Lee Rubin

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For twenty years, Lee Rubin has been building high-performance teams in both corporate America and the collegiate and professional sports world, setting the foundational cornerstone for a leadership and culture-building mindset focusing on the key components that create extraordinary teams. 


This strong core foundation was instilled early in Lee’s life as he held the position of captain of the Penn State football team and later went on to serve as a Human Resource Executive building senior leadership teams for some of the country's most prominent corporations which have become dominate leaders in their industries.  


Lee has emerged as one of the most engaging and sought-after voices across the country with his unique ability to understand and articulate winning principles with tremendous clarity and practical application on team building, leadership, and peak performance.


Lee has collaborated with and taken the stage for leading Fortune 500 Companies, like Johnson & Johnson, Sony, and JP Morgan, to name a few, as well as collegiate and professional sports teams and organizations across the country.  


He holds a bachelor’s degree in Speech Communications, with a minor in Business from Penn State University. Rubin received a full athletic scholarship to play football for the Nittany Lions. Lee was a three-year starting free safety, the 1994 Florida Citrus Bowl Defensive MVP, an All-Big Ten Conference selection, and an Honorable Mention All-American.


Lee was born in Honolulu, Hawaii, and raised in Central New Jersey. Lee and his lovely wife, Carmen, have been blessed with two beautiful daughters.


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Five Components of Extraordinary Teams 


Machines are evaluated based on the output of the entire unit, not the impressiveness of their parts. Extraordinary teams, like great machines, require certain components that hold their pieces together. While most organizations focus exclusively on building the skills of their members, elite organizations invest in the “stuff” that transforms a collection of talented individuals into extraordinary, machine-like teams.


Key Points:

  • Individuals must make sacrifices to achieve the team’s COMMON GOAL
  • Open and honest COMMUNICATION is the foundation for trust
  • Daily, focused discipline is the key to CONSISTENCY


Don't Just Play...Win!


Peak Performers think differently than everyone else – including others with more “natural” abilities. During this engaging keynote, Lee explores the characteristics found among high achievers across industries and disciplines. Lee masterfully weaves vivid stories with universal truths into a memorable experience. Audiences leave inspired and equipped to apply the lessons learned, and take their performance to new heights.


Key Points:

  • Developing a clear sense of IDENTITY is critical to reaching your full potential.
  • Setting specific and lofty GOALS will drive you past your comfort zone.
  • Winners embrace ADVERSITY and leverage their challenges for individual and team growth.


Five Characteristics of a Championship Culture


Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion are critical issues that require constant attention. Leaders who are having lasting success in those areas are focusing their efforts on building a championship culture. Any efforts to manufacture quantitative results without doing the deeper work of creating an inclusive culture where everyone can bring their best selves to work each day will be short-lived.


This insightful, engaging talk identifies the specific areas of focus that contribute to a championship culture.


Specifically, championship cultures are identified by:

  • Team members who leverage a diverse collection of individual strengths to achieve a COMMON GOAL
  • Open & Honest COMMUNICATION to foster a culture of trust.
  • CHEMISTRY: Challenges are embraced as opportunities to learn and grow as a team
  • CURIOSITY: Team members seek first to understand the uniqueness of fellow team members and value their perspectives
  • CONSISTENCY: Since there are no quick fixes, teams make a long-term commitment to the behaviors that contribute to a culture of inclusion

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"Lee Rubin is by far one of the best speakers we have had in our organization! Lee was the keynote speaker at our annual company-wide internal meeting, bringing employees together from across the country. Lee’s session on extraordinary teams is motivational, inspiring, engaging, and proved absolutely critical in helping our employees recognize not only the greatness we have already attained, but also the work we can still do together. So many “ah-ha” moments and thought-provoking points delivered with humor from Lee created a memorable presentation our group is still talking about."

Kristen Greer, Director of Marketing Operations, ImagineSoftware

“Lee was the opening keynote speaker for our hybrid event and provided an amazing talk about building teams. Both our in-person and virtual audience were buzzing about how they were inspired and entertained by his session. Aside from giving a great talk, Lee was a pleasure to work with. He was always willing to get on a call to customize his presentation and even worked with our marketing team to promote him with our event. I would highly recommend Lee and believe he would be appropriate for any audience!”

Brooke Passy, CMP, DES, Senior Meeting Manager, Association Headquarters

"What an absolute pleasure to have Lee in to speak to our TPO salesforce this week in Nashville. We have had numerous speakers over the years and I can tell you that Lee provided far and away the most impactful message our team has ever heard. Passionate, truthful, and honest - traits that define our team and our company, and will serve us all well as we continue to work towards achieving our goals in 2022 and beyond. We cant wait to have Lee back, and we are proud to have him as a partner, a friend, and part of the Flagstar family!"

Rich Hoffman, Senior Vice President of Sales, East Regional Director Flagstar Bank

"Lee Rubin was a hit!!! He closed out our 3-day HR state conference with incredible passion and energy. Lee is a genuine, inspiring leader and his skill and talent as a keynote is evident. He captures the audience’s attention and consistently engages them throughout his presentation. His message about building and strengthening extraordinary teams can benefit organizations and work groups of any size in any industry."

Jen Adix, Conference Co-Chair, South Dakota SHRM

"Lee Rubin = Superstar. It can't be emphasized enough how important it is to have great speakers at your events for them to be successful. Now, with most events turning from Live in-Person to Live on-Screen, it may be even more important. I have seen Lee in-person and was very excited that he agreed to participate in Alloya's Annual Symposium. Due to the Pandemic, we were forced to present our event virtually. Lee could not have been more accommodating and with our post-event survey results now in - he couldn't have done a better job - highest marks from our members!"

Tim Bruculere, Senior Vice President, Alloya Corporate FCU

"We were delighted to have Lee Rubin be our opening Keynote Speaker at our NSCP National Conference. Lee’s message to our audience was not only energetic and engaging but also inspirational and “great for all facets of life,” as one of our attendees commented. We received rave reviews of Lee’s keynote and how relevant it was to them as compliance professionals, while also applying to them on a personal level. Lee’s storytelling style, infused with humor, practicality, and truth, made a huge impact on our audience. We would absolutely recommend Lee Rubin as a keynote speaker to any organization because his messages of leadership and teamwork collaboration are timeless and applicable for all industries."

Holly Orefice, Conference Manager, National Society of Compliance Professionals

"We sponsored Lee at our annual Advisor conference, and he was tremendous. Lee brought high energy, passion, and total engagement among the 300 Financial Advisors in attendance. His delivery was direct and he reinforced the messages our team was trying to deliver to a very successful group of employees. Lee was passionate, with high energy and he tackled tough questions head on, and was a crowd FAVORITE."

Frank Consalo, Citi Personal Wealth Management