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Mark Pollock

Motivational Speaker Mark Pollock
  • Explorer, Innovator & Collaboration Catalyst.
  • International athlete, blinded, then paralysed now 'making the impossible, possible.'
  • Pioneering a cure for spinal cord injuries using robotic technology.
  • World Class Motivational Speaker, Addressing the World's Leading Conferences.
  • Motivated the Irish Rugby Team pre-defeating the All Blacks for the 1st time in 111 years.
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Mark Pollock

Motivational Speaker Mark Pollock
  • Explorer, Innovator & Collaboration Catalyst.
  • International athlete, blinded, then paralysed now ‘making the impossible, possible.’
  • Pioneering a cure for spinal cord injuries using robotic technology.
  • World Class Motivational Speaker, Addressing the World’s Leading Conferences.
  • Motivated the Irish Rugby Team pre-defeating the All Blacks for the 1st time in 111 years.

Mark Pollock went blind at 22. From an athlete, he became a young man with a white cane, unsure how to live his life.

Then he came across Man’s Search for Meaning, Viktor Frankl’s book about enduring hunger and brutality in Auschwitz, where he quoted Nietzsche: “He who has a why to live can bear with almost any how.”
He began to race in deserts, mountains, across oceans, and on the 10th anniversary of going blind, he raced over 43 days to the South Pole.

Then in 2010, Mark Pollock broke his back, and his new life was shattered. Blind and paralyzed in a world that has failed to create a cure for spinal cord injury, Mark couldn’t imagine how he could live. But after spending months in hospital, Mark found a new reason to get out of bed.

Mark is on a new expedition with the Mark Pollock Trust, to find and connect people working in science, technology, communications and finance to fast-track a cure for paralysis. It is a purpose so incredibly exciting that Mark Pollock rarely thinks about the hardship of the ‘how’.

Mark Pollock – Speaker

It is tough to deliver world class performance. Your people won’t do it by chance. With a high-impact catalyst you can help them act with the courage to make it happen. Mark Pollock is that catalyst.

Unbroken by blindness in 1998, Mark went on to compete in ultra endurance races across deserts, mountains, Mark helps people achieve more than they thought possible. He is now exploring the frontiers of spinal cord injury recovery, combining an innovative electrical stimulator over his spinal cord and a drug super-charging his nervous system whilst walking hundreds of thousands of steps as the world’s leading test pilot of Ekso Bionics robotic legs. He trains daily on his legs to challenge conventional wisdom that says his central nervous system cannot recover.

Mark’s is a truly inspiring story that is being played out every day. Mark is on a mission to find and connect people around the world to fast-track a cure for paralysis.

International Conference Speaker

Described in the Daily Telegraph as “a story of courage, determination and hope” Mark has used his hard-earned expertise to help people achieve more than they thought possible in over 250 organisations worldwide as well as the World Economic Forum, Davos, Wired and TEDx.

Acknowledged as an expert in smashing expectations, Red Bull UK’s Managing Director describes him as “awe-inspiring”.

Google’s Head of SMB Sales says he “started a conversation about challenging conventional wisdom that is ongoing at Google”.

Keynotes On:
Motivation – Resilience and attitude under pressure
Leadership – Performance and leading through a crisis
Teamwork – Collaboration across disciplines and geographies
Innovation – At the intersection where humans and technology collide

Selected by the World Economic Forum as a Young Global Leader, Mark is on the Board of the Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation (USA) and is a Wings for Life Ambassador (UK). He is the subject of two acclaimed documentaries – Unbreakable, and Blind Man Walking – and is co-Founder of the global running series called Run in the Dark (www.runinthedark.org).

In addition, Mark has been awarded honorary doctorates by The Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland and also from Queens University Belfast. And, he holds a diploma in Global Leadership and Public Policy for the 21st Century from Harvard University, degrees from Trinity College Dublin and The Smurfit Business School.

If you would like to enquire about booking Mark Pollock for a motivational talk to your organisation please call Promotivate Speakers office in London on +442078711829 or email us at: enquiries@pro-motivate.com

Biography

Client Testimonials

"Mark presented at our North American Leadership Conference in Chicago. It was attended by 200 of HSBC's senior managers across Canada and the USA. Given the complexity of today's financial services industry, Mark's insight into the motivational challenges facing our management teams was accurate and his suggestions and ideas were equally relevant." 

"Mark's talk still resonates with our European Sales Team. He started a conversation about challenging conventional wisdom that is ongoing at Google. And with over 20 nationalities in the room he reached them all." 

"Mark presented at our National Sales Meeting in London. The audience are a tough and sometimes cynical group of sales people when it comes to outside speakers. The key messages of ‘deal in facts’, ‘get a great team around you’ and ‘have the right attitude’ really hit home in this difficult economic environment. The best thing about listening to Mark speak is that he is the embodiment of everything he speaks about. There is no better role model that I have seen in my 25 year career. I'm honoured to have met Mark and heard his story."

"Mark Pollock joined an illustrious line of speakers - Sir Matthew Pinsent, Dame Tanni Grey-Thompson and Keith Wood – when he spoke at our dinner. However, Mark was truly one of the most memorable. ...Mark is able to use his great sense of humour to show that no matter how difficult obstacles in life can be, they are always surmountable."

"Mark’s impact was instant and the messages continue to affect our people, empowering them to take action and avoid excuses. This is key to our success as a business."

“Wow – on behalf of the entire Microsoft CDS team, my sincerest thank you for joining us at our START event in Seattle on our special Culture Day. Your story is inspirational and motivational, and you brought everyone in the room to their feet. The response our global team had to your message was incredible, and we can all only hope to be as positive, persistent and proactive as you are with every challenge we may face.”

"It was an honour to meet @MarkPollock today @DublinCityUni -an inspiration to so many."

Client Testimonials

"Mark presented at our North American Leadership Conference in Chicago. It was attended by 200 of HSBC's senior managers across Canada and the USA. Given the complexity of today's financial services industry, Mark's insight into the motivational challenges facing our management teams was accurate and his suggestions and ideas were equally relevant." 

"Mark's talk still resonates with our European Sales Team. He started a conversation about challenging conventional wisdom that is ongoing at Google. And with over 20 nationalities in the room he reached them all." 

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Mark Pollock Speaker Showreel
Mark Pollock ‘UNBREAKABLE Movie Trailer – On Mark’s Inspirational Journey’
Mark Pollock Cloud Based Solutions to People with Disabilities October 2016 (Microsoft)
Mark Pollock Cloud Based Solutions to People with Disabilities October 2016 (Microsoft)
Mark Pollock World Economic Forum: Leadership Lessons May 2016
Mark Pollock World Economic Forum: Leadership Lessons May 2016
CNBC International 'Human Bionics' Interview
CNBC International 'Human Bionics' Interview
TEDx Hollywood USA - Inspirational Keynote
TEDx Hollywood USA - Inspirational Keynote
World Economic Forum Davos 2016 Interview
World Economic Forum Davos 2016 Interview
One Young World Summit Global Conference
One Young World Summit Global Conference

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