Warren Macdonald’s life’s boundaries were redefined in April 1997 with his accident on North Queensland’s (Australia) Hinchinbrook Island. Climbing to the Island’s tallest peak, he became trapped beneath a one-ton slab boulder in a freak rock fall. Two days later he was rescued, only to undergo the amputation of both legs at mid-thigh. Just ten months later, he climbed Tasmania’s Cradle Mountain using a modified wheelchair and the seat of his pants.
Warren became the first double above-knee amputee to reach the summit of Africa’s tallest peak, Mt Kilimanjaro (19,222ft), and more recently, in a spectacular effort requiring more than 2,800 pull-ups over 4 days, created history once again in an ascent of America’s tallest cliff face, El Capitan. He is also the only above knee amputee to make an ascent of Canada’s landmark frozen waterfall, the 600 ft “Weeping Wall” in Alberta.
Warren’s bestselling book, A Test of Will is the subject of the “Trapped under a Boulder” episode of Discovery’s I Shouldn’t Be Alive series. His documentary film The Second Step has been acclaimed worldwide, screening on National Geographic Television and winning eight international awards.
Warren has appeared on Larry King Live, The Oprah Winfrey Show, and The Hour with George Stroumboulopoulos. He has written articles for CNN World Edition, Australian Geographic, Speaking of Impact and Professional Speaker.
Warren is a visionary who lives and breathes change management every day, He is routinely sought out as a keynote speaker and motivator by innovative, forward thinking organizations looking to foster “out of the box” thinking. A powerful catalyst for change, Warren’s presentation challenges the status quo by telling audiences what they need hear, not what they necessarily want to hear…
Warren’s mission is to help you change the way you see the world, and your place in it.
We’ve all heard it a million times; “change is constant”, “the only certainty in life is change,” “change or perish”. We all know it; what we need is for someone to show us how to deal with it. Warren’s “Challenge of Change” presentation will help your group realize that challenges brought on by change hold endless opportunities for innovation and personal and professional growth. That it’s the challenges we face that build the resilience we need as we’re asked to do more, with less . . . That it is possible to not just survive, but to thrive despite adversity.
This presentation is designed to provide you with four outcomes: