Diana Nyad
Event Speaker

Diana Nyad

World Champion Athlete, World-Renowned Inspirational Speaker, and Author

25 million people worldwide rooted for Diana Nyad as she reached the Florida shore, at long last achieving her 35-year-old quest of becoming the first person to swim from Cuba to Florida.

Speaking the words “Never Ever Give Up” to the wildly cheering crowd on a Key West beach on September 2, 2013, Diana demonstrated to the world the power of the human spirit.
Diana’s amazing record: 110.86 miles in 52 hours, 54 minutes, 18 seconds.

A prominent sports journalist, filing more than thirty years for National Public Radio, The New York Times and others, Diana has earned her place as a compelling storyteller. Her memoir, “Find a Way” has earned worldwide praise. Her groundbreaking OpEd piece for The New York Times on her childhood sexual abuse drew a passionate response from around the world.

Diana has now fulfilled another lifelong dream, bringing her performance of her play “The Swimmer” to the storied off-Broadway Minetta Lane Theater. The show played to sold-out crowds September 2019.

Diana’s best friend and Cuba Swim expedition leader Bonnie Stoll have further collaborated with their nationwide walking initiative EverWalk, sparking America to become a nation of walkers. And EverWalk in turn has recently launched yet another initiative, OceansCommit, hosting walks along our shorelines, asking individuals and businesses to reduce single-use plastic.

Diana has been inducted into the International Women’s Sports Hall of Fame and the International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame, among other Halls of Fame and awards of distinction.

President Obama invited Diana to congratulate her in the Oval Office and then asked her to accompany him on his peace visit to Havana in 2014. Oprah Winfrey chose Diana’s interview for her SuperSoul Sunday broadcast to be the first to extend to two hours.

Diana has written four books and speaks three foreign languages fluently.
“NYAD” a feature film of Diana’s remarkable achievement, will star Annette Bening in the role of Diana and opens in theaters on October 20 and streams on Netflix starting November 3.


Awards Luncheon

Presented by Diana Nyad at 11:45 AM on Tuesday, October 17th.

Awards Program & Speaker, Diana Nyad, World Champion Athlete Awards Program includes New College of Fellows Inductees, 2023 Scholarship Winners, Young Professional of the Year Awards, Community Service Awards, Coalitions Distinguished Service Award and Chair Emeritus Award.   Never, Ever Give Up Diana Nyad, World Champion Athlete, World-Renowned Inspirational Speaker, and Author At age 60,…