- Balancing School & Social Lives
- Embracing Change
- Self-esteem Enhancement
- Partying Sensibly
- Leadership Cultivation
- Career Development
- Overcoming Adversity
- Cultural Awareness & Sensitivity
- Conflict Resolution
- Character Development
Scott suffered a rare stroke in his spinal cord at the age of 15 which left him paralyzed from the waist down. He has spent his life helping make a positive difference in the lives of others. Scott has made two world tours, visiting over 30 countries and speaking to over a million people around the globe and continues to receive standing ovations from his audiences.
Scott Chesney, a two-time world traveler and a navigator of life with paralysis for 30 years, has presented to over one million people in 38 countries.
After awakening to paralysis at the age of 15 from a sudden spinal stroke, Scott has amassed a resume of transformational experiences, powerful insights, and inspiring stories that cut to the core of the human spirit. He has become a nationally and internationally recognized workshop and keynote presenter, and his positive and inspiring messages have changed countless lives. His insights have been coveted and applauded by Fortune 500 corporations, hospitals/rehab centers, associations, audiences at The United Nations, The Pentagon and the FBI, colleges and universities, and K-12 schools.
Realizing that his audience members wanted more individual guidance after his presentations, Scott became a professional Life Coach in which he combines transformational techniques and strategies that he learned from his world travels and continues to practice himself today to help people create personalized blueprints for navigating life happily and successfully. As a person who skydives, walks on hot coals on his hands, para-sails, and continues to engage in many other adventures around the world, Scott prides himself of living life to its fullest and encourages and trains audiences and clients to do the same.
Most recently, Scott became the Spokesman for Rowheels, to help promote a revolutionary wheel for wheelchairs that is a game-changer for people with disabilities. In addition, Scott became President of Raise Hope Foundation in 2011 that trains, mentors, and places people with disabilities and veterans for competitive careers. He is also an Ambassador for the Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation, an Ambassador for Kessler Foundation, a member of the Seton Hall University Leadership Advisory Council, and a member of the Board of Trustees for The Knowles Foundation. He has also served on the Board of Trustees for Children’s Specialized Hospital. Scott graduated from Seton Hall University in 1992 with a B.A. degree in Communications.
Scott is married, has two children, and resides in New Jersey.
- Navigating Life’s Peaks and Valleys (half-day workshop or keynote address)
- Lost & Found: A Worldwide Journey of Self-Discovery (keynote address)
- Disabilities & Unlimited Possibilities … A Lesson of Acceptance (keynote address)
Scott has addressed nearly 400,000 college/university students in 38 countries, focusing on the topics of Change, Student/Social Life Balance, Leadership, Overcoming Adversity, Diversity, and Disability Awareness & Sensitivity.
Each one of his presentations is customized to meet your schools or staffs individual needs. Once Scott is booked, he immediately arranges to have a conference call with your college/universitys school leaders to find out what the issues are on campus and what you would like him to integrate into his presentation.
“The feedback I received from both the professional staff and students indicates that Scott was extremely effective in touching them through his motivational style. I would highly recommend Scott Chesney for both student and staff professional development.” –Dean of Student Affairs, Roger Williams University
“Everyone was deeply affected by the fortitude and perseverance you have shown in the face of your own hardship. You gave them practical tips on how to take control over their own lives and how to keep it. You are a remarkable speaker and a wonderful motivator.” – Dir. Freshman Studies Program, Seton Hall University
“The way that you motivated and inspired the audience to make the necessary changes in their personal and professional lives was outstanding…would love to see you return.” – VP Pan-Hellenic Council, University of Oregon