Catch these speakers live at the USMA Annual Education Conference in Miami
Shane Battier, Former NBA Player
Dubbed the “No-Stats All-Star” by author Michael Lewis, Shane Battier shows audiences how to identify and cultivate the intangibles of life that winners possess—and how sports and technology are converging to give anyone the tools to become a champion. Where Shane Battier went, winning followed. After graduating with honors from Duke University with two Final Four appearances, one national championship, two All-American awards, and Naismith and John Wooden National Player of the Year awards, he was selected by the Memphis Grizzlies in the 2001 NBA draft. Battier went on to be part of the back-to-back 2012 and 2013 NBA championship Miami Heat team and a member of the USA Basketball national team. Known for his exemplary character and his commitment to community service, Battier has established himself as a scholar athlete (inducted into the 2015 NCAA Academic All-American Hall of Fame), All-American, leader, champion, philanthropist, and an expert in team building. He understands that champions are often made when no one is looking, and that it is the attention to the often-unnoticed intangibles that makes the difference in building a championship culture. Profiled by best-selling author Michael Lewis, Battier is renown in basketball circles for elevating his team to championship levels through the winning plays that don’t show up in the box score. He shares with audiences how to use data and analytics to pinpoint optimal strengths and weaknesses and reach full potential. Statistics and technology combine to provide the opportunity for athletic success that goes beyond traditional approaches. A strong proponent of the intersection of athletics and technology, Battier is an annual speaker at the MIT Sloan Sports Analytics Conference and a consultant for Intel on their sports device division, focusing on application in sports. He advises multiple tech startups and is a global ambassador for the NBA. He and his wife, Heidi, have also launched The Battier Take Charge Foundation to provide educational resources and programs for the development of youth and teens in underserved areas.
Manny Miranda, Executive Vice President, Power Delivery FPL
Manny Miranda is executive vice president of Power Delivery for Florida Power & Light Company (FPL). He is responsible for the planning, engineering, construction, maintenance and operations of the company’s transmission, substation and distribution facilities. Mr. Miranda was named to this position in April 2013. In addition, Mr. Miranda was named President, Florida City Gas in 2022. Prior to his current role, Mr. Miranda served as vice president of Transmission & Substation, and before that, as vice president of distribution system performance, where he was responsible for FPL’s Storm Secure initiative to substantially strengthen the distribution infrastructure against future hurricanes. Mr. Miranda has held a variety of roles within the customer service and distribution areas of the business, including commercial and industrial manager and roles in engineering and dispatch operations. He joined FPL in 1982. Mr. Miranda holds a Bachelor of Science degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Miami and a Master of Business Administration from Nova Southeastern University (NSU). He serves on the Board of Governors for NSU’s H. Wayne Huizenga School of Business and Entrepreneurship and is the Chair of the NSU College of Engineering and Computing’s Industry Advisory Board. Mr. Miranda is on the University of Miami College of Engineering Advisory Board. He is on the Board of Directors of the Southeastern Electric Exchange (SEE) and the Association of Edison Illuminating Companies (AEIC) and has previously served as President of both the SEE and AEIC boards. In addition, Mr. Miranda serves on the boards of both the Florida Reliability Coordinating Council (FRCC) and the Southeastern Electric Reliability Council (SERC). Mr. Miranda has won numerous industry awards throughout his career, including Association of Cuban Engineers Engineer of the Year Award and the Alumnus of Distinction Award from the University of Miami College of Engineering.
John Sitilides, Global Supply Chain Threats, Advisor to the US State Department
John Sitilides, a Washington D.C. government affairs specialist and diplomacy consultant to the U.S. Department of State, shares his insights into U.S. and global risk trends, international threat assessments and geopolitical strategies before C-suite executives, high-stakes decision makers and opinion leaders at investor, corporate and government conferences and events. In customized briefings, he explores the complex political and geo-economic decisions that impact markets in Asia, Europe, the Middle East and worldwide, helping clients better understand, anticipate and mitigate risk. Since 2006, Sitilides chairs the State Department’s Advanced Area Studies Program for Southeast Europe (under a U.S. government contract) at the Foreign Service Institute, the primary training institution for U.S. diplomats and other foreign policy professionals. He has testified before Congress and is a regular media commentator on national security and American politics on broadcast, print and digital media. He has been interviewed on CNN, FOX News, CNN International, One America News, BBC News, and on Chinese, Russian, German, Turkish, Israeli & Arab television, and cited in the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Washington Post, Washington Times, Bloomberg, Politico, National Public Radio and Institutional Investor, among other major media outlets. Sitilides holds a Master’s Degree in International Affairs, specializing in International Security Policy, from the Columbia University School of International and Public Affairs.
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