Inspirational speaker Debbie Jorde welcomes you to Heather and Logan Madsen’s, and her speaking page. Their area of expertise is accepting and overcoming challenges. They share personal stories surrounding their challenges and how they overcome them. Their audiences are often transformed and filled with compassion, empathy, and inspiration.
As one person said,
Listening to the story of this wonderful family taught me so much about perseverance and courage. I am a better person having heard their stories.
Debbie Jorde is an author who shares her inspiring stories about accepting and overcoming life’s challenges on her website www.debbiejorde.com.
Her first book, Eight Fingers and Eight Toes: Accepting Life’s Challenges details how a single mother dealt with the difficulties of having and raising two children with a rare and previously unknown syndrome, Miller syndrome which causes severe physical disabilities and hearing loss, as well as other complications. They also have lung disease and autism. They share their experiences to inspire and motivate others.
Inspirational Speaking Clips
Speaking Clips of Logan Madsen
Speaking Clips of Heather Madsen
Group speaking background:
Debbie, Heather, and Logan speak publically. They have over 25 years of experience. They speak to University groups, medical doctors, medical students, CEOs of major institutions, government institutions, community organizations and groups, inspirational forums, and public libraries.
Heather, Logan, and Debbie have appeared in New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Salt Lake Tribune, Deseret News, Parents Magazine, The Foundation of Nager and Miller Syndrome, FNMS, newsletter and countless other broadcast and news outlets.
Debbie recently retired from her 40-year career as a cosmetologist and aerobics instructor. She is overcoming challenges from having MS, travels, and hikes with her husband, Lynn Jorde, spends quality time with her family and friends, reads, and is writing her next book.
First Speaking Opportunity:
In 1993, Dr. Lynn, internationally known author of Medical Genetics, Chairman of the Department of Human Genetics, and professor in the University Of Utah School Of Medicine, and now Debbie’s husband, invited her to speak to 100 first-year medical students.
Wanting the students to experience the emotional side of medicine by hearing what families face when affected by a rare syndrome so they can become better doctors, Dr. Jorde invited Debbie to speak. Debbie’s story had such a powerful effect on the students that Dr. Jorde has continued having her speak every year for the past twenty-five years, along with her daughter and son, Heather and Logan Madsen, touching the hearts of over three thousand first-year medical students.
From Dr. Jorde
After some time in medical school, students typically enter the classroom with the expectation that they will soon be bored. Each year, I have watched Debbie, Heather, and Logan transform their jaded cynicism into heartfelt empathy. Many are in tears during their talks. Their story is moving and powerful, and students often remark that this is the most influential hour of their entire medical school experience.
A sampling of what some people are saying after hearing Debbie, Heather, and Logan speak:
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