- Paralympian, Dr Jessica Gallagher is Australia’s first athlete to medal at both Summer and Winter Paralympics.
- After losing over 90% of her central vision at the age of 17 to a rare, degenerative eye disease, she found direction through sport.
- She has won over 20 World Championship and World Cup podiums across, Alpine Skiing and Track Cycling and in 2016 she became World Champion in the tandem match sprint and is the current World Record Holder in the flying 200m.
- In 2020 Jess will be adding Rowing to her Paralympic sporting aspirations.
- She holds honorary roles as a director and global ambassador of Vision 2020 Australia along with ambassador roles for Vision Australia and Seeing Eye Dogs Australia and previously with Disabled Wintersport Australia.
- Trust – Mindset - Courage
- It’s not what you see, it’s how you choose to see it
Jess is the best keynote speaker we have ever had, hands down. An inspiring lady who is able to transform a room. I couldn’t recommend Jess more highly.
A great key note speaker should be able to change the way you see the world, this is so true for Jessica. Jessica’s ability to share courage, trust, diversity and persistence through her experiences is first class. So natural, so wonderful, so inspirational. Jessica is someone your people need to hear from. Her story will stay with me forever and one that I will continue to share with others in life.
Caruso’s Natural Health
National Sales Manager
We’ve engaged Jess for a few conferences to come and speak under the theme of Courage. No one is left untouched by her unbelievable story. She is an inspiring, brave, courageous young lady who everyone needs to hear!
Jess was our “all important closing speaker” on the first day of our Annual Conference. Wow. In the room, you could hear a pin drop. Everyone hung on every word of her amazing story of drive, perseverance in the face of adversity and her courage and self-belief. I think we all felt a little insignificant after listening to Jess. Afterwards she attended our dinner and won the hearts of all who were there, speaking with the children, showing them her medal and interacting so naturally with attendees. Highly recommended!
GPS Wealth Ltd
Jessica is an inspiring and immensely popular keynote speaker. She always delivers a wonderful session at our events, offering a positive message and many practical take-aways.
The Eventful Group
What a great finale Jess provided for our conference of 250 primary school leaders on the Gold Coast. We all have a story and no story is uninteresting, but Jess’s story is one well worth listening to. It is inspirational, motivational and intriguing. It is a story of courage, resilience and integrity. It is a story of love and trust, perseverance and dedication. Moreover, Jess is a great storyteller and is able to balance humour and passion into her story while leaving us as an audience in awe of the challenges overcome and the depth of her achievements. Jess will inspire any individual or group to set goals and be the best they can be while staying true to the values they believe in.
2017 Primary Leaders Conference Committee
Catholic Education Archdiocese of Brisbane
Dr Jessica Gallagher not only delivers a remarkable presentation, she also takes those in the room along for the ride with her inspiring story that captivates the entire audience. Jessica shows that no matter your capabilities, anything is achievable with passion, determination, strength and persistence in what you enjoy most in life. Jessica leaves the audience wanting more and more!
The Voice of Super
Senior Events Coordinator
Jessica’s keynote presentation, Trust - Mindset - Courage was just what we needed to end the Travel Industry Exhibition and Conference. She was an absolute pleasure to work with in the lead up to the conference and onsite. Professional and personable. I would definitely recommend Jess to my clients and colleagues!
Nectar Creative Communications
Jess presented at Australia Post’s Corporate Health and Wellbeing day. Jess’ presentation certainly left our people with a lasting impression and created many new Paralympic fans in the process. Jess is a remarkably inspiring and determined World Champion, World Record Holder, Osteopath and Director! While her achievements speak for themselves, it was her honest and down to earth approach in sharing her personal stories of success that truly connected with our people. The adversity that she has overcome along her journey is outstanding. Our people left the seminar feeling uplifted and empowered to challenge their choices and the way they think about Health and Wellbeing – so thank you Jess.
Manager myHR Advisory and Services, People Services
Fearless, brave, determined and simply amazing are just few of the many words to describe Jessica Gallagher. It was really very inspiring to hear Jessica's story and it was well articulated to every little detail from the day the illness rob Jessica's sight to her achieving so much for Australia today. Highly recommended! ~ Courage is knowing what not to fear - Winston Churchill~
Jess is an extraordinary and inspiring person who has achieved so much despite the challenges that she has faced. As the Keynote Speaker at our National Conference she took the audience on an emotional journey that captured their hearts. She delivered her presentation with such infectious enthusiasm and professionalism. She is very well organised and a pleasure to work with before and during the conference. Her message is related back to the business world in a very effective way. I would highly recommend Jess as a speaker, the feedback we received from the audience was overwhelmingly positive.
ECM Victorian User Group
Jessica Gallagher is one of those rare amazing people that you meet in life. I had the pleasure meeting Jessica when she was engaged as a guest speaker at Maribyrnong City Council. Jessica shared her lived experience of acquired disability and how she set about achieving her personal and professional goals, with trust, mindset and courage. Jessica was a delight to work with. She took time to understand the purpose of the event to ensure that she could give her best. The audience was captivated listening to Jessica and we received so many positive comments about the event. Thank you Jessica for sharing your knowledge, experience and self.
City of Maribyrnong
To say that Jessica is inspiring is to understate the truth. She is vibrant, entertaining, motivating, inspiring and so much more. Our audience was enraptured by her story and she made them feel that they are part of her journey. I know that every one of our delegates will be tuning into the Paralympics to watch Jessica and will feel that they have a personal interest in her events. We will all be rooting for her.
Chief Executive Officer
Local Government Managers Australia Queensland
Thanks to our I Support Women in Sport (ISWIS) campaign, I crossed paths with this inspiring, driven, vivacious and smart woman about five years ago. While I'm impressed with her sporting and education achievements, I've been even more impressed by her off-field performance. She is the utmost professional. She was the keynote speaker at our 2014 ISWIS Awards' night and she was absolutely fantastic - well-prepared, interesting and had the room riveted the entire time she was on stage. I look forward to working with this fantastic woman in the future (and not just because she goes for the same footy team. Go Geelong!).
Women’s Health Magazine Australia
Having Jess Gallagher come and speak to 1,000 secondary students at The National Young Leaders Day in 2014 was such a privilege. She followed and understood the brief exactly and was engaging, inspiring, personable and a great communicator. The students submit a survey at the end of the event and Jess was voted as favourite speaker for the day! She was extremely easy to work with in the lead up to the event and I wouldn’t hesitate having her come again.
Halogen Foundation Ltd