Eric McElvenny

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Eric McElvenny is an engaging communicator and an expert in teaching resilience.


In 2006, Eric graduated the United States Naval while preparing for his service as a Marine Corps Infantry Officer. Eric deployed three times as a Marine and on his final tour, an experience in Afghanistan, was wounded after stepping on an IED. Eric suffered the amputation of his right leg, a life-changing opportunity that began his next journey.


Faced with a physical challenge and an uncertain future, Eric made a promise to himself to run an Ironman Triathlon. Eric went on to complete 8 Ironman Triathlons to include the World Championships in 2013. Eric recently had the privilege of representing Team USA at the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo, Japan.


Throughout his journey, Eric realized that the challenges and adversity he was up against and the techniques he used to reach the finish line could be used against the challenges we all entertain. When not training, racing and delivering inspiration, Eric can be found with his wife Rachel and three children in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.


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Harnessing Resilience in the Face of Change 

Successful companies adapt to a changing environment whether that change comes from growth, transformation, technology, innovative strategy or other sources. This change is overwhelming when professionals are not equipped with the tools to adapt and thrive. This presentation pulls from the journey of resilience from the loss of my leg in combat to the Ironman World Championships where I utilized the tools every working professional should master to guarantee success in an evolving environment. LEARNING OBJECTIVES: Learn the four principles of managing change; Identify five character traits of perseverance; Walk away with four implementable action steps to develop a resilient mindset.   

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"We enjoyed his talk, his relaying of personal story, and the message of perseverance, resiliency and goal achievement was extremely well received by our audience!”

Shannon Rodgers, Manager – IT Customer Service, Koppers Inc.