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Diana Nyad
Long-distance swimmer, journalist, and broadcaster

In the quest for achievement, it isn’t what you get but who you become that matters. Diana Nyad admits that when you reach for the horizon, you may never get there. “But what a tremendous build of character and spirit; what a foundation you lay down in reaching.”

At the age of 64, on her fifth try in 35 years, Diana became the first person to swim from Havana to Key West without a shark cage, marking her triumph by walking out of the surf onto the Florida shore after 53 hours swimming in waters rife with whitetip sharks and venomous box jellyfish. In the 1970s, she earned her reputation as the greatest long-distance swimmer in the world and was inducted into the International Women’s Sports Hall of Fame, among others, after setting world records for circling Manhattan Island and crossing the 102.5 miles between the Bahamas and Florida.

Diana will draw on her celebrated career as author, sports broadcaster and one of the world’s greatest athletes to address the value of teamwork in reaching goals and the importance of focusing on the journey, not the destination, as she guides a discussion on the power of the human spirit to turn failure into success.


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