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The Courage To Go Forward

The Power of Micro Communities By: David Cordani and Dick Traum

In The Courage to Go Forward

authors David Cordani and Dick Traum argue that as individuals and as a society, we need reframe what we know about goal-setting and achieving what we never thought possible.

Time and again, David and Dick have seen firsthand the powerful role that small, mobilized communities of like-minded people (or “micro communities”) can play in helping people achieve significant goals or overcome obstacles, physical or otherwise – in a way they couldn’t on their own.

With provocative storytelling and insights, the authors provide numerous examples of micro communities in action. Through these stories and insights, The Courage to Go Forward offers each of us a recipe for success, inspiring us to pursue our own journeys to reach our greatest potential.

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Profiles In Courage

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Hand cyclists start at the 2019 Marine Corps Marathon.

Achilles Freedom Team athlete Cedric King crosses the finish line of the 2019 Marine Corps Marathon with guides David Cordani and Brian Evanko.

Achilles Freedom Team athlete Cedric King high fives veterans after crossing the finish line the 2019 Marine Corps Marathon with guide David Cordani.

Achilles Freedom Team athlete Stefan LeRoy crosses the finish line of the 2019 Marine Corps Marathon.

The Authors

David Cordani

President and CEO, Cigna

At age 42, David Cordani became president and CEO of Cigna, a global health service company. He is a prominent voice addressing key health challenges, such as empowering individuals to manage their health, innovating new value-based models of care, and partnering with physicians to focus on integrated care and improved clinical quality. David earned a bachelor’s degree from Texas A&M, and an MBA from the University of Hartford. David is also an accomplished athlete, having completed more than 125 triathlons. He has devoted countless hours to serving as a running guide for wounded veterans through his involvement with Achilles International.

Dick Traum

Founder, Achilles International

After losing his leg at age 24, Dick Traum became the first runner to complete a marathon with a prosthetic leg, when he crossed the finish line at the 1976 New York City Marathon. Subsequently in 1983, he founded Achilles International, whose mission is to enable people with all types of disabilities to participate in mainstream running events. Today, Achilles has over 110 chapters in 41 countries. Dick has a BS, MBA and Ph.D. from the Stern School of Business, New York University.

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