It’s hard enough to build a culture of excellence from the ground up. Imagine walking into 108 years of entrenched defeat and a customer base with sky-high hopes but zero confidence. Tom Ricketts took over the Chicago Cubs as owner and Chairman in 2009 with all the odds against him, and in a few years he raised the Cubs’ expectations of themselves and in doing so lived up to the wildest dreams of his fans, customers and employees. 

Tom's challenges were no different than ours today—recruiting top talent in a competitive marketplace, retaining star team members that help build and grow the organization, and above all creating a workplace culture that transforms attitudes and performance across all employees. 

Join us for a lively discussion between Tom Ricketts and renowned sportscaster Mike Greenberg of ESPN’s Mike and Mike in the Morning as they discuss lessons in leadership, and how a tenacious focus on developing the best organizational culture in professional baseball overcame a 108-year drought.



Tom Ricketts
Executive Chairman
Chicago Cubs

In 2009, Tom led his family’s acquisition of the team from the Tribune Company. When Tom and his family were introduced as the new owners of the Chicago Cubs, he outlined three goals for the organization: win the World Series; preserve and improve Wrigley Field for future generations; and to be good neighbors, giving back to the city and the team’s North Side neighborhood.

The Chicago Cubs won the 2016 World Series and were named by Baseball America as the 2016 Organization of the Year. Tom is on the Executive Council of Major League Baseball.
In 2010, Tom was named Ernst & Young’s Midwest Finance Entrepreneur of the Year for his work with Incapital LLC and was on several occasions named by Institutional Investor Magazine as one the 40 most influential leaders in electronic finance.

Tom is on the boards of Meijer, Inc., NorthShore University HealthSystem, Choose Chicago, the Field Museum, the Executive’s Club of Chicago, the Economic Club of Chicago and the Wood Family Foundation.

Prior to Incapital, Tom worked at ABN AMRO, The Chicago Corporation and Mesirow Financial. He was a market maker on the Chicago Board Options Exchange from 1988 through 1994.
Tom has an AB in Economics and an MBA in Finance from the University of Chicago. He was named the Business School’s Young Alumnus of the Year in 2005.
Tom and his wife, Cecelia, live in the Chicago area with their five children.

Tom is also the Chairman of Incapital LLC, which he co-founded in 1999. Incapital is an investment ´┐╝bank with underwriting and distribution expertise in a wide range of securities. Incapital has underwritten over $400 billion of securities including corporate bonds, U.S. Agencies, preferred stock, certificates of deposit, mortgage-backed, structured notes and market linked investments.


Mike Greenberg

As the host of the highest rated sports talk show in the United States, Mike and Mike reaches a weekly audience of over 13 million people. He was also the host of DUEL on the ABC Television Network, and author of three New York Times best sellers.

In 2007, Greenberg’s first book, Why My Wife Thinks I’m an Idiot, spent five weeks on the N.Y. Times Best Sellers list and was nominated for a Quill Award. And in 2010, Greenberg, along with Golic, released Mike & Mike’s Rules for Sports and Life which reached number 3 on the N.Y. Times Best Sellers List.

In 2013, Greenberg debuted his first novel, All You Could Ask For as a tribute after a family friend, Heidi Armitage, was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2009 and lost her battle to the disease that same year. The novel, which was listed on the N.Y. Times Best Sellers list, is written from the perspectives of three women, strangers confronted with cancer diagnoses, who find each other while confronting their own battles with the disease. Along with Greenberg’s wife, Stacy, 100% of the proceeds from the novel will be donated to the V Foundation for Cancer Research. 

Greenberg and Mike & Mike (2005) cohost Mike Golic were inducted into the radio division of the NAB (National Association of Broadcasters) Broadcasting Hall of Fame in 2016. In addition to his achievements he was inducted into Northwestern University's Medill [School of Journalism] Hall of Achievement in 2016.