Former NFL & NBA Business Executive, Leadership & Culture Expert, Bestselling Author, Keynote Speaker

Paul Epstein

At a glance:

Paul Epstein speaks about the power of Playing Offense— how purpose helps us push through adversity to unlock greater fulfillment and mastery of our craft. He shows how you and your team can become more inspired, impactful, and effective to create a competitive advantage of culture where greatness can be the catalyst for growth. More than anything, he’ll help you discover just how incredible it feels to lead with purpose and take control of your future.

Paul Epstein became the go-to fixer for NBA teams, NFL franchises, and league executive offices because he’s mastered the come-from-behind win. He recognizes that victory comes from the inside, and requires an All-In culture empowered by a growth mindset and a belief that we all have unlimited potential – when we double down on our strengths, gifts, talents, and passions.

Today, people and organizations everywhere are struggling. Maybe you’ve lost sight of the fuel that motivates, inspires, and pushes you forward— or maybe you never found it. It’s purpose, and the feeling of leading with purpose is more thrilling than you can imagine.

Maybe your lack of purpose is manifesting in terms of traditional achievement— you’ve fallen behind in sales, your culture is a mess, or your growth has stalled out. Maybe you just can’t seem to turn your vision and goals into momentum and purpose. You know the What, but you just can’t seem to find the Why.

Or maybe you’re excelling, but success has let complacency creep into your work or your organization. So you start playing defense— reactive, on your heels, the market dictating terms – and once you start playing defense, it’s difficult to stop.

Paul’s background in cultural transformation and helping organizations find their Why can help you discover and amplify the power of purpose within your company, culture, and personal game plan.


    Each of the five pillars of Playing Offense can transform both individuals and organizations for the better— and for good.

    Live with Championship Purpose to fuel your daily quest for meaning and impact and connect you and your team to something bigger than yourselves.

    Be the Storm Chaser to transform from adversity to achievement, developing the grit and courage to endure storms in business and life and build powerful resilience.

    Salute the Long Snapper, transforming disengaged and underappreciated teammates into valued, impactful, and creative members of your hard-hitting offense.

    Embody Gold Jacket Culture to inspire yourself and others to achieve hall-of-fame level performance by unleashing your collective strengths, gifts, talents, and passions.

    Leave It Better Than You Found It, going from only success to success and significance, creating a legacy that lasts beyond a lifetime for you and your team.

    Combine these pillars and you’ll have a life, career, and purpose that’s worth being truly proud of— and a group of people who are proud to follow you along the way.

Paul’s interactive workshop at our conference provided our attendees an opportunity to identify a gameplan for their personal success and their roles as leaders.   You could see individuals engaging with Paul’s message and anecdotes in a fun, thoughtful and informative format. His emphasis on building human relationships and playing offensive provides a foundation for individuals to apply actionable items to work towards their personal and professional leadership goals. His workshop was a perfect fit for our program and added a tremendous amount of value to our conference agenda.

—Laura Case, Senior Program Director, Sports Business Journal

Paul led our leadership and staff through his coursework on identifying and living/working with purpose through core values and an over-arching “WHY” that optimizes performance and challenges us to level up to our full potential.  He’s done a ton of work with other teams/leagues and companies to focus on our best asset, people.  I’ve received incredible feedback from our group around connecting and creating a culture that celebrates personal growth, talent and performance that centers on authentic and purpose driven energy.

—Michelle Kajiwara, Senior Vice President, Premium and Events Business, STAPLES Center/AEG

We are a fast growing tele-therapy startup company with it's entire workforce operating from home. We were looking to build the foundation of our company with the combined values of our people. Paul's session was powerful. He made the team stronger and guided us through identifying the most important values we wanted to embed into the work culture.

—Syed Mohammed, CEO Enable My Child

Playing Offense challenges us all to lead with purpose, authenticity, and courage—characteristics that make Paul the ideal coach for this transformational journey to know who we are and why we serve. Paul was able to plant deep-rooted seeds that blossomed into self-awareness and change for my team.

—Michele Kajiwara, Senior Vice President, Sales & Service AEG / Staples Center

Paul’s work with our hotel’s management team has been invaluable, inspiring individuals of all different tenures and experience levels to find their purpose and become more fulfilled leaders. The impact on our organizational culture has been tremendous and the fundamental lessons from his workshops have become a core part of our organizational DNA.

—Matthew Lehman, Fairmont Miramar Hotel & Bungalows, Former General Manager

Paul imparts practical and action-oriented lessons from the trenches of leadership through his Playing Offense system. His people-first approach will resonate with leaders at every level, inspiring both teams and individuals who are determined and driven enough to take on the challenge.

—Rich Diviney, Retired Navy SEAL Officer, Author & Speaker On Leadership & Optimal Performance

In football, the most successful teams develop a plan and take deliberate and consistent steps toward achieving their goals every single day—leadership is no different. Paul has provided the ultimate game plan for leaders that are driven to achieve their vision of success for themselves and their teams.

—Merrill Hoge, Former NFL Player, Former ESPN Commentator, Bestselling Author

Many of us have been promoted from player to coach and were never provided a playbook on how to lead. Playing Offense was curated to solve this problem. The impact it will create for your team, career, culture, and life, is infinite.

—Santor Nishizaki, Award-Winning Chief Executive Officer, Formerly With NASA And Disney Imagineering

Paul’s keynote exceeded all my expectations and my team was profoundly moved by Paul's authenticity, and by the leadership principles he taught us using amazing storytelling skills. Paul helped Amazon understand the core values at the center of leadership such as Compassion, Character, and Trust.

—Oumar Diagne, Former Amazon Sr. Manager, Honeywell, Sr. Director Global Operations Finance

What makes a great leader? Mountains of books have been written on the traits, skills, and qualities that provide this answer. In my mind, one easily rises to the top: The Power of Playing Offense.

—Eric Yuan, Founder & CEO, ZOOM Video Communications

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