Former NBA Player and ESPN Announcer
Stephen Bardo is a motivational master. His experience on the basketball court and as a television analyst helped forge his fast-paced presentations that provide audiences with tools they can use immediately to achieve greater results in their professions. Growing up in Carbondale, Illinois, Bardo always strived to be the best at anything he did. This…
Stephen Bardo is a motivational master. His experience on the basketball court and as a television analyst helped forge his fast-paced presentations that provide audiences with tools they can use immediately to achieve greater results in their professions.
Growing up in Carbondale, Illinois, Bardo always strived to be the best at anything he did. This included school and especially sports where Stephen was an All-State and honorable mention All-American basketball player in high school and led his team to the state tournament. All of his hard work and dedication paid off when he received a scholarship from the University of Illinois.
At Illinois, Stephen started all four years at point guard and helped the Fighting Illini reach the NCAA tournament each season. During his successful collegiate career Stephen was named Big Ten Defensive Player of the year and made all conference twice. He led the “Flyin’ Illini” to the Final Four in 1989, one of the most memorable teams in NCAA history.
After graduating from Illinois, Stephen was drafted by the Atlanta Hawks in the 1990 NBA draft (2nd round, 41st pick overall). All had gone according to plan to this point, but this is where Stephen’s professional life really began. He was devastated one night during the preseason when he was called into the coaches’ office to learn he had been cut from the team. In shock, and not once had he given any thought that he would not make it straight to the NBA, Bardo regrouped and played in the CBA (developmental league for the NBA). He soon returned to his winning ways and led his team to Game 7 of the CBA championship, only to lose in the final seconds during his rookie season.
A year later he played his way onto the Dallas Mavericks, realizing yet another dream. Stephen went on to have a 10-year career with stops in the NBA (including Detroit, Dallas, and San Antonio), the CBA, and overseas in France, Italy, Japan, Spain, and Venezuela. His very last game of his career, Stephen walked off the floor with a championship, a winner!
During the off seasons of his playing career Stephen worked with television stations and ran his own sports marketing company, preparing himself for the day the ball stopped bouncing. Once the ball stopped, he didn’t miss a beat. A college basketball analyst for ESPN since 2005, Stephen made the move to the Big Ten Network in 2013. “The Big Ten is home for me,” says Bardo. “When I was playing in the Big Ten, it was the best college basketball conference in country, and I don’t see why it can’t be the same today.” A successful author and speaker, Stephen is also the proud father of two sons.
Ernie was perfect for our Elders Conference at Little River Casino Resort in Manistee, Michigan. We will definitely be using PDA again!
LITTLE RIVER BAND OF OTTAWA INDIANS
Our speaker was great and the crowd enjoyed her! She was very engaging. Thank you again PDA for the great list of suggestions!
Everything went great! and our speaker was wonderful! Thank you so much for all your help PDA! Looking forward to the next one.
UNIVERSITY OF MISSOURI – KANSAS CITY
I hope that this message finds you well. We had a phenomenal time with Atsuko this past Thursday. We wanted to just let you know how amazing she was. All those that were in attendance thoroughly enjoyed her and had nothing but amazing things to say about her. Thank you for working with us to make sure this happened!
BAYLOR UNIVERSITY CAMPUS
We had a fantastic day with Inge! She was very engaging with all those that attended. Her personal stories about the holocaust were very special and we were moved that she was willing to share them with everyone. Thank you again, PDA for all your hard work and dedication to make this program such a success!
SALT LAKE COMMUNITY COLLEGE
Dear PDA Group, Thank you so much for your hard work in scheduling our speaker! From the moment we reached out to you the first time, you worked with us on all details and logistics and kept us up-to-date on the progress. Thank you for all your hard work on making our event such a success! We couldn't have done it without you and your team!
Thank you again, Dr. Kimbrough, for a great presentation, our attendees are still talking about it!
Dr. Henry Lee's presentation was entertaining, insightful and wise. I, and everyone at Pfizer, especially appreciate the remarks you directed about following your passion and preparing yourself to excel. Thank you, everyone, at PDA for helping to make this happen!
The event was successful! I received many messages expressing how awesome, outstanding and inspiring Ms. Webb-Christburg's speech was."
DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR. MEMORIAL BREAKFAST, BOSTON, MLK SPEAKER
Everything went well. Atsuko was very easy to work with and the students enjoyed her performance! Thank you again for your recommendation and I hope to work with you again in the future!
CENTRAL MICHIGAN UNIVERSITY
Dr. Novello left this morning after a very successful event on our campus! Thank you PDA Group for your help from the first phone to the last you were with us every step of the way.
GRAND VALLEY STATE UNIVERSITY
Jordan Carlos was very very entertaining! A majority of students who answered the event survey indicated they really enjoyed Jordan and definitely will bring him back!
WESTERN CAROLINA UNIVERSITY
On behalf of myself and my organization Entertainment Unlimited the Campus Programming Board of Ferris State University, we thank you PDA and Dan for a successful event!! Dan was magnificent! Students really enjoyed the presentation. I know I did. Can't wait to bring in more programs with PDA Group.
FERRIS STATE UNIVERSITY
It was a great pleasure to work with PDA Group! The communication was always prompt, friendly and helpful. We loved the speakers and events we booked through Mr. Peter Walker (PDA Group).
WESTERN MICHIGAN UNIVERSITY
Thank you, Peter, for all your help, you'll be happy to know that the event went incredibly well! Aneesa Ferreira was by far one of the best speakers we've ever had!
Don’t Let the Stone Stop You: Overcoming Adversity in Business and Life:
Stephen Bardo’s message “Don’t Let The Stone Stop You” fits well for today’s turbulent economic times. His emphasis that you control your destiny regardless of unsettled world issues rings true whether his audience includes CEOs, entrepreneurs or coaches. Among the stories that Bardo shares are his challenges en route to his road to playing in the NBA. His is a story of overcoming personal and professional adversity, something with which most audiences identify in some way.
DON”T LET THE STONE STOP YOU!
Keynote: 60-90 Minutes
Workshop or Breakout: 60-120 Minutes
The workplace can be a challenging environment without the proper attitude among employees and co-workers. Whether your organization has experienced recent success or your team has missed their quarterly mark, we all need inspiration and a positive push from time to time.
Stephen Bardo will inspire your organization and take them on a personal growth journey. He shares techniques for personal development from working with some of the top professionals in the world of sports and broadcasting. Stephen will challenge your team to become more intentional about professional development. He will demonstrate how some of the top teams in the world “never settle” and are always striving to become better.
YOUR ORGANIZATION WILL LEARN:
Why personal and professional development is critical in business.
3 steps that separate average and peek performers.
How to stay focused on controllables.
Why the fundamentals of personal development will never go out of style.
YOUR ORGANIZATION’S RETURN ON INVESTMENT:
Improved organizational culture among employees.
Higher levels of commitment to improve company’s direction.
Employees will have more confidence when facing future challenges.
COLLEGE ATHLETES PROGRAM
Keynote: 45-60 Minutes
Workshop or Breakout: 60-120 Minutes
The demands on college student-athletes has never been higher! The scrutiny and pressure for college athletic programs to win and win big trickles down to the student-athlete. These challenging times require innovative strategies designed specifically for today’s student-athlete.
Stephen Bardo’s “POINT GUARD VISION!” program illustrates the risk/reward factors involved with athletic participation and how to take advantage of these opportunities. Stephen was the Defensive Player of the Year, All Big Ten selection, and starting point guard for the “Flyin’ Illini” that reached the Final Four in 1989. His past playing experiences and current commentating duties for the Big Ten Network and Fox 1 Sports gives him a unique perspective on success for today’s college student-athlete. This is a must have for any students trying to understand any college program recruiting them today.
Student-Athletes will learn to leverage their heightened exposure on campus.
Student-Athletes will learn the importance of networking for success after sports.
Student-Athletes will understand to focus on areas they can control.
Student-Athletes will develop their own identity outside of being an athlete.
HOW TO BREAK INTO SPORTS COMMENTATING
COLLEGE BROADCASTING PROGRAM
Keynote: 45-60 minutes
Workshop or Breakout: 60-120 minutes
There has never been a more exciting time to enter sports broadcasting than now! There are many sports media outlets via television, radio, and internet that are available for college students with the confidence, drive, and skills to seize them.
With over 20 years of experience in the sports media world, Stephen Bardo knows what it takes to be a successful sports commentator. His “How To Break Into Sports Commentating” program shows aspiring commentators how to set themselves apart from their competition. This program stresses the importance of networking and relationship building for entry and career mobility once in the sports commentating world.
PROGRAM LEARNING OBJECTIVES:
To equip interested students with the knowledge and skills needed to thrive in sports commentating
To educate students how to create their unique positioning
To inspire students to improve their craft daily
To illustrate the current opportunities available to aspiring students
YOUTH MOTIVATIONAL PROGRAM
KEYNOTE PROGRAM: 60 Minutes
WORKSHOP PROGRAM: 1/2 day
TARGET AUDIENCE: Grades 6-12
Our students face challenging times. Developing leadership is one of the vital pieces for their success. Students that have a better understanding of self development, decision-making, and life mapping stand a much better chance to flourish.
In his highly popular “POINT GUARD VISION!” program, motivational speaker Stephen Bardo will inspire students to embrace personal growth and he will challenge students to make intentional choices to apply their own personal leadership skills. The direction: create confident student leaders with the ability to take advantage of opportunities that impact their world.
PROGRAM LEARNING OBJECTIVES:
To motivate today’s youth to CREATE their own unique path.
To inspire youth to use their talents to MAKE OTHERS BETTER.
To encourage students to FAIL their way to successl.
To help kids make BETTER CHOICES that will positively affect their future.
Don’t Let The Stone Stop You!
Stephen Bardo Point Guard Vision
Stephen Bardo Interview "Basketball will Pay you Back" - Coach Godwin Ep: 151
1 HOUR OR LESS