Sports Pioneer Susan O’Malley Shares Her Seven Leadership Lessons


Susan O’Malley shares the seven leadership lessons that propelled her to the top of the sports business world, becoming the first woman to ever run a professional sports franchise.

In this video, she offers hard-hitting leadership insights told through exciting and personal stories from her time as president of Washington’s basketball and hockey teams, the Wizards (formerly the Bullets) and the Capitals. Get inspired by her entrepreneurial journey of how she broke barriers to develop her leadership style, connecting with her employees and engaging their customers to succeed, and even during challenging times —achieving the highest renewal rates of season tickets ever seen by the franchise and the largest ticket revenue increase in the history of NBA franchises.

As the first female president of a professional sports franchise, Susan O’Malley is a pioneer in two fields: sports and business. She knows what it takes to be a leader in a tough business environment and how to create an organization from the ground up. During her presentations, O’Malley speaks about leadership and thriving in a male-dominated field, calling on anecdotes and lessons learned from her life of unprecedented success. In engaging and upbeat presentations, she outlines seven seminal ‘rules’ for leadership and life, and shares insider stories about entertainment, hockey, and basketball.

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Fmr. Pres. of the Washington Capitals and the Washington Wizards, First Female Pres. of a Professional Sports Franchise

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As the first female president of a professional sports franchise, Susan O’Malley, the former president of Washington Sports and Entertainment, is a pioneer in sports and business. Under her guidance, her company improved its bottom line, as well as its winning percentage, and the Washington Wizards experienced the largest ticket revenue increase and the highest renewal rate in the history of an NBA franchise to date. O’Malley’s illustrious career also included the creation of the MCI Center, which helped revitalize downtown DC. She addresses management, leadership, and marketing.