Janine Shepherd

Champion Cross Country Skier Who's World Changed in an Instant

Motivating Audiences to Overcome Adversity

Renowned Change Agent

Janine Shepherd’s story reads like the plot of a Hollywood movie. An Australian national champion skier in training for the upcoming Olympics, she was hit by a truck on a bike ride, suffering multiple life-threatening injuries.

Doctors warned her parents that, even if she lived, Janine would never walk again. After major spinal surgery, and five months immobilized in a hospital bed, Janine came home to heal. She faced a daunting recovery and an uncertain future.

Struggling to rehabilitate with permanent disabilities, Janine rekindled her defiant spirit in a dramatically improbable way. Seeing a small plane fly overhead one day, she declared, “That’s it! If I can’t walk, I’ll fly!”

Janine went on to succeed not only as a commercial pilot and flight instructor but also to attain her University degree, raise three children and author a best-selling book, “Never Tell Me Never.” Her memoir was subsequently made into a feature length film of the same title.

Today, Janine Shepherd is an internationally renowned speaker whose inspiring TED talk, “A Broken Body Isn’t a Broken Person.” has garnered over 1.5 million views.  She’s been featured on “60 Minutes”, “This is Your Life”, and CNN's "Turning Points", with Dr Sanjay Gupta. She is an ambassador for Spinal Cure Australia and Red Bull, "Wings for Life." 

Janine has been recognised with her country’s highest civilian honor, The Order of Australia, for her service to the community, her inspiration, and her work in raising awareness of spinal cord research. 

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  • Speaking Topics:

    Attitude, Change, Inspiration, Motivation, Overcoming Adversity, Personal Growth

  • Travels From:

    California

  • Price:

    $10,000 - $15,000

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Janine Shepherd Keynote Speaker Reel 2017

CNN Turning Points 10th October 2016

Janine Shepherd: A broken body isn't a broken person

Janine Shepherd’s story reads like the plot of a Hollywood movie. An Australian national champion skier in training for the upcoming Olympics, she was hit by a truck on a bike ride, suffering multiple life-threatening injuries.

Doctors warned her parents that, even if she lived, Janine would never walk again. After major spinal surgery, and five months immobilized in a hospital bed, Janine came home to heal. She faced a daunting recovery and an uncertain future.

Struggling to rehabilitate with permanent disabilities, Janine rekindled her defiant spirit in a dramatically improbable way. Seeing a small plane fly overhead one day, she declared, “That’s it! If I can’t walk, I’ll fly!”

Janine went on to succeed not only as a commercial pilot and flight instructor but also to attain her University degree, raise three children and author a best-selling book, “Never Tell Me Never.” Her memoir was subsequently made into a feature length film of the same title.

Today, Janine Shepherd is an internationally renowned speaker whose inspiring TED talk, “A Broken Body Isn’t a Broken Person.” has garnered over 1.5 million views.  She’s been featured on “60 Minutes”, “This is Your Life”, and CNN's "Turning Points", with Dr Sanjay Gupta. She is an ambassador for Spinal Cure Australia and Red Bull, "Wings for Life." 

Janine has been recognised with her country’s highest civilian honor, The Order of Australia, for her service to the community, her inspiration, and her work in raising awareness of spinal cord research. 

To book speaker Janine Shepherd call Executive Speakers Bureau at 901-754-9404.

“AMAZING…” “INSPIRATIONAL…” “REMARKABLE…”

These are just some of the words used to describe Janine’s presentation and why she is consistently voted the ‘best ever’ speaker conferences have ever had.

When she speaks, Janine Shepherd takes us on an amazing journey. A journey on a road with so many twists and turns, so many deep valleys and steep hills that it mirrors the road we travel in own lives every single day.

This is a story that takes us from the pinnacle of elite athletics competition to the pain and fear of being wheelchair-bound and facing the shattering reality of life-threatening and permanent injury; from the exhilaration of flight to the struggle of taking one difficult step at a time on a long road to recovery which continues to this day.

Too often something that is meant to inspire and motivate leaves us feeling that little bit inadequate; there is initial buzz, then reality envelops us and we go on, unchanged.

Janine had a point of difference. She leaves her audience not only awed, humbled, and uplifted, but causes them to think deeply about the way they live their own lives.

Through powerful and emotive storytelling, Janine provides the tools which connect to her 5 pillars of well-being, Passion, Purpose, Perseverance, Play and Presence. We are then able to harness our energy, take bold action, and transform whatever challenges we currently face into outstanding growth and change. 

From the classroom to the kitchen to the boardroom, there is something for everyone in Janine’s message of hope. She believes such boundaries are in fact artificial; that all is one – what we incorporate into our personal life when we transform dreams into reality cannot help but influence our work, our relationships and our reality.

Janine is real. She is funny, interesting and inspirational. She laughs at herself, she helps us see the humour and beauty of every situation, even the hardest, most painful, and difficult we have to face.

She teaches us to love the hills, for they are how we learn to fly. 

BAXTER HEALTHCARE

If you hadn’t guessed from the standing ovation, and the fact that most people (including our Managing Director) were reduced to tears of empathy, your triumphant story was more than inspirational. You really do possess a wonderful pay it forward effect. I enjoyed the remainder of the conference being thanked for asking you to speak- when in fact all I did was make a call. Your tenacity, perseverance and strength of spirit are unmatched in anyone I have met before.

A & G

There wasn't one person who wasn't moved, motivated, encouraged, positively influenced or shamed into trying to do their life better. You gave such a powerful, moving presentation of triumph and determination, of focus and fulfillment; it touched the heart of every person there. And the impact you made, coming from your victorious, positive heart was such a powerful and empowering inspiration, the memory of it is lasting still. The true measure of influence.

ABN AMRO

I just wanted to thank you again for your time talking to our team. The feedback was very positive and I’m still hearing phrases from your speech being relayed around the group. Our new theme for our 2000-2002 business plan is that we are “ heading for the hills…” (and not to hide!)

Chopra Center Lead Educator and Dean of Chopra Center University

“Janine is a brilliant story teller who uses her wit, charm, humor, and impeccable timing to engage the audience. She shares her journey in an expansive, inspiring, and universal way that touches every heart in the room and invites each of us to dream…to reach…to grow beyond our preconceived limits. After the standing ovation subsided, we all wanted to run outside and shout our newly empowered mission to the heavens. I wish we could bottle what she offers and flow that elixir throughout the world.”
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