A business consultant, author and former NBA athletic trainer will share how he tapped into his creativity to help organizations such as the National Hockey League, ESPN, Nike and Starbucks as part of the Kellogg Distinguished Public Lecture Series.
Kevin Carroll, founder of Kevin Carroll Katalyst/LCC and the author of the books “Rules of the Red Rubber Ball,” “What’s Your Red Rubber Ball?!” and “The Red Rubber Ball at Work,” will speak on growth through creativity and innovation on Tuesday, Feb. 7 in the Bronco Student Center’s URSA Major Suite.
Check in and a light dinner for the event is at 6 p.m., followed by the lecture and Q & A session at 7 p.m. and a book signing at 8:30 p.m.
Growing up with his grandparents in Philadelphia, Carroll discovered his passion for play, which he has dubbed his red rubber ball, by spending endless hours at the neighborhood playground. That love for play accompanied him as he served in the Air Force for 10 years, where he served as a language interpreter, and earned his college degree. After working as an athletic trainer at the high school and collegiate levels in Philadelphia, the NBA’s 76ers hired him as head trainer in 1995.
While at the 76ers, Nike hired Carroll, directing him to create his own position at the company to add value to the sneaker giant’s brand. At Nike, he helped the company better understand athletic product performance, team dynamics and interpersonal communication. In 2004, Carroll left Nike to start his own company, Kevin Carroll Katalyst/LLC, with a mission to elevate the power of sports and play.
His work to advance sports and play as a vehicle for social change has taken him around the world. In 2005, he addressed the United Nations as part of the UN Year of Sports and Development and Peace, and in 2009, he served as the host of the Beyond Sport Summit & Awards that featured Archbishop Desmond Tutu.
The event is free and open to the public. Advanced registration is required. For more information and registration, visit www.kellogglectures.org.