Jake is a public speaker, the youngest #1 bestselling author in New Zealand history, and a passionate educator on the power of resilience.
Jake first caused a global sensation in 2015, when his prize-giving speech as Head Boy at Christchurch Boys’ High School in New Zealand went viral. A week before he was due to deliver this speech he was diagnosed with the most aggressive form of cancer known to man and given two weeks to live if this was left untreated. Jake persevered through to make his speech from a wheelchair, the video of which went on to touch the hearts of tens of millions and draw praise from across the globe.
Since being announced in remission in 2016, Jake has gone on to share his story with over 70,000 people, through hundreds of speeches across dozens of cities. Through his development of resilience and wellbeing strategies for corporates, organisations, and schools across the globe, Jake has educated audiences ranging from elite athletes to children in outback towns, Fortune 500 CEO’s to prison inmates, and foreign governments to retirement homes on how we can most successfully overcome the adversity we all inevitably face in life.
Jake is driven by having himself seen the powerful impact that resilience has had on his own life both during and post-cancer, and consequently knowing the potential which this trainable and attainable skill can have on the success and happiness of others.