Marine Corporal Josh Bleill [Bly-ul; rhymes with “Kyle” or “smile”] is a native of Greenfield, Indiana. After graduating high school, Josh attended Purdue University. Upon completion of his education, Josh decided to serve his country by joining the United States Marine Corps in 2004 and was activated for a tour of duty in Iraq in 2006.
While serving in Iraq, Corporal Bleill was severely injured, resulting in the loss of both of his legs. After extensive rehabilitation, Bleill returned to Indiana in August of 2008, where he attacked his new life head- on. This new life included employment as the Indianapolis Colts Community Spokesperson. In 2017, Josh took a new step in his journey by starting his own speaking company, Josh Bleill LLC, to do public speaking independently. His powerful message of overcoming adversity and taking life one step at a time is inspiring audiences around the country.
Keynote speaker, Josh Bleill, will inspire the audience with the story of his life-changing injuries that ultimately lead to a more purposeful and fulfilling life. He attributes his mission to walk again to his family, his faith, and those who helped his recovery journey. With humor and edge of your seat inspiration, he leaves the audience ready to take on the next challenge, one step at a time. Josh shares how perseverance and determination allow everyone to overcome any obstacle. Josh inspires and motivates, showing that as long as you keep working, there is always a possibility.
Josh is proudly sponsored by DEEM. https://deemfirst.com/
“One Step at a Time: A Young Marine’s Story of Courage, Hope, and a New Life in the NFL” follows Josh’s journey from his enlistment then on to active duty in Fallujah, through two years of rehab, and ultimately to his job as the community spokesman for the Indianapolis Colts. Everyone has had that “one bad day”. Josh discovered that life begins when we embrace our bad days and keep going forward, one step at a time. Audience members will be inspired by his undying enthusiasm, infectious joy, and sense of humor.
“Josh is incredibly inspiring. He epitomizes what this award is all about. Through his many public appearances around the country with audiences of all ages, he shares his story and what it means to stay positive in the face of obstacles. He motivates all of us to do the same.”
“Josh was AMAZING! We absolutely loved him, he was one of the highlights of our Conference.
Josh was not only an amazing speaker but he’s just a wonderful person to work with, so easy going and nice and genuine. We loved having him, one of the best speakers we’ve had in years!”