Jenny Smith

Speaker & Author

When Jenny was 16 years old, she sustained a C6-7 spinal cord injury, leaving her paralyzed from the chest down. After completing her master’s degree in counseling psychology, she distributed wheelchairs for eight years in developing countries. For over 13 years, she supported cross-cultural workers as they served overseas

By coming alongside people with spinal cord injuries and chronic
physical conditions, Jenny hopes to support and encourage others
in their emotional, physical, and spiritual health as they adapt to
life with a disability.

Rowing on the Ohio River with Louisville Adaptive Rowing is one of the ways she enjoys staying physically active.

Providing education, practical solutions, resources, and hope so people can live full and productive lives.

Speaking Engagements

Jenny is a dynamic speaker and loves to share her message of motivation and education with associations, students, medical professionals, and faith-based groups.

Jenny Smith speaking engagement

Her Story

Watch as Jenny shares her story.

Live the Impossible

Speaking engagement demo

Speaker Topics:

  • Live the Impossible  (Keynote)
  • The Journey (Interactive workshop on the emotional impact of disability)
  • What You Want to Know about SCI: The Physical, Emotional, Sexual and Spiritual Impact
  • How Traveling with a Disability is not Impossible
  • Disability and Missions: Expecting People with Disabilities in the Church and Global Missions
What People Have to Say

“Jenny did a wonderful job of relating her story with an emphasis in all of the right places.”
– Wayne Jacks, President, Quality Life Association

“Ms. Smith has been well received by my students; I have received many positive comments on course evaluations, often stating that her presentation was a highlight of the course.”
– Dr. Gwendolyn Rinker, PhD, APRN

“Jenny’s message comes from the heart, and you feel like you’re sitting across the kitchen table talking together. I highly recommend her!”
– Cathy Fyock, Author, The Speaker Author

“Jenny’s visit to UT Martin allowed my undergraduate Anatomy and Physiology students to apply classroom facts to real life. Her presentation provided a valuable and personal learning experience for students considering careers in healthcare.”
– Dr. Ann Gathers, Ph.D.


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