Leadership and Globalization in Sports

Beyond Stats and Rankings

The Dole Institute's Leadership and Globalization in Sports series will look into broader aspects of sports than who won or what the national rankings are. Sporadic programs throughout the year will explore sports leadership, doping, sports as a universal language to bridge political gaps, globalization of various sports and related issues. Guest speakers will include individuals from athletic backgrounds whose roles have required them to think in a more big-picture-oriented way towards sports and their impact around the world.

Former NFL Commissioner Paul Tagliabue was the inaugural speaker for this series in November 2008.

Tuesday, March 5, 2013
7:30 p.m. at the Dole Institute

Leadership & Globalization in Sports Series

Robb Heineman of Sporting KC
"Reinventing the Empire"
with Robb Heineman

Find out how Sporting KC's CEO/co-owner Robb Heineman combined innovative marketing, technology and fan kinship to propel Sporting KC into a Major League Soccer powerhouse in America, with other world teams hot to follow in his footsteps and turn the traditional sports business model on its head.
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Sunday, April 29, 2012
3:00 p.m. at the Dole Institute
Author Bill NackSecretariat book by Bill Nack
Leadership & Globalization
in Sports Lecture presents



With the Kentucky Derby just a week away, join us as Bill Nack, author and long-time Sports Illustrated journalist, discusses this classic sporting event.






Brenda TinnenWednesday, April 6, 2011


Leadership and Globalization in Sports (#4)
General Manager and Senior Vice President of the Sprint Center, Brenda Tinnen joined us as part of this popular lecture series to discuss the broad aspects of sports. Tinnen is former Vice President of the STAPLES Center, home of the Lakers, Clippers and Kings and is profiled as one of Kansas City’s most powerful women.
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Lew Perkins, KU Athletics DirectorApril 13, 2010

KU Athletics' Director

Leadership and Globalization in Sports (#3)
Perkins discussed the broader issues of academics, leadership, and globalization in collegiate athletics in the third program in the Dole Institute's "Leadership & Globalization in Sports" series. His decades-long career in sports administration has given Perkins a strong understanding of the importance of sports in the lives of young people.
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Everest Summitter Robert LinkNovember 18, 2009

International Mountain Guide & Everest Summitter

Leadership and Globalization in Sports (#2)
Link discussed the broader economic, social and political impact of sports throughout the world.

ABOUT ROBERT LINK: Link began the sport at age 7 when he and his father climbed Mount Adams, Washington state's second highest peak.Since then, he has summited Mount Rainier, also in Washington, more than 300 times and climbed extensively throughout the world, including Nepal, Tibet, Argentina, Bolivia, Ecuador, Antarctica, Peru, Mexico, Russia, Italy and Alaska. In 1990, Link summited the North Col Route on Everest with climbers from China and Russia as part of the International Peace Climb, still touted by Guinness World Records as the most successful Everest expedition to date.
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Former NFL commissioner Paul Tagliabue will speak at the Institute on Thursday, November thirteenth.Nov. 13, 2008

Former NFL Commissioner

Leadership and Globalization in Sports (#1)
Tagliabue discussed his time as NFL commissioner (1989 to Sept. 2006) and how globalization is affecting the sports world. Free and open to the public. Press Release
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