Bonnie St. John
Olympic Medal Winning Athlete and Best-Selling Author
Harnessing Your Inner Strength to Achieve Success
Hailed as “one of the five most inspiring women in America” by NBC Nightly News, Bonnie St. John challenges audiences to question their own limitations and shows them how to re-energize their lives to achieve peak performance.
Bonnie St. John is the first African-American to win medals in Winter Paralympic competition as a ski racer. In the 1984 Winter Paralympics in Innsbruck, Austria, St. John won a bronze medal in the slalom, a bronze medal in the giant slalom, and was awarded a silver medal for overall performance thereby earning her the distinction of being the second fastest woman in the world on one leg in that year. At the 2002 Paralympics in Salt Lake City, Utah, St. John was asked to speak during the opening ceremonies.
St. John had her right leg amputated above the knee when she was 5 years old. Despite this challenge, she went on to excel. She graduated magna cum laude from Harvard University in 1986, was awarded a Rhodes Scholarship. St. John also worked in the White House during the Clinton administration as a Director for the National Economic Council. St. John has written and published six books including a #1 best seller, How Great Women Lead.
In February 2007, St. John was honored at the White House by President George W. Bush who said: "[Bonnie St. John] is the kind of person that you really want to be around, and the kind of person that shows that individual courage matters in life."
She has been featured extensively in local, national, and international media, including: the New York Times, People Magazine, the Today Show, and CNN.