Other Program Opportunities

  • Boston Bombing Survivor Speaker Event

    Heather Abbott

    Boston Marathon Bombing Survivor and Amputee

    Speaking on

    Disability in the Workplace and Overcoming Adversity

    How Trauma Shaped One HR Executive’s Business Practices

    Wednesday, November 7th, 2018 7:00PM McHugh Hall (Laurel) 101


    On April 15, 2013, what is referred to as Marathon Monday in Boston, Heather Abbott of Newport, RI set out on an annual tradition with six friends. They would attend the Red Sox game, followed by a walk over to the finish line to watch the runners. Abbott would never have dreamed this day would change her life forever.

    Abbott was struck by shrapnel from the second of the two bombs, severely injuring her left foot and after three surgeries in four days, Abbott was faced with an agonizing decision – should she try and save her left foot or amputate her leg below the knee. With the help of other amputees, and the support from thousands around the country, Abbott made the difficult decision, at the age of 38, to live her life as an amputee.

    Abbott has remained a model of strength and resilience and is determined to help other victims of limb loss. She is a certified Peer Counselor for the American Amputee Coalition and is helping other amputees adjust to their “new normal,” as others helped her through starting her Heather Abbott Foundation.

    Join the Leadership Legacy Experience to learn more about Heather’s story and experiences on Wednesday, November 7th, 2018 at 7pm in McHugh Hall (formerly known as Laurel) 101.

    Admission to this event is free.  All members of the community are welcome to attend. 

    For more information, contact: Kayla Brown at student4876@ad.uconn.edu

If you have any questions, please contact Economics Advising Office at 860-486-3022.