Cotton Bowls and was runner-up to Jim Plunkett in the Heismann Trophy balloting. In 2003, he was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame.
After turning down offers from the Minnesota Twins and Miami Dolphins, Joe began his pro career in the Canadian Football League, spending three years with the Toronto Argonauts before joining the Redskins in 1974. From the humble beginnings as a punt returner to Super Bowl Champion, Mr. Theismann has experienced many of the challenges we all face in our constant quest to find success, by overcoming adversity.
As a 12 year NFL veteran, Mr. Theismann played in 163 consecutive games from 1974 to 1985 and holds the Redskin record for passing yards, completions and attempts. He was a two time Pro Bowl selection and led the Redskins to a 27-17 victory over the Miami Dolphins in Super Bowl XVII.
In 1982, Joe was elected the NFL's Man of the Year for his community service and dedication to the health and welfare of children. In 1983, he won the league's MVP award. Then, in 1985, Joe's career was abruptly cut short when his leg was shattered in a game against the New York Giants on Monday Night Football.
Today, Joe oversees a popular Washington DC restaurant that bears his name. Staying true to his concern for children, Mr. Theismann is a member on the Sports Advisory Board of St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.
Dr. Newman has been an integral part of Children's National for 29 years as a surgeon and a leader. As President and CEO since September 2011, Dr. Newman is focused on applying innovation in all aspects of care and research, forming creative connections, and always doing the right thing for children and families.
Dr. Newman began as a surgeon at Children's National Medical Center in 1984, and became the Surgeon-In-Chief and Senior Vice President for the Joseph E. Robert, Jr., Center for Surgical Care in 2003. He was instrumental in creating the Sheikh Zayed Institute for Pediatric Surgical Innovation, which was made possible through a $150 million gift, the largest ever given for pediatric surgery. Dr. Newman served as the Founding Vice President of the Sheikh Zayed Institute when it was created in 2009.
Dr. Newman is an expert in pediatric quality and outcomes. He has served as a consultant to several children's hospitals in conjunction with the Child Health Corporation of America. He is the President-Elect for the Ohio Children's Hospitals Solutions for Patient Safety (OCHSPS) National Children's Network. Dr. Newman is the author or co-author of numerous scientific publications and book chapters. He previously served on the Board of Commissioners of the Joint Commission. He was a member of the Board of Governors of the American Pediatric Surgical Association and was Chair of the Surgery Section of the American Academy of Pediatrics. He is a Professor of Surgery and Pediatrics at the George Washington University School of Medicine.
Dr. Newman graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and received his medical education at Duke University. He completed his surgical residency at the Brigham and Women's Hospital and also served as the Arthur Tracy Cabot Fellow at Harvard Medical School. He did his pediatric surgical fellowship at Children's National Medical Center and then joined the attending staff at Children's National in Washington, DC, where he has remained since that time.
Considered one of today's leading experts in education for at-risk youth, Steve Mariotti changed career paths in 1982 when he decided to move from the corporate sector and become a special education teacher in the New York City school system. Mr. Mariotti's first assignment was in the East New York section of Brooklyn, and his last was in the Fort Apache section of the South Bronx.
While teaching in this hard-hitting environment for six and one half years, Mr. Mariotti gained insight into how to successfully motivate his tough students - teaching them how to run a business. His perceptions and learnings inspired him to create a program to bring entrepreneurial education to low-income youth. In 1987 the Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship (NFTE) a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, was formed.
Now, 25 years later, NFTE's mission is to provide entrepreneurship education programs to young people from low income communities. The program has a proven track record of success. It is frequently used as a model for other programs to teach business knowledge and the resulting business formation. NFTE has reached 500,000 young people since its founding and has programs in 18 states and 9 other countries.
Mr. Mariotti is a 2012 inductee into the Entrepreneurship Hall of Fame. He is the recipient of numerous awards, including an Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award, the Bernard A. Goldhirsh Social Entrepreneur of the Year Award, the New York Enterprise Report's 2012 Founders Award for Social Entrepreneurship, the National Director's Entrepreneurship Award from the Minority Business Development Agency of the U.S. Department of Commerce, the Association of Education Publisher's Golden Lamp Award for the best curriculum in America in 2002 and 2010's best curriculum in math for the 11th edition of NFTE's Entrepreneurship: Owning Your Future, the ACE/Currie Foundation Humanitarian Venture Award, the USASBE Entrepreneurship Educator of the Year, the CEO Club's Social Entrepreneur of the Year, and America's Top High School Business Teacher. He has been the subject of many national media profiles on programs including ABC Evening News and 20/20. In addition, he is the co-author of 28 books on entrepreneurship that have sold over one million copies. NFTE is an active member of the Council on Foreign Relations. Mr. Mariotti has attended The World Economic Forum and has been a frequent speaker at Davos as well as other business forums.
A native son of Michigan, Mr. Mariotti received his B.B.A. in business economics and his M.B.A. from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. He has also studied at Harvard University, Stanford University, and Brooklyn College. He started his professional career as a treasury analyst for Ford Motor Company before founding his own company, Mason Import/Export Services.
Comcast SportsNet Mid-Atlantic anchor and reporter Julie Donaldson delivers the day's top local and national sports stories for the network's daily news program, SportsNet Central.
Donaldson joined the network in August 2010 after stops in markets including Boston, New York and Miami. Most recently, Donaldson served as a sports anchor and reporter for Boston's WHDH-TV (NBC). Prior to WHDH, she served as a reporter for SportsNet New York (SNY) for two years, including the network's inaugural season.
Donaldson began her career in Miami where she held positions for FOX Sports, including FS Florida and FS South. She served as a longtime reporter for FS Florida's Sports Rap, hosted SEC and ACC men's basketball preview shows for FS South, and contributed to the network's national broadcasts as a sideline reporter for ACC Sunday Night Hoops.
Donaldson's other television experience includes serving as a host and reporter for the Miami Heat's "Heat TV," and worked as a producer and correspondent for Healthy Body, Healthy Mind, a program that aired nationally on PBS. A graduate of the University of Florida, Donaldson was named Miss Florida USA in 2001.