Rugby | United States
Phaidra Knight is the CEO of Peak Unlimited, as well as an attorney, athlete, sports media talent, and motivational speaker. For nearly 18 years, she has traveled the globe as a professional rugby player, establishing herself as the one of the premiere players in the sport. Phaidra made three appearances in the Rugby World Cup and was selected as the top player in the world in her position in 2002 and 2006. In 2010, she was named the US Rugby Player of the Decade and most recently, was inducted in to the World Rugby Hall of Fame. Phaidra was born and raised in the small, decidedly rural town of Irwinton, Georgia. Growing up, she learned the core values of dedication, commitment, hard work and discipline that have fueled and guided her career. On the field, she learned the indispensable attributes of teamwork, leadership and effective communication.
Phaidra earned dual bachelor’s degrees in Political Science and Speech Communications at Alabama State University before she went on to study Law at the University of Wisconsin. Just as her studies weren’t limited to one field, her athleticism isn’t confined to one sport. She has competed on the regional level in CrossFit Games and Strongman. In 2013, Phaidra was a member of the United States Developmental Bobsled Team. She speaks to many audiences on leadership, resilience, fitness, childhood obesity, and anti-bullying. When Phaidra is not coaching youth or collegiate rugby, she’s working as a Rugby Analyst for NBC Sports. She also devotes time to commentating rugby during the fall, spring and summer seasons. Over the past six years, she has appeared on ESPN, Universal, The Rugby Channel, World Rugby and USA Rugby TV and serves on the USA Rugby Board of Directors.
Bonnie St. John
CEO | Blue Circle Leadership Institute
MENTOR | IWF New York
Despite having her right leg amputated at age five, Bonnie St. John became the first African-American ever to win medals in Winter Olympic competition, taking home a silver and two bronze medals at the 1984 Winter Paralympics in Innsbruck, Austria. In recognition of this historic achievement, Bonnie was quoted on millions of Starbucks coffee cups and was honored with her portrait in the Main Hall of Trinity College at Oxford as a distinguished alumna.
Bonnie has achieved the highest levels of success in a variety of endeavors throughout her life. In addition to her success as a Paralympic athlete, she is a bestselling author, a highly acclaimed keynote speaker and leadership consultant for the Fortune 500, a television and radio personality, and an experienced conference facilitator. She graduated Magna Cum Laude from Harvard University, and won the Rhodes Scholarship to Oxford, taking an M.Litt. in Economics. Upon her return to the United States, Bonnie was appointed by President Clinton as a Director for Human Capital Issues on the White House National Economic Council.
Today, Bonnie travels the globe speaking, leading seminars, and researching her various writing projects. As CEO of the Blue Circle Leadership Institute, Bonnie leads several international virtual leadership programs including Transformational Leadership – designed to address the unique challenges of multicultural women in the workplace. The celebrated author of seven books, Bonnie co-authored her latest work, MICRO-RESILIANCE: Minor Shifts for Major Boosts in Focus, Drive, & Energy, outlines a quick, easy, and immediately effective program of tools and techniques to give you a competitive edge in today’s dynamic world of changes and challenges
Bonnie St. John has been featured extensively in both national and international media including: The Today Show, GMA, CNN, CBS Morning News, NBC News, PBS, NPR, and The New York Times, as well as People, “O”, Forbes, Success, and Essence magazines, to name just a few.
NBC Nightly News called Bonnie, “One of the five most inspiring women in America.”
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