Who are your personal heroes?
For many, it’s a well-known athlete, actor, musician, politician or social leader, a “household name” most people would recognize.
But my personal heroes are people whose names aren’t widely known—people who have quietly overcome odds and obstacles to accomplish great things in their lives. People like Diana Rosenfeld, a Lindora patient who transformed her life by losing 440 pounds, and then chose to “pay it forward” by inspiring countless others to become healthier. People like Mark Huckenpahler, a longtime friend who has completed marathons on every continent by honoring a personal commitment to “just put one foot in front of the other—and let the miles take care of themselves.”
I’ve been thinking about heroes lately because Lindora is sponsoring a special breakfast event in Long Beach, California on Friday morning, February 27—and I’d like you to be my guest. The event will pay tribute to the late Louis Zamperini, a hero whose life personified strength and resilience. Zamperini was an Olympian, a World War II prisoner of war survivor, and subject of Unbroken, a film directed by Angelina Jolie.
Presented by the Long Beach Chamber of Commerce and the Ukleja Center for Ethical Leadership, this breakfast event will honor Zamperini’s leadership legacy and will feature a speech about resilience and forgiveness by Zamperini’s son, Luke. Luke will also accept the 2015 Nell and John Wooden Ethics in Leadership Award on behalf of his father.
I’m inviting three guests to sit with Luke Zamperini and me at the Lindora table. Would you like to be one of them? All you need to do is send a short email—150 words or less—to firstname.lastname@example.org and tell me why you’d like to attend. The entry deadline is Monday, February 16 and the winners will be notified by February 17. Click here to learn more about the event.
I hope to see you there!