The INSPIRE Leadership Speaker Series is a suite of thought-provoking presentations featuring community experts sharing their wisdom on various aspects of leadership. Topics could range from servant leadership to casting a vision and making it stick. We’re leaving it open for our speakers to decide. We believe the community at large will benefit greatly from gathering with the purpose of being able to hear from and ask questions of a few of our regions’ most influential leaders. Our speakers come with a variety of experiences and expertise as it relates to leadership. We hope that you will join us to hear and learn from their work and insight, as they INSPIRE Leadership in 2019.
Eric Patrick Thomas (a.k.a. Mr. inspire) is a Flint, MI, native and entrepreneur who is passionate about changing the way people view disabilities. This passion came after a fateful night in 1997, in which Eric suffered a spinal cord injury that paralyzed him from the neck down. Throughout this journey Eric uses his experience to empower resilience and inspire change for people with barriers.
In addition to serving the community as a public speaker-both motivationally and at House and Senate hearings-Eric sits on several state boards as a voice for people with barriers, is an advocate for Self-Determination living, and is the founder of inspire® brand clothing. Eric is also the proud owner of EZ Awareness By Design, a business specializing in graphic design for custom apparel, signs, and banners which offers on-the-job experience to people of all abilities.
Note: For this session we will have a volunteer ASL interpreter onsite.