Janine Shepherd

Overcoming the impossible.


A Certified Speaking Professional (CSP), Janine has worked around the globe with major corporations on hundreds of custom keynotes and leadership development programs. Clients consistently rate her as the ‘best ever’ speaker and she invariably receives standing ovations.

The story of her journey from gifted athlete to paraplegic and her remarkable recovery-“If I can’t walk, then maybe I can fly!”-consistently engages Janine’s audiences profoundly. Relating her true-life struggles gains listener respect and compassion, and Janine goes on to pass along her insights from this extraordinary journey to captivated listeners.

Janine takes her audiences on a roller-coaster ride of emotional, funny, and inspirational tales-many from her own life as well as borrowing from her intensive studies. Janine’s TEDx talk is so compelling that TED.com made it the talk of the day and it’s been viewed by millions worldwide. Clients consistently rate her presentations as so engaging that they hardly notice the passage of her too-short time on stage.

Janine’s work is science-based and proven, adding validation to her credibility as an educator and speaker. Janine is also willing to go the extra mile for every engagement: meet-greets, visiting local schools or non-profits in the community, book signings, and other interactive engagements that support her clients’ desires.

Laughter, engagement, and even tears aside, Janine’s keynotes conclude with a review of key takeaways that are easily understandable, leaving her audiences with a willingness to incorporate them into their work and home lives.


Talking Points
The Power of the Defiant Human Spirit
Don't Bounce Back, Bounce Forward: How to reinvent and Repurpose in the Face of Challenge
A Patient's Journey: The Care, and Caregivers, That Changed My Life
The Resilient Woman At Work and At Home
Why Walk When you can Fly? Attitude Plus Power Equals Performance (Corporate Keynote)