April 19, 2022 | Susan Napier-Sewell

Kirstie Ennis: Keynote Speaker at the 2022 Global TapRooT® Summit

Kirstie Ennis

Meet her & hear her story on Friday, May 6, 2022:


You may have seen Kirstie Ennis in Glamour, on Good Morning America, or pictured with Prince Harry. But, she’s not about the limelight.

The former Marine sergeant’s recent aim: to climb high, higher, highest by tackling the Seven Summits on one leg by 2021. Kirstie’s can-do spirit is contagious. The lofty goals, background, and experiences of Summit Keynote Speaker Kirstie Ennis are sure-fire inspiration for every Summit attendee.

Kirstie Ennis & Prince Harry, Walking with the Wounded
Kirstie Ennis and Prince Harry, Walking with the Wounded

Kirstie Ennis’s story may have begun when she lost her leg after her helicopter went down in Afghanistan, but it certainly doesn’t end there. After more than 40 surgeries and the amputation of her leg first below and then above the knee after a life-threatening infection, the former Marine sergeant has accomplished more at 28 years old than most people have achieved in their lifetime.

At the Summit, Kirstie will tell her story and it will inspire you to stop accepting limitations

Kirstie Ennis - keynote speaker for 2021 Global TapRooT® Summit

Kirstie Ennis: A model for breaking expectations and limitations

On June 23, 2012, while performing combat resupplies to Forward Operating Base Now Zad, the helicopter Kirstie served on as an aerial gunner made a crash landing in the Helmand Province. She sustained a traumatic brain injury, full thickness facial trauma, bilateral shoulder damage, cervical and lumbar spine injuries, and severe left leg wounds. After approximately 40 surgeries over the course of three years, Kirstie’s left leg was amputated below the knee. One month later, she underwent an amputation above the knee. Even though she was forced into medical retirement from the Marine Corps in 2014, she still found a way to serve to prove to herself and the world that circumstances do not control us.

Although Kirstie does not have a background in sports, her competitive spirit led her to consider extreme sports as a way to raise money for others going through difficult situations like hers, and to inspire the world.

Kirstie Ennis snowboarding

Even while lying in a hospital bed post-operation, snowboarding was one of the first sports Kirstie considered. She competed for three years, winning a USA Snowboard and Freeski Association national title.

In the future, Kirstie hopes to compete in the X Games, and—via her partnership with Burton Snowboards—create a program to take adaptive athletes on skiing and snowboarding trips. (Source: From Afghanistan to Athlete — Kirstie Ennis conquers adversity and extreme sports, Allison Penna, Honoring Vets.)

A note from System Improvements President Mark Paradies about the upcoming 2022 Global TapRooT® Summit in Knoxville

“Would you like to meet TapRooT® Users from around the world and benchmark your improvement efforts with theirs? Here’s a great idea. Attend the 2022 Global TapRooT® Summit. We’re meeting in Knoxville, Tennessee, for Summit week, May 2-6, 2022. Pre-Summit courses will be May 2-3, then the Summit kicks into full swing May 4-6.

“For a sample of what to expect from the greatness of the 2022 Global TapRooT® Summit, check out the Summit schedule. Then, register your whole team for the one annual event that will put you light years ahead when you return to your organization.” (Registration is open!)

Knoxville, TN - 2021 Global TapRooT® Summit

Check out the highlights coming your way during the 2022 Global TapRooT® Summit

The official Summit website

View the schedule

Exclusive Pre-Summit Courses

Questions? Contact us or call us at 865.539.2139.


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