Jenni has presented hundreds of times in educational settings across the country—ranging from middle and high schools to universities and post-graduate institutions. She will happily tailor her presentation to meet your needs. Jenni is also open to speaking about additional topics as well as combining certain presentations. To best fit your specific audience, the tagline of each keynote may be edited.
It’s Okay to be HappySM- Overcoming adversity
Life knocks all of us down. The key is not to avoid every fall, but to stand back up each time that you hit the ground. From a debilitating depression and life-threatening eating disorder to a broken wedding engagement and her parents’ simultaneous battles with different types of cancer, Jenni Schaefer kept standing through it all. And, in the process, she surprisingly found true joy. This keynote is about resilience and happiness (even in the most difficult moments). As her song says, “It’s okay to be happy”—right now.
Perfectly Imperfect: Eating, exercise, and body image
Is your body a battleground? It doesn’t have to be! In this keynote, Jenni Schaefer discusses finding balance with eating and exercise as well as learning how to love (yes, love) your body. She further talks about transforming the perfectionism that keeps many people stuck in unhealthy relationships with food and their bodies. Discover, like Jenni did when she overcame an eating disorder, that ending calorie counting and body loathing will surely open your life up to so much more—to truly living.
Transforming Perfectionism – And doing it right
The problem with perfect is that it doesn’t exist. So desperately seeking this mirage is a surefire way to suck the joy out of work, relationships, and the rest of your life. Not to mention, the height of perfectionism is absolute standstill and shutdown. Some might call it procrastination. Jenni Schaefer, a self-proclaimed “recovering perfectionist,” shares the tools and techniques that transformed her life. Learn how to harness the power in the perfectionistic trait: taken in a positive direction, perfectionism can become driven and detail-oriented. This keynote is about finding joy and balance in a perfectly imperfect life. And, as it turns out, there isn’t a right way to do it!
Dream Big: Don't have a backup plan
Despite receiving well over fifty rejection letters for her first book, Life Without Ed, Jenni Schaefer has successfully published three books today. Why? Because she didn’t have a backup plan. “Impossible” is often just an idea constructed in our minds. Just believing that certain things are impossible can hold you back. In this keynote, find a renewed belief in yourself, your dreams, and your future. Be ready to get inspired.
Trauma and Posttraumatic Stress Disorder
Stonger than Before: Getting Past Your Past
Are you sometimes overreactive and emotional in ways that don’t seem to fit the situation? When something feels hysterical, it just might be historical. Your present may be hijacked by your past. Join author and motivational speaker Jenni Schaefer as she discusses her recovery from posttraumatic stress disorder and shares tools to help you to move past your past.
Trauma, PTSD, and Eating Disorders: A Personal Journey
Eating disorders and posttraumatic stress disorder are debilitating conditions that co-occur frequently. In this presentation, author Jenni Schaefer, a recovered patient with a history of both an eating disorder as well as PTSD, will share her journey of healing, an experience that encompasses misdiagnosis, uninformed treatment methods, and, ultimately, the importance of evidence-based as well as alternative approaches.
Goodbye Ed, Hello Me®- From recovery to liberation
Redefining recovery, Jenni Schaefer believes that freedom does not just mean saying goodbye to Ed (a.k.a. “eating disorder”), but, more importantly, it means saying a big hello to life. And that includes connecting with people, passions, and inner peace as well. Discussing her personal journey and the steps that she took to fully recover, Goodbye Ed, Hello Me® provides a firsthand account of getting your life back after an eating disorder. We recover from our eating disorders in order to recover our lives.
Life Without Ed®- Declare independence from your eating disorder
Jenni Schaefer often says, “I have never been married, but I am happily divorced.” As described in her bestselling book, Life Without Ed, Jenni reveals that she is “divorced” from her eating disorder. Treating her illness like a relationship—rather than a condition—Jenni actually named hers “Ed,” short for “eating disorder,” which is now an approach used worldwide. In this keynote, Jenni discusses how her illness began, how it was, and how she got help. She shares a lifetime of experience—from struggles with body image at only four-years-old to the absolute freedom that she experiences today.
Almost Anorexic: Do you have an "Ed" in your head?
Eat, eat, eat…but don’t look like you eat. Fast food restaurants encourage us to “supersize” it while billboards tell us to look like we never eat at all. And the confusing messages don’t stop there. In a society that clearly has an eating disorder, it is no surprise that disordered eating attitudes and behaviors devastate countless lives each year. While some ultimately develop full-fledged eating disorders, others live—possibly a lifetime—on the spectrum between normal eating and a clinical eating disorder.
Discussing topics in her new book with Harvard Medical School, Almost Anorexic, Jenni Schaefer describes how intense pain and suffering exists all along the disordered eating continuum. She explains how the techniques that guided her to full recovery from her own eating disorder can help others who struggle, including those who don’t have a full-blown illness. All who suffer deserve help, hope, and healing.
Recovered.®- Don’t Settle for Mediocre
“Does it ever get better?” people who struggle with eating disorders often ask. The road to recovery can be such a long one—with so many bumps along the way—that many feel hopeless and believe that they might never find freedom. But Jenni Schaefer offers hope to women and men across the globe by answering the question, “Yes, it does get better, really better.” This keynote provides not only boundless inspiration but also concrete tools for adding that ever-important period after “recovered.” Don’t settle for mediocre versions of recovery when complete liberation is possible.
Woven throughout each eating disorder keynote, Jenni will discuss important facts and stats as well as information on how to help a loved one who might be struggling. As Chair of the Ambassadors Council of the National Eating Disorders Association, she is well aware of the need for her presentation to be both non-triggering to those who may have eating disorders as well as diverse enough to interest and educate those who don’t.