A four-time Super Bowl champion will share his tips on a winning leadership to a crowd of aspiring business professionals at the next S.C. State School of Business’ Executive Speaker Series.
Former Pittsburgh Steeler Donnie Shell will discuss “Servant Leadership” at noon on March 16 in the fourth-floor auditorium of Belcher Hall. An alumnus of S.C. State University, Shell serves as president of Donnie Shell Consulting LLC.
Shell played 14 years for the Pittsburgh Steelers, from 1974-1987. He is a member of the famed “steel curtain” defense known for shutting down NFL offenses in the late 1970s. A few of his successes as a player include: four Super Bowl wins; selected to represent the AFC in the Pro Bowl five consecutive times; retired as the strong safety career leader in interceptions with 51; and selected to the All Steelers All-Time Team, the NFL Silver Anniversary Super Bowl Team and the Steelers 75th anniversary team.
Following his stellar career as an athlete in the NFL, Shell was director of player development programs for the Carolina Panthers. In this role, he was the distinguished front office executive who coordinated all Panther player programs designed to help players succeed in their post-football careers. The programs included financial education, player assistance, career internships and continuing education. He also served for five years as consultant to Johnson C. Smith University president Dr. Ronald L. Carter.
Shell was recognized by the NFL in 2002 as a pioneer in player development and for development of creative programs, such as the creation of the Winston/Shell Award. He is the recipient of the NFL award for the Best Player Program, and he was recognized for the Most Outstanding Player Program in 2000.
Shell has used his athletic skill and knowledge to assist and influence people in a positive manner. As reflected in his community involvement, he has been a servant leader by giving back to the community. He served as chairperson for Charlotte-based Friendship Trays’ Drive Away Hunger Golf Tournament, a fundraiser to provide food for the elderly in Mecklenburg County. He organized a fundraiser to support the Mel Blount Youth Home, and for three years, Shell partnered to provide breakfast and chapel services for the player development directors at their annual meetings.
Shell received a bachelor’s degree in physical education, with a minor in biology, and a master’s degree in education, both from S.C. State. He currently serves as a member of the board of trustees of his alma mater.
Shell is married to Paulette Richardson Shell; they are the proud parents of three children, April, Dawn and Donnie. They also have two grandchildren, Xena and Jordan.
For more information on the School of Business’ Executive Speaker Series, contact Ann Winstead at 803-516- 4864 or firstname.lastname@example.org.