Mindset of a Champion: A Moderated Discussion and Q&A with Alex Rodriguez
Iconic baseball player and entrepreneur Alex Rodriguez engages in a dynamic, informative conversation about his life and career. Chock full of fascinating personal anecdotes, as well as actionable lessons on resilience and dedication, leadership, and teamwork, bouncing back in the face of defeat, and truly mastering your craft, Rodriguez leaves audiences empowered and prepared to excel in their own personal and professional lives.
Success Across Sectors: Critical Advice for Growth and Innovation
Baseball superstar Alex Rodriguez has been investing and building businesses successfully for two decades. Twenty years ago he launched A-Rod Corp, a firm that invests in high-growth startups and partners with prominent global companies across a range of sectors, including real estate, health and wellness, technology, and media and entertainment. Based in Miami with offices in Los Angeles and New York, A-Rod Corp has a $2B portfolio and a diverse team of seasoned investment professionals and more than 1,000 employees. In this interactive dialogue, Alex explains what sparked his interest in business at an early age and how critical early steps set him up for his career pivot from sports champion to successful businessman.
Resilience: How to Stay in the Game When Challenges Arise
Alex Rodriguez knows how to craft a comeback after a personal setback. He calls for us to find focus in the midst of uncertainty by building our skills and turning the lens inward. He stresses the importance of staying prepared, keeping your jersey on, staying warm, and keeping your mind in the game. When challenges arise in life, the game is not over. That is when resilience kicks in and champions are made. No one knows this better than Alex Rodriguez.
Diversity: A Business Imperative for Strong Teams and Success
Alex Rodriguez knows intuitively that diversity matters. As a result, he has built an investment firm that embodies gender and racial and ethnic diversity, not because he is trying to check boxes, but because it makes sense in purely business terms. Alex explains how diversity has been a competitive differentiator at his firm, what he looks for when hiring, and what makes a good teammate. This talk will inspire and open minds to the fact that diversity is a business imperative that ultimately will lead organizations to greater success.
Alex Rodriguez made a major impact with a top technology firm, bringing star power and stellar business strategy to their virtual event
At a recent virtual summit for a top technology firm, ALEX RODRIGUEZ spoke to thousands of home service professionals and made a major impact. Alex’s session saw a massive increase in engagement, with attendees offering real-time praise for his resonant talk: “I love the determination and motivation to provide for his family,” “A-Rod thank you for the great insight,” and “he keeps hitting it out of the park!”
Alex has been in-demand with groups including the Advertising Specialty Institute, Harvard Business School, Georgetown Law, Ernst & Young, Deloitte Consulting, Bank of America, Cigna, J.P. Morgan, and more. He recently sat down on Bloomberg Wealth with David Rubenstein to discuss investment advice he got from Warren Buffett, why he bought an NBA team, and if he thinks he can get in the Hall of Fame. The technology firm host was thrilled with the event, saying what a value-add it was for their members: “Thank you for all your collective work in making this happen! Please also pass along these comments and this sentiment to Alex and his team, along with our gratitude. They were great to work with and made our filming day very smooth!”
An iconic athlete and ground-breaking business mogul, Alex Rodriguez receives rave reviews at every event
While best known as one of the world’s greatest athletes, ALEX RODRIGUEZ is Chairman and CEO of A-Rod Corp, an Emmy-winning sports commentator, and joint ownership of the NBA’s Minnesota Timberwolves and the WNBA’s Minnesota Lynx. The visionary founder is renowned for his crucial business advice, having made headlines in Forbes, Fortune, and more, and being praised by his mentor Warren Buffet, and he is in demand for his high-impact presentations with groups such as Harvard Business School, Georgetown Law, Ernst & Young, Deloitte Consulting, Bank of America, Cigna, J.P. Morgan, and many more.
The entrepreneurial titan leaves audiences motivated to excel in their personal and professional lives, regularly receiving rave reviews, such as:
Baseball star and business mogul Alex Rodriguez is building an empire
Known for his unparalleled accomplishments on the baseball field, mogul ALEX RODRIGUEZ brings the same tenacity, vision, and unrivaled focus to building his business empire. Two decades ago, he launched A-Rod Corp with the purchase of a single duplex on the theory that investing his MLB earnings wisely would protect him from the kinds of financial struggles that afflict too many professional athletes. While he racked up extraordinary stats on the field (696 home runs and more grand slams than any other MLB player in history), Alex simultaneously assembled an impressive team at A-Rod Corp, bought apartment units across the southeastern U.S., and built a fully integrated real estate and development company.
In 2020, Alex joined CGI Merchant Group's hotel investment fund to acquire and develop properties across North America and the Caribbean. Following his success in real estate, Alex has invested in a variety of sectors where he has expertise. He looks for long-term opportunities to provide financial capital, work alongside founders and leadership, and amplify the growth of each company. Most recently, Rodriguez is set to be a key investor for the group in talks to buy the Trump Organization’s hotel in Washington, D.C.
Along with Marc Lore, Rodriguez purchased two basketball teams – the NBA’s Minnesota Timberwolves and the WNBA’s Minnesota Lynx – and founded a $400M fund called VCP Ventures. In a recent no-holds-barred profile for Bloomberg Wealth, Rodriguez revealed that he draws inspiration from fresh opportunities, seeing a clean slate and the chance to exceed all expectations.
While Rodriguez has continued to pivot toward opportunity, from private equity and venture capital to his SPAC Slam Corp. and the ownership of two professional basketball teams, he has remained committed to keeping philanthropy at the core of his organization’s mission. He’s ensured donations to the University of Miami for facilities and scholarships, and was inducted into the Boys and Girls Club’s Hall of Fame for his work developing their educational center. Rodriguez embodies business savvy, and his crucial advice has made headlines in Forbes, Fortune, and more, and been praised by his mentor Warren Buffet. He is a highly sought-after speaker, tailoring his tremendous business expertise for each audience and receiving rave reviews: “Powerful, poignant, persuasive… To say impressed in an understatement. Your expressive and raw discussion turned heads and changed mindsets. A remarkable feat… The surprise and delight of your talk had everyone on the edge of their seats. The question and answer session in particular where many of your themes and advice organically came forth proved to be invaluable.” (Intuit)
Alex Rodriguez knocks it out of the park at Mortgage Bankers Association event
Iconic athlete, businessman, media personality and philanthropist ALEX RODRIGUEZ wowed a crowd of 800 executives at the Mortgage Bankers Association's CREF conference, engaging in a 45-minute conversation that touched on everything from business disruption, to lessons from the world of baseball, to insights into how to stay ahead of the curve, find your passion, and connect with the right people at the right time. Chock-full of riveting anecdotes and stories from an iconic 25-year career in baseball plus his latest ventures in business and entertainment, Rodriguez's remarks made headlines in industry press, and had the audience laughing, thinking, and inspired.
Besides being a legendary athlete, media personality, and philanthropist, Rodriguez is also a business powerhouse. He's the founder and CEO of A-Rod Corp-- a tremendously successful, fully-integrated real estate investment and development firm-- and so his remarks infused lots of insights into his business ethic and decision-making, how he built his corporate team from the bottom up, and the new investments he's most excited about.
Rodriguez is also the host of his own podcast, The Corp, and show on CNBC, Back in the Game. He seamlessly weaves his diverse portfolio into the conversation. Sought-out to speak everywhere from Intuit to Capital One, Rodriguez receives race reviews such as: "Alex, wow! You knocked it out of the park... You were beyond spectacular. There were so many takeaways. Thanks so much for sharing your personal story." (The NDP Group, Inc.)
Speaker Spotlight: Alex Rodriguez
Renowned worldwide for his unparalleled accomplishments on the baseball field, ALEX RODRIGUEZ stands as one of the greatest athletes of all time, as well as an accomplished media personality and philanthropist. A 3-time MVP, 14-time all-star, and a 2009 World Series Champion with the New York Yankees, Rodriguez is also the founder of A-Rod Corp, having built a fully-integrated real estate investment and development firm, all while managing a record-breaking baseball career. Sharing the challenges that came along with his success, Rodriguez takes audiences on an empowering journey. With remarks chock full of fascinating personal anecdotes, as well as actionable lessons on resilience and dedication, leadership and teamwork, and how to truly master your craft, Rodriguez shares his “mindset of a champion” philosophy, leaving audiences prepared to excel in their own personal and professional lives. His rave reviews speak for themselves, such as: "Powerful, poignant, persuasive – a truly passionate performance... To say impressed in an understatement. Your expressive and raw discussion turned heads and changed mindsets. A remarkable feat. I believe what captured many hearts was your humility. The surprise and delight of your talk had everyone on the edge of their seats. The question and answer session in particular where many of your themes and advice organically came forth proved to be invaluable." (Intuit)Watch Alex Rodriguez in conversation at Google Zeitgeist >>
Alex Rodriguez is a businessman and the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of A-Rod Corp, a broad-based investment firm that bets on world-class startups and partners with leading global companies across the real estate, health and wellness, technology, and sports & entertainment industries. While best known as one of the world’s greatest athletes (a 14x MLB All-Star and a 2009 World Series Champion with the New York Yankees), for more than 25 years, Alex leads a team of experts building high-growth businesses and enhancing the value of more than 30 companies in the A-Rod Corp portfolio.
Alex founded A-Rod Corp in 1995, purchasing a duplex apartment on the theory that investing his MLB earnings wisely would protect him from the kinds of financial struggles that afflict too many professional athletes. While he racked up extraordinary stats on the field (696 home runs and more grand slams than any other MLB player in history), Alex simultaneously assembled an impressive team at A-Rod Corp, bought apartment units across the Southeastern U.S., and built a fully integrated real estate and development company. In 2020, Alex joined CGI Merchant Group's hotel investment fund to acquire and develop properties across North America and the Caribbean.
Following his success in real estate, Alex has invested in a variety of sectors where he has expertise. He looks for long-term opportunities to provide financial capital, work alongside founders and leadership, and amplify the growth of each company.
In addition to leading A-Rod Corp, Alex is CEO of Slam Corp, a special purpose acquisition company (SPAC) with Antara Capital Chairman Himanshu Gulati as equal partner. Slam Corp is seeking to acquire a leader in the consumer tech, media, entertainment, and health and wellness sectors.
In 2021, Alex joined the NBA’s Minnesota Timberwolves and Minnesota Lynx ownership group. In addition to his ownership role, Rodriguez serves as a strategic advisor to the Professional Fighters League (PFL) and is an investor in Blue Crow Sports. In the same year, Alex formed A-Rod Media, a strategic pillar within the organization to house all media activity. A-Rod Media offers scalable, multimedia capabilities, including original content creation, compelling narrative storytelling, and audience engagement across all marketing platforms.
Alex is an Emmy Award-winning MLB analyst for FOX Sports and ESPN. He has been a judge and investor on ABC’s Shark Tank, mentored financially distressed ex-athletes on CNBC’s Back in the Game, and co-hosted the podcast The Corp with Barstool Sports’ Dan Katz, interviewing CEOs, entrepreneurs, and sports legends. Committed to creating opportunities for young people to succeed, Alex serves on the Board of the Boys and Girls Club of America and is in the National Alumni Hall of Fame, and the Boards of Trustees of the University of Miami. His gifts to the University of Miami and Florida International University have provided scholarships to dozens of students. Alex resides in Miami with his daughters, Natasha and Ella.