Becker Helicopters Group CEO, Captain Jan Becker, is living proof that you can fly high in business and life while still staying grounded to family values and making the world a better place.
With gritty determination, a global vision and a unique background in nursing and aviation, Jan is an international force for change in the helicopter industry, in business and in women's and babies' health.
Jan is a captivating, funny, engaging, forthright and thought provoking speaker who passionately shares the keys to successfully captaining your own life, business and health.
Jan (along with husband Mike) started Becker Helicopter Services in a humble tin shed on the Sunshine Coast in 1996. Today Becker Helicopters Group is the largest flight academy in the Southern Hemisphere, turning over $20 million a year and employing a staff of 70.
The innovative company was the first civilian flight academy to introduce Advanced Night Goggles Training, and operates a fleet of 20 helicopters and four simulators, training civilian and military personnel from around the world.
Jan's business acumen and leadership has been recognised by numerous honours including the 2014 Telstra Business Women's Queensland Business Owner Award, the 2013 Telstra Australian Medium Business Award, and the 2012 Queensland Premier's Innovation Export Award.
As well as steering the company to new heights, Jan is a Commercial Helicopter Pilot, holds a Master of Aviation Management and in 2014 was elected to the Board of the Helicopter Association International.
This high-flying CEO also understands the importance of keeping her feet on the ground. Having worked as a registered nurse and midwife in hospitals and remote settings across Australia, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea and Africa, Jan has seen first hand how life can change in an instant.
When her youngest daughter was diagnosed with ovarian cancer at age 14, Jan came face to face with the reality that money and success are not enough if we lose the people we love. Thankfully her daughter survived and today Jan gains great satisfaction from contributing her skills to support medical research. She is the Deputy Chair of Cherish Foundation, which raises funds for research into women's cancers, and is a Board member of Prince Charles Hospital Foundation, which generates $5 million annually for health research projects.
As a trained midwife, Jan is also passionate about reducing child mortality and improving maternal health in some of the world's most under-resourced countries.
She is founder of Midwife Vision, which offers education, professional support and resources to midwives at Amana Referral Hospital in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. Her hands-on involvement includes funding equipment and making annual trips to Tanzania where she volunteers as a midwife and educator in the hospital's busy labor ward - which delivers up to 100 babies a day!
Whether speaking about business success, flying or women's health, Jan has a vast grab bag of motivational and inspirational tales to draw from. She takes audiences on a memorable journey, weaving humour and insight to connect on a deep and impactful level.
Jan loves sharing real-life lessons about the courage and discipline required to create a successful company, overcome life and work challenges, and the rewards that come from being the change you want to see in the world.