Mark Black

A Heart and Double-Lung Transplant Recipient – turned – 4- Time Marathon Runner. A resilience expert, coach, and author

Biography

MARK BLACK

Mark Black is a Heart and Double-Lung Transplant Recipient – turned – 4- Time Marathon Runner. A resilience expert, coach, and author, Mark helps people “Break Through” their limitations and his coaching programs provide clients the tools to transform your adversity into your competitive advantage. Mark doesn’t just teach resilience, he embodies it. Born with a life-threatening heart defect, Mark underwent two open-heart surgeries before the age of one. He battled his condition and its limitations for twenty-two years until he was forced to deal with the biggest obstacle of his young life. His doctor informed him that his heart was failing, and without a rare and dangerous heart and double- lung transplant, he would not see his 25th birthday.

In 2002, Mark was fortunate that a suitable donor was found. He not only survived the surgery, but less than 3 years later, Mark became the only man in history to run a marathon with someone else’s heart and lungs. Then he did it, three more times. Mark is a Certified Speaking Professional, a designation held by less than 1500 speakers in the world. He has inspired more than 150,000 people in more than 600 presentations and has worked with global brands including Exxon Mobil and Mercedes Benz, as well as many national and regional associations. Mark lives in Moncton, New Brunswick, Canada where he spends as much time as possible with the most important people in his life; his wife Marise and their three children; Emma, Matteo, and Caleb.

For more information about how Mark can help you, go to: www.markblack.ca

SYNOPSIS

Turbulence as your flight instructor

All pilots know that unfair weather can hit at any time. They prepare for it all their life. Yet sometimes the storms come unexpectedly and nothing can prepare you for what lies ahead. Mark Black is no stranger to this experience. Born with a life-threatening heart defect, Mark underwent open-heart surgery on his first day of life. He was not expected to live a  long life. Mark battled his condition and its limitations for twenty-two years when his doctors informed him that time had run out.  His heart was failing badly and without a rare heart and double-lung transplant, he would not survive another year. Yet in 2005, becomes the only man in history to complete a marathon with someone else’s heart and lungs. He has worked with more than 150,000 people and spoken to more than 500 audiences. Written and contributed to several books including: Live Life from the heart and Chicken Soup for the Canadian Soul and he is here to reflect on the idea:

What if life and work are supposed to be hard? What if living a meaningful life was never meant to be easy and what if that’s actually a good thing? In his powerful talk Mark shows us how to embrace challenge and change and turn adversity into opportunity. Put a stop to complaining and making excuses  You don’t want to miss this session