Tom Whittaker is an Extreme Adventurer, Motivational Speaker, University Professor, Author and Philanthropist. His ability to engage his audiences ‘hearts’ and ‘heads’ in profound ways make him a sought after corporate speaker. IBM, DELL, Accenture, NASA, The Federal National Reserve Bank, Toshiba and the US Air Force are all organizations he has inspired to embrace change, take responsibility for outcomes, and drive forward with integrity and passion in pursuit of their vision.
His story reads like a movie script. Instead of flying from his native Britain to the US like everybody else does, he arrives on a 65-foot sailboat he's just delivered across the Atlantic. Instead of going to Disney Land like most tourists, he exploded onto the American climbing scene with extreme ascents from Alaska to Yosemite valley. Now this adventurer's life takes a twist that prompted Olympic coach Rob Powers to call him "A living breathing billboard of resiliency!" and Queen Elizabeth II to induct him into the Most Magnificent Order of the British Empire, (MBE).
Driving up to Sun Valley Ski Resort in Idaho a drunk driver crashed, head on, into his vehicle shattering his legs and crushing his feet. He refused pain medication in order to plead his case with the surgeon. His guts and determination paid off and he saved one of his feet from being amputated. Refusing to settle for less, Whittaker rebuilt himself as a more significant and focused person. Along the way he became an American citizen, perused a PhD, became a university professor, created a ground-breaking program that uses the lessons he learned from his own recovery lo build a 4-wheel drive attitude in others and prompted Newsweek magazine to feature him as one of 50 American "Unsung Heroes."
He was also a member of the elite North Face Climbing Team for 5 years and stepped into the Guinness Book of World Records when, on his third attempt, he became the first disabled person to climb to the summit of Climb Mt. Everest. But none of this would matter if Tom Whittaker was not an engaging, charismatic speaker who will seamlessly deliver your messages as he takes your people on a wild ride that will make them laugh, cry, think and stand up. Further, through him, they can take your "Everest Challenge" that will give your organization additional altitude!
- Making It Happen!
- Reach for the Stars: Motivating Your Sales Force
- Riding The Avalanche: Overcoming the Trauma of Re-Organization
- Seek Your Summit: Embrace the Vision, Get Results
Adventure, Motivation, Celebrity
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"Tom Whittaker's presentation was outstanding, moving, emotional, and inspiring. Never have I seen 4,000 people jump to their feet so quickly at the conclusion of a keynote address." - Professional Services, NRPA