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Patricia Walsh

  • 5 x U.S. national champion, USA Triathlon athlete of the Year; World record holding in the sport of triathlon (now transitioning to rowing with intent to represent Team USA in the 2020 Paralympics).
  • One of the first blind engineers at Microsoft with degrees in electrical engineering, computer science, and nonprofit leadership.
  • Blind World Record Setting Athlete & Author of "Blind Ambition: How to Envision Your Limitless Potential" (McGraw Hill)
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Diagnosed with a severe pediatric brain tumor, Patricia Walsh became blind at age five due to complications of surgery. As a teenager she struggled with depression and hopelessness. Today, Patricia is a world champion triathlete and award-winning engineer. She has raced in over 12 marathons and ultra-marathons. When a friend first mentioned triathlons to her

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Patricia Walsh is a principal technology product manager with oversight of AI, data news and analytics, as well as legacy products for Dow Jones.  At Dow Jones, Patricia leads 5 teams of engineers in Princeton, Minneapolis, London, Barcelona and the NYC office.  Dow Jones is divided into two halves – one is consumer and one is professional information business – Patricia leads 2/3 of the professional information business segment (risk and compliance reports to someone else) but all the technology effort in the PIA business reports directly to her (which is Data News Analytics and Knowledge and Insights).

Patricia is a 5 x U.S. national champion, USAT athlete of the Year for 2012, world record holding in the sport of triathlon.  She has recently transitioned to the sport of rowing with intent to represent Team USA in the 2020 paralympics. Patricia holds degrees in electrical engineering, computer science, and nonprofit leadership and was formerly an engineer at Microsoft.  Patricia’s role at Dow Jones is to motivate her team of engineers as well as cross discipline teams to embrace a culture of change in order to compete against fierce strongholds in the industry. Patricia motivates each team member to be a lifetime learner, be adaptable, hire for flexibility, and be willing to take risks in order to successfully oversee conversion of a print media business to a data driven business.

Patricia was recently featured in a Garmin campaign Women of Adventure.  She has also been featured in success magazine, Fast Company, INC.com among many others.  A few can be viewed below.

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Speaker Programs

Blind Ambition
Life story of discovering a pediatric Brain tumor at the age of 5 to then become a Paralympic hopeful. Blind Ambition Speaking can develop a discussion specific to the organization upon request. ...more
Life story of discovering a pediatric Brain tumor at the age of 5 to then become a Paralympic hopeful. Blind Ambition Speaking can develop a discussion specific to the organization upon request. ...less
Inspire Yourself
How to get out of bed in the morning every morning.
Take a Chainsaw to Your Impossibilities
Blind Ambition: The Power of Transformational Change
Patricia knows transition, change and (as a blind athlete) how to perform at a high level no matter the challenge. She began in competitive athletics 10 years ago and now at 38 is competing mostly ...more
Patricia knows transition, change and (as a blind athlete) how to perform at a high level no matter the challenge. She began in competitive athletics 10 years ago and now at 38 is competing mostly against those in their early 20's. No matter what the challenges she inspires audiences to take what they have, grow through it, and perform at their peak. She says... "Being an aging athlete is kind of similar to what the media industry at Dow Jones (and many industries) are going through - the competitors are able to change more rapidly and have more availability of time and support". This equips her with the perspective to inspire her team and audiences through their own difficulty with powerful personal stories and creative solutions to empower. Patricia shares about the transition she's currently experiencing as an athlete (from Triathlon to representing Team USA in the 2020 Paralypics) and how she's taking those lessons learned and applying them to her career at Dow Jones (who is undergoing a major transition and having to adapt constantly - going from being print media driven to being data driven). New market realities are driving their business transformation along with significantly disruptive changes. Given that she's leading that technology effort described in her bio that transition rolls up to her as well. Some of the mindset of what she's spearheading daily at DJ is: assessing the next opportunity, innovating rapidly, when it is right to let go of a legacy product, competing with other businesses in this economy, difference between tech hype and what will really be the next big thing along with motivating each team member to be a lifetime learner, be adaptable, hire for flexibility, and be willing to take risks in order to successfully oversee the successful transitional conversion to a new way of doing business. In her talks, she inspires groups through her athletic ability to perform at their peak in business with examples relevant for the economic realities of now - leveraging her engineering and technology background with the know-how to help groups make their next successful transformation. ...less

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Austin Speakers Bureau – Inspirational Speaker, Patricia Walsh on Blind Ambition

Austin Texas Speakers Bureau presents Patricia Walsh on Blind Ambition. Diagnosed with a pediatric brain tumor, Patricia Walsh became blind at the age of five. As a teenager, she lost what little vision remained due to surgical complications, and the straight-A student began a downward spiral into depression and hopelessness. But Walsh eventually had an epiphany: if she didn’t do… ... read more

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