Evan Austin

Evan Austin

Evan connects with audiences by discussing the struggles he faced growing up with a physical impairment and the resilience he had to have to become a Paralympic Gold medalist. His keynote is constructed to show audiences that there are many roadblocks and deterrents on one’s path to success. Evan leads listeners on an emotional roller coaster as he illustrates, through his own personal experiences, some of the toughest failures and greatest successes a human can go through in a lifetime.

Evan connects with audiences by discussing the struggles he faced growing up with a physical impairment and the resilience he had to have to become a Paralympic Gold medalist. His keynote is constructed to show audiences that there are many roadblocks and deterrents on one’s path to success. Evan leads listeners on an emotional roller coaster as he illustrates, through his own personal experiences, some of the toughest failures and greatest successes a human can go through in a lifetime.

Whether he is speaking to campus organizations, student-athletes or a ballroom full of people who just want to hear an inspiring story, Evan delivers an experience that leaves audience members filled with hope, a new perspective on not judging a book by its cover, and renewed belief in the ideal that hard work can make up for many things. Through his story-telling, Evan hopes audiences leave his program understanding that failure can be turned into fuel, that goals don’t just change but also evolve, and that in the end the process of pursuing a lifelong goal is in fact the greatest prize. 

Evan is a 3-time Paralympic Swimmer, Team USA Captain, attended Indiana State University for his Bachelor’s degree in Recreation and Sport Management, and is a proud member of Pi Kappa Phi Fraternity. The now Gold and Bronze medalist is on the coaching staff of the Purdue University Swimming and Diving team as a Volunteer Assistant.

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PROGRAMS

The Wait of Gold: Sacrifice, Failure, and Resilience in the Lifelong Pursuit of Excellence

Keynote | Workshop | Virtual

In 28.98 seconds, Evan Austin etched his name in the record book as a gold medal Paralympian for Team USA. 

28.98 seconds of determination, effort, and tenacity. 

But this story isn’t about the wins; winning is the shortest phase of his journey. It’s about the losses that allow the wins to be possible. It’s about waking up every day and making meaningful progress toward his goal. 

It’s about the wait.

Evan’s message of resilience focuses instead on the process required to work toward a distant, meaningful accomplishment. This keynote program is about how audiences members can achieve greatness in their own lives through setting long-term goals, developing habits to build forward momentum, and learning to love the process of failure. 

Ideal Audiences

  • Greek Organizations
  • Student Athletes
  • Leadership Development
  • First-Year Experience
  • New Member Orientation

Audience members will learn…

  • Failure can be turned into fuel for success.

  • Goals don’t just change but evolve as we experience new things and grow as individuals in our failures and our successes.

  • Oftentimes in life, the process of pursuing and achieving a goal is more of a prize than accomplishing the goal itself.

Audience members will…

  • Define the difference between “mental health” and “mental illness”.

  • Review the two most common mental health challenges facing college students today: anxiety and depression.

  • Discover their beliefs and assumptions about “feelings”.

  • Identify practical steps they can take to begin to “lead with feelings”.

If Everyone is “Fine” - Then What’s Wrong With Me?

Keynote | Workshop | Virtual

Have you ever wondered how we became a society of “fine”? When did the “Feeling Train” get so far off the track? How did we all become conditioned to be “fine” 24-hours a day, 7-days a week and, more importantly, can we get the Train back on track?

The good news, the research suggests it’s possible. The even better news, it might not be as hard as we think.

This program will allow students to better understand both anxiety and depression and how those mental health challenges might show up in their friends and classmates. Attendees will then be led through a guided discovery period to identify their beliefs and assumptions about “feelings” and craft ways they can lead with feelings both in the classroom and in life.

Join Archie Messersmith-Bunting as we discuss the science behind your feelings, discover new ways to express what you’re feeling, and learn all important questions to ask when you are worried someone in your life might not be “fine”.

Ideal Audiences

  • Fraternity/Sorority Life
  • New Member Orientation
  • Mental Health & Wellness
  • Healthy Masculinity