Colleen Kelly Alexander is a lifelong athlete and motivational speaker who inspires positive change, contribution, determination and actionable gratitude. With her indomitable spirit and incredible story of survival, Colleen teaches others how to aim higher, be stronger and use adversity as a catalyst to make the world a better, brighter place.
In 2011, Colleen was run over by a freight truck, and after five weeks in a coma and twenty-nine surgeries later, Colleen survived. Rather than let the trauma and PTSD control her life, she became determined to find a way to make something positive from her pain. She decided she'd run again and dedicate her race medals to the everyday heroes around us, including the medical staff and blood donors who saved her life. Since then Colleen has run fifty races and completed forty triathlons, including four half-Ironman events. Now a spokesperson for the Red Cross, Colleen shares her incredible inspirational story to encourage others to take that first step forward.
Colleen is uniquely qualified to speak to the miraculous power of body, mind, spirit and the phenomenal potential every human being has to make a positive impact. She approaches each moment – each breath – as a beautiful opportunity to experience the divine. She teaches others how to embrace that perspective so they too may persevere. Break down barriers. Open themselves up. Connect. Give back. THRIVE.
Colleen has been featured in numerous national newscasts, programs and media including: Fox News Connecticut, The Dr. Oz Show, WFSB Eyewitness News 3, Yale School of Medicine, Runners World, and the New York Road Runner, Colleen’s formidable achievements serve to underscore her belief that there is a hero in everyone who deserves to be honored. That regardless of situation, adversity or obstacle, the power to triumph is universal – even in the face of seemingly insurmountable odds.
Meet Colleen at Wineglass
Wineglass Expo: Colleen will be meeting runners and selling and signing copies of her new book, "Gratitude In Motion".
Wineglass Pasta Dinner: Colleen will be our guest speaker at the Wineglass Pasta Dinner on Saturday, September 29 at 5:30pm at the Radisson Hotel Corning. *Tickets required to attend*