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Janne Kouri

Founder & President of NextStep; Disability Activist; Entrepreneur

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 Janne Kouri Biography

Janne Kouri is the president and founder of NextStep, a nationally recognized nonprofit organization. NextStep believes that all persons living with paralysis and other physical disabilities deserve the hope and opportunity to live long and healthy lives. Yet today, most of these individuals are deprived of the resources they desperately need for survival because there are no options available to them or they cannot afford them. NextStep provides the opportunity for health and recovery through affordable and progressive community fitness, health, and wellness facilities.

NextStep is a nationwide movement that aims to revolutionize the quality of healthcare for the physically challenged community. NextStep has paved the way with the first community facility in the United States to offer Locomotor and activity-based training at its state- of-the-art facility in Los Angeles and continues its vision to expand across the U.S. The organization's other initiatives are participation in cutting-edge research, education, and awareness programs that are focused on enhancing the lives of the 6 million people in the U.S. living with paralysis. NextStep is a member of the Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation NeuroRecovery Network (NRN) Community Fitness and Wellness (CFW) Program.

In August of 2006, a tragic accident in Manhattan Beach left Janne paralyzed. Doctors told him that he would never walk again. He proved them wrong, and it was documented on ABC's "Good Morning America."

From 2004-2006, Janne was the North American Director for Sulake Corporation, a world leading online community entertainment and media company. Janne was responsible for Sulake's overall North American business strategy and management of its property Habbo, a new type of youth brand, which is based on one of the world's fastest-growing online communities and virtual worlds for teenagers. Prior to Sulake, Janne was an associate at Monrepos LLC, a venture capital firm. Monrepos LLC is a venture capital company that creates, manages, and funds technology-based start up companies, focusing on communication technology and software. Janne was the co-founder of Orchimedia LLC, a mobile gaming pioneer. Orchimedia was a leading Finland-based wireless entertainment company. Orchimedia launched some of the very first WAP, SMS, and interactive TV based wireless games in the Nordic countries.

Janne graduated from the Georgetown University Business School with a degree in marketing. He was also the Captain of the Georgetown University Division I-AA Football Team. He was the 1996 MAAC Defensive Player of the Year, 1996 Team MVP, 1st Team All Conference in 1995 & 1996, and an All-American in 1996. Janne also holds the Hoya All-Time and Single Season Sack Record with 16 and 31.5, respectively.

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  • Life of an Entrepreneur: Two Steps Forward, One Step Back

    We are all capable of achieving greatness in the face of adversity, but the path of an entrepreneur is riddled with challenges. In part, measurable success requires the individual to learn from mistakes, adapt, and strategize to maintain forward progress. Through his personal and inspiring journey, Janne Kouri shares the lessons he has learned and difficulties he continues to face while pursuing his goal of building a NextStep facility in every community across the country to ensure a lifelong continuum of care for people living with physical disabilities.

  • When Life Changes in an Instant: A Proactive Perspective

    After the accident that fractured his c-5 and c-6 vertebrae leaving him paralyzed from the neck down, everything in Janne Kouri's life changed in an instant. Instead of falling victim to his circumstances and allowing doctors and situation to dictate his future, Janne decided to take a proactive position and regain control over the trajectory of his life. Whether it be difficult life transitions, a failed business venture, or even financial trouble, Janne provides concrete techniques that have proven successful in his own struggles to illustrate the importance of never allowing outside influences define individual potential or worth. His optimistic and confident attitude towards life’s greatest obstacles will transform how you approach the hurdles in your own life.

  • Sisu: Acting Rationally in the Face of Adversity and Never Complaining

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Janne Kouri

Founder & President of NextStep; Disability Activist; Entrepreneur

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Janne Kouri Biography

Janne Kouri is the president and founder of NextStep, a nationally recognized nonprofit organization. NextStep believes that all persons living with paralysis and other physical disabilities deserve the hope and opportunity to live long and healthy lives. Yet today, most of these individuals are deprived of the resources they desperately need for survival because there are no options available to them or they cannot afford them. NextStep provides the opportunity for health and recovery through affordable and progressive community fitness, health, and wellness facilities.

NextStep is a nationwide movement that aims to revolutionize the quality of healthcare for the physically challenged community. NextStep has paved the way with the first community facility in the United States to offer Locomotor and activity-based training at its state- of-the-art facility in Los Angeles and continues its vision to expand across the U.S. The organization's other initiatives are participation in cutting-edge research, education, and awareness programs that are focused on enhancing the lives of the 6 million people in the U.S. living with paralysis. NextStep is a member of the Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation NeuroRecovery Network (NRN) Community Fitness and Wellness (CFW) Program.

In August of 2006, a tragic accident in Manhattan Beach left Janne paralyzed. Doctors told him that he would never walk again. He proved them wrong, and it was documented on ABC's "Good Morning America."

From 2004-2006, Janne was the North American Director for Sulake Corporation, a world leading online community entertainment and media company. Janne was responsible for Sulake's overall North American business strategy and management of its property Habbo, a new type of youth brand, which is based on one of the world's fastest-growing online communities and virtual worlds for teenagers. Prior to Sulake, Janne was an associate at Monrepos LLC, a venture capital firm. Monrepos LLC is a venture capital company that creates, manages, and funds technology-based start up companies, focusing on communication technology and software. Janne was the co-founder of Orchimedia LLC, a mobile gaming pioneer. Orchimedia was a leading Finland-based wireless entertainment company. Orchimedia launched some of the very first WAP, SMS, and interactive TV based wireless games in the Nordic countries.

Janne graduated from the Georgetown University Business School with a degree in marketing. He was also the Captain of the Georgetown University Division I-AA Football Team. He was the 1996 MAAC Defensive Player of the Year, 1996 Team MVP, 1st Team All Conference in 1995 & 1996, and an All-American in 1996. Janne also holds the Hoya All-Time and Single Season Sack Record with 16 and 31.5, respectively.

Janne Kouri Videos

  • Life after paralyzation: Janne Kouri at TEDxVeniceBeach - YouTube

Janne Kouri Speaking Topics

  • Life of an Entrepreneur: Two Steps Forward, One Step Back

    We are all capable of achieving greatness in the face of adversity, but the path of an entrepreneur is riddled with challenges. In part, measurable success requires the individual to learn from mistakes, adapt, and strategize to maintain forward progress. Through his personal and inspiring journey, Janne Kouri shares the lessons he has learned and difficulties he continues to face while pursuing his goal of building a NextStep facility in every community across the country to ensure a lifelong continuum of care for people living with physical disabilities.

  • When Life Changes in an Instant: A Proactive Perspective

    After the accident that fractured his c-5 and c-6 vertebrae leaving him paralyzed from the neck down, everything in Janne Kouri's life changed in an instant. Instead of falling victim to his circumstances and allowing doctors and situation to dictate his future, Janne decided to take a proactive position and regain control over the trajectory of his life. Whether it be difficult life transitions, a failed business venture, or even financial trouble, Janne provides concrete techniques that have proven successful in his own struggles to illustrate the importance of never allowing outside influences define individual potential or worth. His optimistic and confident attitude towards life’s greatest obstacles will transform how you approach the hurdles in your own life.

  • Sisu: Acting Rationally in the Face of Adversity and Never Complaining

FAQs on booking Janne Kouri

  • How to book Janne Kouri?

    Our booking agents have successfully helped clients around the world secure talent like Janne Kouri for speaking engagements, personal appearances, product endorsements, or corporate entertainment for over 15 years. The team at All American Entertainment represents and listens to the needs of organizations and corporations seeking to hire keynote speakers, celebrities or entertainers. Fill out a booking request form for Janne Kouri, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to discuss your upcoming event. One of our experienced agents will be happy to help you get pricing information and check availability for Janne Kouri or any other celebrity of your choice.
  • How much does it cost to book Janne Kouri?

    Booking fees for Janne Kouri, or any other speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. Pricing often varies according to the circumstances, including the talent's schedule, market conditions, length of presentation, and the location of the event. Speaker fees listed on this website are intended to serve as a guideline only. In some cases, the actual quote may be above or below the stated range. For the most current fee to hire Janne Kouri, please fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak with an experienced booking agent.
  • Who is the agent for Janne Kouri?

    All American Entertainment has successfully secured celebrity talent like Janne Kouri for clients worldwide for more than 15 years. As a full-service talent booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book Janne Kouri for your next private or corporate function.
  • What is a full-service talent booking agency?

    All American Speakers is a "buyers agent" and exclusively represents talent buyers, meeting planners and event professionals, who are looking to secure celebrities and speakers for personal appearances, speaking engagements, corporate entertainment, public relations campaigns, commercials, or endorsements. We do not exclusively represent Janne Kouri or claim ourselves as the exclusive booking agency, business manager, publicist, speakers bureau or management for Janne Kouri or any other speaker or celebrity on this website. For more information on how we work and what makes us unique, please read the AAE Advantage.

Janne Kouri is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics . The estimated speaking fee range to book Janne Kouri for your event is available upon request. Janne Kouri generally travels from Los Angeles, CA, USA and can be booked for (private) corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances. Similar motivational celebrity speakers are Hiroki Takeuchi, Chris Ruden, Mona Patel, Abigail Johnson and Michael Lerman. Contact All American Speakers for ratings, reviews, videos and information on scheduling Janne Kouri for an upcoming event.

Janne Kouri Speaker Videos

  • Life after paralyzation: Janne Kouri at TEDxVeniceBeach - YouTube

Janne Kouri Speaking Topics

  • Life of an Entrepreneur: Two Steps Forward, One Step Back

    We are all capable of achieving greatness in the face of adversity, but the path of an entrepreneur is riddled with challenges. In part, measurable success requires the individual to learn from mistakes, adapt, and strategize to maintain forward progress. Through his personal and inspiring journey, Janne Kouri shares the lessons he has learned and difficulties he continues to face while pursuing his goal of building a NextStep facility in every community across the country to ensure a lifelong continuum of care for people living with physical disabilities.

  • When Life Changes in an Instant: A Proactive Perspective

    After the accident that fractured his c-5 and c-6 vertebrae leaving him paralyzed from the neck down, everything in Janne Kouri's life changed in an instant. Instead of falling victim to his circumstances and allowing doctors and situation to dictate his future, Janne decided to take a proactive position and regain control over the trajectory of his life. Whether it be difficult life transitions, a failed business venture, or even financial trouble, Janne provides concrete techniques that have proven successful in his own struggles to illustrate the importance of never allowing outside influences define individual potential or worth. His optimistic and confident attitude towards life’s greatest obstacles will transform how you approach the hurdles in your own life.

  • Sisu: Acting Rationally in the Face of Adversity and Never Complaining

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This website is a resource for event professionals and strives to provide the most comprehensive catalog of thought leaders and industry experts to consider for speaking engagements. A listing or profile on this website does not imply an agency affiliation or endorsement by the talent.

All American Entertainment (AAE) exclusively represents the interests of talent buyers, and does not claim to be the agency or management for any speaker or artist on this site. AAE is a talent booking agency for paid events only. We do not handle requests for donation of time or media requests for interviews, and cannot provide celebrity contact information.

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