Wednesday, May 31
Keynote: Aimée Mullins
As the pace of business accelerates and established industries spin-off, evolve, or die, executives face a world far more complex than that of even a decade ago. Competition, technology, paradigm shifts, and globalization make “business as usual” more like “crisis as usual.” As organizations face these challenges, leaders must continually decide how to respond. Turning away is not an option… so how can challenges be addressed in new ways? How can adverse conditions be viewed with curiosity and wonder? Is it possible for your business to thrive when your industry overall is in survival mode?
Aimée Mullins will share how she has chosen to answer these questions and how every individual can adopt the mindset that adversity and change are not to be dreaded, but actually welcomed as exciting parts of today’s “new normal.” From this vantage point, Aimée will share how she creates her path to success by taking the audience on a journey through some of the critical decision points she faced in her life — a life that has seen experiences at the Pentagon, the Olympics, in business, acting, modeling, and as the President of the Women’s Sports Foundation. Most importantly, through Aimée’s experiences, listeners will see their personal and professional challenges through a powerful new lens and learn to respond to them in even more authentic, effective and meaningful ways.
About Aimée Mullins
Mullins has excelled in multiple fields, inspiring people around the world as an athlete, actor, model, and speaker. As the first double amputee in history to compete in Division 1 NCAA track and field, she then competed for Team USA in the 1996 Paralympic Games and has set world records in the 100 metres, 200 metres, and long jump events.
Aimée went on to become a lauded runway and editorial fashion model and was named a global brand ambassador for L’Oréal Paris in 2011. Over the past decade, she has acted in film and television shows, including the Netflix mega-hit Stranger Things, and has multiple feature films and a television series in development as a producer.
In 2012, Mullins was named Chef de Mission for the US at the Summer Olympics and Paralympics in London. That same year she was appointed by then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to the Council to Empower Women and Girls Through Sports.
Her prolific work for non-profit organizations is matched by her frequent public speaking appearances on topics related to the body, identity, design, and innovation, and her famous TED Talks have been translated into 42 languages. In 2017, she became one of the youngest-ever inductees into the United States’ National Women’s Hall of Fame. In 2019, she inducted Jane Fonda into the National Women’s Hall of Fame.