2019 Opening Keynote Speaker
Josh Sundquist is a motivational speaker, comedian and emcee who has inspired audiences across the world ranging from Fortune 500 companies to schools to the White House. His clients have included Wal-Mart, HP, Heineken USA, Rite Aid, The American Cancer Society and RE/MAX. He's a in-demand keynote speaker for groups of sales people, educators, student leaders, and health professionals.
At age nine, Josh was diagnosed with a rare form of bone cancer and given a fifty percent chance to live. He spent a year on chemotherapy treatments and his left leg was amputated. Doctors declared Josh cured of the disease at age thirteen and he took up ski racing three years later.
He trained for the next six years and in 2006 he was named to the US Paralympic Ski Team for the 2006 Paralympics in Turino, Italy. Today, Josh represents the United States in international competition as a member of the U.S. Amputee Soccer Team.
On the internet, Josh is best known for his viral photos, especially his Halloween costumes. His videos have been viewed over 150 million times and he has over one million followers. People Magazine named him to the 2017 "Social Media Power List." As a social media influencer, he's worked with brands like promotions for Chase, Chevy, Dairy Queen, AT&T, and Michelob Ultra.
Josh is a Celebrity Ambassador for Children's Miracle Network Hospitals and makes regular appearances at events and in the media to raise money for children's hospitals across the U.S. and Canada. He was been featured on the back of Doritos bags (specifically, Spicy Nacho flavor) for his work on behalf of amputees.