Spencer West

Spencer West

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International Motivational Speaker | Disabled Content Creator | Author | Social Media Influencer | He/Him

The life of visionary and activist Spencer West has been marked by both obstacles and triumph. After losing both legs from the pelvis down at the age of five, he entered a world that might have easily defeated him. Instead, he tackled challenge after challenge, learning to navigate in a world set against those with disabilities. His many accomplishments and lessons learned along the way, led him to discover the techniques business leaders, professionals, educators, and young people can use to redefine possible in their own lives and careers.

Spencer is a global keynote speaker, content creator, and activist. He is known for summiting Mount Kilimanjaro on his hands and wheelchair, opening for Demi Lovato on a World Tour, starring in the documentary Redefine Possible: The Story of Spencer West, which debuted at the Toronto International Film Festival, author of the best-selling book Standing Tall: My Journey, his character role as Spencer, the window washer, in the Murdoch Mysteries and as a social media influencer with over 4 million TikTok followers.

He has appeared countless times in the media including, ABC News, Buzz Feed, 60 Minutes, CTV, BBC News, TMZ, CNN, Forbes, and The Globe & Mail, CBS This Morning, Bloomberg and was a featured guest on Season 2 of Karamo The Podcast, hosted by Karamo Brown.

He has spoken alongside luminaries and performers such as former U.S. Vice-President Al Gore, Mia Farrow, Martin Luther King III, Jennifer Hudson, and Natalie Portman to name a few.

Spencer’s inspiring words have reached millions of listeners around the world, both virtually and in-person, including Virgin Atlantic, KPMG, Staples, Financial Institutions, Insurance, Microsoft, Universal McCann, Ministry of Education, Colleges & Universities, YPO/WPO, SickKids Foundation, Boys & Girls Clubs, Healthcare Sector, Financial Institutions, and more.

Whether headlining corporate conferences, addressing university/college students, educators, members of non-profits/associations or mesmerizing audiences in 20,000-seat stadiums, Spencer’s charisma and dynamism captivates all. Spencer’s words and actions have encouraged millions to stand up, face challenges and embrace change, while instilling hope and empowering leaders to motivate others to create positive change. Everyone leaves with pertinent lessons they can apply to redefine their possible.

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Speaking topics

Leveraging Talent with Disabilities

Join Spencer West in this interactive fireside chat where he will discuss why and how you should leverage talent with different abilities.

Spencer West’s life has been marked by both obstacles and triumph. After losing both legs from the pelvis down at the age of five, he entered a world that might have easily defeated him. Instead, he tackled challenge after challenge, learning to navigate in a world set against those with disabilities.

From climbing the workforce ladder to summiting Mount Kilimanjaro, Spencer shares his insights on how including talent who live with disabilities can have a positive impact on your employees and customers.

DIVERSABILITY:Leveraging Disabled & LGBTQ+ Talent

Join Spencer West in this thought provoking and genuinely enlightening presentation where he will discuss the importance of leveraging talent with disabilities as well as the queer community and how both identities are necessary in the workforce.

A visionary and activist, West’s life has been marked by both obstacles and triumph. After losing both legs from the pelvis down at the age of five and coming out as gay at the age of 21, he entered a world that might have easily defeated him. Instead, he tackled challenge after challenge, learning to navigate in a world set against the queer community and those with disabilities.

From climbing the workforce ladder to climbing Mount Kilimanjaro, West shares his insights on how bringing in talent with disabilities and the queer community can have a positive impact on your employees and clients.

**Can be customized for PRIDE/LGBTQ+ requests**

Redefine Possible: Lessons for Tackling Mountains in the Corporate World and Life

Spencer invites audiences to experience the transformation that can occur when we “redefine possible”. With his trademark humour and humility, Spencer spins a spellbinding story of the challenges he faced after losing his legs from the pelvis down at age five, and the journey of discovery that ultimately enabled him to summit Mount Kilimanjaro using his hands and wheelchair.

Spencer applies the insights gleaned from a lifetime of overcoming obstacles to help leaders and employees identify their own roadblocks and push past them. His inspiring message and tangible life lessons motivate business audiences to believe they can tackle any goal, whether personal or professional.

 

 

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Speaker testimonials

We already knew he would be a great speaker, but our expectations were exceeded. Personally, it was also just really an honour to have the opportunity to meet Spencer. Everyone enjoyed and was inspired, our goal was achieved.

Outreach Program Coordinator, Jewish National Fund of Canada

Spencer’s ability to connect with our audience of school children and business executives was outstanding. His energy and positive attitude was infectious and really energized everyone. What a great event, we were so pleased to have Spencer apart of it

Chair, Regional Municipality of Halton 


Thank you so much for making the CEO Award nominee breakfast such a special celebration. Your personal story touched everyone and your call to action at the end was perfect! It was exactly the message we wanted to convey to our people—to support their colleagues in their volunteerism. I’ve received so much positive feedback following the breakfast; everyone loved meeting you and many have commented that now they feel even more compelled to continue with their volunteer work. Your enthusiasm is infectious!

National Director of Community Leadership | KPMG Canada

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