He first emerged on the national scene as a math-savvy baseball exec, using his fascinating approach to statistics and the laws of probability to help revolutionize how successful professional baseball teams can be built.
Paul DePodesta has since become a legend in employing such mathematical principles to baseball management, even helping to inspire the best-selling book Moneyball: The Art of Winning an Unfair Game, and the subsequent major motion picture, Moneyball.
Meet and get to know this exciting maestro of statistics – and his secret behind applying these fundamentals to baseball and everyday life – when he appears next April as a member of the Festival Expo's interactive stage panel, "Beating the Odds Using Math."
Paul, who is currently Vice President of Player Development and Scouting for the New York Mets, will be joined on the panel by Mike Aponte, the statistics wizard and blackjack phenomenon who inspired the best-selling book Bringing Down the House, and the 2008 major motion picture, 21. The panel will be moderated by mathematician Glen Whitney, founder of the National Museum of Mathematics, the country's first-ever interactive, hands-on math museum.
Whether you are a sports fan or not, you'll not want to miss Paul's advice and demonstrations covering how to scrutinize statistical data and use it effectively in decision-making, assessing situations, evaluating talent and potential, and executing follow-up actions. These winning skills are applicable to everyone -- from teachers and students to corporate leaders.
A native of Alexandria, VA, Paul graduated cum laude from Harvard with a degree in economics. He developed a love for sports in childhood and played baseball and football while at Harvard, and in 1996, he landed his first baseball job with the Cleveland Indians, where he spent three seasons, serving as an advance scout and later as special assistant to the team's general manager.
In the high-stakes world as a baseball executive, Paul is best known for using statistics and the laws of probability in innovative ways to evaluate, measure, assign value to, and make decisions on player talent and performance. His successful use of such techniques as Assistant General Manager of the Oakland Athletics from 1999 to 2003 helped to dramatically turn around the struggling A's team -- a feat that was chronicled in the book Moneyball, and the 2011 motion picture of the same name.
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