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Janine Shepherd, Speaker

Janine Shepherd

    • Champion Cross Country Skier Who's World Changed in an Instant
    • Motivating Audiences to Overcome Adversity
    • Renowned Change Agent
Fee Range

$10,000 - $15,000

Travels From

Wyoming

The Janine Shepherd Story

The Janine Shepherd Story

Janine Shepherd Keynote Speaker Reel 2017

Janine Shepherd Keynote Speaker Reel 2017

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

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 recognized 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. 

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