International Keynote Speaker
Dr. Sinead Kane is a Visually Impaired Adventurer and International Keynote Speaker. She is one of the most widely sought-after speakers on the world circuit.
Sinead couldn’t choose how she was born but can choose how she lives her life. She chooses to be visionary and not blinded by obstacles. She chooses to have endless vision. Her disability has not stopped her academically, professionally or in the sport world. Sinead doesn’t let her disability hold her back and is living life to the full. Within the space of three months Sinead Kane was awarded two PhD doctorates. In October 2017, she received an honorary PhD from the National University of Ireland. In December 2017, she was awarded her academic PhD from Dublin City University.
Sinead also is a double Guinness World Record Holder. In February 2018 she broke the Guinness World Record for furthest distance for a female on a treadmill in 12 hours. See these links Sinead is also the holder of a Guinness World Record for being the first blind person to complete a Marathon on each of the seven Continents, a feat which she completed in less than 7 days in January 2017. She is also the first Irish female to do the world marathon challenge. Sinead and her guide runner [John] completed their first Marathon of this challenge at Union Glacier, Antarctica followed by running a Marathon in Punta Arenas (South America), Miami (North America), Madrid (Europe), Marrakech (Africa), Dubai (Asia) and finally Sydney (Oceania).
Sinead came joint-first in her marathon in Dubai. This is all remarkable given that Sinead only did her first marathon ever in October 2014 and only took up running in April 2012.
The above achievements are admirable but are even more so when one considers that Sinead only has 5% vision and is registered as legally blind. Sinead has overcome a lot of adversity throughout her life and now wants to help others. Sinead proves how those who persist in spite of a disability can develop determination, motivation, and creativity.
During Sinead’s presentations she covers topics such as: mindset, goal-setting, resilience, adversity, diversity, inclusion, disability, sport namely running, teamwork, career path, academic performance, self-advocacy, self-determination, leadership.
Sinead will challenge you to look at how you can achieve so much more than you think you can in both your professional and personal life. There are limits we can’t control. However, focus on what you can control and don’t allow your mind put a limit on it.
Sinead inspires audiences with her personal experience. She shows us all how to overcome personal and organisational paralysis with simple techniques which combine professional focus and inner self-discipline.
In a very personal, honest and revealing way, Sinead will share with the audience the emotions and feelings of being visually impaired.
The 30-40 minute presentation is guaranteed to ‘open the eyes’ of the audience. Sinead believes that it is better to be visually impaired and have vision of heart rather than fully sighted and blind at heart.
Throughout all of Sinead talks humor is woven in a natural and true to life way. Her capability to take the audience deep into the message of her life, and then to bring them into the laughter and humor of the moment, always makes the presentation a wonderful experience.
12 hours Guinness World Record Treadmill Running
What To Expect
The takeaways that the audience can expect are as follows:
- Why we must nourish not only our physical bodies but also our mind on a daily basis.
- Why being grateful is important and the role that each of us can play as role models.
- How to use your platform and voice to inspire others.
- The presentation will prepare the audience to rethink and challenge stereotypes.
- The audience will understand how building communication skills, developing a clear understanding of one’s abilities, and knowing how to access accommodations are key in a student’s long-term success.
- The audience will understand how self-advocacy skills are linked to identifying and achieving their life goals.
- Don’t allow your mind limit your potential.
- Dream Big to Achieve Big
- Expect the Unexpected
- Never Give Up
- The Importance of Teamwork
- Don’t let your Past Determine Your Future
- Facing your Fears
- Taking Advantage of Adversity
- Benefiting from Failure. See failure as feedback.
Sinead’s presentations are fast-moving, colourful and humorous, with photos and video clips from her many expeditions and adventures.
Each presentation is of about 30-40 minutes duration and can be shortened, lengthened or combined according to specific needs.
Typical Themes Addressed in Sinead’s Presentations
Personal Story – A Blind Girl with Vision
Sinead can choose to be blinded by obstacles or she can choose to be visionary.
In a very personal, honest and revealing way, Sinead shares with the audience the emotions and feelings of being visually impaired
This 30-minute presentation is guaranteed to open the eyes of those that are simply too lazy to see. Sinead believes that it is better to be visually impaired and have vision of heart rather than fully sighted and blind at heart.
Sinead shows us all how to overcome personal and organisational paralysis with simple techniques which combine professional focus and inner self-discipline.
Having courage to face the challenge
In this talk Sinead draws parallels between her own story and the challenges which face organisations. The very nature of today’s business environment means the possibilities of merger, reorganisation, or economic turndown are constantly on the horizon, and organisations must absorb such events with a minimum of disruption. Urging audiences to “play the hand you’re dealt,” Sinead helps organisations to see corporate challenges from a new perspective. Sinead encourages companies to realise that in times of challenge – communication skills alongside positive energy are a must. Do you need a fresh injection of positivity, motivation and higher morale – then this presentation is for you.
Teambuilding and communication
The foundation of all team building is having shared goals to which all team members are committed. “The bottom line is… We simply do not do life alone.” This is a phrase that Sinead will use in her talk. People in every workplace talk about building the team, working as a team, and my team, but few understand how to create the experience of team work or how to develop an effective team.
Each and every one of us communicates in all facets of our lives. The variety of ways in which we communicate are vast. In the world of the visually impaired and blind, communication is one of the most important foundations in functioning, working and living productively. Sinead will share her insights into a new perspective of communication. Her session, ‘Come to Your Senses’, also encompasses a light hearted, interactive session, helping the participants to use ALL of their senses to communicate effectively.
Many of us are going through changes, both personally and professionally. It is an on-going process. Sinead’s life has been filled with change. Her talk will give you an insight into dealing with change in a positive productive way.