Why You Do What You Do: One Afghan War Hero’s Inspiring Story

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Explosive ordinance disposal specialists – EODs – never follow. They lead.

As preeminent tactical and technical explosives experts, EODs are the first to put themselves in harm’s way to dispose of unexploded ordinance, including improvised explosive devices (IEDs).

On May 3, 2012, Taylor Morris, a former Navy EOD specialist and native of Cedar Falls, Iowa, was leading a team of Army special forces in Afghanistan when he stepped on an IED. It exploded, blowing off his legs, left arm, and right hand.

Three days later, Taylor returned to the U.S. to begin a long, painful rehab at Walter Reed Hospital in Washington, D.C.

Amazingly, just three months later – Aug. 30, 2012 – Morris returned to his Iowa home. He’s the fifth person ever to survive a four-limb amputation at Walter Reed.

We at VGM are honored to have Morris as one of our guest speakers during a Big Idea session at this year’s Heartland Conference. The conference runs June 12-15 in Waterloo, Iowa.

Morris is scheduled to co-host a field trip for attendees to Cedar Valley Makers, a local makers space, on Wednesday, June 13.

“The Big Ideas track at Heartland is about personal and professional development, as well as gaining new perspectives to help your business grow,” said Nikki Jensen, membership director for Essentially Women and an organizer of the Big Ideas track. “Recognizing that innovation doesn’t always happen within the confines of an office, we’re excited to offer a ‘field trip’ this year as one of our sessions. We’ll be touring Cedar Valley Makers, which exists to inspire creativity, teamwork, and development.” 

For a complete list of all Heartland educational sessions, including Big Ideas, please click here.

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Heartland Conference is a one-of-a-kind learning experience at an all-inclusive price of $425 per attendee, unless, of course, you sign up three or more people, then the price drops to $375 per attendee. We’ll even GUARANTEE you’ll be 100 percent satisfied with your experience, or we will refund your registration fee.

For all the details about this year’s conference, including pricing and registration, please visit the Heartland Conference 2017 website. And, please check back to this blog post each week through June 7 as we take a closer look at Heartland Conference 2017.

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