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Keynote Speaker Melissa Stockwell

Melissa Stockwell

American War Hero, 2016 Paralympic Medalist, Mother

  • Speaker's U.S. Fee Range
    $10,001 - $20,000 i
  • Languages Spoken
  • Travels From
    Illinois, USA

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At first glance Melissa Stockwell may appear to be the quintessential Mid-western All-American girl, but she is far more. She is an American was hero who has triumphed over personal tragedy to achieve greatness, World Champion status, and she has dedicated her life to chasing remarkable accomplishments while giving back to others, particularly those who face challenges similar to her own.

In 2002, Melissa graduated from the University of Colorado and was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in the United States Army. In March 2004, she deployed to Baghdad, Iraq. Just three weeks later, a blast from a roadside bomb struck Melissa’s Humvee causing the loss of her left leg above the knee. After enduing numerous infections and surgeries, Melissa was medically retired from the Army. She is the first female soldier to ever loose a limb in active combat and has been awarded both The Bronze Star Medal and the Purple Heart.

Following her accident, sport became the road to recovery for Melissa. In April of 2008, she became the first Iraqi War Veteran to qualify for the Beijing Paralympics. She competed in three swimming events and was honored by her fellow Team USA athletes to be selected to carry the American flag in the closing ceremony. After Beijing, Melissa turned to the sport of Paratriathlon and is now a three-time World Champion. She was named USA Trathlon’s female Paratriathlete Of The Year for two consecutive years and was twice nominated for an ESPY award.

On September 11, 2016 Melissa raced in honor of her fellow soldiers and their families who had given the ultimate sacrifice serving and protecting America. After a grueling race, the day ended on the podium, draped in the American Flag, as the newly crowned Paralympic Bronze Medalist.

Testimonials 4

  • “Thank you again for being out keynote speaker. The sharing of your experience gave all present a new heightened sense of our mission. You truly delivered a ‘gold-medal’ message that a can-do, must-do direction is what it takes to succeed. Thank you.”

    Anna Dodelin

    SBA International Inc.

  • “Melissa Stockwell tells an American story that is all about inspiration and not at all about self-pity. I have seen her bring a whole roomful of legislators to tears with her straight-talk and sincere patriotism.”

    Nancy Livingston

    Director of Community Relations and Outreach, Century College

  • “Melissa’s story inspired and drives home an important message fitting for any audience: success is driven by focusing on what you do have as opposed to what you don’t. What Melissa has already accomplished in her life is remarkable and it is clear her best is yet to come.”

    The Chicago Bears

  • “Melissa,

    Thanks again for being such an important and special part of our first-ever school wide commencement ceremony. You were the perfect speaker and set an impossible standard for those who will follow.

    Your story and message to our health professional graduates was inspiring, challenging, and encouraged each of us to live bold and full lives. It moved, not only our graduates, but the 1600 family members and friends in attendance. It was the first time in my 25 years of academics to see an entire audience spontaneously rise to give a commencement speaker a standing ovation… and that ovation was well-deserved.”

    Harold P. Jones

    Dean and Professor, School of Health Professions, University of Alabama Birmingham

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