GUEST KEYNOTE SPEAKER
LEWIS PUGH

Ocean Advocate, Pioneer Swimmer and Inspirational Storyteller

Lewis Pugh

Achieving His Impossible

Lewis is the only person to have completed a long distance swim in every ocean of the world. To date he has pioneered more swims around famous landmarks than any other swimmer in history. Each of these seemingly impossible feats was done to raise awareness about the vulnerability of our oceans and their importance to humanity. And he’s not finished yet.

Lewis is a vivid storyteller. His address on leadership at the Business Innovation Forum in Rhode Island was voted as one of the “7 Most Inspiring Videos on the Web”.

Over 7 million people have viewed his TED talks, and countless others have followed him on BBC, Good Morning America, CNN, Jon Stewart, National Geographic, Sky News, Al Jazeera, Jay Leno and more. His autobiography “Achieving the Impossible” is a Bestseller and was chosen for Oprah’s Exclusive Book List.

Lewis has received a number of awards including France and South Africa’s highest honors, as well as the Freedom of the City of London. In 2010, the World Economic Forum named him a Young Global Leader for his “potential to contribute to shaping the future of the world through inspiring leadership” and in 2013 the United Nations Environment Program appointed him Patron of the Oceans.

Lewis Pugh swimming

‘Swimming His Talk’

Lewis’s ability to make his story matter has made him one of the world’s leading inspirational speakers.

On their 125th anniversary, Coca-Cola asked Lewis to address their world-wide leadership team. When Unilever decided to double their business and halve their environmental footprint, they chose Lewis to motivate their management team. And when Lloyd’s Agency Network turned 200 years old, they asked Lewis to help them visualize their future in an increasingly unpredictable world.

And earlier this year he addressed the world’s business leaders at the World Economic Forum in Davos.

As an ocean advocate, pioneer swimmer and explorer, Lewis puts his hard-learned lessons into the context of a corporate environment. He shares the visualization that enabled him to undertake the first swim across the sub-zero waters of the North Pole.

Lewis is a totally enchanting speaker and provides valuable lessons to apply to business and to life.
Guy Kawasaki
Chief Evangelist, Canva
Lewis Pugh doesn’t tell us what to do, he shows us what can be done.
Bill Clinton
Thank you for coming to speak to us. You have a very special gift. Not many people can speak to a group of world leaders like you did – with so much authority and passion. I could have heard a pin drop.
Ted Turner
Founder, CNN

Lewis Pugh at CONNECT 2018

Join us to hear Lewis’ most inspiring stories and hard learned life lessons in the context of corporate environment and personal development when it comes to teamwork, mitigating risks, leadership, planning and preparation, goal setting, and most importantly, “Achieving the Impossible!”

Lewis will present on Day 2, at 1:30PM in the General Session Hall.