Women that Wow Us: Bonnie St. John

By Kassandra Murawski on 3/3/2017

How many women can say that they were quoted on a Starbucks cup? Not very many… but Bonnie St. John can! Bonnie St. John had her leg amputated at the young age of five; she easily could have let this situation restrict her lifestyle and narrow her dreams, but she did not. Bonnie went on to become the first African-American EVER to win medals in the Winter Olympics, taking home a silver and two bronze medals at the 1984 Winter Paralympics. Not only was she quoted on millions of Starbucks cups in recognition of this historic feat (see below), but she also was honored with her portrait in the Main Hall of Trinity College at Oxford as a distinguished alumna.


No matter what Bonnie sets her mind to, she makes it her mission to obtain. Not only is she a Paralympic medalist, but she is also a best-selling author, a highly regarded keynote speaker and leadership consultant for Fortune 500 companies, a television and radio success, and an experienced conference facilitator. On top of that, Bonnie was appointed by President Clinton as a Director for Human Capital Issues on the White House National Economic Council. To think that Bonnie has been so successful in various endeavors assures us that you can achieve anything as long as you push yourself to get there.

Today, you would find Bonnie traveling the globe and speaking to wide audiences, leading seminars, and researching for her writings. Bonnie also gives back by donating personal appearances to schools, homeless shelters, community groups, and other organizations.

Girls on the Run Twin Cities could not be more excited to be welcoming Bonnie St. John as our keynote speaker for the Limitless Potential Luncheon on May 2nd! At the luncheon, she will be talking to guests about innovation, change, empowerment, and personal breakthroughs. This is a wonderful opportunity to hear from an amazingly inspirational women who will remind us of our own dreams and fulfillment, and what we have to do to get there.

You can find more information on the Limitless Potential Luncheon here.

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