World-Class Athletes on the Death of Disability
Friday, March 11
5:00PM - 6:00PM
98 San Jacinto Blvd
Can we predict the death of disability as we know it today? Two U.S. gold medalists training to represent Team USA at the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games and a national workplace expert will tackle that question head-on in a discussion touching on 3-D printing, artificial intelligence, drones and clones. New York Times best-selling author Lindsey Pollak will facilitate a talk with world-class athletes Alana Nichols and Brad Snyder on how technology is leveling the playing field between abled-bodied and disabled in sports and at work. The two U.S. Paralympians will also share how technology, along with a focus on ability, helped them to become the best in the world. The future is fast becoming a reality. But are we ready for sports with bionic athletes and holograms in the workplace?
United States Olympic Committee
In 2000, Alana Nichols suffered a spinal cord injury while attempting a backflip on her snowboard. Although paralyzed from the waist down, Alana’s athletic career wouldn’t be suppressed for long. ...Show the rest
In 2000, Alana Nichols suffered a spinal cord injury while attempting a backflip on her snowboard. Although paralyzed from the waist down, Alana’s athletic career wouldn’t be suppressed for long. While taking classes at the University of New Mexico, a short cut through the gym turned into a chance encounter with a pickup basketball game—a pickup game in wheelchairs. The fierce play and hard fouls convinced Alana that she was out of excuses and it was time to hit the court.
By 2004, Alana was a Paralympic alternate and in 2008, won her first Gold medal. And then Alana did the unheard of; while training for basketball, she was also training on her mono-ski. So much, in fact, that she made the 2010 Vancouver squad and won two golds, a silver, and a bronze. This would officially make her the first woman to take golds in both the Summer and Winter games.
Alana is currently training to compete in sprint kayaking in the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio. This 4-time Paralympian has also become a surfer and recently competed as a member of Team USA at the first International Surfing Association’s Adaptive Surfing Championship in La Jolla.
United States Olympic Committee
Retired U.S. Navy Lt. Brad Snyder is a two-time gold medalist and silver medalist in Paralympic swimming. While serving in Afghanistan in 2011, he became permanently blinded after stepping on a bom...Show the rest
Retired U.S. Navy Lt. Brad Snyder is a two-time gold medalist and silver medalist in Paralympic swimming. While serving in Afghanistan in 2011, he became permanently blinded after stepping on a bomb while trying to help other victims. The explosion took both his eyes, shattered his eardrum, and lacerated his face. He spent three weeks in intensive care and another five weeks in recovery. Prior to this incident, Brad was known for his tenacity and fierce spirit, allowing obstacles to simply be springboards for his next achievements. He was the inspiration behind this watch (https://www.eone-time.com/). Today, he is training for the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games. “I'm going to show people that I'm not going to let this beat me. I'm not going to let blindness build a brick wall around me. I am going to find a way forward.”Hide the rest
Millennial Workplace Expert
National speaker, Millennial expert and best-selling author, Lindsey Pollak has more than a decade of experience advising young people and organizations on the changing world of work. She is the au...Show the rest
National speaker, Millennial expert and best-selling author, Lindsey Pollak has more than a decade of experience advising young people and organizations on the changing world of work. She is the author of New York Times best-seller “Becoming the Boss: New Rules for the Next Generation of Leaders” and “Getting from College to Career: Your Essential Guide to Succeeding in the Real World.” Her advice has appeared in The New York Times, Fox News, The Wall Street Journal, CNN, The TODAY Show, Forbes, and NPR. She serves as the chair of Cosmopolitan magazine's Millennial Advisory Board. Pollak appears on several ”Best People to Follow on Twitter” lists, including Mashable's list of “20 Twitter Resources for Job Hunters” and Marie Claire‘s “100 Twitters Every Woman Should Follow.” She has been named to the 2014 and 2013 “Top 10 List of Leaders in College and University Career Services” by the Career Services Insights Survey. Her website is on Forbes' “Top 100 Websites for Your Career.”Hide the rest