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Bonnie St. John

Paralympic Ski Medalist, Fortune 500 Business Consultant, Rhodes Scholar, Former White House Official and Best-Selling Author

Challenging audiences to push through their own limitations and re-energize their lives to achieve peak performance.

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As an amputee, medal-winning Olympic skier, author, Rhodes Scholar, former White House official and successful businesswoman, Bonnie St. John knows a little something about facing challenges. Her remarkable success in the face of physical adversity taught her that the key to winning is not just bouncing back from obstacles, but doing so faster and more efficiently than your competitors. Bonnie’s dynamic messages guide audiences to find their individual paths to higher performance, greater productivity and overall success. Her extensive experience in a variety of industries including energy, healthcare, finance, insurance, food and beverage, chemicals, pharmaceuticals, education, government, aerospace and communications, allows Bonnie to customize each presentation with specific, pertinent tools for positive action along with focused plans for contributing to organization-wide growth and development. Participants leave Bonnie’s spirited presentations with the ultimate competitive advantage: the confidence to challenge their comfort zones…and win.

Bonnie has been featured extensively in the national and international media including Today; CNN; Good Morning America; People, Oprah, and Success magazines; and The New York Times. The best-selling author of seven books, her most recent book, Micro-Resilience: Minor Shifts for Major Boosts in Focus, Drive and Energy, outlines a quick, easy and immediately effective program of tools and techniques to give you a competitive edge in today’s dynamic world of changes and challenges.

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Bonnie St. John’s Speech Topics

  • High Performance Resilience

    How do we continue to tap into new sources of energy for the innovations, insights and initiatives we need to compete as the pace of today’s global workplace continues to accelerate? Bonnie St. John, the highly sought-after business coach and consultant to Fortune 500 companies, addresses these challenges by guiding participants, from the front lines to the C-suites, through a series of practical exercises and techniques that enhance her audience’s capacity to offset the negative effects of stress, increase resilience and play to win. Whether you are looking for a few specific ideas and action steps in a keynote speech or a full day of in-depth, hands-on training, you’ll get a powerful dose of Bonnie’s authentic life experiences along with rigorously tested concepts that will clearly pave the way for breakthrough performance in your organization or company. 


  • Normal is Overrated—Aim Higher!

    Elite international Paralympic athletes are all about achieving excellence when the circumstances are less than ideal—a perfect metaphor for today’s dynamic economic times. Instead of wishing and waiting for things to get back to “normal,” Bonnie expands the dialogue to go beyond traditional thinking. Disabled athletes—including wheelchair basketball players, blind runners and others—never expect things to be “normal.” Bonnie’s story is proof that you can strive for excellence no matter what obstacles are thrown in our way. Hailed as “one of the five most inspiring women in America” by NBC Nightly News, Bonnie St. John uses her unique experience as a one-legged ski champion, Rhodes Scholar and White House official to encourage audiences to aim higher and achieve extraordinary results.

  • Remarks by Bonnie St. John

    Bonnie St. John tailors every presentation to meet her clients’ specific business focus. Before each event, Bonnie interviews select corporate leaders to understand the issues facing each audience. In addition, when it fits within the travel schedule, Bonnie will offer a complimentary keynote speech to a charity or non-profit group selected on behalf of your organization, at no extra cost. 


  • A Journey into the Lives of Great Leaders

    With a fresh and inspiring leadership perspective, Bonnie shares the valuable insights she gained from a two-year journey with her teenage daughter into the lives, and life lessons, of world-renowned leaders including Hillary Clinton, President of Liberia Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, Facebook’s Sheryl Sandberg, the Chairman of Deloitte, a globally influential orchestra conductor, the first woman Thunderbird pilot, and many more. Bonnie builds on her own inspiring story with vivid portraits of the kind of courage, perseverance, and strength that define leadership in today’s society.

  • Video Conferencing with Executive Presence

    As a large portion of the US workforce adjusts to working from home due to restrictions related to COVID-19, Bonnie St. John offers guidance and tips on how to video conference with executive presence. With help from Allen Haines, who worked for many years as a Hollywood producer and branding expert for executives from SONY to IMG, Bonnie St. John provides easy-to-use guidance that can keep your career on track — even from your dining room table!


  • Courageous Humility: Leading with Resilience in These Challenging Times

    In today's world, leaders at all levels are facing unprecedented challenges: a pandemic, protests in the streets, racial discrimination, political tension, and more. Yet, in an increasingly polarized society, many norms of communication have broken down and quarantine restrictions only exacerbate our inability to communicate and address these difficult topics. Corporate leaders cannot afford to stay silent as these world issues impact us at work as well as at home.

    In this “live” virtual, interactive session, Bonnie equips leaders and their teams with fresh, practical tools to help bridge sensitive subjects and situations without blaming, shaming, or silencing various points of view.

    Bonnie will share:

    • Some of her own story, along with poignant moments from discussions she is having right now with people in the US and around the world
    • Why the rules of 'Politically Correct' no longer foster greater understanding and collaboration
    • Six steps to transform uncomfortable situations into opportunities to build relationships
      • Depending on the length and design of the virtual workshop, Bonnie can guide participants through virtual breakout sessions to practice applying these six steps and then lead a discussion about using these techniques with their teams, including how to protect against pitfalls and set up healthy guardrails.
  • Staying Resilient in the Rapidly Changing World of Education

    The phrase “never give up” means something completely different in today’s world of global interdependence and rapidly shifting 21st century technologies. Drawing on her personal experiences and extensive research, Bonnie St. John illustrates examples of useful tips and techniques that professionals in K-12 and Higher Ed can use to adapt their performance when the only thing constant is change. “We need to update Einstein’s famous quote,” Bonnie quips: “In today’s world, insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting the same results!


    As an amputee living in San Diego with no money (or snow!) for training, Bonnie needed to apply extraordinary tenacity and flexibility to become the first African-American to win Olympic medals in ski racing. In every stimulating presentation, Bonnie encourages education professionals to persist and adapt at the same time so they can become virtually unstoppable through the ups and downs of funding changes, new review requirements and scarce resources.

What other organizations say about Bonnie St. John

Bonnie was terrific: smart, articulate and compassionate. It was evident that she researched the company and as a result, truly connected with us. She was a refreshing change – in both approach and style – from traditional and inspirational speakers.

Food

What other organizations say about Bonnie St. John

Bonnie St. John was fantastic! She was very low maintenance to work with throughout the entire process and received a standing ovation. We couldn’t have asked for a better way to end our conference!

Human Resources

What other organizations say about Bonnie St. John

Bonnie St. John was excellent!!! Her presentation was so great that she warranted a standing ovation from our conference attendees.

Insurance

What other organizations say about Bonnie St. John

Bonnie St. John was a huge hit and the response was fantastic. She joined us at the recognition dinner after she spoke and took pictures with each award winner. We’re so glad she could be part of our event.

Telecommunications

What other organizations say about Bonnie St. John

I was very pleased with the evening. Bonnie St. John was terrific and, as always, you and your team did a great job of supporting us.

Travel & Tourism

What other organizations say about Bonnie St. John

Bonnie St. John was fantastic and the feedback has been enthusiastically positive. She really took time to talk with us to understand the theme of the event, who would be attending and what we hoped her message would be – she incorporated all of that and really connected with the audience. A group of students read her book, prior to the event, and she pointed them out during her talk and made a point of meeting them afterwards. Of course the students were thrilled!

Universities & Colleges

What other organizations say about Bonnie St. John

Our attendees loved Bonnie. They were particularly impressed that she networked with them ahead of her presentation. She was definitely one of the best speakers we’ve ever had – we can’t think of a thing we’d change.

Universities & Colleges

What other organizations say about Bonnie St. John

Bonnie St. John, you really changed some lives while you were here. People are still buzzing and asking about books. Your message truly resonated with many and we thank you for being here.

Universities & Colleges

What other organizations say about Bonnie St. John

Bonnie St. John was fantastic! The group was so impressed with her speech. She even made herself available after the conference to meet people, sign autographs and answer questions. It was really wonderful!

Financial Services

What other organizations say about Bonnie St. John

Bonnie St. John was absolutely phenomenal at our meeting! We received only the best feedback about her remarks— and they were perfectly tailored to our members’ needs and interests. She was also such a pleasure to work with and really made the day a breeze for us, as did WSB! You were all fantastic throughout the process, we really can’t thank you enough.

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