Marcus Allen

Marcus Allen

CEO of Big Brothers Big Sisters Independence and former professional basketball player

Marcus Allen became the first African American CEO of Big Brothers Big Sisters Independence (BBBSI), in its celebrated 100-year history. It is the largest one-to-one mentoring program in Pennsylvania and the third largest in the country. Marcus’s work has garnered prestigious awards including the Philadelphia Business Journal’s “Most Admired CEO.”

In 2022, BBBSI partnered with Lincoln Financial Field and the Philadelphia Eagles to recruit 100 “Bigs” over the 2022 football season. Marcus Allen said, “Kids just need someone they can talk to, kids need someone who will walk shoulder-to-shoulder with them, and partner with them as they’re navigating through the challenges and complexities growing up,” The Philadelphia Eagles reported.

As a thought leader and panel expert, he has appeared on CNN, Oprah Winfrey and various local and national news shows. Marcus Allen has been invited as the keynote speaker to fortune 500 companies such as Bank of America, Deloitte and others.

Keynote Session Description

Stop Trying; No Excuses, Just Do It!

This keynote will be centered around understanding how the human mind works in challenging situations and how through practice, courage and failing forward, anyone can reach their goals. Attendees will leave with real life examples and tips on overcoming personal and professional challenges.

Marcus will use his professional and personal challenges and triumphs to walk the attendees through how they can achieve more in life and career. He will specifically reference his recent summiting of Mt. Kilamanjaro to demonstrate these points. His remarks on your personal 5E’s that drive life and business success: Experience, Education, Environment, EQ, & Execution will give the audience a foundational understanding that will equip them with the knowledge to be confident in their respective journeys and positively impact their productivity to improve the bottom line of their companies.

Learning Objectives:

  • Self Actualization – revealing purpose in your leadership
  • Inspiring employees through authenticity and vision –
  • Active listening as an advantage to engaging diverse groups – DEI
  • Cheat code to corporate mentorship – name dropping vs name saying
  • Using human insight to improve your performance
  • 1 simple email that can change your leadership forever

This is a keynote which is relatable, academic, and full of practical learnings that audience members can utilize regardless of their position/title…C-suite, entrepreneur, or team member.