John W. Quinn


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Since the release of his powerful memoir Someone Like Me, John W. Quinn has traveled the world sharing his inspirational story in a way that combines humor, honesty and compassion. Described by many as a “natural storyteller,” this sailor turned author is sure to leave your audiences captivated and inspired. Presentation topics can be tailored to audience-specific needs.


As an international speaker, John has shared his story with large and small audiences. He has spoken to students in Arizona, individuals in recovery at Sierra Tucson, and large corporations like Panasonic Corporation of North America and Rockwell Automation in both their Milwaukee and Singapore locations.

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John Quinn Motivational Speaker and Author


Some of John’s most popular topics include:


To many people, the word inclusion means a lowering of standards in order to allow access for all. John believes inclusion should instead be defined as “an opportunity to succeed.” Having served in the United States Navy for 20 years with cerebral palsy, he certainly speaks from experience. John shares openly on why he decided to keep his disability a secret from military officials, the impact that decision made on his life and what society must do moving forward to ensure inclusion for everyone.


Having been born with a mild case of CP, John tells what it’s like to have a disability, dispelling myths and breaking down barriers along the way. This topic is perfect for young school children who often look at their classmates with disabilities as “weird” or different.  Mr. Quinn allows students to ask direct questions about his cerebral palsy and gives direct answers, focusing on people’s ability, not their disabilities.  


​Skinny and weak as a youngster, John was laughed at, picked on and bullied.  He shares his insight on how to deal with this painful topic in a way that children and adults alike can understand and immediately apply in their own lives.  


Joining the Navy in January 1982, John became a highly decorated Senior Chief Petty Officer in only 14 years.  Learn the leadership lessons and core values that made this Battleship Sailor so successful – and the mistakes to avoid along the way.  


John speaks openly about the suicide of his brother, Steven in 1987 and the impact it had not only on his life, but those around him.  Mr. Quinn shines the light on the taboo subject of suicide in the family and brings much needed hope to others who have been similarly affected.  When talking about addiction, John talks frankly about his battle with the bottle, hitting bottom and subsequent recovery.  In sharing his experience, strength and hope of over 20 years of sobriety, John shows that sometimes you have to surrender to win.  



Schedule a Zoom Talk with John!

“John is now offering 30-minute Zoom presentations. Imagine Mr. Quinn streaming his incredible story directly to your company, classroom or conference. Record the session and play it back at a time that works best for you. Perfect for educators looking to fill out lesson plans in the upcoming school year!

Topics include:

“The Story of Someone Like Me” John Quinn was born with cerebral palsy, partially paralyzed on his left side and has two different-sized feet. Listen to the amazing story of how John not only kept his CP secret to enlist in the U.S. Navy, but maintained that secret during his entire 20-year career retiring as a Senior Chief Petty Officer. Mr. Quinn’s captivating story is one of inclusion, hard work and of overcoming life’s challenges that has inspired audiences around the world.

“Quitting is Easy – I’ll Do It Tomorrow” As someone who was born with cerebral palsy yet served in the U.S. Navy for over twenty years, John Quinn is definitely a person who knows how to overcome a challenge. Learn from Senior Chief Quinn on how to develop your own mental toughness and succeed in life when the going gets tough.

“I Got The Job – Now What?” Congratulations – you got the job! Now, how do you keep it? Whether serving in the U.S. Navy, writing a best-selling book or working for one of the top wellness resorts in the world, John Quinn has a proven track record of success. Listen to Mr. Quinn as he shares with you his secrets to not only keep the job, but to become a trusted leader within your organization.


“…Your contribution is what made this year’s conference a successful one. ” IDD Services

“Thank you for sharing your story with us at MGIC!  You are an inspiration for those who face challenges and aspire to live and work in an inclusive way.” MGIC

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John W. Quinn



John W. Quinn - Author of Someone Like Me


John W. Quinn is author of the powerful memoir “Someone Like Me – An Unlikely Story of Challenge and Triumph Over Cerebral Palsy.

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