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AORN Expo’s Opening Ceremony Hits the Mark

The 2024 AORN Global Surgical Conference & Expo in Nashville kicked off with an opening ceremony Saturday that focused on the 75th anniversary of the storied perioperative nursing association and the theme of this year’s event, “Make Your Mark.” It ended with keynote speaker Chad E. Foster’s inspiring keynote presentation. The energy never faltered in between.

Chad E. Foster AORN

Ep93 Chad E. Foster - Building Resiliency and What to Do With It

What if your biggest setback was actually your biggest advantage? In this episode of Strategy + Action, host Jason Croft sits down with Chad E. Foster, a man who refused to be defined by his circumstances.

Chad E. Foster Strategy + Action Show

Global Gurus Top 30 of 2024: World's Top 30 Motivational Speakers for 2024

Chad Foster has been ranked #24 of World's Top Motivational Speakers of 2024 by the GlobalGurus research organisation.

Chad E. Foster GlobalGurus

Purpose Before Profit: Chad Foster Of Blind Ambition On The Benefits Of Running A Purpose-Driven Business

A REAL PURPOSE: Whatever it is, it must have a deeper meaning than money. What is it and why does it deeply resonate with you? If you don’t have this, it’s unlikely to have lasting power.

Chad E. Foster AuthorityMagazine

5 Tactics to Shift Your Mindset from Victim to Visionary

“The way we attach ourselves to circumstances is far more significant than the circumstances alone. When we stop being the victim of circumstance, we can start seeing the opportunities that lie in our challenges,” says Chad E. Foster.

Chad E. Foster AORN

Finding Your Blind Ambition with Motivational Speaker Chad E. Foster

Chad E. Foster’s journey from “victim to visionary” will change the way you see life. After losing his eyesight in his 20s, Foster was the first blind executive to graduate from Harvard Business School’s Program for Leadership Development.

Chad E. Foster ExecutiveSpeakers

Growth Lessons from a Graduate of the School of Hard Knocks

After Chad Foster went blind in college, he learned far more about himself and how to bring positive change to the world. He recently told association executives and event planners how they can achieve those things themselves.

Chad E. Foster MeetingsNet

ASAE23 Keynote: Five Keys for Cultivating “Blind Ambition”

In his keynote at the 2023 ASAE Annual Meeting & Expo on Monday, motivational speaker and author Chad E. Foster shared the steps association execs can take to change their perspective and grow their resilience.

Chad E. Foster ASAE23 Keynote

Open Your Eyes podcast

Although Chad E. Foster lost his eyesight in his early 20’s, that didn’t stop him from becoming an executive for Red Hat, the world’s largest open source software company and securing over $45 Billion in contracts throughout his career.

Blind Ambition, with Chad E. Foster – Episode 430 of The Action Catalyst Podcast

Author, professional speaker, and executive coach Chad E. Foster talks about living most of his life outside of his comfort zone after totally losing his sight in college and becoming comfortable with discomfort.

Chad E. Foster TheActionCatalystPodcast

Forged in Fire

HBS Executive Fellow Bill George and Chad Foster (PLDA 21, 2016), an author and motivational speaker, on the transformational power of crucibles.

Chad E. Foster HBS Skydeck

Telling His Story of Resilience


The Sales Chalk Talk Show

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Hugh Liddle and Gene McNaughton Stitcher

The Adam Carolla Show

Chad Foster + Greg Fitzsimmons

Chad E. Foster The Adam Carolla Show

Chad Foster Is The Only One Who Improved His Vision By Losing His Eyesight

Can you imagine what it’d be like to watch the sunset, or a football game, or even take a picture, knowing that it would be the last time that you could see what was in front of you?

The Only One In The Room All sources: Apple Podcasts , Spotify

This Sustainable Life

Joshua Spodek's adventures in stewardship

Chad E. Foster Joshua Spodek

How to Visualize Greatness

Motivational Mondays: Conversations with Leaders

Chad E. Foster Apple Podcast


Imagine in your youth discovering you had a condition that would result in the complete loss of your vision by the age of 20. For business leader and tech innovator Chad Foster, that was a devastating reality —one he initially thought he might not ever overcome.


I am happier now that I am blind! Chad Foster is going to blow your mind! Chad is the author of Blind Ambition, how to go from Victim to Visionary.

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Chad E. Foster

I am happier now that I am blind! Chad Foster is going to blow your mind! Chad is the author of Blind Ambition, how to go from Victim to Visionary. 

Chad E. Foster Beliefcast

How To Transform Your Negative Mindset

Join my conversation with Chad E Foster as we discuss using adversity to take back control over your life. We also talk about how you can choose happiness, confidence, and victory by changing your internal mind narrative.

Chad E. Foster Fearnot

The Gifts of Going Blind with Chad Foster

Failed it! Fam, on today’s episode we have inspirational speaker, Chad Foster with us! He truly took lemons and made lemonade with the visual impairment he acquired in college.

Chad E. Foster Failed It! Podcast

Sense of Soul

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Mande Nantkes and Shanna Vavra Audible.com

Blind Ambition Author and Motivational Speaker Chad Foster

Can you imagine going blind as a teenager?

Chad E. Foster YouTube

Make sure your choose the right story with Chad Foster

Chad E. Foster is a motivational keynote speaker, sales/finance leader, and inspirational change agent who works at Red Hat/IBM. He was the first blind executive to graduate from Harvard Business School’s Program for Leadership Development.

Chad E. Foster Cleaning Up Secrets

TGFM - Chad Foster

Brother Greg speaks with Chad Foster to discusses his book - Blind Ambition: How to go from Victim to Visionary

Chad E. Foster Listen Notes


Why it is Important to Have a Try Me Perspective with Chad Foster, Author, Motivational Speaker, and Business Executive.

Chad E. Foster Office Hours on LinkedIn Live

Chad Foster & Bill George (HBS): Authentically Leading with Blind Ambition

Watch this video to learn more about Chad at Harvard.

Chad E. Foster Harvard Business School

Transitioning From Blind to Visionary

Chad Foster is a motivational keynote speaker, sales/finance leader, and inspirational change agent who works at Red Hat/IBM.

Chad E. Foster Alain Guillot

Adam Ali x Chad E. Foster – How to keep your intuition Sharp!

Meet Chad Foster, motivational keynote speaker, sales/finance leader, and inspirational change agent who works at Red Hat/IBM. Chad went blind while in College and has been seeing clearer than ever.


In life and in skiing, Chad Foster finds motivational message

Skiing — and life — are all about “managing the unexpected,” according to Chad Foster. Especially when you can’t see where you’re going.

Kaya Williams All sources: Snowmass Sun , Jackson Hole News & Guide

New Book from Blind Tech Industry Executive Helps Turn Your Biggest Obstacle into Your Biggest Advantage

For anyone seeking to live life to its fullest potential, Blind Ambition: How to Go From Victim to Visionary is an eye-opening account of Chad E. Foster's, life as a tech industry star executive who overcame fear and hopelessness to turn his disadvantage of blindness into a powerful competitive strength.

Chad E. Foster yahoo! entertainment

Disability Talks: Don't Dis My Ability

Thriving With Change Through Life's Blind Spots

Chad E. Foster Listen Notes

Blind Ambition with Chad Foster

In this bonus episode, I talk with Chad Foster, about the limitless mindset he adopted after losing his sight at age 20, kindness and flirting with the edge of control.

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Passionate World Talk Radio


Betsy Wurzel Passionate World Talk Radio

Cultivating The Resilience For Victim-to-Visionary Transformation With Chad E. Foster

On this Inspirational People episode ofShare Life, I'm interviewing Chad E. Foster, a motivational keynote speaker, sales and finance leader, inspirational change agent at Red Hat, a subsidiary of IBM, and a husband and father of two.

Jason Montoya Jason Montoya

Local News Hour - January 25, 2021 | KPCW

Tech Executive, Motivational Speaker and Author Chad Foster talks about his day on the slopes of Deer Valley with the National Ability Center

Chad E. Foster NPR

Rise Together

The Life-Changing Benefits of Blind Ambition - with Chad E. Foster

An Apple A Day

Interview w/Chad Foster

Jimmy Apple

How to Motivate Yourself and Your Team Through Adversities

TAG Product Management Society welcomed guest speaker Chad E. Foster who is a well known high impact speaker and motivator to talk about how to keep yourself and your team motivated during adversities. A speaker series event with a moderator led Q&A session. 

Chad E. Foster Technology Association of Georgia

7 Things You Can Learn from a Blind Guy Who Became a Billion Dollar Deal Maker

Despite going blind while attending college in his early twenties, he started at Accenture, and has built a career in the technology industry where he has directed financial strategies and decisions resulting in more than $45 billion in contracts.

Chad E. Foster All sources: Yahoo Finance , Business Insider , Associated Press (AP)

Knoxville native writes Blind Ambition: How To Go From Victim to Visionary

This true story of resilience comes as the pandemic creates a need for greater resilience in everyone.

Emily Stroud WBIR at NBC

To Win, Decide Which Fear You Can Live With

Chad Foster’s life took a detour when he went blind in his late teens. Now he’s an executive at Red Hat, the world’s largest open source software company, an author, and a motivational keynote speaker. I had the opportunity to interview Chad recently. Here are some of the highlights of that interview.

Jill Griffin Forbes

The Difference Between Success and Failure

Growing up, my dad would tell me, “Son, the world really doesn’t care if you are blind or not.” Those were hard words to hear as a teenager but they ring truer today than they did back then. At the time, I was coping with deteriorating eyesight due to an inherited retinal condition.

lohijey BuzzFeed

How open source can accelerate 5G, edge deployment for NSPs: A Q&A with Chad Foster, Red Hat

Edge Industry Review recently conducted a phone interview with Chad Foster, formerly vice president of Corporate and Product and Technologies finance, who is currently responsible for Cross-Industry Sales Development for IBM/Red Hat, to hear more about Red Hat’s role in 5G and edge computing.

Jim Davis Edge Industry Review

Local author loses his sight but not his life’s vision

UT alumni, Chad Foster, is using his experience to help others fight adversity

Casey Wheeless WVLT

Resilience Lessons From Individuals Who Have Overcome Big Obstacles

Chad Foster was at college planning on a career in medicine when he became blind as a result of a genetic disorder. “It was a pretty dark moment for me, knowing that I would never be able to see my wife and kids,”

Roger Trapp Forbes

Choose Your Best You

Only you hold the power to become the best you. We all face a searing dilemma. Do we live the life we’ve always known, or live the life of our choosing?

Chad E. Foster Power of Positivity

What a Sight

Our ability to adapt to changes in circumstances determines to a large extent whether we survive and thrive, or wilt under new conditions. If resilience is so crucial, what exactly is it and how can we cultivate it?

Chad E. Foster USA Today

Working from Home in the Age of COVID-19

As we all come to grips with the unprecedented challenges that the COVID-19 pandemic present us, it’s clearer than ever that we need flexible work arrangements that allow us to adapt to fluid situations.

Chad E. Foster Home Business Magazine

Happy because he's blind

Marietta business executive Chad E. Foster says he’s successful and happy — not despite being blind but because of it.

Nancy Badertscher All sources: The Atlanta Journal-Constitution , Harvard Business School

The Blind Leading The Sighted

When Chad Foster's world faded to black in his teens, he persevered. Now he teaches resilience and the value of leaning into discomfort.

C.J. Prince All sources: Chief Executive , The Entrepreneur Fund

Chad E. Foster: “How To Finally Learn To Love Yourself”

Self-love comes from learning how to accept, embrace, and love ourselves — even with our imperfections. None of us are perfect. We all have flaws.

Chaya Weiner Authority Magazine

Unstoppable: How Chad Foster overcame blindness to become a VP at Red Hat

When children would tease me about my eyesight limitations in school, grit gave me the ability to fight back — physically and emotionally. It gave me the desire to prove others wrong. Grit fueled my unrelenting workouts, which allowed me to productively channel my frustration — using my anger to improve myself.

Yitzi Weiner All sources: Authority Magazine , Thrive Global

Red Hat VP Chad E. Foster: “How you can choose to tell yourself a better story to be happy”

I went blind in my late teens. I was initially extremely distraught as anyone would be. However, after seeing first-hand the value of perspective in our lives, I chose to tell myself a better story. At first I was telling myself a story of “poor me” and “I have extremely bad luck."

Dr. Marina Kostina All sources: Authority Magazine , Thrive Global

Business Alum Overcomes Blinding Disease: Receives Accomplished Alumni Award

While Chad E. Foster was at UT, a rare genetic eye disease stole his sight, but not his ambition. He received his business degree in 2000. Now, with the help of computer screen-reading software that Foster programmed himself, he is breaking glass ceilings in the field of information technology.

Chandra Harris-McCray Tennessee Today

Seeing With His Heart

"Dear God, my daddy’s eyes are broken. Please send doctors to fix my daddy’s eyes." In the stillness of the night, faint stars from a child’s nightlight reflect on the bedroom ceiling and on the faces of plush animals and dolls neatly lined on wall shelves.

Chandra Harris-McCray University of Tennessee

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Blind Ambition™

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.

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