- First person to successfully complete the 110-mile swim from Cuba to Florida without the protection of a shark cage
- Achieved the "Xtreme Dream," at age 64, 30 years after she had failed to finish the same route
- Author of the 2015 memoir Find a Way
- Reported for a number of programs and publications, including NPR, ABC's Wide World of Sports, Fox Sports, New York Times and Newsweek
- Inducted into the International Women's Sports Hall of Fame
Record-Breaking Endurance Athlete & Sports Journalist
Diana Nyad is a journalist, author, motivational speaker, and accomplished long-distance swimmer who, at the age of 64, successfully fulfilled her lifelong dream of completing the 110-mile swim from Cuba to Florida, the first person to do so without a shark cage.
Nyad has been featured on and contributed to a number of sports/news radio and television programs as well as published several books and editorials in major outlets.
Nyad has never been one to quit. In July of 2010, at the age of 60, she began her "Xtreme Dream" quest of swimming from Cuba to Florida, a task she had failed to finish thirty years previously. When asked her motivation, she replied, "Because I'd like to prove to the other 60-year-olds that it is never too late to start your dreams." Nyad was unsuccessful in her quest in 2010 and tried two more times in 2011 and 2012 before completing the historic swim on September 2, 2013 on her fifth and final attempt.
Upon completing her grueling 53-hour journey, a breathless Nyad told the world, "I have three messages. One is we should never ever give up. Two is you are never too old to chase your dreams. And three is it looks like a solitary sport, but it takes a team."
Back in the 1970s, Nyad was the greatest long-distance swimmer in the world. Her world records, such as circling Manhattan and crossing the 102.5 miles between the Bahamas and Florida, have led to inductions to many Halls of Fame, including the International Women's Sports Hall of Fame.
Nyad became a prominent sports broadcaster, filing compelling reports for ABC's "Wide World of Sports," Fox Sports, and others. Nyad formerly hosted the public radio program "The Savvy Traveler." She was a long-time contributor to NPR’s "All Things Considered," as well as the “business of sport” commentator for American Public Media's radio program Marketplace. She was also a regular contributor to the CBS News television show "Sunday Morning."
Nyad has authored four books as well as written for The New York Times, NPR's All Things Considered, Newsweek magazine, among other publications. Nyad has also earned the reputation of a uniquely passionate and entertaining public speaker, earning standing ovations with a broad spectrum of audiences.
In her 2015 memoir, "Find a Way," Nyad engages us with a unique, passionate story of this heroic adventure and the extraordinary life experiences that have served to carve her unwavering spirit. She recently debuted the one-woman show, "Onward! The Diana Nyad Story," in Los Angeles and Key West. Directed and adapted by Joshua Ravetch, who helped shape Carrie Fisher's show "Wishful Drinking," Nyad’s "Onward!" has received praise among the theater community.
Diana was amazing! Seriously, such an incredible story, everyone I talked to afterwards said it was very inspiring.
In short, the event went great. Diana was amazingly warm, open, and courageous in the way that she shared her personal story. All that she shared resonated quite well with the group. We were grateful to have her there with us and I believe she set the stage very well for the extended conversation around Inspirational Leadership. Also, many thanks to you and the team for helping us organize. The entire team was wonderful to work with.
Huge standing ovation when she walked onto the stage! Diana was warm, engaging and so darn funny! The audience loved her, and she had them in the palm of her hand every step of the way.
Diana was fantastic! She was amazing throughout our event and gave 100% of herself to us! She blew us all away and was incredibly inspirational, as I knew she would be! Even my kids who are 10 and 12 and their friends have been talking about her since she left! So thank you for making it all happen for us.
Sun Valley Institute
I literally went through a roller coaster of emotions listening to her speak. In my opinion, she is the most inspirational speaker I've ever listened to. Also as we all know there are 2 parts to a speech, content and delivery. She nailed both!
Bank of America
AMAZING! The best commencement address ever. The girls loved her, the parents loved her - it could not have been better. She came early and lingered afterward. Just incredibly generous of spirit. Thank you for making it possible for Diana to speak at Archer and for making Saturday's ceremony, by everyone's account, Archer's most memorable graduation.
The Archer School for Girls
She was tremendous and such a pleasure. We will be gathering feedback from the attendees soon and I suspect she will be a top 3 favorite of a packed agenda including Arianna Huffington and SerenaWilliams!
Diana was fantastic – everyone was truly captivated and inspired by her extraordinary story. She was a delight to work with.
Alliance Consumer Growth
Your deeply personal and inspiring story of determination and tenacity in the face of disappointment touched us all. I’m also grateful for your warmth and generosity during the meet and greet with our members. Thank you again for your message to “find your way”—you dared each of us to learn from setbacks to realize our true potential.
Network of Executive Women
Diana touched everyone in the audience. She was magnificent in every way. She was polished, humorous, inspiring, motivational and I think everyone would have listened to her for another 2 hours - she was that captivating. You could hear a pin drop and everyone was on the edge of their seats. I am beyond impressed.
EXIT Reality Corp. International
Everything went so well! Diana was a major hit and all in our audience were raving about her.
Dental Support Organization
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