Isaac Lidsky, Author, Entrepreneur and Founder, Hope for Vision

Eyes Wide Open

Saturday, March 24 | 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Sponsored by Daxko 


In his talk, Isaac explains the powerful insight that inspired him to achieve his most ambitious dreams despite losing his sight to a blinding disease: it isn’t external circumstances, but how we perceive and respond to them, that governs our reality. For example, fear can give us tunnel vision—we fill the void of the unknown with our worst imaginings and cling to the familiar. But when we face new challenges, it’s most important for us to recognize the complexity and uncertainty of the situation, and to avoid falling prey to our emotions. 

Isaac’s story is not about sight or blindness, it is about vision. Our perspectives are limited by our past experiences, biases, and emotions. Lidsky explains how to confront paralyzing fears; challenge our assumptions and faulty leaps of logic; silence our inner critic; correct our misconceptions about luck, success and weakness; understand and harness our strength; and live with open hearts and minds. In sharing his hard-won insights, Lidsky shows us how we too can confront life’s trials with initiative, humor, and grace—and an empowering, new vision.

In the words of Inc. Magazine, Isaac Lidsky “may possess the most eclectic resume in business.” From child actor to U.S. Supreme Court clerk to the head of a $150 million construction firm, Lidsky knows a thing or two about living and leading. Perhaps most striking, Lidsky is only 37, and he is blind. Born with a rare degenerative disease of the retina, he gradually lost his sight after age 12. As his bio makes clear, neither his youth nor his blindness has limited him, however.


After selling for $230 million the technology company he started, Lidsky founded Hope for Vision, a non-profit that funds research for cures for blinding diseases. He is a sought-after consultant and speaker for a variety of organizations and events around the world.


Most recently, Lidsky, a Harvard graduate, transformed ODC Construction from a struggling concrete business into a thriving $150 million construction firm. He is also the author of a New York Times best-selling book, Eyes Wide Open: Overcoming Obstacles And Recognizing Opportunities in a World That Can’t See Clearly.

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