Minnesota native and Super Bowl champion Matt Birk is a 15-year veteran of the National Football League. Growing up in St. Paul, Matt attended Cretin-Derham Hall High School developing a love for sports and appetite for education. A graduate of Harvard University with a degree in economics, Matt was drafted by his hometown team in 1998 and played 11 years for the Minnesota Vikings. Matt joined the Baltimore Ravens in 2009 with whom he won Super Bowl 47. Since retiring from football in 2013, Matt has held a number of roles inside the NFL League Office.
A six-time NFL Pro Bowl Selection and two-time All Pro, Matt proved to be an undisputed leader on the field and was named the sixth smartest athlete by Sporting News. He was the recipient of the 2011 Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year award for his excellence on and off the field, including his commitment to emphasizing the importance of education through his H.I.K.E. Foundation. Established in 2002, H.I.K.E. stands for hope, inspiration, knowledge, and education, and impacts the lives of at-risk children by providing interactive programs and resources needed to guide a child though key educational transitions.
Matt is CEO of Matt Birk and Company, Chairman of the Board for both Gridiron Greats Assistance Fund and After the Impact Fund, and serves on the Board of Directors of the Pro Football Hall of Fame’s Game for Life National Advisory Board. Matt is the author of All Pro Wisdom: The Seven Choices that Lead to Greatness. Matt and his wife, Adrianna, are the proud parents of eight children.
Most Requested Programs
Leading to Win
Leadership is the X-factor for any organization. In the NFL, it is the difference between winning and losing. In business, leadership determines success or failure. Although every organization has people in leadership positions, that doesn’t mean that those individuals know how to lead, or that anyone is really following them. During Leading to Win, Matt will break down the abstract concept of leadership and give attendees actionable strategies to implement as they work on developing their very own leadership styles.
What Makes Teams Great
A collection of talent does not ensure success, just as a 500 horsepower engine doesn’t mean your car is going to go fast. Everything and everyone must work well together just to have a chance to have a chance. On great teams, the sum is greater than the parts. Matt will share the knowledge he gained from playing 15 years in the NFL, as well as working with numerous professional sports teams and corporations during this empowering presentation. In a time when only about 25% of employees, on average, are engaged in the company’s mission, improving team dynamics is an effective way to get buy-in from your people. Make your team great and make people want to get on board!
5 Things I Think I Know About Success
Whether being among the best and the brightest at Harvard or with the greatest athletes in the world in the NFL, Matt has been fortunate to spend time with those who are at the top of their games. In order to survive, he became a student of those who seemed to effortlessly perform at a high level. Matt wanted to break it down and ultimately see what made these individuals so good at what they did. In 5 Things I Think I Know About Success, Matt will share his findings that help him thrive in highly competitive environments.
All Gas—No Brakes
Do you ever start the day full of energy and optimism, ready to tackle the world, only to have your workflow interrupted by an endless parade of distractions? This not only affects your productivity, it makes for a frustrating existence when you feel like you aren’t performing at your potential. The fact of the matter is we live in a world of nonstop distractions and interruptions. If we don’t learn strategies and employ tactics to counteract these “evil forces,” we will continue to move along at a “slogging” pace. In All Gas—No Brakes, Matt will show attendees what pressures are fighting for our time and attention, and how to mitigate and eliminate potential energy drains. In addition, he will share and equip participants with tangible tools to break free from what holds most people back, enabling them to start performing at their optimal level.
"I have received numerous compliments on your presentation style, your passion, and your unique sense of humor. I looked around the room and everyone was engaged and focused on your comments." - Atlas Roofing Corporation
"In all the years of doing these meetings, I have never had so many people come up to me after a presentation and rave about the speaker like they did about you. You had some great stories that people could relate to, but you also told these anecdotes with a purpose in mind, or a lesson to be learned." - Skyline
"Matt’s energy, sense of humor and ability to relate to his audience is pure gold for people looking to book an engaging speaker. His message of perseverance and hard work is relatable across the business world and adds value to any event." - Bell Bank Mortgage
"From my perspective, your material included a thoughtful blend of self-deprecating humor and intriguing behind-the-scenes stories – all woven into an overarching theme about the importance of focusing on the fundamentals to achieve one’s ultimate goals. We also appreciate your ability to tailor the message to our Fortune 500 risk management audience." - Willis Towers Watson
"Matt, your presentation was the highlight of our conference! The content, excitement, and relevance you delivered kept the entire audience captivated throughout your message. You entertained while teaching, you mixed humor while proving your point, and you brought a serious tone to make sure the lesson was learned." - Rob-See-Co