Author Scott O’Neil on Defining your Authentic Self

Aaron Wilbur

I’m a husband, father, sports nut, entrepreneur and grateful to call Vancouver home. I enjoy cooking, watching live music and hiking the North Shore mountains with my family. My son is a football player, which has turned me into a big football fan. It’s helped me appreciate what hockey parents go through, especially those who have little experience with the sport, when trying to navigate their child up the hockey ladder.

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The former CEO of the Philadelphia 76ers and New Jersey Devils offers valuable tips on how to improve your life.
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We’re going outside the box for episode #163 of the Glass and Out Podcast. We’re joined by Scott O’Neil, the former President Madison Square Gardens and CEO of Harris Blitzer Sports & Entertainment, whose portfolio includes the New Jersey Devils and Philadelphia 76ers.

He is also the author of the book Be Where Your Feet Are: 7 Steps to Keep You Present, Grounded and Thriving, the main focus of today’s interview. In the book, O’Neil provides a humbling and vulnerable peek behind the curtain as well as a framework, anecdotes, and exercises to guide the reader towards self-discovery. It’s must read for anyone looking to improve every aspect of their life.

O’Neil earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Marketing from Villanova University and his Master’s in Business Administration from Harvard Business School. At 38-years-old, he was named the President of Madison Square Gardens and prior to that was the Senior Vice President of Team Marketing and Business Operations for the NBA.

In July of last year, he stepped down as CEO of Harris Blitzer Sports & Entertainment, which included acting as an Alternate Governor for the NHL and NBA for nearly a decade.

During this time, he received several awards and accolades, including Philadelphia Business Journal’s “Most Admired CEO” honour in 2018. He was also named 2017’s “Most Innovative Executive” by SportTechie and was recognized at Sports Business Journal’s acclaimed “Forty Under 40” Awards on three occasions.
Find out about the tragedy that led to him writing the book, his strategies for staying present, and why coaching his daughters basketball team is one of his proudest accomplishments.

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