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“Bonnie reminds you that
individual courage matters in life.”

—President George W. Bush

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“Bonnie was absolutely magnificent. A home run!”

—JP Morgan Chase

Photos of Bonnie on Today’s Show

“Bonnie St. John is one of the 5 most
inspiring women in America”

—NBC News

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“Incredible depth, humor, humility, and
—most importantly—relevance.”


Keynote Speeches

In every speech she makes, Bonnie St. John challenges audiences to question their own limitations. She provides practical, actionable tools and techniques that help re-energize their lives to achieve peak performance. Bonnie tailors each presentation to meet her clients’ specific business focus. Before each appearance, Bonnie interviews select corporate leaders to understand the issues their event is designed to address. 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 the client, at no extra cost.

Bonnie’s most popular topics include:


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 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.


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. Bonnie uses her unique experience as a one-legged ski racing champion, Rhodes Scholar and White House official to encourage audiences to aim higher and achieve extraordinary results.


“Never give up” means something completely different in today’s world of rapidly shifting global markets and ever-changing 21st century technologies than it ever has before. Using her experiences and research to illustrate, Bonnie shares examples of four kinds of perseverance and persistence techniques that lead to a competitive edge in a highly fluid, international business world. As an amputee living in San Diego with no money (or snow!) for training, Bonnie needed to apply extraordinary tenacity to become the first African-American to win Olympic medals in ski racing. The dogged determination she learned led her to further success as a Rhodes Scholar, a sales leader at IBM, a White House economic official during the Clinton Administration, and in her own business as a best-selling author, dynamic corporate coach and inspiring keynote speaker. In every stimulating presentation, Bonnie encourages audiences to persist and adapt at the same time—motivating your team to become virtually unstoppable in their quest for success.


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, Condoleezza Rice, the head of a major Hollywood movie studio, 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.

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