Keynote speaker topics: Adversity & Challenges – Maintaining a resilient mindset under pressure. Leadership & Motivation – Leading through a crisis and developing intrinsic motivation. Collaboration & Teamwork – Creating and motivating dispersed teams across disciplines and geographies. Human Enhancement – Innovating at the intersection where humans and technology collide.
Marc Pollock -
Mark helps people achieve more than they thought possible. Unbroken by blindness in 1998, Mark went on to compete in ultra endurance races across deserts, mountains, and the polar ice caps including being the first blind person to race to the South Pole. He also won silver and bronze medals for rowing at the Commonwealth Games and set up a motivational speaking business.
In 2010 Mark was left paralysed after falling from a second story window. He is now exploring the intersection where humans and technology collide and catalyzing collaborations that have never been done before, through his work with robotics and exo-skeletons and through the Mark Pollock Trust (www.markpollocktrust.org) he is unlocking $ 1 billion to cure paralysis in our lifetime.
He has been awarded honorary doctorates by The Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland and also from Queens University Belfast. And, he holds a diploma in Global Leadership and Public Policy for the 21st Century from Harvard University, degrees from Trinity College Dublin and The Smurfit Business School.
Mark Pollock - Keynote Speaker - Oration Speakers
Selected by the World Economic Forum as a Young Global Leader
Appointed to the Global Futures Council on Human Enhancement.
A UBS Global Visionary, is on the Board of the Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation (USA).
Wings for Life Ambassador (Europe).
Subject of the acclaimed documentary 'Unbreakable'
A TED, Davos, The World Economic Forum, InnoTown, F.ounders, EG and Wired speaker.
Testimonials: “I was honored to meet with Mark Pollock in Ireland this year, where we engaged with teachers and students at St. Patrick’s College to discuss the ways technology is changing how students learn. Mark is an extreme adventurer and athlete who has raced to the South Pole — and even more incredibly, he was the first blind man to ever do so. Mark is a brilliant example of the fact that we can always achieve more than what we think is possible." Satya Nadella, CEO Microsoft
“It was a privilege to have Mark address both our customers and our Management Team at Google. He delivers that rare combination of inspiration, perspective and practical insight that forces his audience to really reflect on how they rise to their personal challenges and set goals that seem unachievable. He delivers his message in a deeply personal, humorous and memorable way that lands with his audience. It was a pleasure for all of us to spend time in his company. Inspiring." Regional Director, Northern Europe, Google
“Mark presented at our Global Sales Partners Conference in Twitter and was exceptional. His ability to link his personal story to people's everyday life and work challenges was excellent. The session was not just about listening to an incredible story, it was a chance for everyone to really think about themselves. There is something in this talk for everyone.” Senior Director EMEA, Twitter
“The rule of seven is one of the oldest concepts in marketing, the rule states that you must hear something seven times before you act. Mark is a rule breaker in so many ways, but most importantly his message to be a competitor or spectator, realist or optimist, collaborator or soloist was a onetime hit with our team at LinkedIn. I have heard Mark speak many times and each time I come away with a renewed sense of purpose and willingness to act. Mark’s drive to build radical collaboration hubs is one of the most important efforts in his drive to find a cure for paralysis however it’s also the biggest lesson he has for those he interacts with.” Head of Solutions SMB, EMEA & Growth Markets, LinkedIn
“Thank you for your presentation at our 2018 Partners’ Conference. The story, your response and the manner in which you have turned such adversity into a positive is awe-inspiring enough. But the real message for me lies in your delivery which is laced with humour, warmth and humility. As you may have detected, building our community is very important in the business we’re building and the characteristics you displayed, coupled with your inspiring messages, will serve as model behaviours for everyone who heard you.” Head of PFP Change & Controls, Prudential Financial Planning
“Mark’s contribution was a perfect fit for our ITU Science and Triathlon World Conference in Edmonton, Canada. But most of all, it was an inspiring and motivational speech that made us all realise the challenges and life experiences we all have to face everyday, and a different approach to those. His experiences of taking decisions in difficult circumstances aligned perfectly with the challenges faced by our coaches, athletes and officials, and therefore we feel really inspired by Mark’s talk. I’m absolutely convinced that Mark’s insights into resilience, innovation and collaborative leadership impacted the rest of our meeting.” President, International Triathlon Union & IOC Member
“Mark’s fascinating contribution was a perfect fit at our global conference to celebrate 30 years in business. His experiences of making decisions in difficult circumstances aligned with the challenges faced by our Brunswick people and our clients. Mark’s insights into resilience, innovation and leadership prompted action across our international team at Brunswick. He is truly an inspiration and a fantastic example of what we can all achieve through sheer hard work, determination and imagination.” Sir Alan Parker, Chairman - Brunswick Group
“Wow – on behalf of the entire Microsoft CDS team, my sincerest thank you for joining us at our START event in Seattle on our special Culture Day. Your story is inspirational and motivational, and you brought everyone in the room to their feet. The response our global team had to your message was incredible, and we can all only hope to be as positive, persistent and proactive as you are with every challenge we may face.” Corporate Vice President, Consumer Channels Group (CCG) – Microsoft Corp