Jessica Buchanan is the New York Times Bestselling author of Impossible Odds: The Kidnapping of Jessica Buchanan and her Dramatic Rescue by SEAL Team VI. In October 2011, while on a routine field mission while working as a humanitarian aid worker in Somalia, Jessica was abducted at gunpoint and held for a $45million ransom by a group of Somali pirates. After being held outdoors in deplorable conditions, starved, and terrorized by more than two dozen gangsters for 93 days, Jessica was rescued by SEAL Team VI during a daring operation that required the US Navy’s elite special forces unit to heroically parachute into the desert and successfully rescue her.
Through the art of storytelling, Jessica brings perspective and inspiration as she shares her experience as a hostage, and then as a survivor trying to navigate life afterwards. She focuses on topics such as resilience, how to collaborate with change and make it work for you, and becoming the hero of your own story.
She is a family support liaison for Hostage US, a non-profit that seeks to support former hostages and their families, as well as a dedicated Ambassador for the Navy SEAL Foundation, which works to support families of fallen SEALs. Jessica is also the co-host of the popular conversational podcast, We Should Talk About That, which focuses on topics people should be talking about, but don’t. Subjects such as PTSD, imposter syndrome, mental health, the plight of the working mom, and more.