Olympic Athlete; Author, How Great Women Lead
Bonnie St. John became the first African-American ever to win Olympic or Paralympic medals in ski racing, taking home a silver and two bronze medals in downhill events at the 1984 Paralympics in Innsbruck, Austria. (Her having her right leg amputated at age five.) In recognition of this historic achievement, St. John was quoted on millions of Starbucks coffee cups and was honored at the White House by President George W. Bush as part of the 2007 celebration of Black History Month. St. John is the author of six books, including How Great Women Lead, with her teenage daughter, Darcy. She is a highly sought after keynote speaker, a television and radio personality, and a business owner. She was appointed by President Bill Clinton as a director for human capital Issues on the White House National Economic Council and is a Rhodes scholar.