Jason Schechterle

Keynote Speaker | Subject of Burning Shield | A Story You Won’t Forget

Life Is 10% What Happens To You And 90% How You React To It

“The one true blessing we have, the one thing we have control of in our lives, is our attitude. It’s the only thing you have control of, every single day, every situation. You get to decide what your attitude is going to be”.
Jason Schechterle

Don’t let the pain of today blind you from the promise of tomorrow. We all have scars, seen and not seen, and we all face adversity. We’re made to feel a crazy, varying range of emotions. Go to sleep at night with the weight of the world thinking about life’s imperfections and wake up the next day ready to be inspired, moved, and a better version of ourselves. We are all forged by the fires of life and the adversity it brings. Let’s journey together and see that the fire inside us can burn brighter and stronger than any that surrounds us.

Jason travels all over the country sharing his incredible story. Doing over 75 engagements a year, Jason has found his calling in inspiring others to overcome adversity, big and small.


  • A Burning Shield

“I wanted to take a moment to thank you for speaking at the Raytheon Missile Systems (RMS) leadership forum earlier this month. Your personal story truly embodies turning challenge into great opportunity. Your public speaking skills and your ability to connect with the audience are best in class. I continue to receive emails from RMS employees, who want to express their sincere gratitude for having had the opportunity to hear your story.” – Dr. Taylor Lawrence, President, Raytheon Missile Systems

“Just a quick email to express how truly inspired I am by Jason’s story & his delivery of such personal life changing events!!! I cannot even count how many people have approached me stating how much they enjoyed listening to Jason, there were tears in the crowd, laughter, and very eager engaged audience members. WOW!!! The next time I begin to start a complaint; I pray I stop and begin to make coffee instead.”
Katie S. Duitsman, Spectrum Health.

It was an honor and a privilege to have you speak to our group. Your inspirational story was an incredible reminder of why we are committed to serving our community with compassion and with diligence. Your presence made a significant impact on the hearts of all our staff and we are so very thankful you joined us.” – Renee Little Mercy Care Plan Long Term Care, Supervisor

Thank you for such a powerful message yesterday. I was moved and inspired to make everyday count, and to always push forward no matter what obstacles are on your path to greatness. You have rewired my thinking in just one hour. You are a beautiful soul. May God continue to bless you. And may he always give you the right words to touch everyone like you touched me yesterday. Thank you, thank you, thank you!

Thank you for the incredible words. I’m blessed to have been in that room with you. God bless you as well!

Jason has spoken at:

  • 100 Club Of Arizona
  • Accelerent
  • American Association Of Tissue Banks
  • Arizona Homicide Investigator’s Association
  • Arizona Burn and Trauma Foundation
  • Arizona Court Reporter’s Association
  • Arizona Law Enforcement Academy
  • Arizona Association of REALTORS®
  • Arizona State Mine Inspector
  • ASU School of Nursing
  • Barrow Neurological Nursing Symposium
  • Concern for Police Survivors
  • Corporate America Credit Union
  • Corvel
  • FBI Academy at Quantico
  • FBI Alumni Association – San Francisco
  • FreeLife Annual Conference
  • Gift Of Life Philadelphia
  • Greenberg Traurig
  • Hilton Hotels
  • International Association of Healthcare Central Service Material Management
  • International Trial Lawyers Association
  • Iowa Association Of Worker’s Comp Lawyers
  • Leading Age Arizona
  • Leslie Pools Nationwide
  • Mercy Care
  • Mogollan Health Alliance
  • New York State Senate
  • Nevada Donor Network
  • Next Care
  • Nina Mason Pulliam Scholars
  • Phoenix Society’s World Burn Congress
  • Raytheon Missile Systems
  • Spectrum Health
  • Tennessee PRIMA
  • Texas House of Representatives
  • University of Az College of Medicine
  • Utah State Police Academy
  • Willis Towers Watson
Travels From:  Arizona
City: Phoenix
$5,001 to $10,000


Growing up, Jason had one dream – to serve as a Phoenix Police Officer. Inspired by his brother and the tragic loss of a local law enforcement hero, Jason worked persistently towards his dream. After serving four years in the Air Force, at the age 26, Jason achieved his goal to work on the streets of Phoenix as a rookie police officer. Then, only 14 months into what was supposed to be a life-long career, Jason’s life took an unexpected tragic turn.

On the night of March 26th, 2001, a taxi cab, traveling at over 100 mph, crashed into the rear of Jason’s patrol car. Upon impact, Jason’s car burst into flames, trapping him inside.

Through a series of miraculous and fateful circumstances, Jason survived the crash and ensuing physical and emotional catastrophe. He suffered severe burns to over 40% of his body which drastically altered his appearance. He has undergone more than 50 surgeries just to have the ability to accomplish simple daily tasks we often take for granted.

Jason’s journey chronicles his fight for life, his triumph over tragedy and the inspiration that enables him to continue to overcome unimaginable adversity. His personal narrative exemplifies that the power of the human spirit can never be underestimated or extinguished. His story is also a testament of true love and the dedication Jason and his wife have in their commitment to honor their family and the vows of marriage in good times and bad.
His story is one of life, rebirth, and transformation. Jason represents the human experience at its very best – an ascent from despair to describing himself as the luckiest person alive!


Areas of expertise

  • Overcoming Adversity
  • Life Change
  • The Power Of Love
  • The Human Spirit
  • Embracing Your Challenges And Always Be The Best Version Of You
  • Never Giving In, Never Giving Up

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