During a speech at William Woods University, Matt Glowacki will share his message of hope and his secrets to a successful, fulfilling life, despite what some would consider an insurmountable handicap—he was born without legs.
His talk is scheduled for Monday (Oct. 4) at 7 p.m. in Dulany Auditorium. It is free and open to the public.
Glowacki was born in 1973 in Janesville, Wis. His birth drew attention because, even though he was healthy, he was born without legs. From the very beginning, his parents made sure to provide him with every opportunity to participate in a normal life. At age 3, he became involved in community activities; at 5 he was mainstreamed into Harrison Elementary School and went on to graduate from Craig High School.
In his senior year Glowacki earned the rank of Eagle Scout, served as the Governor of the State of Wisconsin’s Key Club District and managed his own business. He continued his education and community involvement at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, graduating with a bachelor of arts in communication degree with an emphasis in public relations and a minor in U.S. history.
While attending the university and playing wheelchair basketball, Glowacki developed and administered a community awareness program titled, “What It Takes: Cornerstones for Success.” He brought this program and his messages and competitive wheelchair sports to more than 25,000 students across the state.
Glowacki currently focuses his life in two primary areas. The first is the world of business and community; he was employed for three years as an outside sales account executive for Lucent Technologies. During his tenure at Lucent, Glowacki was awarded the regional “Master Sales Award” and the “Giving Back to the Community Award.”
In October of 1999, he left to focus on three of his own businesses: MOGO Wheelchairs, a very successful wheelchair building and sales business; Glow Music, a mobile disc jockey and entertainment service; and Myriad Communications, his speaking and consulting company.
Glowacki resides in Sun Prairie, Wis., where he is active in many local organizations. He served on the State Easter Seals board of directors. He was chosen by the Governor of the State of Wisconsin to serve on the Governor’s Rehabilitation Council, which monitors and oversees the Department of Vocational Rehabilitation.
The second focus of his life is competitive sports. Glowacki earned his position on the USA Paralympic Team for Sit-Volleyball in June of 1998, after he participated in the World Championships in Washington, D.C. He traveled and competed internationally with the team and attended the 2000 Paralympics in Sydney, Australia, and the 2002 World Championships in Cairo, Egypt. He served as the alternate for the Paralympics in Athens in 2004.
Glowacki also donates his time and efforts to The Confluence, a not-for-profit Wheelchair Sports Foundation in St. Louis, Mo. He serves as a coach, mentor, mechanic and friend to athletes of all ages. The program sponsors a variety of sporting endeavors including wheelchair basketball, tennis, wheelchair softball, and waterskiing.
He has developed an interactive program that gives his audience the inside track on diversity and helps them feel comfortable when interacting with others, regardless of their differences. His appearance at William Woods University is sponsored by the Office of Multicultural Affairs.
For more information, contact Tammy Carter, director, at (573) 592-4358 or firstname.lastname@example.org.