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Jackie Robinson: Exemplar of the American Dream

April 15, 2015 Posted by Joe Plumeri

April 15, 2013, I wrote the following piece for the Huffington Post about Jackie Robinson and the release of the movie, 42. Jackie Robinson is the example of a leader and a man who wasn't afraid to be himself.  I continue to work with closely with The Jackie Robinson Foundation founded by Jackie's wife, Rachel Robinson.  

On April 15, every player in major league baseball wears the number 42 on his back. Filling movie theaters over this past weekend, millions of young people courageously chasing their dreams against long odds now understand why that show of unity has meaning.

Brian Helgeland, the director of 42, set out to give Jackie Robinson ...

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The Significance of Today

April 15, 2015 Posted by Joe Plumeri

Two years ago, my son Jay told me he was going to run in the Boston Marathon on April 15, 2013. “That happens to be Chris’s birthday.  I’m going to run for Chris,” he told me.  I was overcome with emotion that he would be running 26.2 miles in memory of his brother, and there was no way I was going to miss it.  

My daughter Leslie and I were making our way to the finish line when the first explosion went off. We were only a hundred yards away.  Before my eyes, a day full of joy and excitement turned into utter terror. I was in a state of panic until I knew Jay was safe.

In the midst of chaos, I was inspired to see strangers selflessly helping one another. It was a community unlike any I had ever witnessed.   Without hesitation, total strangers ran to aide those injured. People ...

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On Sharing Your Heart & Enduring The Book Business

April 13, 2015 Posted by Joe Plumeri

After 71 years of life and nearly 50 years in business, through many ups and a few downs, I finally wrote a book – The Power of Being Yourself – about my experiences. The book contains eight principles that, together, comprise “A Game Plan for Success by Putting Passion into Your Life and Work,” as the subtitle points out.

I was overwhelmed and humbled by the outpouring of 500 people at the Rainbow Room on April 7 when we celebrated the book’s publication. My life passed before my eyes, literally, as friends and mentors like Andrew Cuomo, Georgette Mosbacher, Frank Bisignano, Sandy Weill and Jim Robinson shared the evening with me. Not there, but present in spirit, were others who have profoundly influenced my thinking, great leaders like Henry Kravis, Bill Bradley and Jeb Bush, all of whom were kind enough to offer praise for the book on the ...

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