WALTHAM, Mass. – Former Bentley University defensive end Paul Norris (North Attleboro), a 2015 CoSIDA Division II Academic All-America®, has been selected to attend the 2019 National Football Foundation Campbell Trophy® Summit, sponsored by Intuit, at Stanford University. The third annual event will be held August 14-17.
Norris was one of 214 previous nominees for the William V. Campbell Trophy to accept an invitation to attend the prestigious event. It will provide a powerful opportunity for the members of the Campbell Trophy community to interact and learn from many of the nation's top entrepreneurs and Silicon Valley CEOs about the lessons that have guided them to the highest levels of success.
The event will also include a career expo with more than a dozen companies on site recruiting the attendees. Organized as a tribute to the late Bill Campbell, the award's namesake, the event serves as a vehicle for the many leaders impacted by Campbell to pass on his insights for leadership and personal growth to the next generation.
Norris played for Bentley from 2012-15, with his career totals including 108 tackles, 12 sacks and 18.5 tackles for losses.
As a senior, Norris earned second-team All-Northeast-10 honors and led the Falcons' defensive line in tackles with 50. Included among his seven tackles for losses were 4.5 sacks. His final collegiate season also included two fumble recoveries, two forced fumbles and a team-high six quarterback hurries.
In addition to being a Falcon leader on the field, Norris excelled in the classroom as a finance major with minors in both Spanish and natural and applied sciences.
This year's attendees will travel from Finland, Japan, Tanzania, England, Canada, 44 states, and the District of Columbia, representing 136 colleges and universities from all divisions, and their current careers range from doctors, engineers, lawyers, physicists and business and civic leaders. MWF Advisors CEO Mark Flynn, a former linebacker at Saint John's (MN) who was a volunteer coach for an eighth-grade boys-and-girls' flag-football team with Campbell, has played the lead role in organizing the event since its inception in 2017.
"Bill (Campbell) inspired a number of us, and all he ever asked was that we passed on, from one generation to the next, his values," said Flynn. "He had us commit to mentoring this next generation. We decided to gather really bright, talented people who have been part of this Campbell Trophy, saying let's gather for three or four days to develop tomorrow's leaders. It was unbelievable how people would make time and change their schedule to be part of Bill's legacy. We are here to create a living legacy to Bill Campbell, and all of the scholar-athletes are in the Campbell Trophy fraternity for life."
A four-day event, the 2019 Summit includes leadership workshops, a career expo, team building activities, a physical and mental competition dubbed the "Campbell Championship Series," a dinner cruise of San Francisco Bay and several other activities designed to build relationships. The panels will cover a wide range of topics designed to foster leadership, personal growth and the career development of the attendees. The sessions this year include a Hall of Fame panel with Ronnie Lott (USC) and 1983 NFF National Scholar-Athlete Steve Young (BYU); a workshop with Liz Wiseman, the author of The New York Times bestseller "Multipliers: How the Best Leaders Make Everyone Smarter;" and sessions with Intuit CEO Brad Smith, SoFI CEO and former Army West Point linebacker Anthony Noto, LinkedIn CEO Jeff Weiner and retired four-star General Stanley McChrystal.
Companies participating in the career expo include Altamont Capital, Bank of America Merrill Lynch, Deloitte, Enjoy, EY, Google, Intuit, JMI Sports, McChrystal Group, SoFi, Sonim Technologies, WeDriveU and the XFL as well as professionals from the medical and real state fields and several entrepreneurs from a diverse range of emerging companies.