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Simon Keith

Simon Keith

Keynote Speaker: Former Professional Soccer Player & the First Athlete in the World to Play a Professional Sport After Undergoing a Heart Transplant

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Simon Keith Biography

Simon Keith is the first person in the world to play a professional sport after undergoing a heart transplant, having received the heart of 17-year-old welsh boy in 1986. Their story has been well chronicled including an ESPN E:60 feature, “A Change of Heart”.

Simon Keith is not just a former professional soccer player and one of the longest-living organ transplant recipients in the world, Simon is world renown speaker, having shared his remarkable story at the Whitehouse, as well as the British and Canadian Parliaments, and with audiences around the world. Captivating audiences with his incredible story, Simon challenges people to find their “moments of truth” and dares them to live.

After receiving the gift of life at just age 21, and in the middle of a remarkable soccer career, Simon resumed his soccer career at the University of Nevada Las Vegas (UNLV), playing two seasons with the Rebels and garnering many honors, including being named Student-Athlete of Year for the Conference as well as being voted as the USA’s Most Courageous Athlete. After his senior season, Simon was named the Most Valuable Player at the Senior Bowl and was drafted #1 overall into the Major Indoor Soccer League. Simon was drafted #1 overall into the USA’s Major Indoor Soccer League just three years after his surgery.

In 2011, he founded The Simon Keith Foundation, an organization dedicated to increasing organ donor awareness and supporting and educating transplant recipients. In 2018 The Simon Keith Foundation sponsored every child in the USA and Canada to attend the Transplant Games in their country.

His autobiography, "Heart for the Game," details his unique life-journey, and he directs the proceeds from his book sales toward providing athletic training for other transplant recipients who undertake an active and healthy lifestyle.

In addition to his philanthropic efforts and professional soccer career, Simon is a successful entrepreneur who successfully built and sold 4 different companies over a span of 15 years. Most recently Simon served as the Chief Operating Officer for the Nevada Donor Network, a federally designated not-for-profit Organ Procurement Organization, leading the organization from a ranking of 53rd (out of 58) in the USA in 2011 to #1 in the USA from 2015-2019 (and the world) in terms of number of organ donors & organs recovered for transplant per capita.

Now one of the longest living organ transplant recipients in history, Simon has signed a major movie deal about his life with Kennedy Marshall Entertainment and the legendary movie producer Frank Marshall (Jurassic World, Jurassic World; The Fallen Kingdom, The Jason Bourne movies: Identity, Supremacy, Ultimatum, Legacy, Jason Bourne, Sully, Back to the Future 1, 2 and 3 , Raider of the Lost Ark, and many, many more).

In 2018 Simon fell ill, as his heart and kidneys began to fail. (Heart transplants average longevity is just 10 years). In an astounding twist of fate, in March 2019, Simon underwent a second heart transplant, as well as kidney transplant. Against all odds, due to a complicated immune system, Simon stood less than a 1.75% chance of ever receiving the critical lifesaving gifts needed to save his life and continue this already, remarkable, story.

Simon belongs to the Greater Victoria Sports Hall of Fame and the Southern Nevada Sports Hall of Fame, and in 2015 was named Canada’s Humanitarian of the Year.

In addition to Simon sharing his incredible story, Simon is considered an expert in leadership development, organizational culture, and entrepreneurship.

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Simon Keith Speaking Topics

Build Great Teams

How do you Build Great Teams? How do you build trust inside your organization? How do you grow every person within your enterprise? In today’s work environment it has never been more important to have a deliberate and methodical plan for every person on your team. Every single working human wants to be part of a super successful team and wants to be pushed to become the best version of themselves.

  • How do you eliminate the #1 killer of culture?
  • What do ALL people need from their teams?
  • How to create an environment where no one puts on a mask to come work?
  • How important is being authentic and vulnerable in creating great teams?
  • The #1 reason teams don’t crush it

Build Great Leaders

Studies estimate that new managers that have ZERO leadership training in the United States and Canada ranges between 42% and a staggering 85%. Building Great Leaders is the number one missing skill set in today’s work environment. Simon talks about the leadership lessons he has developed over 25 years consulting with the finest leaders in business, sport, and life. Simon will absolutely challenge everyone in almost every room to evaluate and think about how to become a better leader.

  • What are great Leaders reading?
  • Who are great leaders listening to?
  • How do you become the ‘holy-shit, I can’t believe this is me’ leader?

Moments of Truth

In our lives, all of our lives, we tend to define ourselves by MOMENTS. These moments shape who we are and how we view ourselves. The birth of a child, getting married, a big promotion are all moments that many of us celebrate. But what if the moments in your life are not always expected. How do you prepare for moments when you don’t know when or how they will come? Why do some people seem to ‘execute’ their moments better than others? What if your moment seems bigger than what you can handle? Simon talks about the Moments in his life and how “being flat on your back at age 21, and about to have your heart taken out of your chest” certainly qualifies as a Moment. How Simon moved forward from that potentially crippling event and was able to live an incredible heart stopping life.

Simon Keith Videos

ESPN E:60 Change of Heart: The Simon Keith Story
Simon Keith - demo video
The Simon Keith Story Keynote Speaker Promo - YouTube

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What topics does Simon Keith speak about?

Simon Keith is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics such as College, Inspirational, Sports Motivation, Soccer, Health, Heart Health, Overcoming Adversity and Business.

Where does Simon Keith travel from?

Simon Keith generally travels from Las Vegas, NV, USA and can be booked for (private) corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances.

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Simon Keith is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics including College, Inspirational and Sports Motivation. The estimated speaking fee range to book Simon Keith for live events is $10,000 - $20,000. Please contact us for virtual event fees. Simon Keith generally travels from Las Vegas, NV, USA and can be booked for (private) corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances. Similar motivational celebrity speakers are Shannon Miller, Ethan Zohn and Melissa Stockwell. Contact All American Speakers for ratings, reviews, videos and information on scheduling Simon Keith for an upcoming event.

Simon Keith Speaking Topics

  • Build Great Teams

    How do you Build Great Teams? How do you build trust inside your organization? How do you grow every person within your enterprise? In today’s work environment it has never been more important to have a deliberate and methodical plan for every person on your team. Every single working human wants to be part of a super successful team and wants to be pushed to become the best version of themselves.

    • How do you eliminate the #1 killer of culture?
    • What do ALL people need from their teams?
    • How to create an environment where no one puts on a mask to come work?
    • How important is being authentic and vulnerable in creating great teams?
    • The #1 reason teams don’t crush it

  • Build Great Leaders

    Studies estimate that new managers that have ZERO leadership training in the United States and Canada ranges between 42% and a staggering 85%. Building Great Leaders is the number one missing skill set in today’s work environment. Simon talks about the leadership lessons he has developed over 25 years consulting with the finest leaders in business, sport, and life. Simon will absolutely challenge everyone in almost every room to evaluate and think about how to become a better leader.

    • What are great Leaders reading?
    • Who are great leaders listening to?
    • How do you become the ‘holy-shit, I can’t believe this is me’ leader?

  • Moments of Truth

    In our lives, all of our lives, we tend to define ourselves by MOMENTS. These moments shape who we are and how we view ourselves. The birth of a child, getting married, a big promotion are all moments that many of us celebrate. But what if the moments in your life are not always expected. How do you prepare for moments when you don’t know when or how they will come? Why do some people seem to ‘execute’ their moments better than others? What if your moment seems bigger than what you can handle? Simon talks about the Moments in his life and how “being flat on your back at age 21, and about to have your heart taken out of your chest” certainly qualifies as a Moment. How Simon moved forward from that potentially crippling event and was able to live an incredible heart stopping life.

Simon Keith Videos

ESPN E:60 Change of Heart: The Simon Keith Story
Simon Keith - demo video
The Simon Keith Story Keynote Speaker Promo - YouTube
The Simon Keith Story - YouTube

Simon Keith Reviews

  • ZOLL Medical Corporation ("ZOLL") - May 01 2024

  • "Recently, we selected Simon Keith to speak at our Anytime Fitness Annual Conference. Our audience is franchise owners and managers in our health clubs from all over the world. Simon’s message on moments of truth absolutely motivated and inspired our group, who is in the business of motivation and inspiration! Simon shares what he has learned through his personal journey of being a heart transplant recipient who actually made his way back to a career as a professional athlete. His delivery style was so genuine yet impactful. His message is clear, concise and exactly what people need to hear. His book is also a great take away for attendees. We look forward to continuing our relationship with Simon and would absolutely recommend him as a speaker for future events. If you want your audience to be fully present, think about what they can do better as well as get a full dose of surprise, energy and enthusiasm, Simon Keith is your guy!"
    VP of Strategic Initiatives, Anytime Fitness, LLC. - Sep 04 2015

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