The Thermostat Leader: Essential Habits & Attitudes for Every Team Captain
- 11:00 am - 11:30 am EDT
JT Thoms, Growing Leaders & Timothy Alexander
- 11:30 am - 12:30 pm EDT
In this session, Growing Leaders Athletic Consultant and Vice President, JT Thoms, teams up with Emmy Award Winner and motivational speaker, Timothy Alexander, to illuminate the essential habits and attitudes every team captain needs to have to be an effective leader on and off the field.
JT Thoms, Growing Leaders
As a former collegiate baseball player, JT Thoms understands the life of a student-athlete and what it takes to succeed. Now, Thoms serves as a Vice President at Growing Leaders where he speaks and consults with athletic teams and departments across the country to help develop more and better leaders. Some of the organizations he has worked with include the NFL, the Southeastern Conference, the San Francisco Giants, the New York Giants, the Alabama Crimson Tide, ASU Sun Devils, the Ohio State Buckeyes, Florida Gators, Pepperdine Waves, and many more. Thoms is passionate about empowering coaches and student-athletes with the habits and attitudes it takes to succeed on and off the field.
Timothy Alexander is a faith driven young man who has dedicated his life to motivating and inspiring others. A native of Birmingham Alabama, Timothy attended Erwin High School and was ranked the #8 high school football player in the state. Timothy had the opportunity to play for many colleges; however, he was involved in a life changing car accident in 2006, leaving him paralyzed from the neck down. From that point on, Timothy was left to find his purpose in life while paralyzed. Timothy completed his undergraduate career by receiving the Colonel Leo Thorsness “Courage Award” from the Youth Leadership Development Program (YLDP) and was also awarded the “Challenge Coin” from Command Sergeant Major Bennie Adkins. Timothy recently graduated from UAB with a Master’s degree in Communication Management. His proudest moment came on July 18, 2016 when he was able to stand up on his own for the first time since being paralyzed. The video of him standing went viral, catching the eye of ABC National News, TMZ Sports, and other news stations worldwide. Furthermore, Timothy was nominated on November 17, 2016 as the Sports Program Feature: for the 31st Midsouth Regional EMMY®AWARDS of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences and on January 21, 2017 he was named the EMMY®AWARDS WINNER. Alexander is also a keynote speaker, and recent graduate of the John Maxwell Certification Program. He is a living example of the phrase, "We don’t need it to be easy, we just need it to be possible."