TEDx Virginia Tech presents

Spark

at the Moss Arts Center

Justin Graves

Justin Graves

Speaker 2012, Steering Committee 2013, 2014

Graduate Student, Educational Leadership & Policy Studies
Fellow, Kairos Society International Entrepreneurial Fellowship
Graduate Assistant, Student Centers and Activities

What illuminates your life?

The individual, unique stories of other people illuminate my life. I thrive on the knowledge and energy that I get from other people. For me, sitting behind a computer for hours is doable but tiring - and I'd much rather be in a busy room, connecting with as many people as I possibly can. My life is illuminated by the spirit of others.

Justin Graves

Justin Graves has a personal goal of meeting one new person everyday. And he doesn’t want to just meet that person just to know them – he wants to connect with them. Through his outgoing persona and his unique motto of “life is all about what you do for other people,” Justin has blazed his own trail at Virginia Tech even though he uses a wheelchair to ambulate. Not letting the affects of a rare spinal inflammation stop him, Justin graduated from Virginia Tech (’12) with a B.S. in Sociology, and will graduate again this May with a M.A. Ed. in Education, Leadership, and Policy, with a focus in higher education.

Justin is a frequent motivational speaker, having traveled the country to tell his engaging, unique stories with thousands of every age. He believes in TED’s mission of “Ideas Worth Spreading” because there is immense value added to each of our live’s through the thoughts, experiences, and stories of others.

Learn more about Justin at www.hesonwheels.com and @hesonwheels.

What illuminates your life?

The individual, unique stories of other people illuminate my life. I thrive on the knowledge and energy that I get from other people. For me, sitting behind a computer for hours is doable but tiring - and I'd much rather be in a busy room, connecting with as many people as I possibly can. My life is illuminated by the spirit of others.

Justin Graves

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