Perserverance: How to Lead Through Adversity to Make Authentic Connections
When it comes to our life and careers, we all want to make an impact, hopefully doing something we love while making meaningful connections along the way. Marco will share some of his personal lived experiences as a person with a disability working in the tech industry and how the smallest shifts in attitude, policies and the way to interact with others contributes to making the strongest, most authentic workplaces and personal connections.
1. Embracing People's Differences
2. Bringing Your Authentic Self to Work (In-Person or Virtually)
3. Utilizing the Strengths of Others
4. Being thoughtful when interacting with people
5. Practicing empathy not sympathy
6. Challenges in life can present opportunities, not barriers
Marco Pasqua is an award-winning Entrepreneur, Accessibility Consultant and Inspirational Speaker with Cerebral Palsy. He went in pursuit of a career in technology and after graduating from the Art Institute of Vancouver, he spent 5 years in the video game industry. During the recession of 2010, he lost his job, which turned out to be the biggest blessing in disguise. Marco decided it was time to use his voice to make a positive impact on the world, so he built his own brand as a professional speaker and entrepreneur. Throughout his life, he has been involved with a number of organizations as a spokesperson, helping to spread advocacy for persons with disabilities internationally. As an Accessibility and Inclusion Consultant, he has worked with some of the biggest change-driven business leaders who are champions for more accessible, inclusive workplaces. He believes that making authentic, meaningful connections with the people in our lives is the key to unlocking our full potential.