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A survivor who learnt to control my life and
outcomes, and now I help others do the same.


Born In 1970

My story began in the slums of India. Born in 1970 to parents of British ancestry who stayed in India after its independence, I relied on the charitable kindness of others and the life lessons I learned on the streets to survive disease, malnutrition, continual abuse, and the deaths of all my siblings at a young age.

My First Big Job

Against all odds, I secured my first big job as an Executive Assistant to the CEO at the Bank of America in India. My passion to help others from similar situations as my own led me to the charitable department within the Bank of America. Where over time, I took on the responsibility of the President of Bank Of America’s diversity and charity networks.

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My New Books

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The Irrepressible Mind

Every person, company and organization will encounter some form of adversity in the pursuit of their goals. How one deals with it is the key to not only overcoming challenges but also how to grow and develop through them.


Jillian Haslam’s “start” in life was in the poorest villages of India, often being shifted from home to home as her family struggled to cope with poverty, malnutrition, and the uncertainty of what the next day would bring. She told her story in the award-winning book, A Voice out of Poverty. However, her parents gave her one invaluable lesson — to achieve something better, you had to have an excellent education, work hard, and have a positive belief in your goals and their achievability.


Jillian did just that and became a world-renowned philanthropist and motivational speaker.


The Irrepressible Mind will help you develop a strategy for overcoming whatever adversity may stand in the way of achieving your purpose in life. Your self-discovery journey will include nine steps in this invaluable guidebook. Step One is simple but has so much to say — Accept Your Start but Not Your End.


Jillian illuminates each of the nine steps by sharing her experiences and those of well-known successful individuals, including Oprah Winfrey, JK Rowling, Michael Jordan, and others. It may surprise you to see that their experiences are not unlike yours as you go through the nine steps to achieving your ultimate goals and purpose in life.


A Voice Out of Poverty

A Voice Out of Poverty is a raw and inspiring memoir that shows how hope can be found in the darkest situations, and how "success" is not just the act of making it through. Rather, it is the act of reaching back to bring others with you. 


As a young girl, Jillian Haslam saved a life. Herself tiny and aching from malnutrition, she stood for hours at a tea shop, begging for a ladle of milk to carry and prevent her new-born sister from dying of starvation. This tenacious act was the first glimmer of a lifelong drive to empower others to rise from adversity.


Now a renowned humanitarian and motivational speaker, Jillian Haslam shares her astonishing story to light the way for people to realise that their destiny is greater than their circumstances. 


Despite the odds, I have worked hard to overcome adversity and build a meaningful life. I’m grateful that my work of reaching out to bring others with me has been recognised by many institutions, and in 2017 I was honoured to receive "The Mother Teresa Memorial International Award."


But I am just an ordinary person.

I have spent my life learning how to overcome obstacles and reach my greatest potential.

Today, I teach my methods to international leaders, corporate teams, impoverished school children, and people just like you.

Because we are all alike.

We all have past experiences and obstacles to overcome.

We all have a purpose to fulfill

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