Speakers Profile - Janine Shepherd











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Janine Shepherd’s story reads like the plot of a Hollywood movie. An Australian national champion skier in training for the upcoming Olympics, she was hit by a truck on a bike ride, suffering multiple life-threatening injuries.

Doctors warned her parents that, even if she lived, Janine would never walk again. After major spinal surgery, and five months immobilized in a hospital bed, Janine came home to heal. She faced a daunting recovery and an uncertain future.

Struggling to rehabilitate with permanent disabilities, Janine rekindled her defiant spirit in a dramatically improbable way. Seeing a small plane fly overhead one day, she declared, “That’s it! If I can’t walk, I’ll fly!”

Janine went on to succeed not only as a commercial pilot and flight instructor but also to attain her University degree, raise three children and author a bestselling book, “Never Tell Me Never.” Her memoir was subsequently made into a feature-length film of the same title.

Today, Janine Shepherd is an internationally renowned speaker whose inspiring TED talk, “A Broken Body Isn’t a Broken Person” has garnered over 1.5 million views. She’s been featured on “60 Minutes”, “This is Your Life”, and has been recognized with The Order of Australia.