Marquis “Bo” Porter
Bo has been called a game-changer by those in attendance at his inspirational, motivational and keynotes speaking engagements. Bo was tabbed with the distinguished honor to address the Notre Dame Football team before their National Championship game vs Alabama, he was named honorary captain by the University of Iowa Football team and delivered The MAKEUP OF A CHAMPION speech to his alumni. Afterward, Iowa’s Head Football Coach Kirk Ferentz called Bo’s motivational speech, “one of the most impactful presentations his team had ever received.”
One of Bo’s most rewarding presentations came when he represented MLB at its annual Elite Development Invitational. EDI has since been renamed the Hank Aaron Invitational to honor the career and life work of the MLB Home Run King. It’s one of Major League Baseballs’ prized diversity initiatives designed to enhance the mission of identifying diverse talent with the ability to excel in the sport and making the game more accessible and desirable to young athletes of color. Bo delivered a resounding message on How I Failed into REal Excellence to the EDI participants, telling them that their ability to overcome failure will be a key ingredient to becoming a champion in sports and life. Major League Baseball Senior Vice President of youth programs Tony Reagins introduced Bo as a person who’s done it all in MLB. Bo’s professional sports career spans nearly three decades. He’s experienced and witnessed the evolution of transformational change in a sport that has been historically slow to evolve. Baseball has endured a revolutionary change that was resisted at every angle by the former leaders of the game. But as the leadership hierarchy changed in MLB, so did business operations and the use of technology. Bo is sharing these experiences and more in ways that allow companies, individuals and teams the opportunity to realize The Power of Analytics, and how to effectively navigate Change and Transition. Bo is an added value for organizational formation or reformation. His use of data and in-depth metrics evaluations will increase profit margins and tell the indisputable story of what actually constitutes success in business and sports. Diversity and Inclusion have been a focal point for MLB and Bo has participated in a number of focused initiatives aimed at bringing awareness and accountability to this controversial issue. His extensive background makes him an excellent resource for companies hosting a Diversity & Inclusion Lunch and Learn. Bo credits his mentors for sharing their experiences and wisdom as a major contributor to his wealth of knowledge and overall growth. Bo’s list of mentors includes Hank Aaron, Dusty Baker, Robert Duncan, Bob Elliott, Hayden Fry, Al Goldis, John Hart, Gina Luna, Willie Randolph, Frank Robinson, Dave Trembley, Dave Winfield, and Ron Washington.
When it comes to community engagement and giving back, Bo believes that everything you do for yourself will die with you but everything you do for others has a chance to live forever. As a dedicated philanthropist, Bo is the founder and chairman of the board of the SELF Foundation. His non-profit organization has impacted the lives of countless underprivileged and underserved families and children. Bo has been called upon by non-profit organizations and foundations across the country to deliver his keynote address on, THE POWER OF GIVING. This powerful keynote address has inspired others to step up to the plate as well and support those in need of a hand in the game.
Of Bo’s many awards and accomplishments, Bo played Major League Baseball for the Chicago Cubs, Oakland A’s and Texas Rangers. He immediately transitioned into the coaching ranks during his post-playing career and quickly became one of the top young leaders in MLB. The Houston Astros named Bo Porter Manager at the age of 40, which at the time made him the youngest manager in MLB. He was featured on the cover of Who’s Who Black Houston. Black Enterprise magazine honored Bo with the title of Mr. Baseball when they named him to the list of Black Enterprise Modern Men Top-100, and his story From MLB to Philanthropy appeared in the nationally-acclaimed Profile magazine.
Bo received mayoral proclamations and keys to the city from the mayors of both Newark, New Jersey and Houston, Texas. Bo received a proclamation from Houston’s Mayor Sylvester Turner on February 7, 2017, a day that was proclaimed Bo Porter Day in Houston, Texas. Bo also received a proclamation from the Essex County Executive Joe DiVincenzo on December 13, 2012, a day that was proclaimed Bo Porter Day in Essex County, New Jersey. On May 5, 2015, Newark, New Jersey’s Mayor Ras Baraka renamed Green Acres Park the Marquis “Bo” Porter Sports Complex. The mayor said, “The renaming of this park is a tribute to Bo’s lifetime accomplishments and commitment to our great city.”
Bo is the author of two books: REal Life EMPOWERED, a 365-Day Daily Devotional for personal direction and development. REal Life EMPOWERED inspired him to host the EMPOWERED SUMMIT, a transformational movement that brings nine EMPOWERED speakers together to ignite and inspire the champion in you. His second book, The END GAME draws from his life experiences in professional sports as a player, coach, manager, television network analyst, mentor, business owner, and philanthropist. The END GAME analyzes what REal Excellence in sports and life looks like, and how some have managed to master “The END GAME.”
Bo earned a bachelors degree in Communications from the University of Iowa and views education as the ultimate game-changer. It’s that outlook that led Bo to develop The END GAME DEVELOPMENT SUMMIT. This holistic event is designed for student-athletes, parents, and coaches. It covers all the bases and takes a deep dive into four quadrants:
- “The REason” we play sports and why sports exist.
- “The REsponsibility” of participating parties and how they impact the development of those playing sports.
- “The REality” of a career in sports; what are my chances and options?
- “The REwards” that one can achieve from playing sports.
Bo Porter provides cutting-edge services, facilitates transformational movements for individuals, companies and teams and assists in discovering the growth potential that exists within and around them. His forward-thinking, innovative approach creates a culture that crystallizes talent, successfully navigates the journey to the mountaintop, and provides a competitive edge for those inspired to champion every aspect of their lives.
Bo Porter Enterprise offers a full calendar of Development Seminars designed to help individuals and companies grow. If you’re looking for convenience and the ability to connect with Bo whenever and wherever, subscribe to 360° to Grow with Bo Podcast and enroll in one of Bo Porter Enterprise Online Development Programs and gain additional training and knowledge. Bo specializes in Leadership Development, Team Building, and Business Development. His podcast is a transformational platform designed to engage, educate, encourage and empower its followers and listeners to embody a growth mindset, embrace their “REawakening”, and enjoy the journey we call life. Bo is helping millions of people move the needle and successfully arrive at the peak of their potential.
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