“Thank you so much for bringing Michael to the site. I think we all have so much and are so fortunate in our lives that we need the reminder of how precious life is and how thankful we should be with each other.”
Jim Carmichael, SVP, HR
Inspirational Keynote Speaker, Disability & Organ Donation Advocate
A Catalyst for reframing mindsets, Michael Kutcher has overcome challenges and conquered obstacles that most people never even catch a glimpse of. Born in 1978 in Iowa, as the unexpected twin brother of actor Christopher “Ashton” Kutcher, Michael met his first of many challenges at delivery. Entering the world notably smaller than his twin at less than five pounds, Michael was hardly responsive and struggled to take his first breath.
Thanks to both outstanding medical care and his indomitable instinct to survive, Michael pulled through his first days and weeks, although not without lasting adverse effects. By the age three, Michael was battling significant developmental
delays, caused by irreversible neurological pathologies. He was diagnosed with Cerebral Palsy before he entered Kindergarten.
Unfortunately, Michael’s uphill battle was only getting started. Diagnosed with heart failure at age 13, Michael was once again faced with an unthinkable challenge of survival. After being given a life expectancy of just three to four weeks, Michael again defeated the odds and successfully received a life saving heart transplant.
It was this second close brush with death that opened Michael’s eyes to the fragility of life and inspired him to take control of the future he once thought he wouldn’t have. Today, Michael is a successful Assistant Vice President for Transamerica Retirement Solutions and an advocate and public keynote speaker.
Having overcome unthinkable challenges against extraordinary odds, Michael is living proof that perseverance and unwavering positivity can surmount even the most seemingly impossible of obstacles.
Embracing Diffabilities: A Message of Inclusion and Empowerment for Everyone
Michael’s life experience of growing up with Cerebral Palsy has shaped his perspective on the world in a unique way. Through candidly sharing his journey, he sheds light on the challenges faced by those with disabilities (or as he calls them Diffabilities) and how he learned to overcome societal views that often ostracised and marginalised them. By embracing his differences and seeing them as gifts, rather than curses, Michael has been able to lead a fulfilling and successful life.
In his presentations, he inspires audiences to accept and embrace individuals of all abilities, highlighting the importance of inclusion and diversity in every aspect of society. Through his compelling narrative and often humorous story-telling, Michael shows that with the right mindset and support, people with disabilities can achieve greatness and make significant contributions to their communities.
Perspective: From Near Death to a Finer Appreciation for Life
In this inspiring talk, Michael shares his incredible story of overcoming near-death experiences and how these challenges have transformed his perspective on life. Through his compelling narrative, Michael demonstrates how the seemingly ordinary aspects of our lives can hold profound value and meaning when viewed through the lens of gratitude and appreciation. By the end of his talk, Michael leaves his audience with a newfound appreciation for the precious gifts that surround us each day, and a powerful shift in mindset towards embracing the beauty and wonder of the world around us. This talk is a must-see for anyone seeking to cultivate a deeper sense of gratitude and meaning in their lives.
From Struggle to Strength: Michael's Inspiring Journey of Perseverance
In this compelling talk, Michael shares his extraordinary journey of triumph over seemingly insurmountable challenges. Through a combination of personal anecdotes and hard-won insights, he offers a powerful message of perseverance, resilience, and self-empowerment. Drawing on lessons learned from his own experiences, Michael inspires his audience to break free from the limitations of a victim mentality and embrace a mindset of strength and possibility. By sharing his story of courage and determination, Michael leaves his listeners feeling inspired and motivated to overcome their own obstacles and pursue their dreams.