Introduction: Being on CBS' Survivor was not even on my radar as I entered my 8th year as bilingual teacher. Yet after losing my foot to cancer during that school year, I got back to triathlon and subsequently competed on that hit show with lots of surprises. Since then I have set goals for myself and realized them one by one from the NYC Marathon to snowboard and Mt. Bike competition medals to my latest achievement of reaching the top of Mt. Kilimanjaro as a benefit for the Challenged Athletes Foundation.
As a motivational speaker for almost 7 years I have enjoyed telling my story while sharing motivational tools that have helped me get to where I am now. I have been fortunate enough to have been invited to present at hundreds of high schools, colleges, universities and corporations. My proudest moment came in 2012 as I accepted an invitation to travel to the UAE to present to her highness Sheikha Salama Bint Hamdan Al Nahyan and members of the royal family at the Forum for New Ideas in Abu Dhabi.
My topics include motivation and inspiration at all levels including higher education topics. Since my claim to fame comes from the TV show Survivor, this makes for a story-driven talk, including overcoming obstacles and using certain conceptual tools I've created for achieving challenging goals. I've been honored to be part of truly motivational presentation, one that combines humor, practical goal setting, and an inspiring message!