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Jessica Cox

Jessica Cox

Keynote Speaker: World's First Armless Pilot & First Armless Black-Belt in the American Taekwondo Association

Jessica Cox Biography

Jessica Cox is recognized internationally as an inspirational keynote speaker. Born without arms, Cox now flies airplanes, drives cars, and otherwise lives a normal life using her feet as others use their hands. She holds the title of the first person without arms to earn a black belt in ATA Martial Arts and the Guinness World Record for being the first armless person in aviation history to earn a pilot’s certificate. Convinced that the way we think has a greater impact on our lives than our physical constraints, Cox chose to pursue a degree in psychology at the University of Arizona. Since then she has traveled to 26 countries on six continents sharing her inspirational message.

Born in 1983 in Sierra Vista, Arizona, Cox has learned to live her life with her feet. There were many questions at the time about whether Cox would be able to live a “normal” life. However, Cox’s father has said he never shed a tear about her birth condition. He had full confidence in her potential. With the support of her parents and family, Cox became confident in herself as an adult and continued to explore the world with her feet.

Cox’s parents eventually met a Taekwondo instructor named Jim Cunningham. His response, when told of Cox’s birth condition, was that she would be more than physically able to participate and that only her attitude could hold her back. At the age of 14, Cox earned her first black belt in the International Taekwondo Federation.

After graduating from high school, Cox attended the University of Arizona, where she earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology. When talking about her degree, she frequently explains that psychology credits the way people think with having a greater impact on their lives than a physical limitation.

During college, Cox joined an ATA Martial Arts club and resumed training in the sport of Taekwondo. Even though Cox already had one black belt in a different style, she had to relearn all new material for the ATA system. The instructors created a standardized curriculum that would be accessible to any future armless students. Cox then became the first armless person to earn a black belt in the ATA.

Cox’s most famous accomplishment was learning how to fly. It took three states, four airplanes, three flight instructors, and three years to find the right aircraft: a 1946 415C Ercoupe Airplane. In 2008 Cox earned her Light Sport Pilot Certificate. She received the Guinness World Record for being the first person certified to fly an airplane with only their feet in 2011.

In May 2012, Cox married in the beautiful city of South Pasadena, CA. In the fall of that same year, Cox became a Goodwill Ambassador for Humanity and Inclusion, a Nobel Peace Prize winning NGO and advocated for disability rights in Ethiopia, the Philippines, Nepal, and the US Senate.

Flying continues to be a passion for Cox as she attends many of the largest aviation events in the world. Along the way, she has been recognized for numerous awards including Inspiration International from the Inspiration Awards for Women, UK, and a distinguished speaker award from Egypt’s President at the World Youth Forum in 2019.

In 2019, a generous fan donated a 1946 415C Ercoupe with tail number N26R (“two-six-romeo”) for Cox’s use. With an 85 horsepower engine, two seats for pilot and a copilot/passenger, a cruising speed around 90 miles per hour, and a flying time a little over three hours, N26R is a fair weather airplane designed primarily for local daytime flights. Despite the performance limitations, Cox plans to fly N26R to airshows across the USA to show that “disability does not mean inability.”

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Jessica Cox Speaking Topics

Achieve the Impossible

Innovation, Creativity, Motivation, Desire, Persistence, Fearlessness, Aviation, "Think outside the shoe"

Jessica Cox Videos

What are your fake arms? | Jessica Cox | TEDxTelAviv
Jessica Cox - International Motivational Speaker

How to book Jessica Cox?

Our booking agents have successfully helped clients around the world secure talent like Jessica Cox for speaking engagements, personal appearances, product endorsements, or corporate entertainment for over 15 years. The team at All American Entertainment represents and listens to the needs of organizations and corporations seeking to hire keynote speakers, celebrities or entertainers. Fill out a booking request form for Jessica Cox, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to discuss your upcoming event. One of our experienced agents will be happy to help you get pricing information and check availability for Jessica Cox or any other celebrity of your choice.

How much does it cost to book Jessica Cox?

Booking fees for Jessica Cox, or any other speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. Pricing often varies according to the circumstances, including the talent's schedule, market conditions, length of presentation, and the location of the event. Speaker fees listed on this website are intended to serve as a guideline only. In some cases, the actual quote may be above or below the stated range. For the most current fee to hire Jessica Cox, please fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak with an experienced booking agent.

Who is the agent for Jessica Cox?

All American Entertainment has successfully secured celebrity talent like Jessica Cox for clients worldwide for more than 15 years. As a full-service talent booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book Jessica Cox for your next private or corporate function.

What is a full-service talent booking agency?

All American Speakers is a "buyers agent" and exclusively represents talent buyers, meeting planners and event professionals, who are looking to secure celebrities and speakers for personal appearances, speaking engagements, corporate entertainment, public relations campaigns, commercials, or endorsements. We do not exclusively represent Jessica Cox or claim ourselves as the exclusive booking agency, business manager, publicist, speakers bureau or management for Jessica Cox or any other speaker or celebrity on this website. For more information on how we work and what makes us unique, please read the AAE Advantage.


Jessica Cox is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics including Inspirational, Personal Growth and Innovation. The estimated speaking fee range to book Jessica Cox for live events is $20,000 - $30,000, and for virtual events $10,000 - $20,000. Jessica Cox generally travels from Portland, OR, USA and can be booked for (private) corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances. Similar motivational celebrity speakers are Melissa Stockwell, J.R. Martinez and Amelia Rose Earhart. Contact All American Speakers for ratings, reviews, videos and information on scheduling Jessica Cox for an upcoming event.

Jessica Cox Speaking Topics

  • Achieve the Impossible

  • Innovation, Creativity, Motivation, Desire, Persistence, Fearlessness, Aviation, "Think outside the shoe"

Jessica Cox Videos

What are your fake arms? | Jessica Cox | TEDxTelAviv
Jessica Cox - International Motivational Speaker

Jessica Cox Reviews

  • I took away a quote "walls are only there to stop the people who don't want it bad enough". Seeing how Jessica has done so much really makes me think again about some of the things I may have not done because they were scary or difficult. Very inspirational and I will get out there and learn something new because of it. Very inspirational. Thank you for sharing your story. I plan to share the DVD with my team at work to inspire them.
    Boeing - Jun 29 2014

  • Jessica is the most empowering woman I've ever met. I've set my computer to play her YouTube videos every morning while I get ready. They remind me that if someone like Jessica can be such a positive person with the toes that god gave her. I can use my hands to me to help others. I want to hear more about how she goes about her daily life and how she deals with people's social interactions when they see her and all the assumptions they probably make.
    Unknown - Jun 29 2014

  • It just made me inspired to continue through everyday challenges with determination and perseverance. I just wish we could have allowed for more time for her to speak. I learned to not let your dreams go unfulfilled just because you're not perfect or perfectly suited for something. To persevere despite any hardships that life throws at you. Also to have a good outlook and keep your chin up.
    Internet Association - Jun 29 2014

  • Anything is possible if you believe in yourself, others and God. While Jessica related some wonderful and humorous stories, I would have loved to hear a more poignant and moving experience. Amazing, thought provoking and inspiring.
    Adventist Health - Jun 29 2014

  • Jessica has a strong sense of independence and persistence. Jessica is a great inspiration.
    The Boeing Company - Jun 29 2014

Jessica Cox News

  • Woman Born Without Arms Tells 3-Year-Old with Same Condition, 'You Can Do Anything'

    Jessica Cox was born without arms, and she hasn't let that hold her back in life. If anything, Cox has achieved more than the average person: She has a black belt in Taekwondo, she has her pilot's license, and she's an excellent pianist. And she's done it all without using prosthetic arms. Cox, 32, is also the subject of a new documentary, Right-Footed, and at the premiere on Friday, Cox met 3-year-old Ruth Evelyn "RE" Pranke, who was also born without arms. In the above video, Cox autographs a poster for the girl, grasping the pen with her foot but writing with immaculate penmanship, "You can do anything."

  • Powerful Lineup of Speakers on Tap for WAI 2016 Annual Conference in Nashville

    Megan Barry, the Mayor of Nashville, will join astronauts Dr. Rhea Seddon and Robert “Hoot” Gibson as each connects, engages, and inspires attendees at the 27th annual International Women in Aviation Conference, March 10-12, 2016, at the Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center in Nashville, Tennessee. Jessica Cox, world's first armless pilot and motivational speaker.

  • This armless woman can literally kick your ass | New York Post

    Jessica Cox is more than just an armless pilot. She also is the first person without arms to become a black belt in the American Tae Kwon Do Association, ...

  • Apl, Jessica Cox honored for helping Yolanda survivors

    WASHINGTON, D.C. – Filipino-American armless pilot Jessica Cox and international entertainer Apl.de.Ap were recognized by the Philippine Embassy for donating their time and resources in helping in the recovery efforts in areas devastated by typhoon Yolanda. Cox received a plaque of achievement for her excellence in motivational speaking and her advocacy for the disabled. She has partnered with Handicap International to help those who were disabled during Typhoon Yolanda’s devastation...

  • Photos: Tucson woman Jessica Cox takes message of hope around the world

    A Tucson woman born with no arms is taking a message to impoverished and post-conflict countries, where people with physical impairments are often shunned and prevented from going to school. Jessica Cox, 30, traveled to Ethiopia this year as a guest of Handicap International, an aid organization that focuses on disabled children. Cox has been a full-time motivational speaker since graduating from the University of Arizona in 2005 and is increasingly focusing her attention on disability issues in impoverished countries. She recently visited Ghana, where she met people forced to the lowest tier of society because of their physical differences. Take a look at the gallery to view photos of Jessica throughout the years.

How to book Jessica Cox?

Our booking agents have successfully helped clients around the world secure talent like Jessica Cox for speaking engagements, personal appearances, product endorsements, or corporate entertainment for over 15 years. The team at All American Entertainment represents and listens to the needs of organizations and corporations seeking to hire keynote speakers, celebrities or entertainers. Fill out a booking request form for Jessica Cox, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to discuss your upcoming event. One of our experienced agents will be happy to help you get pricing information and check availability for Jessica Cox or any other celebrity of your choice.

How much does it cost to book Jessica Cox?

Booking fees for Jessica Cox, or any other speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. Pricing often varies according to the circumstances, including the talent's schedule, market conditions, length of presentation, and the location of the event. Speaker fees listed on this website are intended to serve as a guideline only. In some cases, the actual quote may be above or below the stated range. For the most current fee to hire Jessica Cox, please fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak with an experienced booking agent.

Who is the agent for Jessica Cox?

All American Entertainment has successfully secured celebrity talent like Jessica Cox for clients worldwide for more than 15 years. As a full-service talent booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book Jessica Cox for your next private or corporate function.

What is a full-service talent booking agency?

All American Speakers is a "buyers agent" and exclusively represents talent buyers, meeting planners and event professionals, who are looking to secure celebrities and speakers for personal appearances, speaking engagements, corporate entertainment, public relations campaigns, commercials, or endorsements. We do not exclusively represent Jessica Cox or claim ourselves as the exclusive booking agency, business manager, publicist, speakers bureau or management for Jessica Cox or any other speaker or celebrity on this website. For more information on how we work and what makes us unique, please read the AAE Advantage.


Jessica Cox is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics including Inspirational, Personal Growth and Innovation. The estimated speaking fee range to book Jessica Cox for live events is $20,000 - $30,000, and for virtual events $10,000 - $20,000. Jessica Cox generally travels from Portland, OR, USA and can be booked for (private) corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances. Similar motivational celebrity speakers are Melissa Stockwell, J.R. Martinez and Amelia Rose Earhart. Contact All American Speakers for ratings, reviews, videos and information on scheduling Jessica Cox for an upcoming event.

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