I have the pleasure of working beside Jane Jenkins Herlong on the board of the National Speakers Association Carolinas Chapter. To say that Jane is talented would be an understatement. Jane is a humorist, award-winning professional singer, recording artist and published author. But she did not start out that way…
Jane’s life is a story of one simple phrase; “Oh, yes I can.” Coming from a meager background she was literally the farmer’s daughter and the classic ugly duckling. Early on, Jane was informed that she was Dyslexic and would probably never accomplish much in life. Ironically, this may have been the best thing that ever happened to her, because she proved every label wrong. Jane won the title of Miss South Carolina and was a contestant in the Miss America Pageant. She graduated from college with the highest honors voted by her peers and continued her studies in graduate school. Oh, yes, she did!
From there Jane went on to even greater heights. As a professional singer and recording artist, she has performed at the legendary Radio City Music Hall, for professional basketball, baseball and numerous college bowl games. Along with speaking from coast to coast, Jane has also spoken in New Zealand and Germany sharing the stage with well-known personalities such as: Colin Powell, Rudolph Giuliani, Dr. Charles Stanley and the late Charlton Heston. A motivational humorist, Jane is a CSP, Certified Speaking Professional which is the highest earned designation awarded by the National Speakers Association.
As a published author her writing has appeared in Guideposts Magazine, Successful Farming, Baby Boomer, Fit and Well and was the featured cover story in Today’s American Woman magazine. Her popular book, Bare Feet To High Heels: You Don’t Have To Be A Beauty Queen To Be A Beautiful Person, has entertained and inspired people of all ages with her humor and warmth. A prolific writer, Jane is also a humor columnist.
Jane believes that with a positive attitude, the right people at your side and sense of humor you can develop a healthy mind, body and spirit. Through life lessons, lots of laughter, and her award-winning singing, Jane’s goal is to encourage her audiences to develop a sense of humor and discover a sense of self. “Oh, yes you can!”
Jane, her husband and two children live on the family peach farm in Edgefield County, South Carolina.