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General Session

A Conversation with Shaquille O'Neal

9:00 AM–10:00 AM Aug 7, 2019 (US - Pacific)

Bellagio Ballroom


Speaker: Shaquille O'Neal, NBA Hall of Fame & 15-Time NBA All Star Player, Media Personality, Entrepreneur, and Philanthropist

Join us for an intimate one-on-one conversation with NBA legend Shaquille O'Neal as we discuss his career, how he became an entrepreneur, and why he went back to school to get his doctorate in education. Shaq is a member of the NBA Hall of Fame, 15-Time NBA All Star player, media personality, entrepreneur, philanthropist, and holds a PhD in Education. Few individuals ever become iconic enough to be known by one name — Shaq. A revered cultural icon, Shaquille O’Neal is best known for an NBA career spanning nearly two decades and earning him the sport’s highest honors, including membership in the NBA Hall of Fame. The four-time NBA Champion, 15-time NBA All Star, and three-time NBA Finals MVP has been named one of the most influential athletes by Forbes Magazine, in addition to being the highest ranked NBA athlete on Nielsen’s State of the Media: Year in Sports 2010 and Business Week’s Power Sports 100. But Shaq isn’t only a legendary athlete; he has also established himself as a powerful media personality and businessman over the years. Ranked among ‘‘The 100 Most Creative People in Business’’ last year by FastCompany Magazine, Shaq is currently an NBA analyst on TNT’s Emmy-award winning show, Inside the NBA. In addition to being an early investor in companies such as Google, Shaq has managed an increasingly robust personal brand, which has included television shows, a shoe line, and social media/tech products. The first verified celebrity account on Twitter, Shaq announced his NBA retirement via Tout, a new social media app that allows users to tape 15-second video statuses. In May 2012, he also received his doctoral degree in education from Barry University in Miami Shores, FL. He compiled a cumulative grade point average of 3.8 while completing 54 credit hours at Barry, mostly through online courses and video conferencing over four years. Shaq’s doctoral project explored how business leaders use humor in the workplace.