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Chad E. Foster

First Blind Executive to Complete the Harvard Leadership Program, Creator of Software Silicon Valley Thought Impossible, Blind Black Diamond Skier and Author of Blind Ambition
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Chad E. Foster believes he is successful not despite being blind, but rather because of it. He embraced his problem and turned it into a solution.

Can you imagine going blind just as you’re getting ready to go to college? When most people were preparing for the adventure of adult life, Chad was watching the world he grew up in fade to black. But that didn’t stop him from becoming the first blind person to graduate from the Harvard Business School leadership program. Or from climbing the corporate ladder as a highly successful finance and sales executive “rainmaker.” Or from developing the first customer relationship software for the visually impaired. Or from becoming an avid black diamond skier.

The author of the book Blind Ambition: How to Go from Victim to Visionary (HarperCollins Leadership, 2021), Chad’s remarkably active, positive approach challenges traditional ideas of peak performance and inspires audiences to lean into the disadvantages that make them strong and unique. In entertaining, high-energy presentations, his tough-minded, matter-of-fact lessons and outlook motivate teams and individuals to overcome their perceived limits, change the story, stop the excuses, see the possibilities and achieve any goal.

Currently, Chad works at Red Hat, one of the most innovative technology companies and the world’s largest open-source software company. Chad’s story has been featured in Forbes, the Atlanta Journal Constitution, USA Today, and Chief Executive Magazine. The Atlanta Opera has commissioned an opera inspired by his life story. 

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