In becoming a healthcare executive, Tim's path towards corporate leadership has been a strange one to say the least. He began his career as an actor and clown. He then became an emergency nurse, and now works as a leader in a large health system. He has has worked in 24 countries outside of the U.S. He's run 69 marathons, including a handful of ultras and a 100-mile run for fun and fundraising. Plus, he has a deep affinity for rubber chickens. Tim's global experiences have exposed him to both extreme suffering and profound resilience. His presentations and workshops pull from an array of experiences that hone in on the core human tenets of well-being and creativity.
From keynotes to commencement remarks, from workshops to lectures, Tim’s work is interactive and unique.
As a nurse, Tim Cunningham knows what it is and how it feels to care for fellow human beings in crisis. He is also a master storyteller, and the stories he tells take us inside some of the most challenging circumstances people face—life-threatening disease, loss, and hopelessness. Yet his presentations are energizing and deeply joyful, for Tim lives and radiates the compassion, hope, and resilience he describes in his tales.
Marcia Day Childress / Director, Programs in Humanities/ Center for Biomedical Ethics and Humanities/ University of Virginia