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Moneyball's Billy Beane to Speak Feb. 11

Contributed by: Kate Elliott
Published: Monday, 04 February 2013 8:00 AM
We invite you to a conversation with Moneyball's Billy Beane, led by 1070 The Fan's Mark Montieth, as part of Ball State's 2012-13 Excellence in Leadership Speaker Series.

7:30 p.m. Monday, February 11
Emens Auditorium
Free and open to the public

Considered one of the most progressive and talented baseball executives in the game today, Billy Beane has modeled the Oakland Athletics into a postseason contender since assuming duties as general manager in 1997. By striking parallels between baseball and business, the 2012 Major League Baseball Executive of the Year inspires audiences with his unforgettable winning underdog story.

Best-selling author Michael Lewis chronicled Beane and the Oakland Athletics journey in his 2003 best-selling book Moneyball: The Art of Winning an Unfair Game, now a major motion picture starring Brad Pitt.

Beane's strategy has since opened the eyes of many top sports executives and CEOs who now use "Moneyball" methodology. In 2008, Beane collaborated with former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich and U.S. Sen. John Kerry in coauthoring a New York Times article that offered possible remedies for the U.S. health care crisis.

Interviewer Mark Montieth is a former Indianapolis Star sports reporter and current host of One on One on 1070 The Fan, the ESPN affiliate in Indianapolis. He will guide the evening's conversation, which will be followed by a question and answer session with members of the audience.

About the Series
Each semester, the Excellence in Leadership (EIL) program invites nationally recognized leaders to our campus to serve as keynote speakers. These speakers share their experiences, expertise, and wisdom with our students. In March, EIL welcomes Jessica Jackley, founder of, a nonprofit organization that connects people through lending to alleviate poverty. Enthusiastic, grounded, and very relatable, Jackley encourages you to build a meaningful career by focusing your skills on work that drives you. Don't miss "Love, Money, and Work: Social Entrepreneurship as a Career" at 7:30 p.m. on March 18 in Pruis Hall. This event is free and open to the public.

Ball State wants its programs and services to be accessible to all people. For information about access and accommodations, please call the Office of Disabled Student Development at 765-285-5293 (TTY users only 765-285-2206).