From Foster Child To CEO Of Hearst Newspapers
Business Leader Bob Danzig is a man at the top who began at the bottom. After being abandoned at age two and bouncing from one foster home to another, he learned early on to seek the positive in the face of adversity. When he graduated from high school, he got a job as an office boy at the Albany Times Union. The newspaper became the family he never had. In that fast-paced environment, his confidence grew along with a lively sense of humor. Encouraged by a caring boss, he spent three years in the Navy, went to college nights for five years and was awarded a Journalism fellowship to Stanford University. Nineteen years after walking in the door as an office boy, Bob became Publisher of the Times Union. Seven years later, he was named President of all Hearst Newspapers nationwide. Over the next two decades, Bob led the 6,000 employee/colleague company to a renaissance of talent, strategic purpose, and 100 fold profit growth, earning him industry-wide respect for his innovative marketing leadership.
Speaker’s Hall of Fame
After retiring, Bob became a spellbinding professional speaker, named to the Speaker’s Hall of Fame in 2007. A long-time Foster Child advocate, Bob’s was the first recipient of the National Speakers Association’s Philanthropist of The Year Award; the first recipient of the Child Welfare League’s Champion for Children Award; and a recipient of the Beacon Ethics Award from the Business Ethics Alliance. (Previous honorees include Nobel Peace Prize winner, Muhammad Yunus, Secretary of State, Condoleezza Rice, and Former Secretary of Education, William Bennett.)
Today Bob is Dean Emeritus of the Hearst Management Leadership Institute and author of: The Leader Within You, Conversations with Bobby, Every Child Deserves A Champion, Angel Threads, Shakespeare Lives on Cape Cod, Fresh Start Moments, You Are Full of Promise, Business Gems & Vitamins for the Spirit. He was a featured speaker in The 17 Biblical Principles of Success hosted by Phil R. Taylor.
For Bob, the key to these life marks is acknowledging every individual who crosses his path and embracing each opportunity. By spreading encouragement, enhanced spirit and confidence, he is bringing lasting change to a world searching for these qualities.
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