Disability and Difference
Does your business, school, or group integrate “difference” into its plan for success?
A USA Today report in 2013 stated 20 percent or 53 million Americans have a disability of some sort. Some of these differences are visible, others are not so apparent. There are businesses that embrace diversity, difference and disability, for example: Wal-Mart, McDonalds, Dillons, etc.
In this session, David Powell, a man with visible differences, born with only parts of his arms and legs, will challenge you to think about the diversity in your own organization.
- Does your organization and employees have an awareness of disability and its impact on business?
- Does your business employ individuals with differences?
- Is there a pro-active culture of respecting diversity and what would that look?
- Do you include diversity through your corporate social responsibility actions?
Awareness of difference and disability in business is an important aspect of good management. David’s real-life experiences and perspectives will make you think about employee actions, customer service and how to integrate difference and disability to create a better organization.
Never Give Up
Have you ever faced a situation within your business where the odds were stacked against you so much, the thought of giving up crossed your mind?
Barack Obama once said, “Making your mark on the world is hard. If it were easy, everybody would do it. But it’s not. It takes patience, it takes commitment, and it comes with plenty of failure along the way. The real test is not whether you avoid this failure, because you won’t. It’s whether you let it harden or shame you into inaction, or whether you learn from it; whether you choose to persevere.”
In this session, David Powell, a man with visible differences, born with only parts of his arms and legs, will motivate you to rethink “giving up” next time facing despondent circumstances.
His perspective is:
- Are you aware that the current conditions could always be worse?
- Are you aware of your surroundings?
- Are you bold enough include new, innovative concepts to further successes of your organization?
Giving up, not only in your group, but life in general will never deliver triumph to your door step. David’s real-life experiences and perspectives will inspire you think again when the thought of “giving up” becomes a viable option!
Innovation is Essential for Success
Bill Gates said, “I believe innovation is the most powerful source for change in the world.” Kansas resident David Powell couldn’t agree more.
David is a man with visible differences. Born with only parts of his arms and legs, will challenge an audience to be creative and develop new approaches to achieve their goals.
Here’s his approach:
- Do you or your employees approach tasks with an “I can do” attitude or does the “what I cannot do because attitude” creep in?
- Are workers encouraged to suggest creative ideas for a better working environment?
- Are employees encouraged to create a positive, enjoyable working environment where they thrive rather than dread their responsibilities?
Innovation in business is a key factor in maintaining a success. David’s real-life experiences and perspectives will inspire you think about employee actions, customer service and how to integrate new and productive strategies to create a better organization.
Does your business, school, or group integrate “Innovation” into its plan for success? Let David be the spark to improve the settings.
David’s Life Story
Have you ever imagined what life would be like without hands, or only having parts of your legs? Maybe at times it felt like life was so against you that you were suffocating?
In this presentation, David will inspire you to view life from a different perspective. David was born without hands and only portions of his legs. Despite this, he continues to persevere and adapt. His disability plays only a small part of what he has endured and overcome throughout his life.
Key points within his story:
- Handling life with a disability (life, school, independence, work, etc.)
- From electric wheelchair to walking
- Raised by a drug addict mother as a child in New Orleans
- Mother died from OD when he was 14 and forced to relocate with father in TX
- Falling into addiction
- Family and raising kids
- God is good all the time
David’s goal is to encourage everyone in his audience to have a better perspective on life and to never take anything for granted. He demonstrates the power of maintaining a positive attitude and is an example of how anybody can be happy if they choose to be. If David can overcome and persevere through his life’s triumphs, you can too.
Interested in hiring me for a day with your group?