Jessica's message stands so tall and so much above all the others we have heard. It really did ..Thank you, Jessica, for making it 93 days in a dark place and living to tell the tale. Many that we serve and support could hear her passionate story. Her way of bringing us back to the place, time and moment(s) was so very real and visible in our minds as she spoke.
Kidnapping Survivor, Rescued by SEAL Team VI, New York Times Bestselling Author, voted one of the 150 Most Fearless Women Who Shake the World
by Jessica Buchanan
Featured Keynote Programs
Change is Your Proof of Life
Change is an inevitable part of the human experience- whether we have chosen that change, or the change has chosen us. According to studies conducted by BetterUP, we are SIX times more likely to demonstrate strong resilience in the middle of a life-changing event if we can identify our own autonomy and choice in the middle of that change.
Through sharing epic moments of her unbelievable 93-day captivity which led her to making a “proof of life video” and then ended in her miraculous rescue by SEAL Team VI, Jessica allows the audience into her experience, by showing them how she accepted life’s most important invitation (and how you can too!): to become a collaborator with change.
Jessica shows her audience how to create the strategies they need to survive and thrive no matter what life challenges they are facing.
The Audience will leave with:
- A Renewed mindset on how to collaborate with inevitable change
- Tools to empower them to make change work for them, not against them
- Practical steps for reclaiming control in important areas of life when things feel like they are spinning out of sight
Jessica’s unique perspective derived from her life experiences will empower the audience to uncover their 'WHY' as they accept this invitation which will most definitely guide them toward their life’s purpose.
A Story of Strength and Survival
In this keynote, Jessica moves audiences from all backgrounds with the details of her 93-day captivity in the Somali desert, with how she managed to survive regular torture, starvation, and threats on her life, from a gang of pirates who wanted a 45-million-dollar ransom demand for her freedom.
If there is one thing Jessica understands, it is the impossible, as it doesn’t get much more impossible than being a woman, surrounded by armed men, who want tens of millions of dollars for your freedom, and living through the ordeal.
Jessica, a teacher by profession and a humanitarian at heart, is a gifted storyteller who is able to lay out practical tools she used during her captivity in a way that can also be applied in one’s everyday challenges. Jessica will invite her audience to focus on their choices embedded within life’s options and call them to gratitude, all while demonstrating how one can find a commitment to purpose, even in the darkest moments of our lives.
Jessica’s unwavering faith and ability to believe in hope are highlighted in her emotionally powerful retelling of a miracle of all miracles: Her successful rescue that took place on January 25, 2012 by The US military’s most elite special forces, SEAL Team VI.
Jessica’s keynote offers her listeners the opportunity for real transformation as they take inventory of the goodness in their lives, are inspired and motivated to turn their pain into purpose by realizing no hardship is impossible to overcome.
Opting to Choose
How to Choose Opportunity in the Impossible
Most of the time, when faced with difficulties, we feel we are backed into a corner, with no options. We will say to ourselves and to everyone around us, “I had no choice!” In this keynote presentation, Jessica breaks down the semantic differences between the state of OPTIONS as opposed to CHOICES, and through her dynamic teaching and storytelling, will show her audience that while they may have few options, they ALWAYS have a choice.
Jessica will walk her audience through five choices she made during captivity and illustrates how they too, can choose to find the opportunity in the impossible.
- Choose to listen: to the prompting of life and our gut.
- Choose to start: our circumstances don’t get the final say- we do.
- Choose a higher thought: reframe the impossible into an opportunity
- Choose to grow: are you the victor or the creator of your life?
- Choose gratitude above all else: what you appreciate, well, appreciates!
With each step, Jessica highlights her objective with examples of how she identified her choices when she had zero options during her 93-day captivity. This particular message can be broken down into a workshop format with corresponding companion guides and workbooks.
Deserts to Mountaintops
The Journey to Reclaiming My Voice
This keynote is crafted specifically for female audiences, and draws from Jessica’s latest bestselling book: Deserts to Mountaintops: Our Collective Journey to (re)Claiming Our Voice, an anthology of 25 women’s stories of how they have journeyed from their own desert and overcome incredibly daunting circumstances to reach their own mountaintops.
In this keynote, Jessica will offer her audience:
- Tools for honing their intuition in every area of their lives
- Real life examples that drive home the life and death situation that not listening to their intuition can cause
- Exercises that will bring them into greater self-awareness and alignment into what they want for their future
- Feelings of empowerment that will bring them to decisions more quickly, ultimately getting them to their next steps in an effective and efficient ways
Jessica was the very best! Her gripping story kept the ACE Summit audience hanging on every word. Beyond her story is a great person who will provide a rich experience for all who come in contact with her. It was an honor to meet and become friends with Jessica.
Our audience of 100 senior leaders and their spouses were mesmerized. They could not stop talking about the emotional impact it had on them. Her story gave them pause to reflect on all they have and to cherish it, and not forget the fragility that may lie beneath it
Jessica was a fantastic speaker, I know she touched so many in our audienceyesterday. Many of our guests came up to me after her presentation and raved. Itwas an honor to have Jessica tell her story. I will be forever touched her courageand dignity.
In a room of about 1,000 people, their focus on every word Jessica shared was palpable. Following the event, the feedback was, "the MOST AMAZING presentation I have ever seen," "I cried my eyes out - but I would watch her again and again," "when she talked about the marine handing her the American Flag, I felt proud to be an American again," "she connected with me, I feel inspired," "Hope! Yes, we all need to focus on hope when we struggle,
Can I tell you, we absolutely loved Jessica. She was such an amazing speaker who held the entire audience in her hand. Aside from the professional she was, she too was very personable. We all felt such a connection with her and were extremely proud for Lamar State College-Orange to bring in such a dynamic speaker who also is an amazing humanitarian.
The event was a true success! Jessica and Erik are lovely and everyone fell in love with them.
We were so impressed by the perseverance and faith you demonstrated in overcoming such a significant ordeal. You have an important message that carries hope and grace from your heart that is an inspiration and needs to be heard across this earth.
The presentation was fantastic. Jess (and Erik) were very engaging and their story is nothing short of amazing.
Thank you for participating as a guest speaker at our Navy SEAL Tribute event. I have never seen a room filled with hundreds of people who were so simply put, spellbound. Your dedication and love for each other, your courage to survive given such impossible odds and your strength to share your story with such dignity and grace was inspirational to all who attended.
Jessica Buchanan was truly an awesome guest speaker for our annual fundraising luncheon this year! She touched the hearts of all in attendance and showed through faith and God-inspired determination that you can, in fact, defy Impossible Odds. Our guests are still talking about her presentation and many have graciously given to support the important nonprofit work we do in our community. Thank you, Jessica, for making this year's event so special!
Jessica Buchanan was the very best! Her gripping story kept the ACE Summit audience hanging on every word. Beyond her story is a great person who will provide a rich experience for all who come in contact with her. It was an honor to meet and become friends with Jessica.
Jessica was an EXCELLENT guest speaker for our spouses breakfast event at the Broadmoor. I was fortunate to meet with her personally before the event and she shared so much about her life, both before and after such a harrowing experience. She graciously allowed questions from the audience, and everyone I spoke to afterwards was very moved by her story and her ability to relive that nightmare.