Good afternoon, ladies and gentlemen. My name is Vincent Belfleur, and I have the great honor of introducing this day’s speaker.
Once a simple journalist with not much to spare, this outstanding woman has managed to achieve immense success driven by her ingenious imagination, strong will, and unfaltering belief in her abilities. In one of her books, she claimed, “You sort of start thinking anything’s possible if you’ve got enough nerve” (Rowling, 2003), and that she’s got.
Once an unemployed single mother, she was ranked “the second richest female entertainer in the world in 2006” (Oceano, 2007). Rejected by 12 publishing houses before being given a chance, she held her head high and never gave up. Having created the first scratch of her breakthrough novel on napkins, she has it translated into 67 languages today.
Millions know her name and her face, her books have been bestsellers for years now; one of them has even earned the Guinness Book of World Records Award for being the fastest selling book ever. The works of this charming lady from the faraway Albion captivate both young and old all over the world; so, there is no wonder, the fruits of her literary endeavors have magically wormed their way into the hearts of Americans as well.
She is outstanding in every aspect. Not many of our contemporaries have really started from the scratch and eventually made it to the unimaginable heights. Even less of them have preserved the kindness and the energy to initiate countless charitable projects on their way to the said pinnacle of success. And only one is going to join us this fine day. I suppose, many of you have already guessed the name of the wonderful woman, and the brilliant author I am to present.
Ladies and gentlemen, meet Joanne Kathleen Rowling.