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Whilst Janine tailors each event message to the unique audience, the following themes form the basis.


In Janine’s signature keynote presentation, she shares her lived belief that ‘The Defiant Human Spirit’ is not something we have, it is something we are. It is the essence of our true selves and, when fully employed, is what makes us unstoppable.

Janine is a gifted storyteller who uses her wit, humor, and impeccable timing to engage her audiences. As she shares her journey in the realm of defiance, she will touch every heart in the room and invite listeners to dream and reach beyond their preconceived ideas of what is possible.

This presentation will not only leave audiences inspired, humbled, and motivated, but will also cause them to think at the deepest level about how they live their own lives.

Listeners leave with the conviction to change their attitudes and find the power within to enable them to perform to the best of their abilities.

Key Takeaways:

  • Be inspired and motivated to change your attitude to live to your highest potential.
  • Learn how to lean into the ‘hills’ (Janine’s signature mindset) and transform your greatest fears into courageous action.
  • Identify limiting beliefs and rewrite the story of your life as a positive narrative.

DON’T BOUNCE BACK, BOUNCE FORWARD: How to Reinvent and Repurpose in The Face of Challenge.

Any disaster in life can create challenge in the most profound way. Responding appropriately requires resources and courage that you may not even know you have until you tap into your innate resilience.

It is at times such as these that there is a choice to be made:  Do you sit back trying desperately to make life work using old patterns of thought and beliefs that no longer apply, or do you choose to explore and learn new and more effective ways to approach life?

Janine relies on her personal experience, as well as her extensive study in neuroscience, neuroplasticity and positive psychology, to demonstrate that when tragedies or difficulties cross your path, not only can you bounce back, you can actually reappraise, learn and grow.

The audience leaves with actionable steps toward putting this powerful knowledge into practice—to building an unshakable core.

This program is ideal for corporate audiences, especially companies in industries challenged by competition or unwelcomed changes in the marketplace.

Key Takeaways:

  • Discover the neuroscience of resilience and how to apply these principles in your personal and professional lives.
  • Learn about self-directed neuroplasticity and how to use this to create desired change in your life.
  • Uncover your default mindset- fixed or growth? – and learn simple techniques to help you cultivate a growth mindset.
  • Learn the “Twelve Pillars of Resilience” and how to employ them in managing any challenge in life.

A PATIENT’S JOURNEY: The Care, And Caregivers, That Changed My Life

As a former spinal patient and today still a “walking” paraplegic, Janine has a unique understanding and perspective on injury and trauma—and the roles of the caregivers for those in need. In this talk, most often to health care professionals, Janine shares her personal experience of both being a patient and living with a disability, and the importance of the caregivers in her journey.

Janine has witnessed first-hand the teamwork that has gone into her recovery, from the surgeons who operated on her, to the nursing staff and imaging professionals who cared to her, and the family that supported her. She shares her health and fitness philosophy and the tools she uses to maintain wellness.

Janine’s presentation instils in all those working in the healthcare industry how critical are their roles in caring for patients: they can, and often do, literally change a life.

Key Takeaways:

  • Embracing the art of compassion, for self and others, and how compassion connects us all.
  • Understanding the importance of teamwork.
  • How real healing happens in an environment of genuine and unflinching care.
  • Seeing how shifting from victimhood to responsibility allows a patient to move forward and embrace possibilities in life, putting him or her on the road to meaningful recovery.


There is no question that most women are innately resilient, and Janine’s life is testament to that quality in her.

From the earliest age as an elite athlete, Janine harnessed her resilience to achieve national recognition in multiple sports, as well as forging a career in aviation, where women were then few and far between. It is these skills that equipped her to overcome a near fatal accident, and to thrive as a woman with a disability, turning seemingly insurmountable obstacles into opportunities.

As founder of ‘The School for Resilience’ Janine has identified the 12 pillars of resilience that enabled her to create an extraordinary life.  Janine has a unique perspective into what it takes to make a mark on the world, both as a woman and a person with a disability.

She believes that if we are to fully embrace and develop our potential as women, we must start by recognising and calling on our Defiant Human Spirit, and this keynote delves into the ways in which listeners can readily do so.

Key Takeaways:

  • Learn how each of the 12 pillars of resilience can serve to build for us an unshakable core.
  • Gain an understanding of how we can learn the skill of resilience, and how to pass this on to our children.
  • Recognise our self-worth as women, and especially how this has nothing to do with our bodies.  “I am not my body”
  • Identify limiting beliefs that we have carried since childhood and how we can create an entirely new narrative and using it to “bounce forward.”

WHY WALK WHEN YOU CAN FLY? Attitude Plus Power Equals Performance (Corporate Keynote)

People often ask Janine why she chose flying, to which she replies, “I didn’t choose flying, flying choose me!”

During recovery, when sitting outside in her wheelchair, an aeroplane flew overhead and the seed was planted.  “If I can’t walk, then maybe I’ll fly! Janine exclaimed, unaware at the time of the consequences of this momentous decision.

Flying represents the ultimate freedom, and it was flying, she says, that gave her her life back.  Learning to fly revealed to Janine that her real strength had nothing to do with her body or her athleticism and becoming a commercial pilot and aerobatic flying instructor proved her point.

In flying there is a formula based on physics: Attitude plus Power equals Performance.  This aviation equation, which she argues applies to life as well, is just one of the tools Janine uses in teaching her audience how to navigate challenges in their own lives.

Janine demonstrates how the metaphor of flight allows us to achieve equilibrium in life, both personally and professionally.

Key Takeaways:

  • Attitude plus Power equals Performance: Identifying and managing our attitudes when added to our efforts assures us of reaching our goals.
  • Why do some people in challenge stay stuck, while others learn to soar?
  • Pilots often file flight plans but are vigilant once underway for any changes in weather, performance, or other variables might require course correction.  How do we apply this to our journeys of recovery?
  • The perspective from the air: seeing things in our lives from a reframed vantage, and how that can help us get unstuck.
  • The value of the “go-around,” a manoeuvre taught to pilots helping to gauge how viable an option is.