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Men’s Fashion Finesse on the Event Stage

Awards shows aren’t the only venues where one can make a fashion statement. While conferences don’t feature red carpet entrances, the corporate event stage still represents a prime occasion for speakers to display their sense of style.

With more attention being paid to female executives’ wardrobes, our focus today is on their male counterparts. A recent New York Times article pointed to the rise in men’s fitted suits, but colorful accessories or footwear can also attract notice. Nowadays, almost anything to draw the audience’s gaze towards the stage instead of their mobile devices amounts to a good strategy.

We’ve compiled six examples based on New York-based events we’ve covered this year at which some element of the presenters’ attire was as buzzworthy as their performances.

Well Suited: Oakland Athletics general manager Billy Beane (left) sported a gray suit during an Internet Week talk in June. We couldn’t help but think that since Brad Pitt portrayed him in the movie Moneyball, he’s always got to look his best in public (though the actor himself seems to have stopped trying).

Pumpkin Power: Nothing conveys leadership like a bright crewneck sweater, since hoodies now are cliché. That must have been Google executive chairman Eric Schmidt’s view when he wore an orange pullover to an October appearance at the 92Y. As his interviewer, Kara Swisher, remarked, “By the way, I’ve got to tell you that you rock in that pumpkin [colored] sweater!”

In Mufti: Former (and perhaps future) TV show host/sportscaster Keith Olbermann wore blue sneakers to an April evening event at the Paley Center for Media. Sneakers were a smart choice that day, since he filed a lawsuit against Current TV, his former employer, then attended a New York Mets game and appeared later at the Paley Center. When you’re so busy, you need comfortable footwear.

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Moneyball’s Billy Beane Leads Off Internet Week With Lessons About Data, Hiring

Billy Beane, GM of the Oakland A’s, is renowned for being an early proponent of using big data in baseball to predict player performance. He was the subject of Michael Lewis’ book, Moneyball, which was made into an Oscar-nominated movie of the same name last year.

Beane, portrayed by Brad Pitt in the film, once turned down an offer to be the Boston Red Sox’s GM because he didn’t want to move east. However, he did accept an invitation to deliver the keynote address to start off Internet Week in New York on Monday. Besides, as he acknowledged, “I try not to watch the games, that’s why I’m here.”

Beane spent most of the time talking about data in baseball and the evolution of his career, and in doing so touched upon universal themes such as innovation, career planning, hiring practices, and changing an industry’s corporate culture.

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