Overcoming Adversity Speakers

  • Jim Abbott

    One Handed Baseball Pitcher

    Jim Abbott has battled the odds his entire life. Despite being born with only one hand he was the 15th player to ever make a professional debut in the Major Leagues. Many considered the move a publicity stunt by manager Doug Rader, but after struggling …Read More

    Fee Range:
    $15,001-$20,000
    Traveling From:
    CA
  • Aziz Abu Sarah

    Founder of MEJDI Tours, Tolerance Advocate

    Aziz Abu Sarah is a peace building entrepreneur, author and international speaker. A Palestinian raised in Jerusalem, his work has earned him the titles of National Geographic Explorer and TED Fellow. This Palestinian’s own journey from combatant seeking revenge to peacemaker seeking tolerance led …Read More

    Fee Range:
    $10,001-$15,000
    Traveling From:
    FL
  • Stacy Allison

    First American Woman to Climb Mount Everest

    Stacy Allison brings a vast range of experiences and knowledge to her energetic and dynamic presentations. Stacy is best known as the First American woman to summit Mt. Everest. She is also president of Stacy Allison General Contracting, a residential building company. She serves …Read More

    Fee Range:
    $15,001-$20,000
    Traveling From:
    OR
  • Victoria Arlen

    ESPN TV Host, Paralympic Gold Medalist, Dancing With The Stars, Author

    In 2005, Victoria was 11 years old when she came down with two rare neurological disorders, Transverse Myelitis and Acute Disseminated Encephalomyelitis. She fought for her life for five years, including four years in a vegetative state where she was ‘locked’ within herself, unable to …Read More

    Fee Range:
    $20,001-$30,000
    Traveling From:
    CA
  • Chris Bashinelli

    Cross-Cultural Explorer/Nat Geo TV Host

    Chris Bashinelli, also known as, “Bash”, was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York. After a decade long acting career including an appearance on the HBO hit television show, The Sopranos, Bash decided to follow his real passion - using media to build bridges between …Read More

    Fee Range:
    $15,001-$20,000
    Traveling From:
    NY
  • Jay Blake

    The Only Totally Blind Crew Chief In The Worldwide Sport Of Auto Racing

    While working as the head mechanic of a transportation company in May 1997, Jay Blake was involved in an industrial accident that caused him to lose complete sight, smell and taste. At the age of 31, he was faced with relearning how to live as …Read More

    Fee Range:
    $5,000 or less
    Traveling From:
    MA
  • Jodee Blanco

    Author of Please Stop Laughing at Me . . .

    Survivor, expert and activist Jodee Blanco is one of the country’s pre-eminent voices on the subject of bullying. She is the author of The New York Times bestselling memoir, Please Stop Laughing At Me . . . One Woman’s Inspirational Story. A …Read More

    Fee Range:
    Call for Fee
    Traveling From:
    IL
  • Rocky Bleier

    NFL Running Back, Vietnam Veteran and Author

    Rocky Bleier’s story - a gripping tale of courage on both the football fields of America and the battle fields of Vietnam - has held audiences in rapt attention for years.Yet, the motivational message behind it, detailing how ordinary people can become extraordinary achievers, defines …Read More

    Fee Range:
    $10,001-$15,000
    Traveling From:
    PA
  • Josh Blue

    2006 Winner of NBC's Last Comic Standing, Paralympic Soccer Player

    Perhaps best known as the comedian who puts the cerebral in Cerebral Palsy, Josh Blue exploded onto the national comedy scene by capturing the attention and endearment of the country as the winner of NBC’s Last Comic Standing. Having already established himself as one …Read More

    Fee Range:
    $15,001-$20,000
    Traveling From:
    CA
  • Bruce Boguski

    Author, Motivational Speaker, Columnist & Media Personality

    Bruce Boguski, author, motivational speaker, columnist, and media personality well known for his ability to inspire others to “do the impossible”.  Bruce holds a B.S. degree in business and education from Bowling Green State University.  He also possesses a Level Two Certification in Brain Based …Read More

    Fee Range:
    Call for Fee
    Traveling From:
    OH
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