Mercedes Ramirez Johnson
"Return on Investment Living"
Return on Investment Living™ is being conscious of the choices and commitments you make to intentionally invest in a positive, satisfying life and career. It creates a purpose to life––a blueprint or roadmap––and returns value on the investment you make.
Mercedes is one of only four survivors of American Airlines Flight 965, which crashed into the Andes Mountains near Cali, Colombia in December 1995.
Her story of the crash, and her recovery against the odds, completing her education and achieving a highly successful career in healthcare software and pharmaceutical sales has inspired thousands. As a professional speaker, Mercedes passionately delivers her story of perseverance and courage, and of fully living her “second chance at life.”
Second Chance Living - Maximizing Returns on Your Life and Career Investments
How can you reap the most rewards from both your personal and professional life? Many people live without achieving a profound sense of self esteem, self value and real satisfaction. By being continually conscious of the choices and commitments you make, you can intentionally invest in a positive, satisfying life and career.
• Being actively engaged will give you the most out of life
• The fulfillment you receive comes from the intentional investments you make
• You can change your perspective for a more positive outlook on life
• You can choose to reach your full potential
Bringing Life To Teams - Capitalizing on Individual Talents for Team Success
Are your team members inspired to achieve shared success? As human beings—in both our personal and professional lives—we need to be acknowledged, appreciated and needed in order to perform at our maximum potential. Without these returns, there are no incentives for us to continue in such relationships.
• Delegating people to their strengths is key to team success
• Individuals have different key motivators which inspire them
• Relating and caring directly affects productivity and performance
• Teams stay together—or fall apart—because of what their leaders do
A Wake Up Call For Safe Living - Investing in Safety for the Long-term
Have you ever been lulled into a false sense of security? The highly experienced pilots of Flight 965 magnified several errors into a deadly mistake. Extensive experience can lead to complacency, which blinds us to the warning signs that we are "off course." Being mindful at all times is the only safety choice.
• Why experience and confidence do not ensure safety
• The potential consequences of your actions
• How to recognize risks and avoid mistakes
• The importance of clear communications and being fully engaged in your actions
“I should be thanking you for coming into my life with your story. People have always told me that special people were put on this earth to inspire others to do better in their lives. After meeting you, I see that it is true.” - City of Denton
"Thank you for keynoting our Annual Banquet. You delivered an important and powerful message to all us busy professionals - to have faith and courage in ourselves and to keep perspective in our lives. What a marvelous story you share. Please let me know if you ever need a reference. It would be my honor." - Southeast Texas Society of Human Resource Management
"Thank you for sharing your tragic, yet inspiring story with us. Your story certainly helped us gain a new perspective on life. You helped us all realize that we can deal with change and that we should cherish this very special gift called life." - Truman Medical Center
“She was spectacular. One of the best I've heard in 30 years…. I wish I had kept track of all of the glowing comments made about [her] commencement speech." - Northwest Missouri State University