Workplace Safety Advocate | Culture Change Agent | Inspirational Speaker
Lauded as one of the “Faces of the Future” by Maclean’s magazine, Candace Carnahan uses her unique life lessons to inspire us to dismantle the roadblocks that hinder efficiency, while celebrating the attitudes and behaviors that promote success–whether personal or professional. With irrepressible energy, she taps into her own experiences to inspire audiences to realize their full potential, sharing her belief that having the “Courage to Care” through standing up for others is a transformational concept.
The impetus behind Carnahan’s contagious enthusiasm was a devastating workplace incident in which she lost her lower left leg at the vulnerable age of 21. It was an incident that might also have taken her life, but most important to Carnahan–it was preventable. As she grew aware that “tomorrow” is a guarantee for no one, she adapted quickly–mentally and physically–to mobilize herself from a potentially paralyzing situation.
Within 10 months of learning to walk with an artificial leg, Carnahan began her new journey of experience and chronicled her life’s lessons as she backpacked and traveled the world. During that time, she immersed herself in a variety of cultures and gained perspective by doing so. Carnahan began to appreciate firsthand that the potential for evoking positive change in our own lives and in the lives of others on a day to day basis was not only possible, but well within reach.
Returning from her travels, Candace was transformed and felt compelled to share her story of triumph-over-tragedy, in an effort to eliminate preventable workplace injuries through her knowledge that the first step in not getting hurt is knowing that you can be. Over the years, Carnahan has compiled what she considers to be some of life’s most simple but meaningful lessons, which are instrumental to her effectiveness as a speaker.
Deemed the “Prophetess of Safety”, Carnahan has shared her message with over 300,000 people worldwide, and continues to expand her message to audiences across the globe. Candace is featured in awareness campaigns across North America, Australia, and Europe.
Carnahan’s journey has given her a passionate voice that speaks to a wide variety of audiences and platforms. Her contagious energy promises to awaken audiences to embrace their inner strengths and power. Her personal story lends a wide range of philosophies, ideas, incentives–and humor–to audiences who are sure to be inspired to understand and achieve what they want out of life–all the while, gaining a better appreciation of the many gifts they already have.