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Paralympian skier, author and women's advocate to speak

2012 Kimbel Distinguished Lecturer

‌Paralympian skier, author and advocate Bonnie St. John spoke at Coastal Carolina University as the 2012 Kimbel Distinguished Lecturer as part of the university's 10th Celebration of Inquiry. The lecture was presented on Friday, March 30, 2012, at 7 p.m. The lecture was also sponsored, in part, by Women in Philanthropy and Leadership through grant from the Walmart Foundation.

An amputee since age 5, St. John became the first African American medalist in paralympic skiing when she earned a silver and two bronze medals at the 1984 Paralympics in Innsbruck, Austria.

A graduate of Harvard University, she served as director for Human Capital Issues on the White House Economic Council during the Clinton Administration. She has been featured on "CNN," "The Today Show" and "Good Morning America." St. John is also the host of the Internet radio show "Live Your Joy."

She is the author of five books, including "Getting Ahead at Work Without Leaving Your Family Behind," "Money: Fall Down? Get Up!," and "Live Your Joy." Her new book, "How Great Women Lead," co-authored with her daughter Darcy Deane, is to be released in April.

The Kimbel Distinguished Lecturer Series was established in 1983 to promote an appreciation for the intellectual value in broad social issues, religion, geopolitics and the arts. Past lecturers include Jean-Michael Cousteau and Archbishop Desmond Tutu.