BORTON | Pam Borton
Keynote Speaker, ICF Executive Coach and Consultant
As the winningest coach at the University of Minnesota in women’s basketball history and now an ICF Senior Executive Coach, Pam brings a unique combination of executive experience to help take her clients to the Next Level. Whether it’s in Big Ten athletics or corporate America, Pam knows how to successfully navigate the perils of a highly visible and public position. Handling pressure, scrutiny, and high expectations taught Pam what it takes to thrive in a fast-changing and extremely competitive environment.
In 2014, Coach Pam Borton transitioned from the University of Minnesota after 12 years as the Head Women’s Basketball Coach. With 27 years coaching Division I basketball, including 12 years in the Big Ten, she led her teams to a Final Four, an Elite Eight, three straight Sweet Sixteen’s, and numerous NCAA tournament appearances. Her specific focus (besides winning) was developing leaders, assembling high performing teams, recruiting, motivating, and hiring quality people throughout her entire career. She successfully developed leaders both on and off the court using a coaching model focused on strengths and values. She has developed many elite players and former assistants who are now leading their own programs or organizations. Pam has a Master’s degree in Sport Management from Bowling Green State University, and an advanced certification in personal and executive coaching from the College of Executive Coaching in Santa Barbara, CA. She is certified in the Everything DiSC, EQI 2.0, and customized 360 assessment tools. She is also certified and a member of the International Coach Federation.
SPEECH TITLES AND DESCRIPTIONS
21st Century Leadership: You’re On Point
Business is full of conversations, and communication is sometimes the hardest thing for many leaders to do well: hard ones, high-stake ones, and game-changing ones. And yet, we still have a tendency to be afraid of (and bad at) the tough conversations and celebrating small successes. We shy away from them or ignore them entirely. But these tough conversations are often the ones that are most critical for business, strategic partnerships, and developing your pipeline of success.
Pam discusses the importance of creating a culture of expectations, clear and open communication, and the importance of delivering feedback that will motivate individuals and organizations to realize their full potential.
Creating A Championship Culture – It’s The Expectation!
Culture is critical. You have to build culture like you build your business. However, most leaders and organizations spend more time on their daily tasks, processes, and their business strategies and less time about building a sustainable culture from an emotional perspective.
Pam discusses how to build a strengths and values-driven culture that promotes overall wellness where the emphasis is on the people and driving results.
Building High-Performing Teams…It’s About We!
The biggest difference between college athletics and corporate America is the whole team concept. Building functional and high-performing teams is the norm and the expectation to win on game day. The absence of working together and performing cohesively in business has corporate America turned upside down.
Pam shares how to build and create high-performing teams from the landscape of athletics. In reality, building and working on teams are not the norm for most in the workplace. The million-dollar question is, How? How do I motivate team members? How can I utilize the whole team and get everyone heading in the same direction? How can I implement simple processes that will get real results?
What Got You Here Won’t Get You There
The business landscape and expectations change rapidly the higher you climb the corporate ladder. This forces you to adapt and evolve quickly and simultaneously. Likewise, other people’s behaviors and expectations shift, and you need to learn how to create new ways for businesses and stakeholders to interact with you. Perception is reality and you need to create the perception that supports your new title.
Pam discusses the expectations, opportunities, and challenges you have to face when climbing the ladder and cracking into this new space – the executive level. The expectations continue to change and the bar rises which means you must elevate your business persona and executive presence. It challenges one to think about and plan the next step up the ladder in your career.
Influential Leadership: Cultivating the Leader That Lies Within
The power of positivity is just that: Powerful! Leadership is influence and people buy into the leader before they buy into the vision. This kind of in influential leader is focused on people — and getting people from where they are to a place they have never been. This is created purposefully, intentionally, and inclusively across every level of an organization.
Pam explores how leaders can influence teams, employees, and companies so people can flourish and want to stay engaged.
The X-Factor: Emotional Intelligence
According to research, 70% of your culture is traced to the leader. What is the leader doing or not doing? High emotional intelligence is required for executive level leaders and is invaluable to successful business today. They in influence people around them, promote innovation, grow bottom lines, and introduce new perspectives to established companies. But more than anything, they bring an energy that benefits the workplace. These leaders are self-aware, manage relationships, exhibit ownership, take responsibility, and make difficult decisions.
Pam describes the core attributes of what separates the good leaders from the extraordinary ones and why. She also discusses how to incorporate these characteristics into your leadership approach.