The 2020 PowerGP Online Party will be the virtual experience of the year! As part of the GPUG-Exclusive invitation, VIP party goers will join us for the VIP Collective – a live event with Cal Ripken Jr – an incredibly inspiring baseball legend.
After a fireside chat with our very own Mike McPhilomy, Cal Ripken Jr will be answering questions from YOU. In the VIP party invitation, we will have space for you to submit questions – or use #PowerGPVIP on Facebook and Twitter to send questions during the live event. (Be sure to get your invitation!)
More About Cal Ripken Jr
We’re incredibly excited to be welcoming such an inspirational speaker to our PowerGP Online Party because Ripken the ultimate personification of leadership, commitment, and excellence. One of the true legends of baseball, “Iron Man” Cal Ripken, Jr. broke several professional records during his 21 seasons. Still, none is as sacred as his consecutive-games-played record. Shattering Lou Gehrig’s streak of 2,131 games by more than 500, Ripken displayed perseverance, endurance, and an everyday work ethic that endeared him to fans, transformed him into a national icon, and some argue, even saved baseball at its darkest moment.
In warm and witty stories from his illustrious career, Cal Ripken Jr will share how his keys to success apply to both the business world as well as the baseball field. From his own philanthropy with the Cal Ripken, Sr. Foundation, a nonprofit dedicated to building character and teaching critical life lessons to at-risk youth across the country, Ripken showcases how individuals can give back and create new opportunities for others. One of the most popular athletes of his generation, Cal Ripken, Jr.’s example inspires audience members of all ages to achieve their own brand of success.
A best-selling author, Ripken’s latest book, Just Show Up: And Other Enduring Values from Baseball’s Iron Man, shares his core values and principles for success – outlining eight rules for the game of baseball and life, drawn from the lessons he has learned on and off the field. He has written numerous other books on sports and parenting, including his New York Times best-selling autobiography, The Only Way I Know How, and a baseball-themed series of youth novels through Disney Book Group.
Using the platform that baseball has provided him, Ripken is dedicated to helping grow the game he loves worldwide. Today, he is the President of Ripken Baseball, a program aimed to inspire athletes through remarkable experiences. Ripken Baseball currently owns and operates minor league clubs, world-class youth baseball facilities, a memorabilia company, and a management and design company that builds state-of-the-art athletic complexes. Named Special Adviser to MLB Commissioner, Rob Manfred, on youth programs and outreach, he advises the MLB’s Youth Programs Department on strategies and initiatives designed to grow the sports of baseball and softball at the amateur and youth levels.
Ripken’s role as an ambassador for the game was taken to a new level when he was named as a special envoy for the U.S. State Department, traveling worldwide teaching baseball to children and representing the United States. In this role, he has traveled to Japan to spend time with children affected by the earthquake and tsunami and the Czech Republic to advance the cause of baseball.
A Time for Us to Gather
During a time when humanity has shown great endurance and ingenuity, we believe Cal’s experiences will be an inspiring parallel as we attend GPUG Summit virtually, and we cannot wait to share this moment with you!
We would also love to extend our VIP invitations to your family members. Since we are all attending virtually, we are hyper-aware that our family members will be attending with us in one way or another. So, bring them along! We welcome you to gather around together as we share in this special PowerGP Online Party VIP experience.
Want a hint about the next big PowerGP Online Party announcement? Well, we take the VIP (Virtually InterPersonal) in the party name very seriously. You could even say we take it series-ously. Until then, check out our blog series about how to make the most of attending a virtual conference.