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Bonnie St. John
Despite having her right leg amputated at age five, Bonnie St. John became the first African-American ever to win Olympic medals in ski racing at the 1984 Paralympics in Innsbruck, Austria. In recognition of this historic achievement, Bonnie was honored at the White House by President George W. Bush as part of the 2007 celebration of Black History Month.

In addition to her success as a Paralympic athlete, Bonnie is the author of six books, a highly sought after keynote speaker, a television and radio personality, a business owner, and the single mother of a teenage daughter. She graduated Magna Cum Laude from Harvard, won a Rhodes Scholarship to Oxford, and served in the White House as a Director of the National Economic Council during the Clinton administration.

NBC Nightly News called Bonnie, "One of the five most inspiring women in America." She has been featured extensively in both national and international media including: The Today Show, CNN, CBS Morning News, NBC News, and The New York Times, as well as People, “O”, and Essence magazines, to name just a few.

Entries by Bonnie St. John

Deepening Our Inclusion of People With Disabilities

(1) Comments | Posted March 10, 2015 | 11:54 AM

Below, Bonnie interviews Deb Dagit, one of the nation's leading experts on disability as well as diversity issues in the workplace. During her eleven years as Chief Diversity Officer of Merck, DiversityInc, Working Mother, Human Rights Campaign, Department of Defense, and many others recognized the company. Prior to joining Merck,...

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Psst! Disability Competitiveness: Pass It On!

(2) Comments | Posted September 12, 2014 | 7:16 PM

Just because I have a disability -- my right leg was amputated when I was 5 -- doesn't make me an expert on issues relating to disability and employment. Like everyone else, I have to work at educating myself on facts and realities for people with disabilities in the same...

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10 Good Reasons to Curb Your Perfectionism

(35) Comments | Posted March 12, 2014 | 3:09 PM

During April, Bonnie will be the closing speaker for the Catalyst Awards Conference in New York and also speaking for the Healthcare Businesswomen's Association in California. In May you can also see her at the California Women's Conference.

Over the two decades that I...

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Let Go... And Grow!

(2) Comments | Posted April 1, 2013 | 12:18 PM

As I gaze out over the beautiful Catskill mountains, I'm struck by the power of this season and the impact of that power on all of us. Whether you have been dyeing eggs, celebrating the resurrection of Christ, commemorating the liberation of the Jews from Egypt, or just enjoying the...

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Focus on the Facts: Susan Rice's Credentials and Record

(7) Comments | Posted December 3, 2012 | 12:42 PM

I've said it before and I will say it again; I sleep better at night knowing that Dr. Susan Rice is serving the United States of America.

I have personally known Susan for over 25 years and I can say, without hesitation, she is an individual of the highest...

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Root for Team USA: Paralympic Highlights

(3) Comments | Posted September 8, 2012 | 2:00 PM

There's still time to enjoy some of the most amazing feats of athletic achievement on TV -- The London Paralympics 2012! As a winner of three Paralympic medals myself, I know firsthand the dedication to training and perseverance required to compete at this level of sport. I'm so proud of...

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How Do Olympics Matter in Our Everyday Lives?

(0) Comments | Posted August 21, 2012 | 12:00 PM

Now that the awe-inspiring London 2012 Olympics are over and we're done celebrating the amazing physical performances of Gabby Douglas, Usain Bolt, Michael Phelps, and so many others from around the world... We go back to our normal lives. But should we? Reflecting on the past two weeks, I can't...

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London Olympics/Paralympics -- An Insider's View

(2) Comments | Posted July 12, 2012 | 11:36 PM

As the Olympic Games in London approach, I want to be sure everyone remembers to also pay attention to the second part of our international Olympic experience -- the Paralympic Summer Games, held in the same British venues, from August 29th through September 9th. This spectacular competition is...

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An Inconvenient Truth on Memorial Day

(265) Comments | Posted May 26, 2012 | 6:42 PM

Many people will spend as much time this weekend thinking about whether rain will douse their parades, or what sauce to use on the BBQ, as they do remembering the brave soldiers who died in battle for the freedoms we relish.

For families of fallen veterans, though, Memorial Day will...

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An Unconventional Salute to Mothers (and Others)

(0) Comments | Posted May 13, 2012 | 8:38 PM

When I think of my mom on Mother's Day, I don't think about the nurturing stereotype on the greeting cards. That just wasn't my Mom. Having escaped abuse in the ghetto she grew up in, earned a Ph.D. and turned around impoverished, segregated, inner-city schools as a principal, my mother...

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How Do We Move the Needle on Women's Leadership?

(12) Comments | Posted April 20, 2012 | 2:28 PM

Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg's recent confession that she leaves work at 5:30pm to have dinner with her kids -- but was afraid to talk about it for years -- highlights the way women continue to navigate a road to leadership very different from the route men face. Sheryl...

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Remembering Dorothy Height

(0) Comments | Posted April 29, 2010 | 3:08 PM

Today we lay to rest one of the great leaders of modern times, Dr. Dorothy Height. This beloved woman will always be remembered as one of the foremost pioneers of the civil rights movement -- particularly with regard to her work with women of color. In an era where women,...

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Searching For "She-roes" in Nicaragua

(0) Comments | Posted December 9, 2009 | 2:30 PM

Through the eyes of Darcy (15 yrs old):

Yesterday was life-changing. I could write a book about this one part of my visit to Nicaragua, so describing it in a few paragraphs is going to be a challenge. I'll start at the beginning. The main reason for our visit to...

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The Tree Lady: Wangari Maathai

(0) Comments | Posted April 7, 2009 | 9:19 PM

by Darcy Sinclair

The headlines nowadays are laughable. Even in the midst of an economic crisis, a still-raging war in Iraq, and a new presidential administration, the American mentality is wrapped around its morbid obsession with celebrities. Incessant dwelling on Sarah Palin, Lindsey Lohan, and Eminem, just...

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After Natasha's Tragic Death, a Call for Helmets -- from a Paralympic Skier

(145) Comments | Posted March 19, 2009 | 10:57 PM

As an Olympic ski medalist who has been skiing for over thirty years, I wonder why Natasha Richardson's tragic demise has not catalyzed people across the US to push for mandatory helmets for skiing. Instead, traffic on the internet is still arguing about whether a helmet would have saved...

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Bailout for the Money Market Within

(0) Comments | Posted March 9, 2009 | 3:10 PM

Every time I pick up my friend Spencer Sherman's book, I find that it has a profound effect on me. Which surprised me. I have read a lot of books about money, especially self-help books that purport to give you a better "money attitude." In fact I even wrote one....

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How to be a Superstar in Tough Times...whatever you do

(0) Comments | Posted March 6, 2009 | 6:00 PM

I learned from a Hollywood star-maker that superstars are not necessarily those with the most talent or the hardest working. The people who become superstars are simply those who receive the most help. Learning to be "helpable," makes the difference.

My friend, Marci Shimoff, is a great example of this...

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Letting Go of DeFeet

(0) Comments | Posted February 19, 2009 | 1:56 PM

There were hardly any kids at the Shriners Hospital today... The administrative assistant I contacted had tried to discourage me from coming because the hospital would be so empty. But I went anyway, because I was in town. I wore my Olympic medals and brought souvenir postcards to sign for...

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Yesterday, My Mother Died...

(20) Comments | Posted December 31, 2006 | 9:00 AM

Yesterday I found out my mother died. In the last speech I gave before she died, I talked about courage and Mom was there in the audience, which was a rare joy. I learned from her that courage was being able to run toward the problem while most people...

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Fear Crowds out Love and Joy

(7) Comments | Posted October 6, 2006 | 1:38 PM

I just spent a year writing about prayer. The biggest impact of interviewing 50 women on prayer, including well know people like Maya Angelou, Edie Falco, Barbara Bush, and Kathie Lee Gifford, was to make me less ego driven, less likely to try to control everything, and more at peace...

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