Maja Kazazic was only 16 years old when a grenade detonated in her families courtyard during the Bosnian war, a genocide that killed 250,000 people and injured millions more. 5 of her friends died in the blast, and Maja was left with her legs shattered along with shrapnel spread across her legs and face. In a makeshift hospital, Maja eventually required amputation of her left leg without any anesthetic. Maja has since gone on to be a successful entrepreneur who now uses her personal and career experiences to motivate others towards success.
Reasons to Book Maja Kazazic
- Maja is a firm believer that their is no solution that can fit all, so she will study the overall culture of your business before delivering her keynote; ensuring that what she says is completely tailored to your needs.
- Maja can help you to achieve your business goals as well as the personal goals of those who attend, motivating people to remain positive through adversity and push forward.
- With a powerful back story, Maja gives talks that empower attendees to reach their goals and create effective and attainable plans for the future.
Whilst lying close to death in a makeshift hospital, Maja was one of only 3 children chosen to be evacuated from Bosnia for treatment. Leaving behind her family and friends with only a teddy, t-shirt and rock with her, Maja ended up in Cumberland, Maryland where the local community rallied around to help her recover once learning of her story.
Determined to succeed in life, even despite the challenges presented by being a below-the-knee amputee, Maja used her personal willpower to overcome any obstacle presented to her. To help with the PTSD she was going through due to her trauma from the genocide, her clinician recommended she adopt an amputee dog, Rosie, and they have been rarely apart from one another since. Kazazic learned how to walk again and eventually completed high school and college in the US. She then went on to start her own business, with clients including Fortune 100 companies. Maja completed her first 5K in 2009 and has learned how to windsurf and play tennis.
Maja has featured in Readers’ Digest Magazine, Woman’s World, and the Los Angeles Times and her story has gone on to inspire people from all over the world. A screenplay is currently in the process of being written based on her incredible story, which will go on to inspire even more people for years to come.
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