Invite Chris to Speak

      Chris Norton is an expert when it comes to resolving challenges and achieving goals. Chris has had to overcome many challenges throughout his life, particularly having to comeback from a debilitating spinal cord injury he suffered playing college football. The injury and 3% prognoses of ever regaining feeling or function below his neck did not hold Chris back from striving and living a happy and successful life. Chris vowed that he would walk across the stage of his college graduation, a goal that doctors would have deemed impossible. He not only proved the doctors wrong by fulfilling his goal of walking across the stage, he met the woman of his dreams, runs a successful nonprofit he formed to help others with disabilities, published his book, and a professional speaker.

Chris has been on ABC’s Good Morning America, CBS Early Show, Fox And Friends, NBC Nightly News, featured on CBS Evening News, ABC News, TODAY, TIME, USA Today, Cosmopolitan, E!, MTV, People, The Chive, and featured internationally across the globe through media networks such as Fuji Network in Japan and Daily Mail in Europe.


“What is most important in your life are your responses, not your circumstances.”

“What determine’s your success and happiness is how you respond to life’s obstacles”

“Life events can either define us or inspire us”

After hearing Chris speak you will walk away enthused and ready to take on any of life’s obstacles. You CAN do anything you put your mind to.

Chris Norton’s inspiring story resonates with all audiences as he shares his personal story and message that is emotional, entertaining, personal, and humorous. More importantly, his message will spark action, change, and bring joy to everyone in the room.
Chris tailors his presentations to his clients and their values and objectives. His life lessons will resonate with your organization and audiences long after his presentation is over.

Speaking Topics

  • Hope
  • Courage
  • Faith & Inspiration
  • Overcoming Obstacles & Adapting to Change
  • Goal Setting & Achievement
  • Personal Story
  • Commitment, Dedication & Motivation


“He delivered an outstanding message about responding to adversity. It was meaningful to each person in the room because we all face adversity… Chris shares his message with a sincere and thankful heart. If you are looking for a speaker to deliver a message of courage and determination, of passion and commitment, I highly recommend Chris Norton”
– Craig & Lea Culver. Culver’s Co-Founders    Culvers logo

“I strongly encourage you to invite Chris to speak to your group. Chris connected to our student athletes and provided meaningful insight on overcoming challenges, controlling one’s responses in life, and the benefits of working hard. His story and message moves and inspires, while reminding us all to be grateful for all opportunities in life”
– Oliver Drake. Head Men’s Basketball Coach for Ashford University    ashford_university

“He spoke to five different groups that ranged in size and demographics. In every case, Chris connected to the students and provided meaningful insights toward overcoming challenges, having a positive attitude, and the benefits of working hard. Chris spoke honestly and openly about his struggles and challenges. He was well prepared and well spoken.”
– Trent Grundmeyer, Ph.D. Indianola High School    indianola high school

Chris’ speaking experience includes:

  • Loras College
  • 2014 AAU Junior Olympic Games
  • NICC EMS Day conference
  • NIACC Entrepreneur Academy
  • National Junior Disability Championships
  • Bondurant Federated Church
  • Culver’s VIP Foundation
  • YLC Graduation
  • Dowling HS
  • Fields of Faith La Porte City
  • Caledonia HS
  • Ellsworth College
  • Neurological Conference Iowa City
  • Iowa State football team
  • Lynch Family Foundation fundraiser 2012, 2013
  • FCA golf fundraiser in Byron
  • Regina High School
  • Night of Champions in Iowa City
  • Ashford University

Take a look at these Recommendation Letters:

Indianola School District
Regina High School
Ashford University

Read some articles on Chris’ work:

Suburban News Bulletin

Contact Information

To learn about how Chris can positively affect your organization, please contact:

Chris Norton