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Former Laker Byron Scott to Speak at AD Symposium on January 31

The 2017-18 Athletic Director’s Symposium will be held on Wednesday, January 31, at 8 a.m. at the Airtel Plaza Hotel in Van Nuys. We encourage all of the LA City Section athletic directors to attend this productive and beneficial event. The CIF LA City Section annually hosts this event as another tool for professional growth for athletic directors. 

“I really believe we have put together a great opportunity for our athletic directors to spend a day learning and improving their craft of supporting the academic successes of students and learning strategies for building character opportunities,” Commissioner John Aguirre said. “In addition, our goal is to develop a greater ability for our leaders to lead with a purpose.” 

The Symposium will offer several workshops that will benefit the day-to-day responsibilities of athletic directors. In addition, two NIAAA training courses will be offered: “Principals, Strategies and Methods” and “Philosophy, Organizations and Professional Programs.” 

This year’s keynote speakers will be former Los Angeles Laker and coach, Byron Scott, and business CEO, Charles Norris. They will provide a courtesy copy of their book Slam-Dunk Success to everyone at the Symposium. 

Great leadership begins with great understanding. No one knows that better than basketball legend Byron Scott and lifelong business executive Charlie Norris who, respectively, won NBA championships and resurrected multimillion-dollar corporations by being team players no matter their position. Whether it's on the basketball court, in the boardroom, or in everyday life, getting to the heads and hearts of people is paramount to getting the most out of them.

In Slam-Dunk Success, Scott and Norris share their parallel formulas for victory and prove that, with the right tools, winning can happen anywhere. As a player Scott won three championships with the Los Angeles Lakers, and as coach he twice took the New Jersey Nets to the NBA Finals and won Coach of the Year honors with the New Orleans Hornets. With every team his role changed, but his winning mentality never faltered. As CEO of McKesson Water, Charlie Norris turned a $200 million-dollar company into a company that sold ten years later for $1.1 billion dollars and, as chairman of the board of Freshpet, he helped lead the start-up from early stage testing to become a publicly traded company with a market value of over $350 million. In each job, he led with the same amount of conviction and care.

Their book, which grew from their unlikely friendship and realization that two men from completely different backgrounds could have the same leadership ideals, breaks down their keys to motivating others, negotiating deals, and creating prosperity from scratch. Their blueprint includes lessons on listening, turning failure into learning opportunities, and delegating authority with extreme precision.

Leadership is a full-time job and Byron Scott and Charlie Norris's story is a guidebook for leaders in all fields and in any position looking to better both their careers and lives. Champions are formed when people make those around them better and this book shows how you can be a winner every day.

To register for the event, please contact Vicky Lagos in the Section office.