Spencer West

Visionary. Activist. Bestselling author.

Watch Spencer West’s Bloomberg Live, NYC talk “Leveraging Talent with Different Abilities”.


Whether addressing corporate leaders, non-profits or the world of education, Spencer’s charisma and dynamism captivates all audiences. Sharing his journey from losing both legs at the age of five to climbing—and summiting—Mount Kilimanjaro using his hands and wheelchair, Spencer will inspire listeners to tackle their own obstacles and redefine possible. He is a top-ranked keynoter, author of the bestselling book Standing Tall: My Journey and star of the documentary Redefine Possible: The Story of Spencer West, which debuted at the Toronto International Film Festival in 2012.

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Speech topics

Both of Spencer’s inspirational and engaging talks will move audiences of all ages to conquer any hurdle thrown their way.

Redefine possible: Lessons for tackling mountains in the corporate world

Spencer West invites corporate audiences to experience the transformation that can occur when we “redefine possible.”

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With his trademark humor and humility, Spencer spins a spellbinding story of the challenges he faced after losing his legs from the pelvis down at the age of five, and the journey of self-discovery that ultimately enabled him to summit Mount Kilimanjaro using his hands and wheelchair. Spencer applies the insights learned from a lifetime of overcoming obstacles to help leaders and employees identify their own roadblocks and push past them. His inspiring message and tangible life lessons motivate business audiences to believe they can tackle any goal, whether personal or professional.

No can’t, no won’t, only how: Overcoming obstacles to make a difference

In this powerful speech, Spencer will motivate audiences of all ages to conquer their personal obstacles and become leaders for world change.

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In Spencer’s lifetime, he’s faced overwhelming physical and emotional challenges, after losing his legs at the age of five. Rather than give up or turn inward, he learned that he could transform his life by connecting with others and working to make the world a better place.

Alternating between walking on his hands and using his wheelchair, Spencer has accomplished a list of feats, including building schools in poverty-stricken villages in Kenya and India, and walking 186 miles from Edmonton to Calgary in Alberta, Canada. One of Spencer’s biggest achievements was climbing Mount Kilimanjaro to fundraise for a global clean water initiative while raising awareness of the devastating drought in Africa.

Spencer’s inspiring story and valuable life lessons have been embraced by students and educators worldwide because he believes that it is possible for anyone, at any age, to overcome their personal roadblocks, embrace their own leadership skills and become a force for positive change in the world.