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Gregory Burns    

Three-Time Paralympian & Contemporary Artist

Gregory Burns, MFA, is an athlete, painter, author, motivational speaker and member of Art of the Olympians. As a competitive swimmer, Burns represented the USA in the 1992, 1996, and 2000 Paralympic Games, winning five medals; he has broken five world records and numerous American records.

As a contemporary artist, his paintings have been shown in dozens of solo exhibitions plus dozens of group exhibitions in at least sixteen countries, and Burns has taught in thirty Artist-in-Residence programs around the globe. He is the recipient of the United States Sports Academy’s 2016 Sport Artist of the Year award, (painter).

As an author, Burns has published three books in English and Mandarin. As a motivational speaker, Burns has spoken to many audiences with a wide range of interests such as business, culture, and international relations.


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Speech Topics

Going Beyond Limitations

Sharing frank and personal experiences as a Paralympian and entrepreneur, Gregory stresses the winner’s mindset that challenges the status quo while being deaf to doubts which might dissuade us from pursuing what we know is right. He insists that what defines and distinguishes people is how they leverage and make the most of their limitations and maximize what they do have. Gregory acknowledges both mental and physical well-being are critical and shares his strategies to achieve them. In life, as in business, naming and taming issues while asking for support can be key.

Fueling Passions, Recharging Life

Learn the secrets of Gregory’s success as a Paralympic Gold Medalist and internationally acclaimed contemporary painter. See first-hand how sports and arts are effective grounding tools, that helped him build inner strength and actualize his best self. Discover the creative process behind bespoke artworks created specifically for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games. Exploring a holistic view of ones activities both personally and professionally, Gregory shares how he manages the trials of keeping his body, mind and spirit in top shape. He challenges us to identify our core rituals, which generate energy in our lives and help each of us deal with the tests we face daily.

The Hero’s Journey

Referencing Joseph Campbell’s seminal writings on the ‘Hero’s Journey’, this presentation identifies 4 stages of life that all humans transition through as they reach their highest potential. Knowing where we are on our own Hero’s Journey helps us know where to go next and feel confident with the pattern and purpose that drives our lives. As Campbell advises, “The cave we fear to enter holds the treasure that we seek”.

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