Inspiring People and Organizations


Lou Figueroa
Inspirational Speaker and Train Accident Survivor

Growing up in Southern California before moving to Colorado with his family in 1991, Lou Figueroa was an avid snowboarder and mountain biker who enjoyed the great outdoors.

At the age of 27 while out with a group of friends in the downtown district of Denver, Lou encountered a beverage laced with an unknown substance,  experiencing a rapid onset of intoxication. In a daze, lost and disoriented he walked nearly two miles before he stumbled into the Union Station rail yard. In the early hours of the morning a train was approaching the station when they saw Lou’s body at the last minute. The conductor and the engineer on board believe Lou had been struck fifteen minutes prior to their arrival. The result would be the loss of both legs.

After surviving a week long coma gripping to life, Lou awoke in the hospital on life support and feeding tubes to the realization that his life would never be the same. Since his amputations, Lou has traveled across the globe sharing messages of hope and inspiration to hundreds of audiences including medical associations, chambers of commerce and non profit organizations.

His passion is taking business professionals through the journey of change and transformation. Lou speaks on topics relating to limb loss, pain management, substance abuse, and wellness following traumatic injury.

Today, Lou lives in Los Angeles where he advocates for drink safety and alcohol awareness.

Keynote Presentations / Breakout Sessions

Overcoming Crisis – Surviving A Train Accident

Session Summary – In this keynote presentation Lou shares how tragic events can lead to depression and the inability to cope.  Attendees will hear Lou’s amazing story of survival and his transformation from wheelchair to walking again. This 45 minute presentation highlights Lou’s recovery and has a focus on collaborative care.

Key Learning Objectives

After the presentation participants will be able to:

  • Develop a family framework of support
  • Identify how traumatic events can lead to prescription medication abuse
  • Examine caregiver stress and the difficulties associated with round-the-clock care
  • Summarize the process of disability case management
  • Analyze how physical and occupational therapy are essential for quality of life

Exploring the Many Skills and Talents of Occupational Therapy

Session Summary – In this presentation Lou focuses on his recovery as a client. Attendees will hear how occupational therapy taught him the life skills needed to function in meaningful, everyday environments.

Key Learning Objectives:

After the presentation participants will be able to:

  • Explain how occupational therapy plays a critical role in the rehabilitation process after life-changing trauma
  • Develop a better understanding of occupational therapy’s role with clients who undergone amputation
  • Discuss how meaningful activities are impacted by sudden disability and how occupational therapy can help clients return to activities for daily living
  • Explore occupational therapy’s role in addressing physical, mental and spiritual needs of a client

Pain Management and Prescription Awareness.

Session Summary – In this continuing education seminar Lou explains how pain management and psychological trauma effect a patients mental well being. Attendees will hear a patients perspective of recovery and have an open discussion of the healing process.

Key Learning Objectives

After the seminar participants will be able to:

  • Explore the long term effects of limb loss and amputation
  • Describe the importance of establishing a short and long term treatment plan
  • Discuss ways of treating pain appropriately without the use of heavy narcotics
  • Explain how pain management can lead to depression
  • Implement a health and wellness plan for patients and caregivers

Substance Abuse and The Tipping Points of Addiction

Session Summary – In this presentation Lou discusses how prescription drugs and alcohol abuse brought him to the tipping points of his addiction. Lou shares the struggles of finding the fine line between comfortable and over-medicated. Attendees will learn how to help a family member in need and hear tips to reduce alcohol consumption.

Key Learning Objectives

After the seminar participants will be able to:

  • Comprehend triggers and vices
  • Discuss how traumatic injury leads to substance abuse and self medicating
  • Explore solutions for alcohol abuse and addiction in the workplace
  • Discover the benefits of removing themselves from the element of temptation
  • Recommend helpful alternatives to substance abuse

How to Find Your Reset Button – Lessons for Quality of Life

In this one-hour seminar Lou Figueroa shares the importance of rest, relaxation and wellness. Lou explains his journey of healing through nature.  His travels have taken him worldwide exploring botanical gardens, national parks, and inspirational landscapes. Attendees will learn techniques for coping with stress, anxiety and overcoming fears by removing negative thoughts patterns and creating a healthy balance between life, work and family. Lou teaches executives how to hit the reset button to clear the mental clutter.

Key Learning Objectives

After the presentation, participants will learn how to:

  • Apply basic principles to establish a healthy work-life-balance
  • Recognize opportunities for mental health and wellness in the home and workplace
  • Develop a personal wellness plan for self-care.
  • Identify healthy boundaries between work and life.

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