Chad E. Foster and Keppler Speakers partner to bring Foster’s inspirational keynote speaking programs to organizations all over the world. As companies from all industries and disciplines grapple with disruptions to the way people work and live, never has it been more important to cultivate a resilient mindset to adapt and thrive in the face of shifting circumstances.
Foster knows the importance of adapting all too well. After going blind at 21-years-old due to a rare inherited retinal disease, he was faced with the grim reality of never being able to see again. Despite these bleak circumstances, he turned his obstacles into opportunities, going on to become the first blind executive to graduate from Harvard’s leadership program, build software that Silicon Valley thought impossible, generate billions of dollars in revenue and countless jobs in the business world, and become a black diamond skier – all without being able to see. Now he teaches that same overcomer mindset to international audiences, delivering practical strategies to improve resilience in challenging circumstances. Foster has captured these life lessons in his recently published book, Blind Ambition, and he also delivers his high-impact keynote and workshop programs to conference audiences, leadership teams, sales teams, and professional athletes. He has spoken to leaders from organizations that include Bank of America, Goldman Sachs, Google, GE, and Microsoft.
About Chad E. Foster
Chad E. Foster is a motivational keynote speaker, sales/finance leader, and inspirational change agent who works at Red Hat/IBM. He was the first blind executive to graduate from Harvard Business School’s Program for Leadership Development and has been featured with NBC, CBS, Forbes, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, USA Today, and Chief Executive Mag.
“People are often surprised at what I was able to achieve in spite of being blind but to the contrary, I feel I am successful because I am blind, not in spite of it,” says Chad.
After losing his eyesight while attending college in his early twenties, Chad started at a top consulting firm and has built a career in the technology industry where he has directed financial strategies and decisions resulting in more than $45 billion in contracts.
Determination, ambition, and resilience are the key drivers to his incredible journey. The Atlanta Opera has commissioned an opera inspired by his life story and his first book, Blind Ambition: How to Go from Victim to Visionary, is available at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Apple Books, Bookshop, Books-A-Million, Google Play, and other fine retailers.
Today, Chad speaks to corporate audiences and professional athletes to help them develop resilience in the face of uncertainty and show people how to overcome their own blind spots.
He lives with his wife and his 2 children in Atlanta, GA, and is a daredevil of his own, enjoying snow skiing every winter.
About Keppler Speakers
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You want stories that resonate with your audience. As a speakers bureau, we represent people who have overcome incredible challenges, people with an authentic passion for what they do, and people who come to the stage with valuable, honest insight and expertise. Keppler Speakers offers a diverse range of keynote speakers who consistently motivate, empower, and inform business and college audiences.