Spencer West

Spencer West

Double Amputee | Motivational Speaker for Social Change

After losing both legs from the pelvis down at the age of five, Spencer West tackled challenge after challenge, learning to navigate a world set against those with disabilities. His many accomplishments, including summiting Mount Kilimanjaro, and the lessons learned along the way, led him to discover the techniques business leaders, professionals, educators, and young people can use to redefine possible in their own lives and careers.

As a global speaker, West infuses his talks with humour and humility, offering take-home tips and life lessons on how to find opportunity in every challenge, while instilling hope and empowering leaders to motivate others to create positive change. He has shared the stage with luminaries such as Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Prince Harry, former US vice-president Al Gore, Dr. Jane Goodall, Rick Hansen, Mia Farrow, Martin Luther King III, Jennifer Hudson, and Natalie Portman, to name a few.

West is the author of the bestselling book Standing Tall: My Journey, and star of the 2012 documentary film Redefine Possible: The Story of Spencer West. He is also often featured in the media, including on 60 Minutes, ABC News, BBC, CNN, CTV and TMZ. The life lessons West has learned on his personal journey speak profoundly to global audiences facing their own challenges.

When he is not inspiring audiences, West facilitates international volunteer trips in communities that WE Charity partners with. As a featured speaker and co-host of WE Day, he has also graced over 90 WE Day stages across the United States, the United Kingdom and Canada.


Redefine Possible: Lessons for Tackling Mountains in the Corporate World and Life

Spencer West invites audiences to experience the transformation that can occur when we “redefine possible”. With his trademark humour and humility, West spins a spellbinding story of the challenges he faced after losing his legs from the pelvis down at age five, and the journey of discovery that ultimately enabled him to summit Mount Kilimanjaro using his hands and wheelchair.

West applies the insights gleaned from a lifetime of overcoming obstacles to help others identify their own roadblocks and push past them. His inspiring message and tangible life lessons motivate audiences to believe they can tackle any goal, whether personal or professional.

Redefine Possible: Lessons for Tackling Mountains in the Corporate World and Life

Spencer West invites audiences to experience the transformation that can occur when we “redefine possible”. With his trademark humour and humility, West spins a spellbinding story of the challenges he faced after losing his legs from the pelvis down at age five, and the journey of discovery that ultimately enabled him to summit Mount Kilimanjaro using his hands and wheelchair.

West applies the insights gleaned from a lifetime of overcoming obstacles to help others identify their own roadblocks and push past them. His inspiring message and tangible life lessons motivate audiences to believe they can tackle any goal, whether personal or professional.