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The presentation you’re about to hear starts with the classic hero's journey—but there is so much more to Janine Shepherd’s story.

As national champion skier, she was Australia’s brightest hope for the 1988 Winter Olympics. But a tragic accident not only cut short Janine’s future as an athlete, it nearly ended her life.

After numerous operations and six months confinement in a spinal ward, Janine went home to deal with her new life as a paraplegic.  Her determination and ultimate recovery certainly defied the medical odds against her. But that turned out to be just the beginning of her remarkable comeback.

Janine’s rich life story has been featured as one of the most popular episodes of Australia’s ’60 minutes’, and ‘This is Your Life’. She’s authored seven books, the first of which--Never Tell Me Never--became a feature length film.  Janine’s TED talk has been viewed nearly 2 million times and is ranked as a favorite on TED.com
J a n i n e S h e p h e r d . c o m
Janine now travels the globe presenting her inspirational message based on what she calls “the defiant human spirit.” Her themes of resilience and untapped human potential motivate her audiences to overcome adversity and to tackle life’s challenges.

We are indeed fortunate to have Janine with us here today, to share her extraordinary journey with us, and to encourage us to reclaim our innate spirit of defiance.

Ladies and gentlemen, please welcome Janine Shepherd.

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Janine Shepherd is an inspirational speaker and writer whose books have

become classics in the survivor genre. A champion cross-country skier in

training for the 1988 winter Olympics, Janine’s life changed forever when she

was hit by a truck during a bicycle training ride in the Blue Mountains of

Australia.

Doctors warned her parents that—even if she somehow miraculously survived

her massive injuries—Janine would almost certainly never walk again. After a

risky procedure to rebuild her shattered vertebra, and almost six months flat on

her back in a hospital spinal ward, Janine came home to heal. With the promise

of a career as an elite athlete now gone forever, Janine faced a daunting

recovery and an uncertain future.

Struggling to rehabilitate with permanent disabilities, Janine rekindled her

defiant spirit in a dramatically improbable way. Sitting outside in her wheelchair

one day and watching a small plane fly overhead, she declared, "That's it! If I

can't walk, I'll fly!"

Still encased in a full body cast, Janine had to be lifted into an aircraft for her

introductory flight lesson. But within a year she had defied the odds and

succeeded in gaining her private pilot’s license. Her talent and skill as a pilot

subsequently earned Janine a commercial pilot license and ultimately, her

flying instructor’s rating. She then decided to learn to fly upside down, and

finally, to teach aerobatic flight to other pilots.

Janine went on to succeed not only as a professional pilot but also to attain her

University degree, raise three children and author several best-selling books.

Her remarkable life story ultimately captured the interest of a prominent film

company, which produced the feature length movie, aptly titled Never Tell Me

Never.

In recognition of her service to the community and her tireless efforts in raising

awareness for spinal cord research, Janine was awarded the Order of Australia,

her nation’s highest honor. She is an ambassador for Spinal Cure Australia and

Red Bull’s “Wings for Life” and a contributor to Deepak Chopra’s workshops.

Janine’s story has been featured on 60 Minutes, This is Your Life and CNN's

Turning Points with Dr. Sanjay Gupta. Her inspirational and emotional TEDx talk,

“A Broken Body Isn’t a Broken Person,” has been viewed almost 2 million times.

She was recently named as an "Architect of Change" in Maria Shriver's “Sunday

Paper” Her latest book, “Defiant: A Memoir” was published for worldwide

distribution by SoundsTrue®.

Janine lives in Wyoming, USA but is frequently traveling the globe delivering

keynotes and her inspirational message of “defiance.” For more information,

visit janineshepherd.com. Janine Shepherd’s story is that of the classic hero's

journey. As national-champion skier, Janine was one of Australia’s best hopes

for gold in the Calgary Winter Olympics. But an accident while training cut

short Janine’s future as an athlete, and nearly ended her life. Paralyzed and in

hospital for six months, she defied the medical odds by not only learning to

walk again, but by creating an entirely new life in an improbable career.

Janine’s remarkable life story has been featured on ’60 minutes’, and ‘This is

Your Life’. Her first book, Never Tell Me Never, was made into a feature length

film, and she has since written five other books including her recently-released

memoir entitled, Defiant. Her TED talk, A Broken Body is not a Broken Person,

has been viewed nearly 2 million times and continues to be featured as a

favorite on TED.com.

Janine has been awarded her country’s highest civilian acclaim, the Order of

Australia, in recognition of her service to the community and tireless work to

raise awareness of Spinal Cord injury and research. She was voted one of the

world’s most outstanding and inspirational people by Junior Chamber

International.

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To ensure Janine’s presentation at your event is a success, we require the following:

SETUP

☐LCD projector for PowerPoint Presentation

☐Screen

☐Power source and/or Extension Cord

☐Lavaliere Microphone, Lapel microphone or headset microphone

☐A wireless remote to advance the videos/PowerPoint slides

☐Chair in the middle of the stage

PRESENTATION

Janine will send videos and PowerPoint prior to the event via Hightail, and will also bring

a flash drive with her presentation when she arrives at the venue.

ASSISTANCE

Janine typically travels alone and may require assistance. It is greatly appreciated if a

volunteer could be assigned to assist her during his time. Expectations include:

☐If there are stairs up to the stage, Janine will require help after she is introduced.

☐Assisting Janine with product sales (books). *This entails collecting the appropriate fee,

distributing the product, and providing the attendee with the receipt.

☐Due to the long distances Janine typically travels, she likes to arrive the day before the

event and stay overnight after the event.

☐Depending on the timing of her talk, she usually requires 2-3 nights accommodation.

Questions? E-mail zan@janineshepherd.com.

Assistance

Janine typically travels alone and may require assistance at the venue. It is

greatly appreciated if a volunteer could be assigned to assist her during his

time with you. Expectations of the volunteer include:

If there are stairs up to the stage, Janine will require help after she is

introduced. Assisting Janine with product sales (books). *This entails

collecting the appropriate fee, distributing product, and providing the

attendee with the receipt. Due to the long distances Janine typically

travels, she likes to arrive the day before the event and stay overnight after

the event. This ensures she recovers and gives her very best performance

for the event. Depending on the timing of her talk, she usually requires 2-3

nights accommodation. Have questions? E-mail

zan@janineshepherd.com

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Janine reveals how your greatest obstacles can become your greatest opportunities and shares the tools that have allowed her to transform her dreams into reality. You will leave with a light heart and a conviction that you have the power within and perform to the best of your abilities.

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