Isaac  Lidsky

Isaac Lidsky

A visionary thought leader, Isaac Lindsky provides life lessons on surmounting fears, avoiding assumptions and responding to circumstances. Blind by the age of 25, he was a child television star, onetime Supreme Court law clerk to Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Sandra Day O'Conner, and now a CEO of a $150 million construction services company. Author of "Eyes Wide Open: Overcoming Obstacles and Recognizing Opportunities in a World That Can't See Clearly," Lindsky’s book is one of the 10 books to read on Leadership in 2017 by the Washington Post.

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"Isaac Lidsky may possess one of the most eclectic resumes in entrepreneurship." Most recently, Lidsky used his gift for logistics to build ODC Construction into one the fastest-growing construction businesses," transforming an unsophisticated $11 million concrete subcontractor that was hemorrhaging money into an industry leading services company - in 5 years." Inc. Magazine, The incredible inspiring Journey of the Blind Entrepreneur, October 1st, 2015.

Over the years, Isaac has been a child television star (he played series regular "Weasel" on NBC's "Saved by the Bell: The New Class," a Supreme Court clerk (for Justices Sandra Day O'Connor and Ruth Bader Ginsburg), and the co-founder of an Internet Startup. The full list of his accomplishments are far longer. Lidsky graduated from Harvard at 19 with an honors degree in mathematics and computer science. He graduated from Harvard Law School magna cum laude. As a US Justice Department lawyer, Lidsky argued more than a dozen appeals in federal court on behalf of the US and never lost a case. He founded a nonprofit organization to fund the development of treatments for blinding diseases and within 5 years grew it to a dozen cities nationwide and more than $5 million. The technology company he founded sold for $230 million.

Lidsky has been recognized for his achievements dozens of times and his leadership is routinely sought after. He is an advisor to a $1+ billion tech "unicorn." He is a member of the Young Presidents' Organization (YPO), the world's premier peer network of chief executives and business leaders, and was tapped to lead the Orlando Chapter and to serve on the Regional Executive Committee for the Southeast US and Caribbean. He was asked to join the Young Entrepreneur Council. He has been appointed to State leadership positions by the Governor of Florida and to a federal position by a US Senator. He sits on the Board of the Florida Hospital For Children. He was named 1 of 4 Temple Bar Scholars by the United Kingdom's Inns of Court and brought to London for a month-long idea exchange with UK Supreme Court Justices and leading barristers. Perhaps most striking, Lidsky is only 37, and he is blind. Born with Retinitis Pigmentosa, a rare degenerative disease of the retina,from age 12 to 25 he slowly lost his sight.

As his bio makes clear, neither his youth nor his blindness has limited him, however. This is true in his professional life and personal life alike. Isaac married Dorothy, the love of his life, in June 2004. In September 2010 she gave birth to their triplets, Lily Louise, Phineas, and Thaddeus - collectively, "The Triskys" - and in December 2015 baby Clementine completed the family. The Lidskys 6 live in Windermere, Florida. Unsurprisingly, Lidsky has been featured in numerous national media, including Forbes, MSNBC, US News & World Reports, 60 Minutes, CNN, Voice of America, Business News Daily, Daily Business Review, Business Insider, Men's Health, People Magazine, the National Law Journal, and the American Bar Association Journal. He is regularly asked by the media to provide his commentary on the construction industry, leadership and/or entrepreneurship. Invariable, his story shines through his commentary, and with his story, great inspiration.

    "We brought more than 700 of our worldwide managing directors together for a week of leadership development. Isaac Lidsky closed the program, teaching us to master our reality by embracing our potential and overcoming our perceived limitations. Our leaders were captivated and inspired by Isaac, and the session ended in a standing ovation... something that doesn't happen too often around here! We would love to host Isaac again soon."

    -Accenture - Talent Research and Innovation

    "It was great to meet you at my team meeting last week. I can't tell you the positive impact that Isaac had on my team! I've had countless numbers of team members say his presentation was the highlight of their week.still getting positive feedback! Thanks again!!"

    -Verizon - Global Learning & Development

    "Thank you, Isaac Lidsky for your powerful message. As leaders, there is nothing more valuable than learning directly from the wisdom of our peers. Your personal story and passion for helping others to live with their eyes wide open is truly inspiring.”

    -McKeel Hagerty Young Presidents’ Organization (YPO) International Chairman 2016-2017

    "Isaac worked with us to develop exactly the program we were looking for, and his presentation was nothing short of life changing.”

    -EJ Dealy Education Chair, Northeast U.S. Region, Young President's Organization