Chad E. Foster
High-Impact Keynote Speaker
As a successful corporate executive, international motivational speaker, and the author of Blind Ambition™, Chad uses his gift of going blind to teach and inspire us to thrive with change, create a more resilient leadership culture, and invite diversity to drive business innovation.
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Who is Chad E. Foster?
Can you imagine going blind in your early 20's? When most people were preparing for the adventure of adult life, Chad E. Foster was watching the world he grew up with fade to black. But that didn't stop him from becoming the first blind person to graduate from the Harvard Business School leadership program and climbing the corporate ladder as a successful Finance/Sales executive. He works at Red Hat, one of the most innovative Tech companies and the world’s largest open source software company. With determination, ambition, and drive, he created what Oracle said would be impossible. He gave hundreds of millions of people the ability to earn a living by becoming the first to create customer relationship software for the visually impaired.
With speaking invites from London to Beijing, and the Atlanta Opera crafting a story inspired by his journey, Chad inspires people to overcome their own blind spots.
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“In Blind Ambition, Chad Foster demonstrates how we can transform our misfortunes into growth opportunities. Chad is a courageous authentic leader who went from victim to visionary, turning his blindness from a disability into an ability to help others overcome their blind spots. Inspiring and deeply personal, this book can transform your life.”
“Chad’s story is about persistence, strength, and tenacity. For every challenge put in his way, he has found an ingenious and liberating way to overcome it. I witnessed his winning capability firsthand at Red Hat and I’m so glad he is now sharing the lessons he has learned with the world. This is a must read for anyone looking for the motivation to persist in business and life.”
“People with disabilities want the privilege to succeed or fail based on their merits, and Chad’s powerful story demonstrates that success is indeed possible, even when faced with a significant disability—offering employers a way to tap into an underutilized talent pool.”
“Blind Ambition shows us how to build resilience, adapt, and even thrive in the face of adversity. Attitude is everything and Chad's ability to believe that significant life obstacles can propel us to a better version of ourselves is a powerful lesson to us all. I worked closely with Chad for several years and he inspires, excites, and empowers people to embark on their own adventures.”
Chad will provide your audience with a framework for thinking that will enable them to:
- Live happier lives
- Adapt to change with greater success
- Lead teams through change
- Set ambitious goals while crafting the right mindset to achieve them
- Nurture resilience, which is the cornerstone of grit/tenacity and success
- Discover unforeseen opportunities
- Be more productive at work
Happiness is not a feeling, happiness is not an emotion, happiness is a decision that each of us make every single day when we wake up.Chad E. Foster
With speaking invites from London to Beijing, and the Atlanta Opera crafting his journey for the stage, Chad inspires people to overcome their own blind spots.
Lost eyesight and forced to switch college major due to blindness.
Received first guide dog.
Relearned how to learn without sight and made the Dean’s List.
Graduated with straight-A's in College of Business Administration.
Promoted to lead multibillion dollar commercial outsourcing deals in record time.
Developed software thought impossible by Oracle.
Hired to work on multibillion dollar sales strategy.
Hired to spearhead most strategic and complex deals.
Promoted from Senior Pricing Analyst to Senior Director while capturing over $45 billion in contracts with industry leading growth and best-in-class margins despite tightening market conditions.
First blind person to graduate from Harvard Business School Executive Education leadership program.
Voted as graduating speaker for Harvard Business School Executive Education leadership program.
Led a team that landed largest (9-figure) deal in company history.
Led a team that redesigned the company's pricing/discounting framework, improving operational efficiency by ~57% while increasing customer satisfaction.
Tapped to serve as VP in charge of 200-person organization responsible for closing the integration with IBM - a $34 billion purchase that was the largest of its kind.
HarperCollins Leadership published Chad's first book - Blind Ambition.
Co-authored a book with Les Brown - Ignite the Hunger in You
Life without obstacles removes opportunity for growth.Chad E. Foster
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If you don’t feel like you’re reaching the levels of happiness that you see others enjoy, or your goals seem out of reach, you’re not alone. Life is too short for regrets. Learn how to use your mindset to reach your most daring dreams. Chad’s stories and lessons will inspire, empower, and prepare you to face uncertainty with hope and optimism. Want to be mentally tough, strong, resilient and prepared to adapt and thrive in changing circumstances? Self-confident to become your best you? It’s time to break free from the self-destructive thoughts that hold you back.
Ready To Turn Your Biggest Obstacle Into Your Biggest Advantage? The stories we tell ourselves either limit us or propel us towards our goals.