Baby Steps: An Intimate Discussion on the Basic Forms of Leadership

Wednesday 9:30 – 10:30 AM

Salon A/B

Session Description

Mallory breaks down the pillars of leadership into a more simplistic form, baby steps.  As she insists that the only way to take a daunting task, a looming challenge, a seemingly insurmountable obstacle and conquer it is through baby steps themselves.  In October of 2008 Mallory found her own personal life was focused on change, through her journey and self-reflection Mallory discovered that one of the greatest quality leaders can present is the ability to adapt to change.  Mallory’s story appeals to anyone seeking a genuine and, at times, raw examination of one young woman’s journey through grief to the top of the Paralympic medal platform, from being confined to a chair to learning to walk again with the assistance of leg braces. Even though her spine will never heal, her spirit is active, captivating, and unstoppable.

Learning Objectives

  1. Overcoming adversity
  2. Working with individuals with a disability -we are really more alike, than different
  3. Tips for achieving professional goals
  4. How to acquire the ability to adapt to change



Mallory Weggemann

It’s Not the Moments That Define Us, It’s How We Respond In addition to competing internationally and training for the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio, Mallory is an international speaker, delivering messages that are not only inspirational, but also offer valuable lessons in leadership, attitude, and survival in the face of tremendous odds. Instead of focusing on the life she lost, Mallory has done the incredible – she has created a new life for herself. We All Have the Ability to Change the World With tremendous enthusiasm and genuine frankness, Mallory Weggemann shares her story – which she insists is still unfolding – with the world. Her journey did not begin or end with the day she was paralyzed, that was merely one event among many in her life that has shaped, but not defined, her. The same, she insists, is true for any one of us. Whatever circumstances we face that may limit us, we all choose daily whether we will allow those limitations to power over us or whether we will face down our challenges in a journey towards redefining our own limitations.