Tricia Downing | Disability Advocate, Paralympian, Resiliency Expert + Virtual Keynotes Online
Though she is a lifelong athlete, Tricia Downing’s “grit” goes far beyond the playing field. As a leader, coach and mentor, she is one who cares deeply about others, helping them to see opportunities at times when they may only see overwhelming challenges. Seventeen years ago, Tricia, a competitive cyclist, was hit by a car while riding her bicycle. In the accident, she was paralyzed from the chest down. While many others may have seen this life-changing tragedy as an insurmountable challenge, Tricia handled it with tenaciousness and grace and found the strength to flourish. Not only did she return to athletics—competing on the world stage in four different wheelchair sports—she founded and directs The Cycle of Hope, a non- profit organization created to help other female wheelchair users redefine their own lives. She thrives on helping others see their potential and welcomes the role of “coach,” in guiding them to embrace their unique, authentic and powerful lives. SPEAKER When it comes to facing adversity, whether in the workplace or our personal lives, mental toughness is one of the most important assets an individual can possess. Being able to handle difficult situations with confidence and grace is a skill Tricia has learned through elite athletics and as the survivor of a tragic accident, which left her paralyzed from the chest down. Known for her resiliency and positive spirit, Tricia helps people and organizations learn to navigate the events and situations, which threaten to take us out of the game, replacing anxiety, fear and stress with confidence and hope. She is well qualified to lead by example as she has made remarkable comebacks in both sports and her personal life. She is the founder and Executive Director of The Cycle of Hope—a non-profit organization—helping female wheelchair users stage their own comebacks and redefine able. Additionally, she is a speaker, author and 2016 Team USA Paralympian. MOST REQUESTED KEYNOTE PRESENTATION: ★ Discover Your Inner Champion [1 hour in-person or virtual keynote] In this presentation, Tricia shares the lessons of Mental Toughness with her audiences sharing stories to teach the core competencies of this discipline, including: • Control: Tricia shares her concept of riding one’s own race, learning to filter what is controllable and accepting and dealing with those aspects of work and life that are out of one’s direct control or beyond the comfort zone. • Commitment: Learning to keep an eye on the end goal, despite roadblocks along the way. • Challenge: Seeing challenge as an opportunity rather than an obstacle. • Confidence: Helping individuals learn to track and appreciate each accomplishment to build the skill of confidence. • Clarity: Deciphering what is important in one’s own success and creating a plan to work toward those goals. MORE IN-PERSON OR VIRTUAL KEYNOTES INCLUDE: [all tailored to the client's needs): • Developing resiliency • Overcoming adversity • Disability awareness • Customer service for patrons with disabilities • Personal reinvention • Turning passion into philanthropy • Mental toughness ★For full information on Tricia's workshops, services and bespoke options click to her website from this profile★
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It’s a decision you’ll never regret!
Tricia has a unique gift as a speaker and is using it to challenge leaders, develop teams and, frankly, change lives. The audience at our event was on the edge of their seats as she weaved her unique story of tragedy, ongoing setbacks, and eventual triumph. We teetered back and forth between the edge of tears and heartfelt laughter, driving home the critical points she was making to the group about making the most of every opportunity. If you’re thinking about bringing Tricia to your organization, jump on it. It’s a decision you’ll never regret!
Her strength, bravery and beauty leave all filled with hope and possibility.
We featured Tricia Downing as our keynote speaker at our 3rd annual Work-Life Thrive Summit. Her presence, delivery, and impact wowed our audience. Over the years, we have the privilege of welcoming incredible speakers on our stage, but Tricia is the first and only speaker to have received a full room standing ovation. Trish’s story and message evoke a myriad of emotions and thoughts, and her strength, bravery and beauty leave all filled with hope and possibility. We whole-heartedly recommend Tricia for any speaking opportunity where the goal is to inspire, impact, and empower the audience.
I would urge you to consider her at your next event.
Tricia Downing is a truly amazing person who addressed our firm at a company function. I have hired various speakers over the years, some good, some not so good, and some outstanding. Tricia is outstanding. Her story is not only remarkable from a human-interest standpoint, but also practical from a business perspective regarding the mindset and attitude necessary to accomplish big goals. Tricia’s delivery is engaging and professional. I would urge you to consider her at your next event.