Bonnie St. John

Bonnie St. John is a best-selling author, Fortune 500 leadership consultant, and Paralympic athlete. Despite having her right leg amputated at age five, she became the first African-American ever to win medals in Winter Olympic competition—a silver and two bronze medals in downhill events at the 1984 Paralympics. In recognition of this achievement, Ms. St. John was quoted on millions of Starbucks coffee cups and honored at the White House by President George W. Bush. She is a keynote speaker, television and radio personality, business owner, and facilitator for international summit conferences for senior-level executives. Ms. St. John was appointed by President Clinton as director for human capital issues for the National Economic Council and was a member of President Obama’s delegation to the 2010 Paralympic Winter Games. She is the author of How Great Women Lead: A Mother-Daughter Adventure into the Lives of Women Shaping the World and Micro-Resilience: Minor Shifts for Major Boosts in Focus, Drive, and Energy. Ms. St. John was inducted into the National Association of Women Business Owners Hall of Fame. She graduated magna cum laude from Harvard University and won a Rhodes Scholarship to Oxford University, where she earned a master of letters degree in economics.