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The first person to sing the national anthem in all 50 states explains how failure and tragedy lead to her uncommon path to success, inspiring audiences to shake off comfort zones and reach maximum potential.
Who is Janine Stange?
Janine Stange embodies the never-quit attitude. She is the first person to sing the National Anthem in all fifty states. This challenge was undertaken to raise awareness for the troops. It was also a challenge that was sparked by tragedy.
Janine’s well-known story is newly memorialized in the documentary National Anthem Girl. What few know is that it began as a little girl, working in the family’s Long Island bagel shop. Watch more video clips of Janine’s talks here.
Her strong-willed, Italian mother had strict rules about efficiency, organization and living an honest life. She also had an uncommon appreciation for the military. As Janine’s singing career took off, she encouraged her to sing the National Anthem at every chance.
Janine promised to give back, eventually. But first, she wanted to win Grammy’s and go on world tour. After her mother’s sudden passing, Stange was devastated, with no anchor.
Fueled by heart-ache and as an homage to her mom, she decided to sing the Anthem in all fifty states to raise awareness for the troops.
On the emotional, solo journey Janine sang at a high school donkey basketball game one day and a packed NASCAR event, the next. She had to react. Pivot. Re-organize on a daily basis. With no budget, no assistance and no experience, lessons from the chaotic bagel shop flooded back, guiding her along the way.
She met countless, diverse Americans, military and civilian alike. She sang in big cities, and experienced small town Americana at its finest. For Stange, the journey was as good as any World Tour. The lessons from her youth and the way in which these experiences enabled her to make history are the backbone of Janine’s motivational speaking.
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Keynote: UNCOVER YOUR MISSION
Small Town Lessons, Historic Impact
The lessons instilled by Stange’s strong-willed Italian mother in a bagel shop on Long Island became the backbone of her history-making journey and are now the backbone of her motivational speaking.
With Long Island Italian humor and stories from the heart, Stange encourages people to uncover the mission and identify the often-hidden comfort zones that hinder growth.
In her case it was a tragedy that shook her out of her comfort zone. Stange provides hacks to tap more easily into such self-determination, while also stressing the value of friends and family in each moment.
Everyone’s path to success is uncommon. Using her own story as the example, Stange makes the argument that the time for self-examination is now. In an interactive exercise she implores the audience to start small. But to start, today.
Diverse American Faces and Places
The speech takes place against the backdrop of big city American life and small town Americana. Stange shares stories about the diverse American faces and places she encountered along her journey, and their thoughts on what it means to be American.