Mon, 6.16 | 8:00AM – 10:00AM | Opening Keynote Session featuring Naomi Judd
Naomi Judd is a tour-de-force. She made country music history and charmed Hollywood, but her story is far more than a heartwarming rags-to-riches tale. It is a quintessentially American lesson in perseverance and the life-altering power of positive thinking.
The single mom and registered nurse from small-town Kentucky first captured the hearts of the world performing with her daughter Wynonna. The Judds sold 20 million records, scored fifteen #1 hits, and received more than sixty industry awards, including six Grammys and seven consecutive CMA Vocal Group of the Year trophies.
But, the incredible journey of the mother-daughter duo was cut short when Naomi was stricken with Hepatitis C, a potentially fatal chronic liver disease that she contracted from an infected needle while working as a nurse. The Mayo Clinic gave Naomi three years to live, and in 1991, The Judds bid their fans farewell.
Instead of submitting to her devastating diagnosis, Naomi fought back, both physically and mentally. Today, she is more than a survivor. She is Hepatitis C-free—a medically documented miracle. Along with the combination of her medical teams and the unyielding support she received from friends and colleagues, she attributes much of her amazing recovery to her own stubborn optimism.
In addition to profoundly changing her life personally, the experience led Naomi to her current mission: to empower people through holistic health and wellness advocacy that incorporates the mind, body, and spirit.
Naomi’s tenacity, empathy, and intellectual curiosity have made her the ideal bridge between medical leaders and everyday people. She understands the concerns and fears of the single mom and the sick, the poor and the downtrodden, because she has traveled those same roads.
"My message is to help people understand that our thoughts can help us or hurt us,” Naomi says. "Whatever we believe becomes our biology.”
In 2004, Naomi published the self-penned Naomi’s Breakthrough Guide: 20 Choices to Transform Your Life, which remained on the New York Times bestseller list for more than eight weeks. Naomi’s Guide to Aging Gratefully: Facts, Myths, and Good News for Boomers hit shelves and impressed critics, medical professionals, and fans in 2008. In 2012, she hosted a six-week SiriusXM radio series entitled "Think Twice.”
The first national spokesperson for the American Liver Foundation and a current member of Dr. Andrew Weil’s board of directors, Naomi is a sought-after partner for social awareness campaigns and associations. She is also an accomplished children’s and cook book author, veteran talk show host, and versatile actress. Music and mentorship remain two of her deepest passions, evidenced when she helped launch CMT’s reality music competition Can You Duet in 2008 and 2009, along with her 2010 reunion with Wynonna, "The Judds: The Last Encore Tour,” chronicled by the hit docu-series "The Judds,” which aired on OWN: The Oprah Winfrey Network in 2011.
A devoted humanitarian and born activist, she also continues her work with the National Humane Society, River Cities Harvest, the Saint Louis University Liver Center, M.A.D.D., Parents Television Council, Make-A-Difference Day, Women’s World Peace Initiative, the National Domestic Violence Hotline, and her own event, the July 4th Judd’s Annual Food Drive, which benefits the families of Appalachia.
Tues, 6.17 | 8:15AM – 9:30AM | Keynote Session featuring Janet Miller
What makes an effective leader? In this keynote, management and leadership expert Janet Miller will share techniques and coaching tips to help you bring out the best in your team. She’ll also explain the essentials of change management to ensure that you’re all able to see change for what it is – an opportunity, not cause for alarm.
Janet has a master’s degree in Project Management and a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration with an emphasis in Management. She has been a public speaker for over 30 years, with more than 25 years of sales experience and 15 years in management. Janet has been with Grand Canyon University since 2007. Prior to joining to GCU, she and her husband ran their own business helping individuals achieve their peak potential through brain training.
Wed, 6.18 | 12:30PM – 2:30PM | Networking Lunch and Keynote featuring Inky Johnson
September 9, 2006. It started as a normal college football game in Neyland Stadium. If anything, the event was an afterthought, dropped into the schedule at the last minute. For Inky Johnson, though, the game changed everything. A routine tackle turned into a life-threatening injury, and nothing has been normal for Inky ever since. His dream had always been to play professional sports. You might think his injury would have destroyed his motivation and crushed his spirit. But that’s only because you don’t know Inky.
Who is Inquoris "Inky” Johnson? He could be described as the survivor of an underprivileged past. He could be described as a refugee of poverty and violence. He could be described as a success story stained by tragedy. But if you look deeper, you’ll discover something else; and you’ll be inspired by his relentless determination, which he loves to impart to others through his dramatic story.