Commencement Address – David Winfield – Friday, May 10, 2013

One of the most respected and versatile motivational speakers on the circuit, Winfield addresses audiences from colleges to corporations such as American Express, MasterCard,, Xerox, IBM, GE Small Business Solutions, General Motors, Bank of America and the FDIC.

Dave provides a specifically tailored keynote to help your company or group reach its goals and objectives — with a dynamic presentation that covers a wide range of topics:

  1. It’s a Game, a Science and your Business: Your Winning GamePlan

  2. Live a Hall of Fame Life: Your own Pathway to Promise

  3. The 5 Levels: From Aspiration to Achievement


5 Levels of Success: From Aspiration to Achievement

What does it take to succeed in your industry? After having a Hall of Fame Baseball career, Dave Winfield realized there were 5 levels a person needed to succeed. To confirm his theory, he interviewed and researched other baseball Hall of Famers, best all time players, and coaches from other sports, who all made reference to one or more of his 5 levels as part of achieving success. These principles do not just apply to sports, but also to business or any occupation. In this inspirational talk, Dave expands on the five principles and shows by following them in order you can break through the glass ceilings that have previously held you back from your goals.

Living a Hall of Fame Life: Your Own Pathway to Promise

Do you want an extraordinary life or an ordinary life? Dave Winfield’s career has taken him to the Baseball Hall of Fame, a job in broadcasting, a bestselling book, and working as a motivational speaker. But he couldn’t have achieved success in business, sports, and his personal life without following these three areas of significance. In this motivational talk, Dave shares how you can have an extraordinary life by knowing where to find your inspiration, pursuing only those things that fill you with passion, and building a great team of support around you for knowledge and inspiration.

It’s a Game, a Science, and your Business: Your Winning Game Plan

Achieving personal success and improvement can be difficult. Dave Winfield knows how difficult it can be to achieve goals, having worked his whole life to earn a hall of fame career in baseball. Based on his eBook, Dave presents a compact game plan for personal success and improvement. Using information from the nine chapters of his book, Dave shares how to prepare yourself, be your own best coach, come back after setbacks, succeed under pressure and more.




“By promoting we had Dave Winfield as our keynote speaker this year, it energized our sponsors and helped us sellout our 11th annual gala. His tailored message to our group was a home run, and his commitment to our cause was evident and heartfelt. We thank him for all he did, and we can now help more kids than ever before.”

Marquis and Sharon Grissom

The Marquis Grissom Baseball Academy, Atlanta, GA.


“Full of insight and good humor, Dave lends his celebrity to shed light on important topics with an inviting and personable tone. He was more than patient with all our guests who were very impressed with this sports legend.” – Molly Dillon
Molly Dillon

Community Development Manager, American Cancer Society

“Dave Winfield spoke at our annual sales event for top sales people. He did an excellent job of delivering a motivational message, but also kept it entertaining. We had a broad audience of sales people and their spouses/guests, but Dave engaged everyone with his presentation. He is a fantastic storyteller and he was a great brand ambassador for us at the event”. David Bolio,
David Bolio

Director of Marketing, Sales & Distribution, The Hartford

Dave has a long and storied history with the NCAA College World Series as one of its most famous participants.  As an ambassador for the sport of baseball he's twice spoken to a sold out crowd at our Opening Ceremonies of the CWS, and he is able to connect with and convey many life messages that impact the young men playing the game today. His love of the game of baseball is obvious, and he remains one of the most popular players ever to play in Omaha

Dennis Poppe

NCAA Vice President for Championships and Alliances, Tournament Director 26 years, NCAA

“My client, a major bank had Dave Winfield speak at their global equity conference. He was a huge hit with those in attendance. He even extended his Q&A session to accommodate all of the questions he was asked, and then stayed to visit with the group. He’s a fine gentleman and a wonderful speaker! 
Veronica Wilt

Global Event Marketing

Dave Winfield really opened his heart to Fred Hutch when he came to Seattle to speak at the 50thannual Hutch Award.  He visited with our world-class researchers, spent time with kids at the Hutch School – and then used that inspiration to have 1,000 luncheon attendees laughing and crying with him.
Dr. Gary Gilliland

President and Director , Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center

Dave was absolutely fantastic at the podium and very personable with our members. I’ve had members come up to me after the event and tell me they thought he was the best we’ve had, and I’d have a hard time disagreeing.


Dan Bell

General Manager, General Manager- The Green Diamond Gallery, Cincinnati, Ohio

We had Dave Winfield speak at our annual awards banquet and fund raiser for the Aberdeen SD Area Boys and Girls Club. Dave was very warm and inviting, had a great message and was very entertaining…Dave filled all our seats and we “hit a home run” with our silent and live auction of Dave Winfield memorabilia! I would highly recommend Mr. Winfield for any speaking engagement….He is a true professional and a stand up individual!


Mike Sommers

Board Chair, Aberdeen area Boys and Girls Club

With Dave Winfield, as the keynote speaker for our annual dinner, it brought out the largest turnout ever for this event. His interaction with our players, booster was a perfect complement to the evening. The speech, which was about values, character and overcoming obstacles, is content the University of Virginia is very appreciative.
Brian O’Connor

Coach, University of Virginia baseball

Thanks for all you did for the University of Utah and our baseball program. Our athletes were inspired and motivated by a man that has seen and done so much in the game. Everyone in attendance was impressed with your warmth, humor and the content of your presentation. You did an outstanding job.
Bill Kinneberg

Coach, University of Utah

This moment was one of my favorite at Thomas Jefferson School of Law.  Dave Winfield gave an inspiring speech to the graduating law students, generously sharing his all -star energy and enthusiasm.  Sports and law proved to be a winning combination for students and families lucky enough to be in attendance to hear his message encouraging excellence.  Just another of the great moments in Dave Winfield’s storied career.
Marybeth Herald

Author/Professor, Thomas Jefferson School of Law, San Diego, California

Your presentation on jobs, hiring and Diversity in corporate America was factual, timely and compelling to everyone either seeking employment or providing it. Everything was right on target; outstanding. Your position with the San Diego Padres, your stature and voice gives your message great credibility.
Ray King

President, San Diego Urban League Job Fair Diversity

Dave Winfield was the keynote speaker at a dinner at our Annual Conference in Cooperstown, New York.  We are certain that Dave was the reason for our largest turn out yet. He was very affable, captivating, charismatic and entertaining, and made time to meet and take photos with our conferees. We thoroughly enjoyed his stories and motivational speech.”
Donna Seon

Life Insurance Council of New York, Inc.

On behalf of the FDIC, I would like to express my sincere appreciation to you for your inspirational presentation at our Labor and Employment Training Conference. Learning about your personal life experiences and how they relate to any forward looking organization, such as the FDIC, was clearly one of the highlights of our conference. In particular, your comments about integrity and honesty echoed loud and strong throughout an organization that a also values such long-standing virtues. You are a charismatic speaker who masterfully kept a widely diverse audience captivated and smiling while sharing your relevant and timely messages. Our attendees were deeply touched by your warm personality, charm and excellent humor.
Director, Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation
Arleas Upton Kea

Director, Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation

We enjoyed having you and you were a huge hit! Your excellent delivery and sense of humor made your experiences come to life for everyone. Your remarks reiterated the theme of taking different approaches and varying your routine, and we are grateful for your thoughtful approach to our conference. It was a memorable address that all attendees will glean helpful tips from and apply in both their personal and professional lives. Thank you for being a key player in making our conference a success.
Kedran Whitman

Sr. VP, Marketing & Product Management, Comdata Corporation

Your address to our top broker dealers at what we call the Masters Summit was very appropriate. Thank you for helping us add a unique element to what would have been primarily training and recognition of our top producers. You offered stories that our attendees from across the country could relate to. Your comments in particular about Peak Performers, All Stars and Hall of Famers, was quite appropriate for this group.
Mauryanne Remondini

Event Marketing Manager, John Hancock Financial Services, Inc. Signator Financial Network

Thanks for sharing your story as to how the Major League Baseball Players Union had a major impact on your life and career. The stories of your success are very relevant to what we do. Thank you for sharing that with us.
Terrence M. O’Sullivan

General President, The Laborers International Union of North America

“I want to thank Dave Winfield for coming to our campus and speaking to our students.  Dave was wonderful to work with and very flexible in his presentation.  I was amazed at how much he already knew about Vincennes University and the community.  The message he gave to our students and community was well received and timely.  I could not have asked for a better speaker to address our “soon to be graduates.”

John Livers

Dean of Students, Vincennes University


Randy Grossman, Esq.