March 23 - 24, 2022 (Association Meetings Begin Tuesday, March 22) || Caesars Palace Las Vegas


Cedric King

Cedric King

Keynote Speaker | Retired Master Sergeant - United States Army

Entering in 1995, Master Sergeant Cedric King led an exemplary career within the United States Army. Graduating from the Jumpmaster, Pathfinder, and Ranger courses, the Air Assault Course, and a host of others, King was elevated from an infantry private to a distinguished position of leadership within the Elite Rangers. In like manner, King is also the recipient of the Bronze Star, the Purple Heart, the Meritorious Service Medal, and is a four-time Best Ranger Competition competitor. 

On July 25, 2012, while touring in Afghanistan for the second time, King suffered life altering injuries in consequence of an improvised explosive device. With the explosion causing major internal injuries, permanent loss to parts of both his right arm and hand, the amputation of both his legs, king was determined to overcome.

Applying the same can-do mindset, he previously relied upon to succeed as an elite Army Ranger, in conjunction with the love and support of his wife Khieda and daughters Amari and Khayma, King began to rebuild his life.

Just 21 months after the amputation of his legs, King completed the Boston Marathon, in pace with fellow runners, on prosthetic blades. Since then, King has gone on to compete in several physically daunting events, including a 70.3 mile half Ironman Triathlon, the 2014 New York City Marathon, and Disney's 48.6 mile Marathon series. 

While his troops may look different now, Master Sergeant Cedric King continues to lead by example. By sharing his inspirational story with a wide variety of audiences such as schools, churches, the National Football League, and Fortune 500 companies, King now inspires and motivates others to see the possibilities in their own lives.

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IARA Opening Keynote Speaker - Cedric King

March 23, 2022
9:20 AM - 10:20 AM (PT) || -

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