Randy Pierce is a captivating motivational speaker who draws upon his life experiences to inspire, entertain, and teach. Randy creates a powerful connection to his audience through unique viewpoints on the adventures and challenges of a man who chose a life filled with incredible adventure-laden experiences despite his being suddenly stricken with a neurological disease rendering him blind at age 22. Participants experience the highs, lows, and problem-solving techniques used to convert adversity into methods of achieving our peak potential.

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Randy’s realization that you truly don’t need to see in order to have a vision–or to bring that vision to reality–is the inspirational backdrop for a methodology as powerful as the motivation behind his message. Randy came to believe that most of our limits in life are self-imposed; that far too often, we accept and thereby empower the notion of “can’t.” It is an idea that–when framed with Randy’s compelling personal story–invariably resonates with people, giving them new energy to engage the possibilities that lie within their grasp. Emphasizing goal-setting, problem-solving, teamwork, and communication with amusing anecdotes and demonstrable achievements, he will motivate each participant to set and achieve their own goals.

Scheduling a Presentation

Booking a presentation is as easy as sending an email to [email protected] or calling him at 603-546-8542. Randy customizes all of his presentations to best meet your event objectives, including managing, when necessary, all the virtual aspects. Travel expenses may also be requested when distance warrants it. Typical presentations utilize an hour and can be adjusted as necessary for your event. An optional powerful A/V inclusion enhances the experience.

*Randy donates his speaking fees to Future In Sight*

Biographical Summary

During two short but significant weeks in 1989, a devastating neurological disease transformed Randy Pierce from a healthy and ordinary young man to a blind man completely uncertain of his future. Randy’s passion for experience encouraged him to use adversity as a positive catalyst for growth and opportunity, resulting in such amazing adventures, honors, and accomplishments.

Randy Pierce climbing a snow covered mountain with his guide dog

Accomplishments & Accolades

  • Earning his second-degree Karate black belt
  • Historic hiking accomplishments around the world from New Hampshire’s White Mountains to the Andes in Peru to the summit of Kilimanjaro in Africa
  • Winning two national marathon championships
  • Running an ever-growing number of marathons in several states and several ultra-marathons
  • Completing several Tough Mudder events
  • Being inducted as a fan into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio
  • Co-authoring his first book “See You At The Summit” in 2018 with wife Tracy
  • Receiving his Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters from the University of New Hampshire in May of 2021
  • Delivering hundreds of live motivational presentations to over 100,000 school students and hundreds of organizations
Randy Pierce sitting on grass with his guide dog, Swirl

Noteworthy Recognition

A New Hampshire native, Randy earned his BSEE from the University of New Hampshire in 1988 and enjoyed a successful career at Digital Equipment Corporation as a hardware design engineer. But as his progression toward total blindness moved forward, Randy transitioned in 1994 from engineering to a variety of volunteer projects such as tutoring and martial arts instruction, which allowed him to develop and hone his teaching and presentation skills.

Fast forward to today, Randy is the President and CEO of Future In Sight formerly known as the New Hampshire Association for the Blind. Previously, Randy was the founder and ten-year President of 2020 Vision Quest, and a past president of the Hudson NH Lions Club. A few of Randy’s accomplishments include:

  • Randy received a Spirit of New Hampshire Volunteer Service Award in 2017.
  • In 2016, he received the Jo Adcock Service Award from Future in Sight.
  • The University of New Hampshire’s Alumni Association named alumnus Randy as the 2015 winner of its Award of Excellence for Outstanding Service.
  • Toastmasters International named Randy a winner of its 2015 Communication and Leadership Award.
  • New Hampshire Magazine included Randy in its 2014 “It List” of significant leaders in the state.
  • Randy and Quinn were also featured in the February 2014 airing of an NHPTV episode with host Willem Lange titled “Hiking in the Dark,” which won a Boston/New England Emmy for Outstanding Magazine Program/Special.
  • Randy’s short story about the life of his dog guide Quinn was published in 2014. · In 2018 he released his first book—co-authored with wife Tracy— See You at the Summit: My Blind Journey from the Depths of Loss to the Heights of Achievement.

Randy delivers riveting, positive, and powerful messages that help organizations lead members to their very own versions of “reaching their peak potential.” He has delivered keynotes and motivational presentations to dozens of corporations, including:

  • Google
  • Johnson & Johnson (DePuy Synthes division)
  • Microsoft

Videos and Media

A two-time TED Talk presenter (video links below), he has also spoken at many colleges and universities such as M.I.T., Boston University and the University of New Hampshire, including a handful of commencement addresses.

Randy has also appeared on local and national radio shows, including NPR, and on multiple national television shows—most notably Rosie O’Donnell, Jimmy Kimmel Live, and The Best Damn Sports Show Period.

Presentation Materials

In order to give you best access to materials supporting our presentation at your event, we include links to several files below. A strongly recommended, brief speaker-introduction script is offered in Word and PDF format for presenting Randy to your event audience. Listed next are two versions of an Eye Doctor Presentation, one with AV and one for print without AV. A sample presentation ("Reaching Our Peak Potential"). A full-page bio of Randy–best for use in printed programs, or an advance invitation, in Word format. (These bios are not recommended for use in verbally introducing Randy.) Multiple photographs; one of Randy presenting, the other of Randy and his guide dog Swirl, which can be downloaded and used at your convenience for our event. Finally, two videos; 4 Feet Down Video Clip and a video from a Tough Mudder. Additional materials may be provided upon request or during the development of your specific event details.

Scheduling a Presentation

Booking a presentation is as easy as sending an email to [email protected] or calling him at 603-546-8542. Randy customizes all of his presentations to best meet your event objectives, including managing, when necessary, all the virtual aspects. Travel expenses may also be requested when distance warrants it. Typical presentations utilize an hour and can be adjusted as necessary for your event. An optional powerful A/V inclusion enhances the experience.

*Randy donates his speaking fees to Future In Sight*


Janine T. – The Richards Group

“It is my absolute pleasure to recommend Randy Pierce as the Keynote Speaker for your next event! Randy recently attended United Benefit Advisors NE/Metro Regional conference where he gave the opening, keynote speaker presentation on “Reaching Our Peak Potential”. Randy’s presentation, personal story, and overall persona, truly captivates his audience.

Regardless of industry, tenure, age, etc., Randy’s message is relevant to all. From experience, I can attest that his message resonates to your core and sticks with you for years to come.

Randy is easy to work with, down to earth, and made the whole booking process so easy. He strives to make the best experience for all involved. You and your audience will not be disappointed!”

Timothy M. – Softbank Robotics America

“It is my pleasure to recommend Randy Pierces as a speaker for your next event. I have had the opportunity to witness Randy speak on multiple occasions, and I am always amazed at his ability to keep an audience engaged and relate his personal journey to theirs regardless of his audience. Randy’s professionalism is of the highest caliber as he always provides fast responses to inquiries, adequately prepares event organizers for his presentation, and works with you to tailor the message to the audience.

Even in the face of technical difficulties that limit his ability to present, Randy is able to rapidly adapt to the environment and provide a compelling story to resonate with our students and I would be happy to have Randy back again to tell his story to a new back of students in the future.”

Dorothy F. – Henry W. Moore School

“I wanted to reach out to let you know that our entire school community was deeply moved by your presentations yesterday at the Moore School. From all of us here at HMS, we wanted to say THANK YOU again for coming to our school and sharing your experiences and message with us.”

Parent – Henry W. Moore School

“I wanted to send you some feedback on today’s assembly and thank you for having Dr. Pierce come to the school.  [Redacted] was really impressed by Dr. Pierce’s life experience.  He said the biggest take away for him was not to say, “I can’t do this” but to ask, ”how CAN I do this?”  It opened up such a nice conversation for us.   My mother lost her sight at the age of nine, and in our family we often take for granted that she is independent, raised a family, and was the first in her family to go to college. We don’t often explicitly talk about how inspiring those achievements are.  It was lovely to see [Redacted] light up and share his perspective on overcoming challenges and pushing yourself to achieve. Thank you again, we truly appreciate these thoughtfully chosen opportunities!”

Julie L. – Cognition Financial

“Your Keynote Session was the perfect way to kick off our conference. Your session was all at once engaging, emotional and empowering! You provided our members with some thought-provoking tools on how to handle challenges and to work better as a team. The feedback has been phenomenal. Best wishes to you as you continue on this new-ish journey with Future In Sight and in your new home!”

Kate C. – COS Coordinator

“Recently, Randy was the keynote for the President’s Celebration that took place during the Canadian Ophthalmological Society’s Annual Meeting and Exhibition (June 24-27, 2021). His energy and passion were beyond impressive. His message was relatable, and his humour impeccable. He was the perfect choice for a keynote speaker during the learning sessions for our delegates. From the outset his positivity, focus and professionalism did not go unnoticed. I, as well as our attendees, left his presentation feeling energized and invigorated. We have already received a tremendous amount of positive feedback on Randy’s keynote presentation, many who would also recommend him. For me personally, he was the bright light I needed during the difficult days of COVID isolation and as I navigate the personal grief of losing my son in January.”

Lynne Walsh – Massachusetts Society for Medical Research

“Randy gave the Keynote address for the Massachusetts Society for Medical Research Enrichment Symposium, in May 2021. The event was 100% virtual. Randy’s ability to connect with the audience and connect with them was truly inspiring. His message on how to find positivity in the face of adversity and challenges really resonated with the attendees who certainly experienced this during the COVID-19 pandemic. Randy’s talk was emotional, uplifting and engaging, and I would highly recommend him as a speaker to bring motivation, engagement and genuine connection with your audience.”

Kate Connally – New York Alliance for Inclusion & Innovation

“In September 2020, Randy Pierce gave a keynote presentation to participants of the New York Alliance for Inclusion & Innovation Direct Support Professional (DSP) Celebration event. Randy was inspiring, engaging, uplifting, incredibly motivating and any other positive word you can think of! Participants shared that it was one of the best keynote presentations they’ve heard. If you are looking for a presentation to kick-off your event or tie it all together in the most positive and uplifting way possible, Randy is the person to do that.”

Steve Condon – The Allied Group

“I have had the opportunity to hear Randy Pierce speak a couple of times – different venues but both were outstanding presentations! I heard Randy speak at the NESHMM event in October 2019, where he captured the attention of almost 200 health care professionals. I was in the audience at this event and was so impressed that I asked Randy to speak at our recent annual sales kickoff meeting, held virtually for a smaller group of 30. Randy completely captures his audience with his comments about resiliency, goal setting, and self-evaluation. Combine that with a powerful video and slide presentation and all I saw was an engaged audience for the entire time! Because of the pandemic, our kickoff meeting was held virtually for the first time – but hearing Randy over Zoom did not diminish any of his effectiveness! Many of our team members reached out immediately to state how they were riveted by his story – and to say he was one of the better speakers we have had at this annual meeting. Do your organization (and yourself!) a favor and have Randy at your next event!”

Christabel Sheridan – Microsoft Corp.

“Randy did a presentation to several of Microsoft’s Employee Resource Groups (ERGs). His presentation and its message resonated with the audience and left a deep, positive impression on everyone. His story is inspiring and the way he presents it is very authentic and approachable. We are looking forward to having him present to more groups at Microsoft.”

Kim Parent – Head of North American Sales, Millipore Sigma

“A couple of months ago I reached out to Randy about doing a motivational speech for my sales team. I was looking for something that spoke to resilience and overcoming obstacles and challenges. We are in the middle of the pandemic, and everyone is experiencing challenges both at work and in our home lives. I suspected Randy would be both motivating and inspiring, providing perspective while challenging us to reach our peak potential. We tuned in for his virtual talk at the end of our first virtual employee engagement day, on a Friday afternoon. I could not be more pleased with Randy’s talk and how incredibly powerful it was. The accolades from our commercial teams were tremendous and he touched every one of us in a truly meaningful way. Randy will be remembered in our organization for a very long time, and his messages are now being incorporated into our culture and purpose. I highly recommend Randy as a speaker to anyone. We can all learn a great deal from his incredible life stories and his unstoppable spirit.”