Global Conference 2016
Commissioner Emeritus, National Basketball Association
David Stern is commissioner emeritus for the National Basketball Association. During his tenure, he oversaw the NBA's growth with seven new franchises, a more than 30-fold increase in revenue, an expansion of national television exposure and the launch of two leagues, the Women's National Basketball Association and the NBA Development League. Under his leadership, the NBA also launched NBA Cares, a global social responsibility program that supports community outreach initiatives. Honors include induction into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame and the Sports Broadcasting Hall of Fame, as well as the W.E.B. Du Bois Medal and the Yale Legend in Leadership Award. Stern is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and the chair emeritus of the trustees of Columbia University. He serves or has served on the boards of Beth Israel Medical Center, the Rutgers University Foundation, the NAACP and the Global Business Coalition on HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria. Stern graduated from Rutgers University and Columbia Law School.