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Jessica was an EXCELLENT guest speaker for our spouses breakfast event at the Broadmoor. I was fortunate to meet with her personally before the event and she shared so much about her life, both before and after such a harrowing experience. She graciously allowed questions from the audience, and everyone I spoke to afterwards was very moved by her story and her ability to relive that nightmare.
Sheet Metal & Air Conditioning Contractors' National Association Construction Association
Jessica Buchanan was truly an awesome guest speaker for our annual fundraising luncheon this year! She touched the hearts of all in attendance and showed through faith and God-inspired determination that you can, in fact, defy Impossible Odds. Our guests are still talking about her presentation and many have graciously given to support the important nonprofit work we do in our community. Thank you, Jessica, for making this year’s event so special!
Jubilee Jobs of Lexington
Jessica Buchanan was the very best! Her griping story kept the ACE Summit audience hanging on every word. Beyond her story is a great person who will provide a rich experience for all who come in contact with her. It was an honor to meet and become friends with Jessica.
Bluegrass Business Media

Jessica Buchanan

Humanitarian Aid Worker; New York Times Best-Selling Co-Author, Impossible Odds: The Kidnapping of Jessica Buchanan and Her Dramatic Rescue By SEAL Team Six

Jessica Buchanan shares with audiences her experience in learning first-hand that the human spirit is impenetrable. No matter what obstacles or challenges lie in our path if we dig deep to find the strength and fortitude, there is help for any situation no matter how impossible the odds.

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Impossible Odds: A Story of Strength and Survival

Jessica Buchanan shares her story of the impossible odds facing her during her 93 days of captivity by Somali land pirates and her determination and efforts to survive the harrowing and most painful experience of her life.   In sharing her story with audiences she provides to use in everyday life to help find strength in any situation or challenge. They will be surprised to find that you can scrape out just enough to get through that day. It may not be more than enough—but just enough has got to be ok, and as Buchanan experienced day after day after day—just enough will do just fine.

Jessica Buchanan and Erik Landemalm’s Triumph Over Impossible Odds

In this joint presentation, Jessica Buchanan and her husband, Erik Landemalm, share their mutual journey during the torturous three months of her captivity at the hands of Somali land pirates. Together they relate the events prior to the kidnapping, the drama of Jessica’s fight to stay alive, and Erik’s efforts to bolster and support the hunt for her while he acted as liaison between their two families, the FBI, professional hostage negotiators and the U.S. government.  Audiences will be inspired by their courage and resolve in facing a life-or-death struggle and their deeply personal story about digging deep into the human spirit and learning you can triumph over impossible odds.

Meet Jessica Buchanan


Jessica Buchanan shares with audiences her experience in learning first-hand that the human spirit is impenetrable. No matter what obstacles or challenges lie in our path if we dig deep to find the strength and fortitude, there is help for any situation no matter how impossible the odds.

On October 25, 2011, Jessica Buchanan and a colleague were kidnapped at gunpoint by Somali land pirates and held for 93 days, enduring the most harrowing and painful experience of her life.  On the day of her kidnapping, she silently said to herself, “Some do come out alive, the numbers are small but they do exist.”   During her captivity, she was terrorized by her captors, held outdoors in a scrub desert and kept on a starvation diet. With her health steadily deteriorating her husband, Erik Landemalm, was furiously working behind the scenes with the FBI, professional hostage negotiators, and the United States government in negotiating her release.  Finally after fruitless negotiations with her captors and her medical state becoming a life-or-death issue, President Barack Obama ordered Navy SEAL Team Six to attempt a rescue.  On January 25, 2012 members of SEAL Team Six attacked the heavily-armed captors killing all and airlifting Buchanan and her colleague to safety.  Through this experience, Buchanan and Landemalm learned that the human spirit is indomitable. Today in a solo or joint presentation they share with audiences the tools they quickly learned to find strength to face any situation no matter how large or small the challenges or obstacles. They learned first-hand how to remain hopeful, dig deep even when you feel completely empty of any resources and trust your instincts as all can find the inner strength to face any situation. They chronicled their story in the New York Times best-seller and 2013 USA Best Book Award/Autobiography, Impossible Odds: The Kidnapping of Jessica Buchanan and Her Dramatic Rescue by SEAL Team Six (2013).

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