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 herread the rest
Diagnosed with a 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, award-winning engineer, and speaker.
She has raced in over 12 marathons and ultra-marathons. When a friend first mentioned triathlons to her, she immediately signed up for the Ironman — before even owning a bike! She set the world record for blind athletes in the IronMan distance, blowing away previous female and male records by over 80 minutes. Patricia has a degree in computer science, electrical engineering, non-profit leadership and was formerly one of the first blind engineers at Microsoft.
Patricia is the 3 x National champion for paratriathlon, and 2 x Bronze for the United States in Short Course World Championship, & formerly named a USAT Athlete of the Year. In 2016, Patricia also reached her goals to become the U.S. Representative for the Paralympics.
Patricia Walsh is currently a Senior Technology Product Manager at Facebook. She is also the former Director of Engineering for Data News Analytics at Dow Jones. At Dow Jones, Patricia led 5 teams of engineers globally with oversight of AI, data news and analytics, as well as legacy products for Dow Jones & their Professional Information Business (with all their technology effort in the PIA business reporting directly to her: Data News Analytics & Knowledge and Insights).
It is her mission to help others overcome their fear of failure in order to achieve their full potential. Patricia’s strategic planning and ability to execute on goals made it possible for her to achieve a life that surpasses her wildest dreams; it is now her goal to teach others to dream big and watch as their dreams come true.
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.read less
Patricia Walsh in Media
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