Hon. Gabby Giffords and Capt. Mark Kelly Just Confirmed as General Session Speakers for NAHC’s 2014 Annual Meeting & Exposition
Will Present “How to Serve and Prosper Even in the Most Difficult Circumstances” During the Annual Meeting October 19 – 22, 2014 at the Phoenix Convention Center, Phoenix, AZ
May 22, 2014 02:59 PM
See, hear, and learn from former U.S. Representative Gabby Giffords and her husband, astronaut, and retired U.S. Navy captain Mark Kelly. The couple has shown the power of love, courage, and resilience since 2011 when Giffords survived a bullet to the head. They’ve gone on to lobby for public safety and share their inspiring story nationwide. They’ll discuss leadership, decision making, and Giffords’ ongoing recovery from the trauma to her brain. Giffords says she won’t accept failure because “I want to make the world a better place.”
“We are proud to bring our members two of our nation’s most-respected heroes” said Val J. Halamandaris, President of the National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC).
Former U.S. Representative Gabby Giffordshas become known across the country for her resilience in the face of violence, and for her consensus-building leadership in Congress. She was first elected to Arizona's 8th Congressional District seat in 2006 and won re-elections in 2008 and 2010. Then, on January 8, 2011, a would-be assassin opened fire at a local event in Tucson, where Giffords was meeting with constituents. Six people were killed, and 13 others were injured in the attack. Among the injured was Giffords, who sustained a gunshot wound to the head and faced immediate neurosurgery to treat her life-threatening injuries.
Giffords resigned her Congressional seat in January 2012, choosing to focus on her continued recovery. She is the only woman serving in elected office in the history of the United States to be the target of an attempted assassination. Upon stepping down, she announced, “I will return, and we will work together for Arizona and this great country.”
Giffords and Kelly founded Americans for Responsible Solutions as a way to encourage elected officials to stand up for both the 2nd amendment and safer communities by communicating directly with the constituents that elect them. She also urges all of us to get involved in the communities where we live. “Be a leader,” she says in the talks she gives throughout the country. “Set an example, be passionate, be your best.”
Mark Kellyis an American astronaut, retired U.S. Navy captain, bestselling author, prostate cancer survivor, and experienced naval aviator who flew combat missions during the Gulf War. As an astronaut, he flew his first of four missions in 2001 aboard Space Shuttle Endeavour, the same space shuttle that he commanded on its final flight in May 2011. He has also commanded Space Shuttle Discovery and is one of only two individuals who have visited the International Space Station on four different occasions. The mantra of the space program has long been “Failure is not an option.” But Kelly has seen the true meaning of this phrase right at home. “Gabby has been an incredible inspiration to me,” he says. “Each and every day, she reminds me to deny the acceptance of failure.”
Giffords and Kelly authored a bestselling memoir, Gabby, in which they share their story of hope and resilience with the world. The inspirational memoir has topped multiple bestseller lists, including the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, USA Today, and Amazon. They are the first couple to be honored as Glamour magazine’s “Couple of the Year” in 2013. Together they show the power of the human spirit to overcome obstacles and succeed against the odds.
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