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Todd Huston Speaker

Todd Huston

    • CEO Love Leadership Institute & Host of 'Love Leaders Podcast'
    • Author, More Than Mountains - The Todd Huston Story
    • World Record Holder and only disabled person in the world to break an able-bodied world record in a sport
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One Leg, Fifty Mountains, And The Power of Love | Todd Huston | TEDxSanLuisObispo

One Leg, Fifty Mountains, And The Power of Love | Todd Huston | TEDxSanLuisObispo

The Story of Todd Huston

The Story of Todd Huston

Todd Huston Speaker Biography

Todd Huston knows how to overcome incredible challenges. When his legs got caught in the propeller of a boat at age 14, his life was radically changed. He battled to keep his legs with numerous surgeries, but bone disease eventually forced him to have one leg amputated.

Todd became a psychotherapist and clinical director of the Amputee Resource Center in California. He also worked in psychiatric hospitals for adults, adolescents and children. He used his professional skills and personal experiences to help patients achieve more in their lives. He also trained health-care professionals and authored articles in working with individuals coping with disabilities.

Then Todd did the unimaginable, to prove that you can overcome challenges he completed a world record-setting Summit America expedition by climbing to the highest elevations of all 50 states in only 66 days 22 hours and 47 minutes, shattering the original record by 35 days!

Todd has been featured in thousands of publications throughout the world, including Sports Illustrated, Forbes and the Wall Street Journal, as well as the popular book, Chicken Soup for the Soul, A Second Helping. He has appeared as a special guest on CBS Year in Sports and Robert Schuller’s Hour of Power. Todd has been interviewed on ABC, NBC, CBS, CNN, TNN, Inside Edition, and Extra plus numerous radio programs. Most recently, Todd was invited to be a regular contributor to Huffington Post.  

Several distinguished honors have been awarded to Todd including U.S. Jaycees’ Ten Outstanding Young Americans, the Henry Iba Award for Outstanding Citizen Athlete, the Class Act Award, The Power to Dream Achiever Award and the American Red Cross’s Everyday Hero Award.

Todd is the author of the book More Than Mountains: The Todd Huston Story and has hosted inspirational radio and television programs. 

More Than Mountains: The Todd Huston Story

With this powerful keynote presentation, Todd motivates and inspires anyone to believe they can overcome life’s many challenges and provides content for the audience to apply immediately in their lives. This presentation centers around Todd’s boating accident at age 14 where he died twice and had his leg amputated while awake.  Audiences marvel as Todd shares how he went on to do what many thought was impossible – he became the first disabled person to break an able-bodied world record in sports by climbing to the highest elevations in each of the 50 U.S states faster than anyone else; and he did it with only one leg.

He uses awe-inspiring slides and stories from his life and expedition, travelling to the highest mountains of North America, including the daunting 20,310-foot Denali in Alaska.  Your audience will laugh and cry with him through real life challenges and be left with insight and inspiration to overcome every obstacle holding them back, both individually and professionally, by finding the opportunity in every challenge.

Your audience will experience laughter, suspense, exhilaration, and awe as he inspires them to:

  • Overcome any challenge
  • Eliminate fear and doubt
  • Turn obstacles into opportunities
  • Be their best in any situation
  • Make positive life changes now
  • Reach their personal and professional goals and dreams


No Excuses Safety Training

NO EXCUSES SAFETY® presentation uses Todd’s story of being hit by a boat propeller, which nearly cost him his life and did cost him his leg, to breaking the world record in the most dangerous sport in the world, mountain climbing. He inspires audiences to realize the importance of having a safety attitude and culture. His ICE™ method helps people easily remember what they can do to avoid any accident.


  • Teach your audience the ICE method for avoiding accidents
  • Inspire them that they can have a ZERO accident workplace
  • Decrease your incident rate
  • Have employees take personal responsibility for their safety
  • Have employees take responsibility for the safety of co-workers
  • Show them the value of always thinking about safety
  • Why their safety is important to everyone in their life
  • Why there are NO EXCUSES for an accident

Todd knows the value of safety, not only because he was involved in a serious accident that caused him to be an amputee, but also because he used his “ICE” safety method to break the world record in climbing the 50 United States high-points, including the extremes of 20,310-foot Denali in Alaska.

As the only disabled person to break an able-bodied world record in sports, he could never have achieved his goal without knowing and practicing the NO EXCUSES SAFETY ideas.  Todd’s entertaining story is inspiring and educational and will leave your audience with NO EXCUSES!


Leadership: The Path to the Top

Todd’s leadership talk focuses on what is hailed by the Wall Street Journal and Harvard Business School as the style producing significantly positive results in businesses and organizations – servant leadership.  Todd uses his world-record mountain climbing expedition to inspire and teach leadership principles that will help your organization and team reach the top. Todd has taught these principles globally to every organizational level, from CEO’s and royalty to salesmen, administrative staff, and line workers. 

Todd’s 12 principles of servant leadership include:

  1. Why each individual is valuable to everyone
  2. Why leadership must be a win-win-win
  3. Why leaders must not think in or out of the box, but without a box
  4. How to apply empathy and compassion in leadership
  5. The importance of persistence and “grit” in reaching your goals
  6. The truth and power of humility
  7. What love has to do with leadership
  8. Why everyone is already a leader and how to bring out their best
  9. The one question to ask yourself as a leader and the choice you need to make
  10. How to become a leader today and start changing your future now
  11. How everyone in your organization can be an effective servant leader
  12. The advantages of servant leadership to your bottom-line  



This highly-interactive, highly-customized program teaches concepts and techniques to help audience members better manage personal and professional stress.

Todd was selected to write and teach this program to healthcare workers, employees and customers of a large hospital organization. This talk can also be used as a workshop when hiring Todd as your meeting's keynote speaker.

Some of the broad goals for this program include:

  • Reducing employee absenteeism and doctors' visits caused from stressReducing on-site conflict that causes safety violations and work related hazards.
  • Decreasing the cost of health care by decreasing the amount of sick days workers have to take along with helping them understand how to live healthier, stress reduced lives.
  • Decreasing mental and psychological illness while creating a safer work environmentIncreasing productivity, performance, and communication effectiveness on the job.
  • Showing employees simple steps they can use to increase their health and wellness at work and at home
Personal Development Entertainment-based Audience Activity Educational / Informative Inspirational / Life-changing


What your attendees will learn;

How to make all change POSITIVE change
Proactive versus reactive change and how to benefit from both
Why you never need to fear change
Why you should embrace and encourage change
How to be the master of change in your life
The secret to getting up every time you are knocked down
The only time change doesn't exist and how to use that time for positive change
The importance of communication and teamwork in the face of change
How to have change bring out the best in you

Life is change, constant and unrelenting. You can allow it to prevent you from achieving your goals and dreams, or you can choose to let it bring out the best in you and your organization. Todd Huston knows how change can affect your life, but also how to use it to become your best.

With a multi-media presentation of his life story, Todd illustrates the many forms of change. He dealt with multiple obstacles that created massive changes in his life when a fateful accident took him from being a star athlete to dying twice and having his leg amputated. Todd learned to embrace and optimize change, eventually doing the seemingly impossible; climbing the highest and most dangerous elevations of all 50 states and becoming the only disabled person to break an able-bodied world record in a sport.

Your audience members will learn how to identify the value of change and how to optimize change in their lives and the lives of others. They will learn a change attitude used by over-comers and champions which they can implement immediately within their own personal and professional lives. No longer will they fear or resist change, but will see it clearly, and as an opportunity to move forward and upward.

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