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Chad Foster

    • Harvard-educated Executive Dealmaker, Billion-dollar Generator, Job Creator
    • Pursue Your Success with Blind Ambition
    • Change - Disruption - Mindset - Transformation
    • Resilience Leader, Blind Black Diamond Skier, Motivational Speaker, Author
    • First blind executive to complete the Harvard leadership program
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In Person-Fee 🛈

$20,000 - $30,000

Virtual Fee:

$15,000 - $20,000

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It’s my life, I have to own it. It’s your life, you have to own it.

It’s my life, I have to own it. It’s your life, you have to own it.

Chad E Foster W/NBC Blind Ambition: How To Go From Victim To Visionary

Chad E Foster W/NBC Blind Ambition: How To Go From Victim To Visionary

Chad Foster Speaker Biography

Read Chad E. Foster’s resume and you know he’s a rainmaker. A billion-dollar revenue generator, a job creator, a tech innovator. What’s not so obvious? He’s blind. And when he speaks to audiences, he shares a powerful message: His loss of eyesight as a young adult didn't hold him back. Instead, he embraced obstacles as opportunities.

Chad became the first blind executive to graduate Harvard Business School's leadership program and did what Oracle said couldn’t be done, becoming the first to create CRM software for the visually-impaired. Turning adversity into advantage, he thrived at a Fortune 500 company, directing financial strategies that resulted in billions in revenue, industry-leading growth, and best-in-class margins despite hypercompetitive market conditions.

Today, Chad teaches this same overcomer mindset to companies around the world, breaking down the anatomy of resilience using his tried and tested tools to empower people to emerge from setbacks stronger, sleeker, and resolute to succeed. He believes in helping others turn their challenges into opportunities, a mission that he values even more than his eyesight.

Connecting inspiration to implementation™, Chad provides a roadmap for overcoming obstacles and achieving the impossible. His keynotes are a blend of heartfelt stories, entertaining delivery, no-fluff truth-telling, and practical strategies tailored to empower individuals and teams to transcend their limitations. With Chad, audiences receive actionable insights on fostering a mindset of growth and resilience, driving them to redefine their boundaries.

His keynotes are not just talks; they are transformative experiences that ignite change, inspire action, and unlock potential. When you invite Chad to your event, you’re securing a catalyst for positive transformation, leaving your audience motivated, equipped, and eager to tackle their challenges with newfound vigor.

His direct and confident style, combined with a go-for-it inspiring belief system — he is an avid downhill skier and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu practitioner (that’s not a joke), has made him a high-impact keynote speaker for leaders at companies such as Google, IBM, Salesforce, GE and Microsoft. He’d be honored to inspire actions that drive outcomes at your next event.

To book Chad Foster for your next event, contact Executive Speakers Bureau at (901) 754-9404. 

BLIND AMBITION TM: How to Go from Victim to VisionaryTM
In this signature keynote, Chad will entertain, inspire, and move your audience, while teaching them how to shift their mindset from victim to visionaryTM. Going blind at 21-years-old and facing a life with seemingly limited opportunities, Chad had to reinvent himself before even having a shot at success. Turning obstacles into opportunities, he became a Harvard-educated rainmaker, created countless jobs, and now he teaches teams how to cultivate resilient mindsets, adapt and thrive in change, and set ambitious goals with the right mindset to achieve them.

This program gives your people the tools and inspiration to overcome difficult circumstances and create a promising positive future. More than just a motivational talk, this session connects inspiration to implementation.

NO MORE COMFORT ZONES: Growth Through Adversity
Life without obstacles removes opportunity for growth. For any of us to grow, we need to step outside our comfort zones. In this powerful keynote, Chad teaches how the obstacles that lie in front of us can propel us towards our goals.

Every organization finds itself face-to-face with problems that can seem insurmountable. Beyond Chad’s personal path of overcoming overwhelming odds, his business track record for moving through challenges and improving results gives a unique perspective on how comfort zones hold us back.

Chad will talk about how he’s not successful in spite of being blind. He is successful because he’s blind. He embraced his problem and turned it into a solution. In this session Chad will teach your teams how to realize exponential growth through adversity.

DIVERSITY: The Engine for Innovation
Chad was born part of the mainstream majority, but after going blind in college, he was treated differently as a disabled minority. After living over 20 years in both social groups, his unique vantage points of both worlds allow him to equip your teams to think differently about Diversity and Inclusion (DnI) in the workplace.

Chad goes beyond just valuing each person. He will show how DnI drives business innovation. We know that diversity of thought creates change, and when harnessed correctly, change drives innovation. How can we create a culture that invites diversity of thought to have a welcomed seat at the table so each individual feels valued to contribute? This session shows how you can unlock the value of DnI in your workplace to power the innovation your business needs to thrive.

VICTIM TO VISIONARYTM: Resilience Workshop
In this workshop Chad will lead you through the steps you can take to improve resilience. He teaches the practical tools you can apply to any situation in order to move your mindset from victim to visionary.

During this session you will map out your resilience journey. After setting out your own personal vision of greatness, you will see your life more clearly than you ever have before. It can set you free to discover the amazing advantages that your disadvantages offer. You can then seek your own gifts that are disguised in terrible wrapping paper and see how the unique perspectives you’ve gained from those disadvantages contribute to your vision of greatness.

Nothing in life is permanent. Everybody and everything changes. The only certainty is change. The key is figuring out how you will adapt.

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June 19, 2024

A really insightful talk by Chad Foster! Our client chose his profile as it resonated with what many companies are facing these days; changes, changes, changes! Chad's talk was all about resilience and how to move past our challenges. Although it was through a virtual format, the participants loved the talk!

Youville Haussmann Park

April 22, 2024

Chad was fantastic!

Adhesive and Sealant Council

March 21, 2024

Chad and Evie were a delight to work with. His attention to detail was impressive and his message was well received by our attendees. The message is refreshing, and my clients have since worked through situations applying his practices and saying, "I'm going to take the Chad approach!" - He is a class act!


December 7, 2023

Each year we bring 300 Program Managers who lead customer-facing programs around the world, together for an in-person, multi-day learning and collaboration summit. The demanding nature of their jobs places a high premium on their time resulting in high expectations of the annual summit experience. Chad served as the keynote speaker for the 2024 summit, delivering a 60 minute keynote speech followed by a 30 minute exercise geared toward helping them to identify and overcome their obstacles to success. With minimal pre-session discussion Chad was able to share his compelling story in a way that connected with some of the challenges the audience face and provide the tools to help them better overcome them. Our audience agreed that the event was a valuable investment of their time. Individual comments received on the “Blind Ambition” session included: “Chad’s discussion was inspirational and helped me see things from a different perspective.”; “More speakers like Chad next time!”; “When I saw 90 minutes on the agenda for this session I was dreading it, but it was over before I knew it and I was wishing it was longer!”; “Can’t wait to read his book!”. Chad’s was the only session of the event that received TWO standing ovations.

CACI, Inc - Federal

December 6, 2023

One of the most inspirational humans I’ve ever had the privilege to meet and learn from.

WestRock Fulfillment Company

October 27, 2023

Excellent, dynamic, and powerful opening keynote speaker. I highly recommend Chad E. Foster to other event organizers and am so thankful he agreed to deliver the opening keynote for our industry event. Pulling from a few of our feedback surveys attendees filled out sharing their favorite speakers or sessions: "Chad Foster. Helps me find motivation to continue in adversity." "My favorite ...might have been Chad at the beginning - amazing story!"

Sterling Lighting

July 31, 2023

Chad was a great speaker. The message he delivered was very inspirational and motivational. A truly excellent session with so much relevance to overcoming adversity.. He exceeded my expectations and his presentation was a great way to kick off my conference and get attendees motivated for the next 3 days! Based on survey results from conference participants, he was a great example of how to overcome adversity!

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