As a totally blind long jumper for Team USA, Lex Gillette has achieved medal winning performances at every major
international competition he has attended to date. His ultimate goal is to earn a fifth consecutive nomination to
the Paralympic Games team, and make a successful landing in the gold medal position on the top of the podium at
the 2020 Tokyo Paralympics.
Although doctors said he would be blind, Lex’s mom and a host of individuals invested in him the skills that would
help him achieve success. When Lex is giving a motivational presentation on stage, his goal is to inspire audiences
to realize a vision of who they can truly be, ultimately, teaching people to see.
There is no need for sight when you have a vision. This mantra is central to Lex’s outlook on life. Sight did not
determine his success, rather it was seeing a vision for the future and doing everything in his power to transform it
into reality. Without a vision for the future, you cannot expect to turn your actions into real world successes. Look
past your current reality and challenge yourself to see further than you ever thought possible.
Monday, July 13: 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Grand Opening Ceremony & Keynote: FLY!: Find Your Own Wings and Soar Above Life’s Challenges
Achieving goals often requires taking risks, facing challenges, and successfully conquering those challenges. Blind since the age of eight, Lex Gillette was determined to not let that factor keep him from achieving his goals. In this presentation, you will travel with Lex through many scenes of his life, feeling every emotion along the way. You will be taken on a journey of discovery that will reveal the lessons and ideas that have propelled him to four Paralympic medals, four world champion titles, and a world record in the long jump for totally blind athletes. He invites you to close your eyes, open your mind, and visualize life at your highest potential. What does that look like? How do you achieve it? Through a clear set of action items, Lex’s presentation will help you navigate down your own metaphorical runway and leap into your dreams.
You will learn to:
• Identify the blindfolds that may exist in your life and how to remove them.
• Establish real connection and collaborate more effectively within your team.
• Identify a vision and develop your own dynamic “brand of sight”.
CE Credits: 1
Yassmin Abdel-Magied To The Top
Yassmin Abdel-Magied is a Sudanese-Australian writer, broadcaster and award-winning social advocate.
Yassmin trained as a mechanical engineer and worked on oil and gas rigs around Australia for years before
becoming a writer and broadcaster in 2016. She published her debut memoir, Yassmin's Story, with Penguin
Random House at age 24, and followed up with her first fiction book for younger readers, You Must Be Layla, in
2019. Yassmin’s critically acclaimed essays have been published in numerous anthologies, including the Griffith
Review, the best-selling It’s Not About The Burqa and The New Daughters of Africa.
Yassmin founded her first organization, Youth Without Borders, at the age of 16, leading it for nine years. Since,
Yassmin has co-founded two other organizations and now shares her learnings through keynotes and workshops.
Yassmin has spoken in over 20 countries on unconscious bias and inclusive leadership. Her TED talk, What does my
headscarf mean to you, has been viewed over two million times and was one of TED’s top 10 ideas of 2015.
Tuesday, July 14: 9:45 AM - 11:00 AM
General Session & Keynote: Success: Beating Your Bias
We've all heard about the concept of 'unconscious bias', but what does it actually mean? In this engaging and informative talk, Yassmin Abdel-Magied will use personal experience backed up by research to illustrate the impacts of bias on our workplaces. She will also share what we can all do about it, so that we create have safer, and fairer and more productive workplaces for all.
You will learn to:
• identify your own biases, as well as the biases that inform your company and industry culture
• understand the impact of biases on those around you and your business performance
• challenge these biases and their impacts to both improve your workplaces, and the outcomes for your patients.
Domains: CI, HR, OM
CE Credits: 1
Bio coming soon.