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Isa Stenzel Byrnes, LCSW, MPH Bereavement Social Worker, Author, TEDx Speaker

"The audience was blown away by Ray's speech."

"It was the first speech of the conference so he really set the stage ..."

​2017 CFRI Speech link:Lessons from a CF Cornerman

Siri Vaeth Dunn, MSW Programs and Outreach Manager at Cystic Fibrosis Research Institute (CFRI)

"As a coordinator, people have been coming to me all day saying how much they enjoyed the program on Friday. It was phenominal."

2017 CFRI Speech link:Lessons from a CF Cornerman

 2017 CFRI Conf. Kickoff Speech -->

Julie Klensch, M.Ed, RRT Respiratory Care Instructor / Registered RT

"I thought Ray did a great job...he used humor, he came across well, and had a nice presentation to go along with it, incorporated things from his book but didn't really talk about his book, he was talking about the story."

"Some of them are caregivers right now so I think that'll be impactful right away."

If you want me to speak at your event please message me via the contact section for a quotation and to check availability.

Raymond L. Poole is an award winning author, TEDx speaker, and an advocate for the cystic fibrosis community. He discusses his role as his wife's "cornerman" and the humbling life lessons that he drew from the experience. With plenty of wit and no shortage of stories, Ray shares some universal truths from an inspiring yet challenging journey.

Certain lessons in life apply universally and after 15 years of leading large corporate  projects, Ray uses his engineering and business background to discuss lessons that apply in both the hospital room and the boardroom. He is currently working on a follow up book that details this very concept.

University of Cincinnati Speech link: A Patient's Experience - Physical Therapy

Lizanne Mulligan PT, PhD Professor at the University of Cincinnati

"It was a great presentation and I think it really helps our students (and me) to hear about how important it is to consider the whole patient and consider their feelings and not just think about your immediate job was great to hear your experiences and you were really so open..."

Speaking topics:

  • Lessons for Project Leaders
  • Perseverance & Change
  • Perspective & Motivation
  • Patient Experience & Caregiving
  • Cystic Fibrosis Advocacy
  • Custom

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"I do not have cystic fibrosis. I did not spend a lifetime taking pills with every meal or doing breathing treatments and never went into respiratory failure requiring a double lung transplant. My wife Rebecca did. My job is to be in her corner."

<-- 2017 CFF Wisconsin Gala Speech

Laura Morgan Development Director at the Cincinnati CF Foundation

"It was so quiet in the room that you could hear a pin drop because people were just engaged and listening and he really brought his story to life."

"We hear these types of presentations at almost all of our events...everyone came up to me after the event and said 'Ray was amazing, he did a wonderful job!'"

Kelly Salentine Executive Director at the Wisconsin CF Foundation

"I thought the speech was really uplifting, it was honest..."

​"I think that the audience reacted to the speech really well."

​"That was really special for us all to see."