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Possibilities 2015 with W. Mitchell

The 2015 Possibilities Luncheon featured W. Mitchell as the guest speaker.

The 12th Annual Possibilities Luncheon was held on February 18, 2015, from 11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m., at the Chattanooga Convention Center.

W Mitchell

W Mitchell once guided passengers up the famous hills of San Francisco, as a strong and entertaining cable-car gripman. Amazingly, the same scenario holds true today! As an award-winning keynote speaker, he now guides audiences uphill and empowers them to take responsibility for life's inevitable challenges and to embrace the power of taking charge.

"It's not what happens to you. It's what you do about it." - W Mitchell


Undefeated by a blazing motorcycle accident and a paralyzing plane crash four years later, Mitchell learned to take responsibility for the countless changes in his life. Whether coping with devastating burns over 65 per cent of his body or being sentenced to life in a wheelchair, this once robust Marine firmly held on to his feisty nature and quick wit. It was "his" uphill journey and he was determined to maintain control, cope with the changes, and prosper. Without a doubt, Mitchell understands what it takes to rebuild and eventually reach the top. His life clearly illustrates his philosophy - that most limitations are self-imposed. 

Step by step, Mitchell moved forward with his life. He became an internationally acclaimed mayor "who saved a mountain," a successful businessman who put thousands of people to work, a congressional nominee from Colorado, and a respected environmentalist and conservationist who repeatedly testified before Congress. His accomplishments have received media recognition in North America on Good Morning America, The Today Show, NBC Nightly News and their counterparts around the world. He has been a radio and television host, a successful author, an award winning international keynote speaker and the subject of a recent television special. 

Today, as an international keynote speaker, Mitchell captivates and stuns audiences with his story and then calmly empowers them to accept challenges, embrace change and take action – not only at work but in everyday life. His tenacity and credibility are indisputable as he so obviously lives his message. No one goes away unaffected as Mitchell proves that unexpected changes can become exciting new starting points. 

Mitchell has also served as the President of the International Federation of Professional Speakers. He currently has offices in Colorado and Australia, and resides in California and Hawaii. 

"Before I was paralyzed there were 10,000 things I could do. Now there are 9,000. I can either dwell on the 1,000 I’ve lost or focus on the 9,000 I have left."


W Mitchell shares his unforgettable story and proven strategies with corporations and associations throughout the world . . . in North and South America, Asia, Europe, the Middle East, Africa, Australia and New Zealand.  Mitchell has met with presidents and prime ministers, CEOs, managers, and workers with a message filled with warmth, good humor and wisdom. 

People leave inspired and encouraged to take action regardless of the obstacles! Imagine the impact of these same words as he eloquently and compassionately guides each person "uphill" through their challenges. 

If Mitchell can soar to the top, so can you!

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Our sincere thanks to 2015 Possibilities Steering Committee Co-Chairs Julie and Zan Guerry. We also thank our dedicated Steeriing Committee for their support and fundraising efforts.

Thank you to our generous sponsors! We appreciate your support of Possibilities 2016 and Siskin Hospital!!

Premier Event Sponsor for 12 Years - Unum
Presenting Speaker Sponsor - Hamico Inc.
Principal Press Sponsor - Chattanooga Times Free Press
Primary Broadcast Sponsor - Brewer Media

Portrait of Courage Sponsor- SunTrust Foundation
Promise of Hope Sponsor- Debby & Mike Brown

Platinum Table Sponsors
Chattem, Inc.
Lawson Electric
Bob Main
Miller & Martin
Betty & Scotty Probasco
Russ Blakely & Associates
Pris & Robert Siskin
Jo Ann Yates

Crystal Table Sponsors
Claire Siskin Binder
BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee
Joseph E. Davenport, III
First Tennessee
Betty & Charles Lebovitz
Anita Levine
Helen Pregulman
Regions Bank
Carol Sim
Siskin Children's Institute
Drs. Liz & Vic Thomas

Patron Table Sponsors
Alexian Brothers Senior Ministries
Amelia Allen / M.J. Levine
Carol & Jim Arnhart
Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz
Baylor School
BB&T Huffaker Insurance
Blood Assurance
Bright School (in honor of Pam McKenney)
Allen Brown / Brown Associates
Chattanooga Chamber of Commerce
Chattanooga Coca-Cola Bottling Company
City of Chattanooga / Chattanooga city Council
Chris Crimmins / Chattanooga Land Company
Elder's Ace Hardware
Elliott Davis Decosimo
Erlanger Health System
Fletcher Bright Company
Franklin Associates Architects
Gearhiser, Peters, Elliott & Cannon, PLLC
Trudy Harper
Henderson, Hutcherson & McCullough, PLLC
Lynn Hochman
Hospice of Chattanooga
Tina & Thony Hullender
Nancy Jolley
Lattimore, Black, Morgan & Cain / Grady Williams
Mrs. Thomas A. Lupton, Jr.
Rilda & Ray Marler
Mickey McCamish & Dr. DeWayne McCamish
McCright & Associates
Pam & Rick McKenney
Memorial Healthcare System
Donna & Marshal Mize
Patten & Patten, Inc.
Susan & Ben Probasco
Service Electrice Company
Siskin Spine & Rehabilitation Specialists
Barbie Standefer
Tennessee American Water
University Surgical Associates
UTC Office of the Chancellor
UTC College of Health, Education & Professional Studies

Thank you for your support!

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