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    W Mitchell once guided passengers up the famous hills of San Francisco, as a strong and entertaining cable-car gripman. Amazingly, the same scenario holds true today! As an award-winning keynote speaker, he now guides audiences uphill and empowers them to take responsibility for life′s inevitable challenges and to embrace the power of taking charge. As Mitchell so convincingly states, It′s not what happens to you. It′s what you do about it.

    Why Mitchell? Undefeated by a blazing motorcycle accident and a paralyzing plane crash four years later, he learned to take responsibility for the countless changes in his life. Whether coping with devastating burns over 65% of his body or being sentenced to life in a wheelchair, this once robust Marine firmly held on to his feisty nature and quick wit. It was “his” uphill journey and he was determined to maintain control, cope with the changes, and prosper. Without a doubt, Mitchell understands what it takes to rebuild and eventually reach the top. His life clearly illustrates his philosophy — that most limitations are self-imposed.

    Step by step, Mitchell moved forward with his life. He became an internationally acclaimed mayor “who saved a mountain”, a successful businessman who put thousands of people to work, a congressional nominee from Colorado, and a respected environmentalist and conservationist who repeatedly testified before Congress. His accomplishments have received media recognition in North America on Good Morning America, The Today Show, NBC Nightly News and their counterparts around the world. He has been a radio and television host, a successful author, an award winning international keynote speaker and the subject of a recent television special.

    Today, as an international keynote speaker, Mitchell captivates and stuns audiences with his story and then calmly empowers them to accept challenges, embrace change and take action – not only at work but in everyday life. His tenacity and credibility are indisputable as he so obviously lives his message. No one goes away unaffected as Mitchell proves that unexpected changes can become exciting new starting points. “Before I was paralyzed there were 10,000 things I could do. Now there are 9,000. I can either dwell on the 1,000 I’ve lost or focus on the 9,000 I have left.”

    W Mitchell shares his unforgettable story and proven strategies with corporations and associations throughout the world…in North and South America, Asia, Europe, the Middle East, Africa, Australia and New Zealand. Mitchell has met with presidents and prime ministers, CEOs, managers, and workers with a message filled with warmth, good humor and wisdom. People leave inspired and encouraged to take action regardless of the obstacles! Imagine the impact of these same words on your organization as he eloquently and compassionately guides each person “uphill” through their challenges. If Mitchell can soar to the top, so can you and your organization.


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W Mitchell - Introduced by Bill Clinton



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    It’s Not What Happens to You, It’s What You Do About It
    With warmth and wisdom, W Mitchell recaps the precise moments that instantly erased and rewrote the course of his life. From a fiery motorcycle accident that left him burned over 65% of his body, to the airplane crash that took away his ability to walk, Mitchell steadily rebuilt his life. He learned to work through the painful challenges and the devastating losses. He found new ways of facing everyday challenges with courage, determination, and good humor. This seemingly hopeless story evolved into an amazing life of achievement that has inspired audiences throughout the world.

    Mitchell reveals the core beliefs and proven strategies that lead to his personal and professional successes. He proves to audiences that setbacks can be transformed into new starting points and that we all must take responsibility for the changes in our life. Not only will he demonstrate what it takes, but he will provide the necessary tools that can be used to improve the quality of your unique situation.

    • Put yourself and others back in charge.
    • Be empowered to take action based on Mitchell’s compelling examples.
    • Understand that most limitations are self-imposed and it’s time to move past them.
    • Learn to take responsibility for change and master adversity.
    • Learn to think and act creatively.
    • Gain a new perspective on seemingly impossible situations.
    • Feel the joy of living at your best regardless of the challenges.
    • Experience a renewal of both mind and spirit and be inspired to achieve greatness.

    Leading With Courage
    The willingness to take responsibility is the mark of a leader. The person who recognizes that how we respond and how we choose to respond to a situation, serves as a powerful example for the organization. Showing courage is what W Mitchell′s life is all about. By being someone who has not let life′s detours determine his course, Mitchell is highly regarded as a leader in business, government and in non-profits. He demonstrates by his life and through his conversations with audiences, the power of choosing your responses. People come away with new insights and tools to help lead others.



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    Responsibility-Teamwork-Change are what audiences think about as W Mitchell delivers his remarkable personalized message. It′s about how people can Take Responsibility for Change and put themselves back in charge. With warmth and wit the co-founding chairman of Vermont Castings Inc. and the former mayor of Crested Butte, Colorado, shares his spellbinding and unforgettable message about how to take control in challenging times.

    Having overcome two life threatening and life changing accidents, the first a fiery motorcycle accident and the second an airplane crash, Mitchell says," Before I was paralyzed there were 10,000 things I could do; now there are 9,000. I can either dwell on the 1,000 I′ve lost or focus on the 9,000 have left."


    Are You Asking These Questions
    About Your Next Speaker?


    What′s it about?

    "The story of your life is taking responsibility and empowering yourself to reach new heights."
    Walter W. Ericson
    Executive Vice President
    CARLSON MARKETING GROUP

    "They left with a collective appreciation for their ability to make a choice and a difference."
    Michael C. Conley, Agency Development
    GENERAL AMERICAN LIFE
    INSURANCE COMPANY

    "Your message helped focus our commitment, direction and caring. Please come back!"
    Nancy Howell Agee
    Director, Health Education
    CARILION HEALTH SYSTEM

    Will they really listen?

    "You have the rare gift to involve every member of your audience in your journey. . . ranks at the top."
    E. Kemp
    Senior VP
    EQUITABLE LIFE OF IOWA

    "Never before have I seen a speaker so powerfully connect."
    Michelle E. Brown
    Director of Conferences and Institutes
    UNIVERSITY OF UTAH

    "Nobody, but nobody has E - V - E - R received a rating like yours."
    Marilyn Monroe
    CAE, President
    TEXAS SOCIETY OF ASSN. EXECUTIVES

    Will it help us deal with our challenges?

    "We consider you an integral part of our team facing the challenges of the nineties."
    John R Wood
    Sales Vice President
    AT&T

    "You got us to focus on what we can do."
    Larry McKinney
    Application Solutions Director
    IBM

    "Everything we expected and more. (Your) triumphant stories of success are contagious. Everyone is still talking."
    Ellen Abele
    Member Services Manager
    AMERICAN CONCRETE PIPE ASSOCIATION

    How will it help us face change?

    "Yours was a subtle message, one that removes layers of self suffocating baggage, excess doubts, road blocks, excuses. . .to take charge of what you do about it."
    Mary Jane Howard
    President
    PS COMMERCIAL PROPERTIES GROUP

    "You are the master of how to deal with (change) in a positive way."
    Patrick W. McCarter
    President
    ROCKY MOUNTAIN ELECTRICAL LEAGUE

    Can I be sure it will work for my group?

    "We valued most the universal theme, it applied to the total workforce."
    J. W. Oster
    Brigadier General, USMC
    DEFENSE ELECTRONICS SUPPLY CENTER

    "Custom tailored message. . . left us all better equipped to face the many business and personal challenges certain to lie ahead. A unique and memorable finish." Larry L. Galper
    General Chairman
    BLUE CROSS BLUE SHIELD

    Will they put it to work in the future?

    "Frequently I find people weeks after a presentation struggling to recall the basic message, let alone taking individual, positive action. Your message will long be remembered by all of us. The feedback was just terrific. We all learn and grow by being with "winners" (like you). A very major contribution."
    J. Dollard Carey
    President
    SMITH BUCKLIN & ASSOCIATES INC.

    "You had quite an impact, in fact we created the ′Mitchell Award′."
    W. E. Bruce
    Zone Manager
    AT&T


    Clients Include:

    ASAE
    Associated General Contractors
    AT & T
    Blue Cross Blue Shield
    California Association of Hospitals
    Euronet- Germany
    Four Seasons Hotels
    IBM
    MPI- Professional Education Conference
    National Association of Personal Consultants
    National Quality & Business Association
    OMNI International
    Pitney Bowes
    Phillip Morris USA
    Public Relations Society of America
    Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company
    Robbins Research International
    United Airlines
    University of Texas
    Wisconsin Realtors Assn.




* Please note that while this speaker’s specific speaking fee falls within the range posted above (for Continental U.S. based events), fees are subject to change. For current fee information or international event fees (which are generally 50-75% more than U.S based event fees), please contact us.

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    Responsibility-Teamwork-Change are what audiences think about as W Mitchell delivers his remarkable personalized message. It′s about how people can Take Responsibility for Change and put themselves back in charge. With warmth and wit the co-founding chairman of Vermont Castings Inc. and the former mayor of Crested Butte, Colorado, shares his spellbinding and unforgettable message about how to take control in challenging times.

    Having overcome two life threatening and life changing accidents, the first a fiery motorcycle accident and the second an airplane crash, Mitchell says," Before I was paralyzed there were 10,000 things I could do; now there are 9,000. I can either dwell on the 1,000 I′ve lost or focus on the 9,000 have left."


    Are You Asking These Questions
    About Your Next Speaker?


    What′s it about?

    "The story of your life is taking responsibility and empowering yourself to reach new heights."
    Walter W. Ericson
    Executive Vice President
    CARLSON MARKETING GROUP

    "They left with a collective appreciation for their ability to make a choice and a difference."
    Michael C. Conley, Agency Development
    GENERAL AMERICAN LIFE
    INSURANCE COMPANY

    "Your message helped focus our commitment, direction and caring. Please come back!"
    Nancy Howell Agee
    Director, Health Education
    CARILION HEALTH SYSTEM

    Will they really listen?

    "You have the rare gift to involve every member of your audience in your journey. . . ranks at the top."
    E. Kemp
    Senior VP
    EQUITABLE LIFE OF IOWA

    "Never before have I seen a speaker so powerfully connect."
    Michelle E. Brown
    Director of Conferences and Institutes
    UNIVERSITY OF UTAH

    "Nobody, but nobody has E - V - E - R received a rating like yours."
    Marilyn Monroe
    CAE, President
    TEXAS SOCIETY OF ASSN. EXECUTIVES

    Will it help us deal with our challenges?

    "We consider you an integral part of our team facing the challenges of the nineties."
    John R Wood
    Sales Vice President
    AT&T

    "You got us to focus on what we can do."
    Larry McKinney
    Application Solutions Director
    IBM

    "Everything we expected and more. (Your) triumphant stories of success are contagious. Everyone is still talking."
    Ellen Abele
    Member Services Manager
    AMERICAN CONCRETE PIPE ASSOCIATION

    How will it help us face change?

    "Yours was a subtle message, one that removes layers of self suffocating baggage, excess doubts, road blocks, excuses. . .to take charge of what you do about it."
    Mary Jane Howard
    President
    PS COMMERCIAL PROPERTIES GROUP

    "You are the master of how to deal with (change) in a positive way."
    Patrick W. McCarter
    President
    ROCKY MOUNTAIN ELECTRICAL LEAGUE

    Can I be sure it will work for my group?

    "We valued most the universal theme, it applied to the total workforce."
    J. W. Oster
    Brigadier General, USMC
    DEFENSE ELECTRONICS SUPPLY CENTER

    "Custom tailored message. . . left us all better equipped to face the many business and personal challenges certain to lie ahead. A unique and memorable finish." Larry L. Galper
    General Chairman
    BLUE CROSS BLUE SHIELD

    Will they put it to work in the future?

    "Frequently I find people weeks after a presentation struggling to recall the basic message, let alone taking individual, positive action. Your message will long be remembered by all of us. The feedback was just terrific. We all learn and grow by being with "winners" (like you). A very major contribution."
    J. Dollard Carey
    President
    SMITH BUCKLIN & ASSOCIATES INC.

    "You had quite an impact, in fact we created the ′Mitchell Award′."
    W. E. Bruce
    Zone Manager
    AT&T


    Clients Include:

    ASAE
    Associated General Contractors
    AT & T
    Blue Cross Blue Shield
    California Association of Hospitals
    Euronet- Germany
    Four Seasons Hotels
    IBM
    MPI- Professional Education Conference
    National Association of Personal Consultants
    National Quality & Business Association
    OMNI International
    Pitney Bowes
    Phillip Morris USA
    Public Relations Society of America
    Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company
    Robbins Research International
    United Airlines
    University of Texas
    Wisconsin Realtors Assn.


    It’s Not What Happens to You, It’s What You Do About It
    With warmth and wisdom, W Mitchell recaps the precise moments that instantly erased and rewrote the course of his life. From a fiery motorcycle accident that left him burned over 65% of his body, to the airplane crash that took away his ability to walk, Mitchell steadily rebuilt his life. He learned to work through the painful challenges and the devastating losses. He found new ways of facing everyday challenges with courage, determination, and good humor. This seemingly hopeless story evolved into an amazing life of achievement that has inspired audiences throughout the world.

    Mitchell reveals the core beliefs and proven strategies that lead to his personal and professional successes. He proves to audiences that setbacks can be transformed into new starting points and that we all must take responsibility for the changes in our life. Not only will he demonstrate what it takes, but he will provide the necessary tools that can be used to improve the quality of your unique situation.

    • Put yourself and others back in charge.
    • Be empowered to take action based on Mitchell’s compelling examples.
    • Understand that most limitations are self-imposed and it’s time to move past them.
    • Learn to take responsibility for change and master adversity.
    • Learn to think and act creatively.
    • Gain a new perspective on seemingly impossible situations.
    • Feel the joy of living at your best regardless of the challenges.
    • Experience a renewal of both mind and spirit and be inspired to achieve greatness.

    Leading With Courage
    The willingness to take responsibility is the mark of a leader. The person who recognizes that how we respond and how we choose to respond to a situation, serves as a powerful example for the organization. Showing courage is what W Mitchell′s life is all about. By being someone who has not let life′s detours determine his course, Mitchell is highly regarded as a leader in business, government and in non-profits. He demonstrates by his life and through his conversations with audiences, the power of choosing your responses. People come away with new insights and tools to help lead others.



W Mitchell Preview Video


W Mitchell - Introduced by Bill Clinton