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Mark Pollock

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Explorer, innovator and collaboration catalyst well-known for being the first blind person to race to the South Pole

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Unbroken by blindness in 1998, the strong-willed speaker Mark Pollock went on to compete in ultra endurance races across deserts, mountains, and the polar ice caps including being the first blind person to race to the South Pole. He also won silver and bronze medals for rowing at the Commonwealth Games and set up a motivational speaking business.

The keynote speaker Mark Pollock helps people achieve more than they thought possible. Unbroken by blindness in 1998, Mark went on to compete in ultra-endurance races across deserts, mountains, and the polar ice caps including being the first blind person to race to the South Pole. He also won silver and bronze medals for rowing at the Commonwealth Games and set up a motivational speaking business.

In 2010, Mark Pollock was left paralysed after falling from a second story window. He is now exploring the frontiers of spinal cord injury recovery combining an innovative electrical stimulator over his spinal cord and a drug super-charging his nervous system, whilst walking hundreds of thousands of steps as the world’s leading test pilot of Ekso Bionics robotic legs. Through the Mark Pollock Trust he is on a mission to find and connect people around the world to fast-track a cure for paralysis.

Selected by the World Economic Forum as a Young Global Leader and appointed to the Global Futures Council on Human Enhancement, the heartening speaker Mark Pollock is on the Board of the Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation (USA) and is a Wings for Life Ambassador (UK). He is the subject of the acclaimed documentary called Unbreakable, has spoken at Davos, Wired and TEDx Hollywood and is co-Founder of the global running series called Run in the Dark.

Mark has been awarded honorary doctorates by The Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland and also from Queens University Belfast. And, he holds a diploma in Global Leadership and Public Policy for the 21st Century from Harvard University, degrees from Trinity College Dublin and The Smurfit Business School.

Described in the Daily Telegraph as “a story of courage, determination, and hope“, our speaker Mark Pollock has used his hard-earned expertise to help people achieve more than they thought possible in over 300 organisations.

Acknowledged as an expert in smashing expectations, Red Bull UK’s Managing Director describes him as “awe-inspiring”. Head of SMB Sales says he “started a conversation about challenging conventional wisdom that is ongoing at Google”. And Satya Nadella, Microsoft CEO, described Mark as one of “the most inspiring people I met”. One thing is for sure: A keynote with our excellent speaker Mark Pallock will not disappoint.

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    Adversity & Challenges — Maintaining A Resilient Mindset Under Pressure

    • Sometimes we choose our challenges, sometimes our challenges choose us. What we decide to do about them is what counts. Deciding to be a competitor, a realist and a collaborator offers your people a chance of maintaining a resilient mindset under pressure.
    • Mark Pollock’s keynote on adversity and challenges uses the power of active decision making to deal with challenges, regardless of where they come from, to help your people become more resilient.

     

    Keynote from speaker Mark Pollock

    Leadership & Motivation — Leading Through A Crisis And Developing Intrinsic Motivation To Move Forward

    • Uncertainty and change typify a crisis and it’s difficult to lead in such circumstances. By providing your people with insights into the resilience, attitude and decisions of others facing extreme circumstances you will help them to develop the intrinsic motivation to move forward.
    • Mark Pollock’s keynote on leadership and motivation delivers deep insights for leaders to navigate through the crucible moments they face and lead others to achieve more.

     

    Keynote from speaker Mark Pollock

    Mindset & Performance – Challenging Expectations To Perform At A Higher Level

    • It is tough to deliver world class performance. Your people won’t do it by chance. With a high-impact catalyst you can help them act with the courage to make it happen.
    • Mark Pollock’s keynote on mindset and performance is that catalyst – it challenges your people to examine expectations of themselves and others to perform at a higher level.

     

    Keynote from speaker Mark Pollock

    Collaboration & Teamwork — Creating And Motivating Dispersed Teams Across Disciplines And Geographies

    • Galvanizing a disparate group of people around a common goal is not easy. Yet when it happens, when we collaborate, that is when major breakthroughs happen.
    • Mark Pollock’s keynote on collaboration and teamwork provides your people with insight into how high-performance teams get things done when others can’t.

     

    Keynote from speaker Mark Pollock

    Human Enhancement – Exploring The Intersection Where Humans And Technology Collide During The 4th Industrial Revolution

    • Exploring the intersection where humans and technology collide is essential for businesses to maintain their competitive edge. By raising the consciousness of your people to the human dimension of the 4th industrial revolution, you will empower and encourage innovation at the edge.
    • Mark Pollock’s keynote on human enhancement provides your people with insight into the transformative intersection of technology and humankind as he explores a cure for paralysis using robotics, neuro-modulation, AI and VR/AR.
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Mark told a very moving story and the audience loved his quiet and humble personality.

Helga Merete Fardal

Netlife Dialog

Great on stage - very inspirational - excellent examples and very relevant in a challenging business environment.

Marine Reynaud

Hotwire

“Mark’s insight into resilience hit the perfect note for our Swiss Re Leadership Forum in Singapore. His delivery balanced both the darkness and lighter sides of his life experience. Critically, his messages resonated with our international leadership group, catalysing conversations about how we deal with challenges in our organisation."

CEO and Regional President

Swiss Re, Asia
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