Eric McElvenny

  • Pittsburgh, PA
  • Fees* $10,001 - $20,000

Tagline: Inspirational Speaker

Talent Highlights

  • Military Service and Sacrifice: Eric McElvenny’s journey begins with his distinguished service as a Marine, where he deployed three times and demonstrated unwavering courage and dedication to his country. His final deployment in Afghanistan, where he was wounded by an IED, underscores the sacrifices made by service members and the profound impact of combat injuries on individuals and their families.
  • Life-Changing Injury: The moment Eric stepped on an IED and lost his right leg below the knee marked a turning point in his life. Rather than allowing the injury to define him, Eric embraced it as an opportunity for growth and transformation. His resilience in the face of adversity serves as a powerful example of the human capacity to overcome even the most daunting challenges.
  • Ironman Triathlon Journey: Eric’s promise to himself to run an Ironman Triathlon epitomizes his indomitable spirit and determination. Despite the physical limitations imposed by his injury, Eric refused to be sidelined, training tirelessly and pushing himself beyond his perceived limitations. His journey from the hospital bed to the Ironman World Championships is a testament to the power of perseverance and the triumph of the human will.
  • Positive Attitude and Mindset: Central to Eric’s message is the importance of maintaining a positive attitude and mindset, even in the face of adversity. By reframing challenges as opportunities for growth and learning, Eric demonstrates how individuals can overcome obstacles and achieve their goals. His infectious optimism and humor resonate deeply with audiences, inspiring them to adopt a similar approach to life’s challenges.
  • Interactive and Engaging Presentations: Eric’s presentations are not merely speeches; they are interactive experiences that captivate and inspire audiences. Through personal anecdotes, humor, and audience participation, Eric creates a dynamic and engaging atmosphere that encourages reflection, dialogue, and action. Attendees are not passive observers but active participants in Eric’s journey, making his message all the more impactful and memorable.

Keynote Topics

Format: 45-60 minute Keynote presentation. Eric’s signature talk explores the characteristics, traits and actions he found most useful in his journey from the hospital bed to the Ironman World Championship finish line. During this presentation, Eric McElvenny gives his audience tools and techniques to overcoming life’s obstacles through funny and emotional stories.


This program is perfect for:


Corporate Events
Schools and Universities
Athletic Teams 
The audience will leave with:

Skills to adapt to changes and challenges
Tactics on how to develop a mindset to achieve more than just the ‘bare minimum’
Ability to look for the ‘positives’ that come from any situation

Format: 45-60 minute Keynote presentation. Eric emphasizes the importance of a team and the key characteristics that a team should exhibit to work cohesively. Eric McElvenny pulls from his sports experience, Marine service and endurance athlete career to bring his audience tools for success.


This program is perfect for:

Team Building Management
Teams Coaches
Sports Teams
The audience will leave with:

Strategies on how to set big goals, and actually follow through Inspiration to work for what you want
Ability to stop making excuses

Eric McElvenny is more than just a speaker; he’s a living testament to resilience, determination, and the power of the human spirit. As a former Marine who served his country with valor, Eric’s journey took an unexpected turn when he was wounded in Afghanistan, resulting in the amputation of his right leg below the knee. […]

Eric McElvenny is more than just a speaker; he’s a living testament to resilience, determination, and the power of the human spirit. As a former Marine who served his country with valor, Eric’s journey took an unexpected turn when he was wounded in Afghanistan, resulting in the amputation of his right leg below the knee. However, rather than succumb to despair, Eric saw this as a new beginning—a challenge to redefine what was possible. His story is one of overcoming adversity, finding purpose, and inspiring others to embrace their own journeys, no matter how daunting they may seem.

In his captivating presentations, Eric shares his remarkable story of going from the battlefield to the finish line of the Ironman World Championships. With humor, humility, and raw honesty, he invites audiences to join him on a journey of self-discovery and personal growth. From the depths of despair to the pinnacle of athletic achievement, Eric’s story resonates with audiences of all backgrounds, reminding us that the only limits that exist are the ones we place on ourselves.

Eric McElvenny | Inspirational Speaker

Expertise and Background:

Eric McElvenny’s expertise lies not only in his military service but also in his unwavering determination to overcome obstacles and achieve the seemingly impossible. Deployed three times as a Marine, Eric’s final tour in Afghanistan changed the course of his life forever when he was wounded by an IED, resulting in the loss of his right leg. It was this life-altering event that ignited Eric’s passion for pushing boundaries and embracing challenges head-on.

As a professional speaker, Eric draws upon his experiences in the military and as an athlete to inspire audiences around the world. His journey from the hospital bed to the Ironman World Championships serves as a powerful example of resilience, perseverance, and the importance of maintaining a positive attitude in the face of adversity. Through his engaging storytelling and interactive presentations, Eric captivates audiences of all ages, leaving them inspired to overcome their own obstacles and pursue their dreams with unwavering determination.

Eric’s speaking influence extends far beyond the stage, as he empowers individuals and organizations to adopt a mindset of resilience and adaptability in the face of change. Whether addressing corporate teams, educational institutions, or community groups, Eric’s message resonates deeply with audiences, sparking meaningful conversations about courage, leadership, and the limitless potential that lies within each of us.

Why Book Eric McElvenny:

Event planners seeking a speaker who can inspire, motivate, and entertain their audience need look no further than Eric McElvenny. With his unique blend of personal experience, humor, and practical insights, Eric offers a transformative experience that leaves a lasting impact on attendees. His story of triumph over adversity is not only compelling but also deeply relatable, making him an ideal choice for events seeking to inspire and uplift their audience.

By booking Eric McElvenny, event planners can ensure that their audience is not only entertained but also empowered to embrace change, overcome challenges, and pursue their goals with renewed vigor. With his dynamic speaking style and infectious enthusiasm, Eric creates an unforgettable experience that resonates long after the event has ended, leaving attendees motivated to take action and make a positive difference in their own lives and the lives of others.

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Event planners looking to elevate their events and engage their audience with compelling speakers should consider partnering with Speakers Inc. As a leading speaker bureau, Speakers Inc offers access to a diverse roster of talented speakers, including Eric McElvenny, who can inspire, educate, and entertain audiences of all sizes and backgrounds.

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Summary and Conclusion:

In summary, Eric McElvenny is a speaker who defies expectations and challenges audiences to rethink their own limitations. His journey from the battlefield to the Ironman World Championships is a testament to the power of resilience, determination, and the human spirit. Through his engaging presentations, Eric inspires audiences to embrace change, overcome obstacles, and pursue their dreams with unwavering passion and purpose.

By booking Eric McElvenny through Speakers Inc, event planners can ensure that their audience is treated to an unforgettable experience that leaves a lasting impact. With his dynamic storytelling, infectious enthusiasm, and relatable message, Eric captivates audiences of all backgrounds, sparking meaningful conversations and inspiring positive action. Whether addressing corporate teams, educational institutions, or community groups, Eric McElvenny is a speaker who leaves a lasting impression, empowering audiences to embrace their own journey and achieve their full potential.

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