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Dr Jana

Hurdles of life.

Chasing goals is like building a fire, every day you add more kindle. Till one day you light the match.

Jana Pittman’s story is a roller coaster of triumph, defeat, failure, and success. She will take you on a journey through the peaks and troughs that helped shape her career and build her into who she is today.

Recognition: Two times World Champion, four times Commonwealth Champion, in the sport of athletics, Jana Pittman personifies resilience and determination. When continued injuries hampered her athletic career could have signalled retirement, she swapped the track for the ice. Jana joined the Australian Women’s bobsleigh team, to become the first women to represent Australia in both a Summer and Winter Olympic games.

Outside of sport Jana has completed a Bachelor of Medicine & Surgery and a Masters of Reproductive Medicine, she is now a practising Doctor in the field of Women’s Health.

In 2021 Jana joined the cast of Channel 7’s SAS Australia making it to the last day and the only woman remaining in the final four recruits. With Jana’s passion for women’s health Jana is an ambassador for the ‘Australian Cervical Cancer Foundation’ and writes a regular column in New Idea. Jana is a mother to six children, having recently given birth to twins!

Talking Points

Just Jana

This is a sports themed fun recall of Jana’s athletic career. She shares her story inviting you behind the scenes of elite sport. From her ‘first race’ to ‘top of the podium’ and some of the amazing people and other athletes she met along the way. Designed for fun and laughter to lighten an event or conference.

Overcoming Fear

To be successful we all must overcome that inner voice of apprehension and put ourselves in a place of discomfort. Our mindset can really impact our ability to do this. Jana uses anecdotes and personal stories from her career to help develop confidence and awareness in a person’s capacity to achieve their goals. Designed to inspire and motivate

Finding Your Inspiration: Your Why

Whether it is from a quote, a movie or a person, everyone needs some inspiration. This is an interactive style presentation aimed to draw out the crowds ‘why’. When we know why we desire a certain path or thing, we can start to shape the ‘how’ more easily. Jana shares her own journey and what inspired her along the way. Designed to develop and create goals.

The New You - A Rebrand or Recharge

Many of us have to change our career paths, step up or overcome an adverse event. You might want to inspire your staff or audience to push harder and change their perception or your company may have taken a hit and needs to rebuild. Jana will use her stories of swapping the track for the icy slopes of bobsled, overcoming media criticism and now becoming a doctor, to show how we can ‘rebrand’ and reinvent ourselves. Designed to foster leadership and creativity.

Team Building and Leadership

Whilst Jana competed as an individual athlete she had a large team around her ensuring minimal distraction and ‘perfect preparation’. At the elite level she employed only the best therefore balancing personalities and varying opinions was essential to deliver optimal performance outcomes. Jana shares her theory of cascading leadership and through stories from her career deliveries a clear message of what it takes to lead and create a ‘world class’ team.

Rising to a Challenge: Tricks and Tips

Another interactive talk on ‘tools’ to take the next step towards achieving a goal, dream or deadline. What Jana used to ‘win’, accept a ‘defeat’ and ‘live in the moment’. This can be a stand alone or added to one of the previous topics to give the audience some practical ideas to take away with them.
The Ballarat Sportsmen’s Club hold monthly dinners 11 times a year with high-profile Speakers on each occasion including Prime Ministers, Sporting Icons, Media identities and many other dignitaries. Jana held her own with such company. Jana was our Special Guest for the ‘Ladies Night’ dinner in December 2016. Her presentation from the lectern together with a brilliant supporting power point was extremely good. “Well prepared, relaxed and all round excellence” was the general comments from Members and guests. She also mixed with Members and guests with ease during the evening. I found Jana easy to deal with during arrangements for her visit and also her relaxed and friendly manner creating a great atmosphere for our event. I and the Club Committee would without any hesitation recommend Jana as a Guest Speaker Ballarat Sportsmen's Club

Sydney Hills Business chamber started a new event in 2016 called “Celebrating Women in business” in which we invited Jana Pittman to be our very first Guest Speaker. Jana was amazing and a true inspiration to everyone that attended. We had a beautiful lunch at The Fiddler and a sell out event with over 130 members attending to hear Jana speak. Being our only dual Olympian (summer and winter Olympics), then transitioning into the world of Medicine and running the business of 'Jana Pittman', members were left in awe of this amazing woman. The one thing that still stays in my memory that Jana talked about and which I constantly quote is “The worst thing to never succeeding is never trying at all”. Well done Jana, you are a true Australian champion.

Sydney Hills Business Chamber

If I lived to 100 and achieved what Jana has in her first 30 years I would be extremely proud and fulfilled. What an amazingly accomplished and inspiring story, so raw with disappointment at times and uplifting with success and happiness at others. So many life lessons in such a short period and I couldn't recommend Jana more highly.

Resolve Finance

Jana Pittman was a dream to work. Jana immediately struck up a rapport with our audience and was generous with her time. Lovely to work with and truly inspirational.

Sullivan Dewing

Jana was wonderful. Engaged the audience through her relaxed, human, insightful and funny presence. It was a pleasure working with her.

SS&C Technologies

If you are looking for an amazing speaker - Jana is your lady! Jana was BRILLIANT! By far the best speaker to date we have engaged. She was real, raw, uplifting & inspiring! We have had multiple emails from guests with raving reviews! She delivered far more than we expected & was so accomodating to not only my team but our guests. Can not recommend her highly enough!

Business Women Albury Wodonga

The response from Jana's keynote has been overwhelmingly positive! Her storytelling and vulnerability gripped the audience and were powerful devices to help us all reimagine our careers and realise that our fears and failures can give way to some of the biggest opportunities.

Westpac Group
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