Motivational professional using magnificent images and compelling stories of Everest and Antarctica to inspire your audience.
Will Cross is a world class adventurer and the first person with diabetes to ascend the highest peak on all seven continents and walk to both the North and South Poles. He is also the first American with diabetes to summit Mt Everest. These accomplishments have led him to become an international spokesman and advocate for diabetes.
Climbing is a rich metaphor for leadership under pressure, problem solving,logistics and budget management. Will has faced challenges that have required immediate and clear thinking in order to succeed against seemingly insurmountable odds. Will translates his experiences in mountaineering and healthcare into powerful messages of leadership, vision and purpose. These vivid tales and magniicent expedition images are not only thought provoking and engaging, but offer inspiational messages that will motivate audiences into positive action in their own lives. Will uniquely applies his everydau management of diabetes and his skill as an expedition leader to addressing business challenges and transformational change in corporations and organizations throughout the world.
Keynotes: Leadership From Within, overcomming obstacles to success and getting on with it when you don’t want to.
Rethink For Peak Performance, find the explorer within, kick start your inner drive.
Cross The Chasm Of Doubt, negotiate tough ideas with tough people, risk assessment and logistics under budget.
He has motivated: Novo Nordisk, Johnson & Johnson, Bayer, Abbot, GlaxoSmithKline, Chrysler, Walmart, Allstate, Lockheed Martin, Explorers Club, Harvard Club
He has appeared in: The Discovery Channel, Today Show, GQ, CNN, BBC, ABC, NBC, CBS, Wall Street Journal, New York Times, USA Today
Manage your health under trying circumstances
Learn to manage your health and not let your health manages you. Living with an incurable condition for over 35 years has not stopped me from climbing Mt Everest or walking to both Poles. Let me show you how to be successful even though your health is a challenge.
Run, walk and climb to success.
Don’t ever consider climbing Everest or walking to the Poles.
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Details of the Recommendation: “I was introduced to Will Cross while at Novo Nordisk and then subsequently fortunate to utilized his talents as a speaker and motivator at several Medical Conferences and Diabetes Children’s Camps. Will has led expeditions to the ends of the earth, successfully ascending the highest peaks on all seven continents. He has faced EXTREME challenges both personally and professionally and is the first diabetic in the world to summit the highest mountain on each of the seven continents. Witnessing the effect his speeches have on children with diabetes is amazing! He is not only an impressive sportsman and athlete but also a gifted motivator and speaker with compassion for those living with diabetes.”
Service Category: Speaker and Motivator
Year first hired: 2006 (hired more than once)
Top Qualities: Great Results, Personable, Expert
– Sales Manager, Novo Nordisk
With his wonderfully positive energy and ‘presence,’ Will adds great value to our conferences. In prior years, he delivered opening keynotes with stunning visuals and compelling narrative. He also delivered closing keynotes which inspired thoughtful and insightful discussion. Within our Youth Program, he worked directly with small groups of children – all ages – to inspire better diabetes care. Quite frankly, Will is a treasure, and we plan to include him on faculty for many years to come.
– VP Education and Programs, Children with Diabetes
I really enjoyed the talk on Saturday! It was great, you really had the JDRF audience captivated! I’ll pass your info along to the right people Will.
– sales management, Insulet
Just wanted to say “thanks so much!” again. A student in my lab yesterday said (out of the blue) that your talk was the best she had heard in 4 years at Pitt. You did a great job.
– School of Medicine, University of Pittsburgh
We all enjoy hearing about your adventures………………you were a big hit!!!!!
– VP Special Events, The Chamber Alliance
Your personal story concerning how you managed your health while climbing Mt. Everest captivated their attention. As I was speaking to the students at an event late yesterday afternoon, they were still talking about how brave and determined you were to complete your goal despite the odds. Your presentation was inspiring and no doubt memorable.
– Assistant Director of Diversity, University of Pittsburgh
I can’t tell you how successful your presentation was! Many, Many vendors and supporters commended Tracey and me on what an excellent choice for a speaker.
– President, Kinney Drug Foundation