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Janet Lapp        

Author of "Plant Your Feet Firmly in Mid-Air" & Organizational Transformation Specialist; Pilot, Former Professor & Clinician

Former professor, researcher, clinician, and registered nurse, Dr. Janet Lapp was born and raised in Québec, Canada; her PhD is from McGill University in Montreal. Over the past 30 years, she has inspired over 3,500 audiences around the world from Russia to Argentina to Hong Kong–with clients such as IBM, AT&T, Allstate, New York Life, Toyota, and Kawasaki – to adopt a mindset skilled in leading others through disruptive change. She is a dual citizen, presents in three languages, and regularly consults throughout Europe and the Americas.

A licensed clinical psychologist and author of five books, she has been admitted to the Speakers Hall of Fame, and one year was rated by Toastmasters as one of the top three speakers worldwide. She is the creator and host of the CBS series ‘Keep Well,’ and has appeared regularly on INN, ABC, CNN, and NBC affiliates.

The Ritz-Carlton team and IBM sales used her best-selling book "Plant Your Feet Firmly in Mid-Air" to help create their successful transformations. She is author of four other books: "Dancing with Tigers," "Positive Spin," "Why Won’t They Listen to Me?" (pack leadership), and on personal transformation: "The Four Elements of Transformation." Her forthcoming business book (Wiley, 2024) highlights the disruptive leadership mindset needed to guide others through disruptive change.

A pilot and flight instructor, Lapp has flown throughout South America and Africa on medical and rescue missions. She is a long time volunteer with the Flying Doctors of Mercy in central México and the founder of ‘Agua Limpia’, giving clean water access to the Sinaloa indigenous.

She is a National AG Triathlon champion, competed with Team USA at the Lausanne World Finals and reached IRONMAN Gold All World Athlete status for 2021.

Speech Topics

Let's Go: How to get People to Move

Your people didn’t believe it could happen to them. Then, disruptors appeared on the horizon, and now everyone has to play catch up. Up to one-third of your workforce could be actively resistant. How much faster could you move if everyone were on board?

This program budges people out of the past and helps them SEE that change affects everyone, there is no choice, and no hiding AND IN THE END, ADAPTING WORKS BETTER FOR EVERYONE.

Key Takeaways

  • Summary of hard trends in your industry, how others are adapting and simple changes you can make to keep up.
  • Easiest steps to an agile workforce and workplace.
  • What resistance looks like and best ways to budge it.
  • A take-out plan to grow skills and mindsets you’ll need to adapt to and lead fast change.

Think Big, Act Bold

Do something SO bold, that a year from now, when we are through this, you’ll shout: “I can’t believe we/did that!”

Especially during disruptive change, this program is personally inspirational. However, the effects extend to the workplace … as people become bolder, more confident, take more risks, think larger - despite circumstances.

Janet brings the lessons of her experiences as a National Triathlon Champion, Ironman competitor, and pilot who’s flown through the world … to inspire you to think the impossible and do the unimaginable. Her stories highlight overcoming depths, resilient comebacks, and miraculous survivals.

You will knock away outdated pillars, blow away perceptions of what’s possible, rewrite your story and create a new set of rules. In so doing, life will be expanded as never before.

Key Takeaways

  • Motivate yourself to push beyond.
  • Rewrite old stories and old rules.
  • Push back limiting blocks.
  • Develop a personal Change Airbag, where nothing will get you down.

Stay Standing: How to thrive with change

You need to stay focused, optimistic and forward moving …. despite disruption. You need a leader with the clinical skills to help people through trauma.


  • Through survey and interview, we find out what’s going on, how people really feel.
  • We find out which of five basic change reactions you have, to understand your own and others’ reaction styles. This increases understanding and empathy, and gives us a recovery roadmap.
  • We practice the skills that successful change adaptors use to stay focused and optimistic, no-matter-what. We learn to balance energy output and avoid burnout.
  • We learn how to look for opportunities and possibilities. Move from “what-if” worry to a “what-now” action plan.
  • Develop a Master Grid Plan that will lead to productive, high-value action. Starting from a new end vision or desired post-COVID future state, work backwards into short -term goals and devise action plans that are scheduled on a daily basis.


Encouraging Women in Aviation at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2017's WomenVenture
EAA AVIATION CENTER, OSHKOSH, Wisconsin — (May 12, 2017) — For the 10th straight year, the opportunity for women who love aviation to build camaraderie and open doors to mentorship and participation once again comes to EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2017, as WomenVenture activities will take place during the week...
Apollo Reunion, Blue Angels Among Headliners at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2017
Wittman Regional Airport will soon become the world’s busiest airport – at least for one week. From July 24-30, more than 10,000 aircraft and a half a million flight enthusiasts will descend for the 65th annual Experimental Aircraft Association fly-in convention, EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2017...
Business Women's Forum To Feature Kathy Ireland, Dr. Janet Lapp ...
The 31st annual 2013 Business Women's Forum (BWF) Connecticut's largest, longest-running full-day annual conference for women, will welcome Kathy Ireland ...

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