Stephen A. Smith

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American sports television personality, radio host, journalist, and actor Stephen A Smith offers powerful and humorous lessons from the world of sports and beyond on adversity, leadership, building a personal brand, and ethics. 

Known for his colorful catchphrases and thought-provoking analysis, Smith is a host on ESPN's First Take, he’s an NBA analyst/insider on SportsCenter, and also hosts his weekly NBA show SportsCenter with Stephen A Smith

Born in the Bronx and raised in Hollis Queens, Smith is the youngest of six siblings. Coming up from humble beginnings, he began his career in newspapers in 1993 at the New York Daily News and the Philadelphia Inquirer (1994-2010), before transitioning into television at CNN/Sports Illustrated (1999-2000) and Fox Sports (2001-2003). Smith ultimately landed at ESPN In October 2003.

 

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Adversity: Keep Your Head in the Game!

From heart-wrenching defeats to capturing glory, rarely is anyone faced with adversity more than the modern-day athlete. True champions have learned not only to overcome their adversities, but to use them as a tool. From his roots in Hollis to covering some of the biggest names and games in the worl ...

From heart-wrenching defeats to capturing glory, rarely is anyone faced with adversity more than the modern-day athlete. True champions have learned not only to overcome their adversities, but to use them as a tool. From his roots in Hollis to covering some of the biggest names and games in the world, Stephen A. Smith uses his life experiences and sports-as-life references to offer his perspective on how to keep your head in the game using courage, determination, and patience, so you too can use adversity to your benefit.

The Road to Great Leadership

Stephen A. Smith's career has allowed him to be up close and personal with tremendous leaders and athletes, and he has learned firsthand about the trials and tribulations on the road to great leadership. In these powerful and actionable remarks, Smith highlights how leadership is now more important ...

Stephen A. Smith's career has allowed him to be up close and personal with tremendous leaders and athletes, and he has learned firsthand about the trials and tribulations on the road to great leadership. In these powerful and actionable remarks, Smith highlights how leadership is now more important than ever, and decodes the keys to goal setting, personal motivation. Chock-full of anecdotes from the world of sports, Smith's remarks will enthrall, entertain, and educate.

Ethics and Building a Personal Brand, On the Field and Off

What is the right thing to do when lines of ethics are increasingly blurred? Being the best and having more power and money enables those on the way up to be filled with praise, big paydays, and role-model status. But the headlines are filled with fall-from-grace storylines all the time, as major at ...

What is the right thing to do when lines of ethics are increasingly blurred? Being the best and having more power and money enables those on the way up to be filled with praise, big paydays, and role-model status. But the headlines are filled with fall-from-grace storylines all the time, as major athletes have dealt with personal scandals and transgressions. What is the new model for success, and how can we build a personal brand associated with dependability, moral character, and trust? 

From sportsmanship to gambling, steroid use to point shaving, sports journalist Stephen A. Smith has seen and covered a wide spectrum of ethical issues both on-and-off the field....interviewing an abundance of major players. He uses his unique insight to offer perspective on how we can become the best versions of ourselves, holding ourselves, our teammates, and our role models, to an ever-higher standard. This engaging and eye-opening presentation will make you think about ethical decisions in a refreshing, productive way.

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Stephen Anthony Smith is an American sports television personality, sports radio host, sports journalist, and actor. Smith is a commentator on ESPN First Take, where he appears with Max Kellerman and Molly Qerim. He also makes frequent appearances as an NBA analyst on SportsCenter and hosts his weekly NBA show SportsCenter with Stephen A Smith. His journey, which started at the Winston-Salem Journal, continued with the Atlanta Journal Constitution, The Greensboro News & Record, the New York Daily News, and the Philadelphia Inquirer. Along the way, he also made stops at CNN/SI and Fox Sports before arriving at ESPN in 2003. He is now the top analyst for ESPN. In January 2018, USA Today wrote, “Stephen A. Smith was called the most powerful talent in the business just a year ago and he followed it up with his best year as a professional. First Take had its highest-rated year since it launched nearly a decade ago after making the move to ESPN. Combining his quest to ‘annihilate’ the competition along with management showing more belief in him than ever before, there is no reason to believe ‘The Face of ESPN’ will change anytime soon." Stephen A. Smith is a proud HBCU graduate of Winston Salem State University and Brand Ambassador for HBCU Week.