W Mitchell

Triumphant victor of two devastating accidents who inspires others to take responsibility for the unexpected challenges that occur at work and throughout life.


Associations, Corporate


Adversity, Attitude, Change, Inspirational, Leadership, Motivation

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As a young man, W Mitchell served as a US Marine and San Francisco cable-car gripman. His life suddenly changed due to two devastating accidents just four years apart: a blazing motorcycle accident and a paralyzing plane crash. Whether coping with devastating burns over 65% of his body or being sentenced to life in a wheelchair, Mitchell boldly held on to his feisty nature and quick wit. He was determined to maintain control, cope with the changes, and prosper.

Following his accidents, he became an internationally acclaimed mayor "who saved a mountain," a successful business man who put 1000's of people to work, a congressional nominee from Colorado, and a highly respected environmentalist. He even continued his love of piloting airplanes and white water rafting. His accomplishments have received recognition on Good Morning America, Today Show, NBC Nightly News, Time Magazine, USA Today, and many others. He has been a radio and television host, successful author, and the subject of a television special, Super Humans. As an enthusiastic world traveler, his life clearly illustrates his philosophy that most limitations are self-imposed.

Today, as an international keynote speaker, Mitchell captivates audiences with his story and then calmly empowers them to accept the inevitable changes taking place at work and in life. Audiences are inspired to accept challenges, embrace change and take immediate action. As Mitchell says, "It's time to face facts: Everything is changing and it's NOT going back to the way it was!" His tenacity and credibility are indisputable as he so obviously lives his message through strong leadership principals and proven strategies.

Mitchell served as president of the International Federation of Professional Speakers and has spoken throughout the world. He has been inducted into the National Speakers Association Hall of Fame and honored with their distinguished Cavett Award. He lives in both California and Hawaii and has his main office in Colorado.

BESTSELLING AUTHOR:  It's Not What Happens to You, It's What You Do About It

  • This is the story of Mitchell's life...a dramatic story of courage, determination and success that goes far beyond his keynote presentation. Many personal stories and deep insights make this a compelling book about putting yourself back in charge. Not only does Mitchell's story demonstrate how to cope with challenges, but also how to prosper from change, take responsibility, discover your strengths and abilities, and so much more. By the end of the book, you will learn to find the opportunity in adversity and you will forever be inspired to more forward, regardless of the obstacles.

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