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Kristin’s inspirational and humorous style leaves audiences of all sizes wanting to hear more. Kristin is available for in person or virtual Keynote Speaker, Session Leader, Panelist, Moderator, and Emcee. all types of events! Contact us at ThrivingBlind@gmail.com or click on the Speaker Kit for more info. Kristin and our entire team cannot wait to chat with you!

Kristin on multiple screens in a hige ballroom and close up of her walking, smiling

Kristin’s extraordinary journey and message of hope brings audiences large and small to their feet.

Kristin Smedley is the Best Selling author of Thriving Blind: Stories of Real People Succeeding Without Sight and Brilliantly Resilient: Reset, Rise and Reveal Your Brilliance. A recognized
expert in the blindness and rare disease communities, Kristin won the highly regarded Champion of Hope Award and was named an Ambassador for the National Organization of
Rare Disorders. Kristin is a popular, in demand speaker who has been invited to share her message internationally.

Kristin on stage (taken from behind) at teh NORD gala 2018

Kristin teaches audiences to SEE: Set Extraordinary Expectations in their own lives to achieve extraordinary outcomes.

Although Kristin had no idea how to raise her two blind sons, Michael and Mitchell, to thrive, she quickly learned that the world’s negative  bias about blindness was the only thing holding them back.  Kristin set new expectations for her sons and holds schools and communities accountable to do the same for her boys and all people living with a disability. Kristin’s speeches and programs regarding true Equity, Inclusion and ACCESS are popular with education, DEI,  and workforce audiences. 

Kristin speaking at the Nashville convention center

Kristin ignites audiences from all walks of life and business models to meet and exceed the needs of the communities they serve.

As CEO of a global patient organization, Kristin coordinated legislation (H.R. #625) that became the first in US history to be submitted in Braille. Kristin spoke at the FDA to help achieve the first ever FDA approved gene therapy to treat an inherited retinal disease in the United States. Her TEDx Talk, book and international summit change perceptions of blindness, and sparked a global movement that connects families living with blindness to each other and to resources to thrive.

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“She just changed my life.”

 


Kristin on stage at teh ACRP 2019 COnferenceKristin’s extraordinary journey and message of hope brings audiences large and small to their feet.

“Life is funny… sort of.” That’s Kristin’s way of looking at the world!   Kristin Smedley is an award winning non profit leader, speaker, and author – but she never planned on any of that.   Kristin did plan to be a great third grade teacher… but her personal path to greatness took an unexpected turn when two of her three children were diagnosed as blind.  "I believe this presentation will be one of our most valuable and important resources."

Kristin on stage (taken from behind) at teh NORD gala 2018Kristin teaches audiences to SEE: Set Extraordinary Expectations in their own lives to achieve extraordinary outcomes.

Kristin’s two blind sons, Michael and Mitchell, are now thriving.   Her boys have achieved great things in blind skills as well as in the sighted world with highlights including baseball championships on “sighted” neighborhood teams, Distinguished Honors in “regular” public school, and finalists in an International Braille competition.  

“This was a great motivating talk!  I left feeling ready to go conquer  what I need to do!"

Kristin at the DIA 2019 podium with a quote from her speech. "It is possible toe work on treatments and support the patient community along hte way"Kristin ignites audiences from all walks of life and business models to meet and exceed the needs of the communities they serve.

In 2011, Kristin co-founded the Curing Retinal Blindness Foundation, the only patient organization in the world for CRB1-LCA/RP, the rare eye disease that affects her boys and thousands of others.  In less than five years Kristin led the CRBF to raise over $1 million, introduced the first ever legislation in the United States Congress in Braille, and has moved rare eye diseases from rarely talked about to being top of mind and talked about in key circles.

"Kristin has turned hardship into unwavering motivation that continues to captivate the rare disease community."

Kristin’s inspirational and humorous style leaves audiences of all sizes wanting to hear more. Kristin is available for all types of events!  

Contact us at smedtalk@gmail.com or fill in the spaces below! Kristin and our entire team cannot wait to chat with you!

WATCH Kristin’s TEDx Talk that she delivered in New York City

         

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Recent places where Kristin has spread her transformational message:

COMING UP:

2018 Women’s Summit on Entrepreneurship, KEYNOTE, Bucks County, PA

2019 Association of Clinical Trial Professionals Annual Convention, KEYNOTE, Nashville, TN

2019 World Rare Disease Congress, SPEAKER, Washington, DC

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TEDx LINCOLN SQUARE, NEW YORK CITY, NEW YORK

MEDx ED, STANFORD UNIVERSITY, CALIFORNIA

Rare Eye Disease Day at the National Institutes for Health, Panelist, Bethesda, Maryland Women of Willow Grove, Willow Grove, Featured Guest Speaker, Pennsylvania Choroideremia Foundation National Conference, KEYNOTE, Dallas, Texas PHILADELPHIA TEEN FASHION WEEK, KEYNOTE, PHILADELPHIA, PA UNIVERSITY OF PENNSYLVANIA & GLOBAL GENES PANELIST, PHILADELPHIA, PA TEXAS ASSOCIATION FOR THE EDUCATION AND REHABILITATION OF THE BLIND AND VI – KEYNOTE, HOUSTON, TEXAS PENNSYLVANIA BIO CONFERENCE 2015 –  RARE DISEASE ROUND TABLE PANELIST, PHILADELPHIA, PA STEVENSON UNIVERSITY  – START SOMETHING THAT MATTERS CONFERENCE PRESENTER, STEVENSON MARYLAND ASK BON BON SHOW, TV SHOW FEATURED GUEST, THEASKBONBONSHOW.COM, NEW YORK, NY AMERICAN COUNCIL OF THE BLIND ANNUAL CONVENTION – SPECIAL EDUCATION TASK FORCE PANELIST, DALLAS TEXAS BIOCENTURY TV, CREATING HOPE: CURES FOR KIDS EPISODE, TV SHOW GUEST, WUSA CHANNEL 9, WASHINGTON, D.C. CENTRAL BUCKS YMCA & CR CARES FOUNDATION – SMEDTALK PRESENTATION, DOYLESTOWN, PA IMMACULATA UNNIVERSITY, DANCING IN THE DARK EVENT KEYNOTE, IMMACULATA, PA BUCKS COUNTY ASSOCIATION FOR THE BLIND AND VISUALLY IMPAIRED ANNUAL MEETING, PRESENTER,  NEWTOWN PA HOLLAND MIDDLE SCHOOL, PRESENTER, HOLLAND, PA      MAUREEN M WELCH ELEMENTARY SCHOOL, MOTIVATIONAL SPEAKER, CHURCHVILLE, PA COCKTAILS FOR THE CURE, IVYLAND, PA       BIKE THE BASIN EVENT, RICHBORO, PA