Christopher Powell is a groundbreaking mathematician, businessman, and motivational speaker…with cerebral palsy. He is the walking embodiment of extraordinary determination despite tremendous odds. His humorous, insightful stories of personal triumph over a lifetime of heartbreaking disability show others how they can overcome their challenges by turning negatives into positives. One of America’s top emerging disability awareness speakers, Chris is the founder and president of Reaching New Heights, LLC, and Math Tutoring Experts, LLC. As Coordinator of the Mathematics Learning Center at Montgomery College, he has inspired thousands of students to reach beyond their limits. Chris holds a Bachelor’s degree in Mathematics from the University of Maryland, where he was also awarded the Dean’s Award for Academic Achievement. The moment he enters the room, Chris breaks down barriers of seemingly insurmountable despondency, apathy, and even shame. With disarming honesty and passion, he speaks about celebrating small victories, encouraging people from all walks of life to find the gifts within their challenges. Christopher combines the lessons he’s learned about living with cerebral palsy with wisdom about being positive and flexible in business and in life. His keynotes teach audiences how to:
· Develop well-thought-out plans.
· Execute plans with determination.
· Develop a high level of resilience.
· Engage life with love and vigor.
Despite the overwhelming obstacles that he has faced learning to independently stand, bathe, eat, walk, write, speak publicly, earn degrees and accolades – even run competitively – Christopher Powell continues to persevere.