Overcoming the Unthinkable: Resilience, Courage, Hope
Philanthropist and disability advocate Will Reeve offers powerful message to those overcoming obstacles at work and in life. When his father – famed actor Christopher Reeve – experienced a spinal cord injury, Reeve saw firsthand how his family dedicated their lives to caring for others and finding a cure through the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation. He leaves audiences of all kinds feeling inspired and empowered to overcome obstacles and make a difference.
Lessons in Love and Loyalty, Courage and Compassion, Perseverance and Hope
In his intimate and revealing presentation, Will shares the lessons he learned from his parents, Christopher and Dana Reeve, the values they instilled in him, the way he applies those values to his life and how you can (and should), too.
Continuing a Legacy: Advocacy and Advances in Spinal Cord Injury Research and Care
An outspoken advocate on behalf of those living with paralysis, Will shares insights on the state of spinal cord injury research, the importance of Quality of Life for individuals and loved ones affected by paralysis, and how he carries on his parents’ legacy as both a child of a spinal cord injured father and as an active board member of and ambassador for the Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation.
Give > Take
Will shares his observations on and experience with the importance and benefits of finding personal, professional and philanthropic meaning in your life, and how to do it.
Starting From The Bottom: A Young Person’s Guide to Winning When All Seems Lost
Will leads a judgement-free, empathetic, peer-to-peer working guide on how to deal with failure, fear and grief, and what works best to reach the personal and professional goals that feel so far away for young people, whether they’re struggling or not.
Speaker Spotlight: Will Reeve
Media personality and philanthropist WILL REEVE is a disability advocate who provides powerful remarks on perseverance, courage, compassion, grief, and giving back. A multi-platform commentator for ESPN, Will serves on the Board of Directors for the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation, an organization dedicated to curing spinal cord injury by advancing innovative research and improving quality of life for individuals and families impacted by paralysis. At the Reeve Foundation, Will’s personal experience with his father's-- famed actor Christopher Reeve-- spinal cord injury gives him unique insight into the challenges faced by the 5.4 million Americans living with paralysis. He works to improve the quality of life for those affected by paralysis through his involvement in the Reeve Foundation’s Quality of Life Grants Program, and is the captain of and board liaison for Team Reeve, the Foundation’s athletic events-related fundraising arm. Having spoken around the country, Reeve's candid and inspiring remarks garner praise such as: "Our event with Will Reeve was wonderful! Will was so great and the crowd responded to him so well. He brings such humor and honesty and he was just the perfect keynote this year..." (Bo's Place)
Will Reeve is a media personality and philanthropist. He is a multi-platform commentator for ESPN, and serves on the Board of Directors for the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation, for which he has the role of multigenerational ambassador and community advocate.
At ESPN, Will appears on platforms including, but not limited to, SportsCenter, E: 60, and ESPN Radio. He also hosts the weekly MSG Hockey Show on the MSG Network in New York City.
At the Reeve Foundation, Will’s personal experience with his father’s spinal cord injury gives him unique insight into the challenges faced by the 5.4 million Americans living with paralysis. He works to improve the quality of life for those affected by paralysis through his involvement in the Reeve Foundation’s Quality of Life Grants Program, and is the captain of and board liaison for Team Reeve, the Foundation’s athletic events-related fundraising arm.
Will speaks nationwide on behalf of his family and the Reeve Foundation to harness support and mobilize community involvement around critical advances in the field of spinal cord research, and to honor the legacy of his late parents, Christopher and Dana Reeve.
Will is a member of the Class of 2014 at Middlebury (VT) College, from which he holds a B.A with honors in English and American Literatures. Will lives in New York City.