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From Curiosity to Exploration: Linking Knowing and Doing. Celebrating A Decade of Inquiry March 30 and 31, 2012.
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Discussion Forum
2012 Keynote Speaker
Bonnie St. JohnBONNIE ST. JOHN

"How Great Women Lead"

Friday, March 30, 2012
7:00pm - 8:00pm
Kimbel Arena



Despite having her right leg amputated at age five, Bonnie St. John became the first African-American ever to win Paralympic medals in ski racing, taking home a silver and two bronze medals in downhill events at the 1984 Paralympics in Innsbruck, Austria. In recognition of this historic achievement, St. John 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 an athlete, she is the author of five books: How Strong Women Pray, Live Your Joy, Succeeding Sane: Making Room For Joy In A Crazy World, Getting Ahead at Work Without Leaving Your Family Behind, Money: Fall Down? Get Up! and her latest book, How Great women Lead, co-authored with her teenage daughter, Darcy.  St. John graduated Magna Cum Laude from Harvard University in 1986, and won a Rhodes Scholarship to Oxford University, taking an M.Litt. in Economics. Upon her return to the United States, St. John was appointed by President Bill Clinton as a director for Human Capital Issues on the White House National Economic Council.

Today, she frequently arranges personal appearances to schools, homeless shelters, community groups and other organizations in hundreds of locations while traveling for corporate clients. During the winter, she coaches disabled ski racers for the Adaptive Sports Foundation in Windham, New York. Prior to the 2008 Beijing Olympics, St. John served as one of a handful of Paralympic Ambassadors who helped train US athletes going to China. In 2010, she once again represented the US as a member of President Obama's official delegation to the Paralympic Winter Games in Vancouver, BC.

St. John and her daughter, Darcy, traveled around the world on an extraordinary journey to delve into the lives of fascinating women leaders including Hillary Clinton, Condoleezza Rice, the President of Liberia, movie stars, fashion designers, CEOs, activists, and many more. How Great Women Lead is due to  be released by Hachette Publishing in April 2012.

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

Following the keynote address, St. John has graciously agreed to autograph her books. Copies of some of her books will be available for purchase at this event.

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