Stephanie Decker, motivational speaker, tedx

Stephanie Decker

Inspiring Mom: Lost Both Legs Saving Children From Tornado
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  • Courage in the Storm 
    Since the tornado that took both of her legs, Stephanie Decker had to rethink and rebuild her life as she knew it. Using her own story, Stephanie helps an audience find their inner hero as well as recognize the everyday heroes all around us. She provides the inspirational message to help attendees develop a “can do” attitude to face their own challenges.
  • Why Book Stephanie Decker?

  • Using her own story, she provides the inspiration and motivation your team needs to take on challenges. She helps you discover your inner hero, as well as recognize the everyday heroes in life. She shares how humor, teamwork, and setting goals can be used to overcome any obstacle.

  • She was featured in Successful Meetings list of Most Reliable Keynote Speakers who surpass expectations. She was also named as a L'Oreal "Women of Worth" Honoree and nominated for the 2015 Betty Jane France Humanitarian Award for her foundation work.

  • Using her foundation as an example, she demonstrates how everyone can make a difference in their lives for a cause bigger than themselves.

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    Stephanie Decker at TEDx ChapmanU in June 2014

    In March of 2012, a tornado ripped through the town of Henryville, Indiana. Stephanie Decker, a 37-year-old mother, found herself in a life-altering moment. As her house began to disintegrate around her, she shielded her two young children with her body. Her dream home fell in, crushing her legs, but because of her heroic actions, Stephanie's children were amazingly unscathed. It was a miracle that she even survived and made it to the hospital. At that point, doctors determined that parts of both legs would need to be amputated.

    Stephanie Decker Keynote Speaker

    Since the accident, Stephanie has been featured on:
    The Today Show, The Ellen Degeneres ShowABC World News Tonight as "Person of the Week", USA Today,USA Weekend, and People Magazine. She was featured in Successful Meetings list of Most Reliable Keynote Speakers who surpass expectations. She was also named as one of the L'Oreal's 2014 Women of Worth Honorees and nominated for the 2015 Betty Jane France Humanitarian Award for her foundation work.

    Stephanie Decker has become a true symbol of survival and overcoming adversity. She has used her story to bring awareness for the Stephanie Decker Foundation, which supports two major areas:

    1. Children with prosthetics: Stephanie is passionate about children and sports. She has made it a mission to help children with prosthetics enjoy sports and the same athletic opportunities as others.
    2. Accessibility to leading-edge prosthetic products: Stephanie considers herself fortunate to have access to the latest high-tech prosthetics. However, there are many people without access. Stephanie has set out to help those people receive access to cutting-edge technology, which will help them with their mobility (she has also worked with the Kentucky legislature for this).

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    "Stephanie was awesome. She delivered a great speech and answered many many questions from the attendees."
    --Indiana Electric Cooperatives

    "Everything with Stephanie was wonderful! She is just simply delightful and I was honored to meet her. We haven’t done evaluations but plan to yet today. I don’t need to see the responses though. I know that our audience LOVED her! In fact, I would be quite surprised if we don’t end up having some of our member hospitals wanting to book her for internal groups. Many attendees said that it was the best conference they had attended and this was the 42nd annual event!"
    --Indiana Hospital Association

    "If you’re looking for a true "inspirational story", you should book Stephanie. Her personality, perseverance, and dedication to help others is so real! The FPPTA membership was touched by Stephanie's message!"
    --Florida Public Pension Trustee

    "Stephanie is a fantastic speaker who captivates an audience and inspires everyone that she talks to. Her story is an amazing testimony of the power of strength and a mother’s love. She has taken her experience and paid if forward for the good of others and made it a great lesson for all that have the chance to hear her speak."
    --American Red Cross of Greater Cincinnati-Dayton Region

    "Stephanie was just wonderful…her story, although tragic, truly exemplifies the power of the human spirit. She was an inspiration to all."
    --Barnabas Health

    "Stephanie was received very well. She is a great speaker, and made a huge impression on our audience. She exceeded our expectations by a long shot."
    --Indianapolis Power & Light Company

    "Stephanie is a courageous person who inspired our team with her story of action to save her children and her commitment to rebound from her injuries. She has turned her situation into an advocacy for others. Stephanie's positive attitude and dedication are motivational to everyone who meets her!"
    --Mike Woerner, Vice President, Human Resources, Thorntons, Inc.

    "You know an audience has been inspired when they line up after a speech to greet, shake hands and hug the speaker."
    --Gary R. White, President/CEO, Kentucky Broadcasters Association

    "It is a rare speaker indeed who can make the audience both laugh and cry, but Stephanie Decker did just that -- again and again. Her story is both tragic and a blessing, but the way she has chosen to live her life since the Henryville tornado destroyed her home and changed her life forever is truly inspirational. She can move an audience in ways very few speakers can."
    --Bill Lamb, President, WDRB-TV and WMYO-TV