Week 2018


Doug Smith

System 438, author, former NHL player

November 22, 2018 | 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

He Shoots, We Score!

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In professional hockey game No. 607, Doug Smith went full speed headfirst into the end boards and shattered the fifth and sixth cervical vertebrae in his neck. Three surgeries later, and at just 29, Doug woke up in an ICU paralyzed from the chest down. No bladder, no bowels, no arms, no legs. For the first time in his life, he was left with nothing but his thoughts.

Today, Doug’s leading work on the impact of emotional trauma is saving lives and changing lives around the world. With an incredible story and a simple approach, his corporate seminar series is transforming leaders and increasing performance across teams and organizations

When we know better, we are bound to do better.

Doug is the author of The Trauma Code and Thriving in Transition. He is an expert on the impact of emotional trauma on performance in the workplace, how to clean it up and how to prevent it.

Chosen second overall in the 1981 NHL draft by the Los Angeles Kings at the age of 18 years, 2 weeks, Doug became the youngest player to play for the Kings when he made the team that fall after successful junior hockey career with the Ottawa 67’s.

Doug Smith