2016 Keynote Speaker, Jim Stump
When you meet Jim Stump, you quickly realize that he is a man built for others. He has a passion for people, excellence, growth, mentoring, and bringing out the best in individuals. Jim has invested his life's energy, training, and skills in helping athletes and leaders wrestle with and answer the difficult questions and challenges of life...including whose about faith. One of seven children raise in the Alaskan wilderness by pioneer missionary parents, he learned early the life-long lessons of hard work, sharing, and loving others. In high school, he excelled in athletics and academics before heading for Wheaton College to prepare for a career in coaching.
On his way to the found of his own 501(c)(3), Sports Challenge www.sportschallenge.org, there were several meaningful detours resulting in his finding answers to his own questions about faith and life.
At Wheaton, he played four sports and was active in student government while developing the interpersonal skills that have served him well in his focus on building deep relationships. Stints with Campus Crusade for Christ and Athletes in Action as their European Director, convinced Jim that athletes could have a significant impact on those who are searching for answers in life and prepared him for his unique role of mentoring the athletes at Stanford University. After several years, Jim turned down a transfer and started his own non-profit where he focused on individuals from the football, baseball, and tennis teams who came to him for mentoring. He has also served as Chaplain for the San Francisco 49ers and San Francisco Giants.
A gifted story teller, Jim is often sought out as a speaker by colleges and universities, sports mentor conferences, churches, and business and professional groups.
The success that came from serving under thirteen consecutive head coaches at Stanford for 45 years, including Hall of Fame inductee Bill Walsh, stemmed from his one on one prearranged meetings with the 35 scholar athletes who signed up each quarter to be mentored by him one hour per week. His highly productive methodology is covered in his latest book "The Power of One-on-One: Discovering the Joy and Satisfaction of Mentoring Others." many of the athletes who sought his advice and wisdom have gone on to successful careers in sports, business, and ministry, including Tony Dungy, author and Super Bowl winning Head Coach.
Jim now lives near Dallas, Texas with his wife, Linda, in close proximity to his three grown children and nine grandchildren.