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A Team-Centric, Inclusive Leadership Style with Martie Cordaro, President of the Omaha Storm Chasers and Union Omaha

By Jeremy Weisz posted 06-27-2021 05:00 PM


Martie CordaroMartie Cordaro is the President of the Omaha Storm Chasers and Union Omaha. He has been with the Omaha Storm Chasers since 2007 and was recently honored with the George Brett Commitment to ALS Award. Martie was also recognized as the Minor League Baseball Executive of the Year in 2013, the Sarpy County Business Leader of the Year in 2014, and more.

Community has consistently been at the forefront of Martie’s daily efforts, and his team has received multiple honors for their community work, including Ballpark Digest’s Charity Team of the Year Award. In 2020, Martie led his team through the pandemic and hosted more than 180 events for Omaha Storm Chaser fans.

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Here’s a glimpse of what you’ll learn: 

  • Martie Cordaro talks about where his team-centric approach comes from
  • How does Martie’s community influence his leadership style?
  • The business of sports: creating experiences, celebrating wins, and more
  • How the sports entertainment industry has changed since the global pandemic
  • The value of diversity, equity, and inclusion for organizations — and what it means for Martie in the sports industry
  • How Martie balances his roles with two different sports teams
  • The traits Martie looks for when hiring
  • Martie discusses his weaknesses — and how he addresses them as a leader
  • Martie shares his interests outside of work

In this episode…

For Martie Cordaro, the best leadership approach is team-centric. As he says, leaders should celebrate the diverse backgrounds, ideas, and identities within a community. So, what is his advice for creating an inclusive, harmonious space that everyone can enjoy?

Influenced by the spirit of the community in his hometown of Ruston, Louisiana, Martie has built a career that is driven by people. As the President of two sports organizations, Martie is committed to the players, the fans, and his employees. That’s why he focuses his efforts on social justice, LGBTQ+ support, and making diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives a part of his organizations’ daily work. In this way, Martie is leading a team that helps the community develop as a whole.

In this episode of Level Up, Nick Araco is joined by Martie Cordaro, the President of the Omaha Storm Chasers and Union Omaha, to talk about growing your community through diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives. Martie discusses how he leads within the sports entertainment industry, the importance of celebrating diverse teams, and his process for hiring passionate individuals. Plus, Martie shares how you can uplift your community each day. Stay tuned!

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