2016 Conference Keynote and Speakers

Warm Up Speaker: Amy Adams

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Amy Adams started coaching, singing, and acting fifteen years ago; she has since gone on to pursue some of her own dreams in the industry. Adams has been acting professionally since the age of sixteen, had a fantastic stint on season three of American Idol (finishing in the top ten), numerous television appearances, toured the country multiple times, starred in a National tour of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, featured on a number of collaborative recordings, and released my first solo album Never Looking Back in 2013. Adams is in her fifth contracted year with one of Las Vegas’ number one shows, Le Reve-The Dream. Adams also is the creator of the Garden Pathways Performance Arts Camp, which mentors children of all demographics through dance, vocal, and stage performance art. She is a proud member of Actors Equity Association, the American Federation Television and Radio Artist, and a Kern Dance Alliance board member. Adams has also worked closely with Bakersfield Music Theatre, being featured in Always Patsy Cline as Patsy Cline and Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat as the Narrator. In 2009, Adams started a successful voice studio, Amy Adams Voice Studio, where she coaches and mentors people of all ages to become the best versions of themselves.

Key Note Speaker: Naomi Judd

NaomiNaomi 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 more than 20 million records, scored fourteen #1 hits, and received more than sixty industry awards, including 6 Grammys and 7 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 October 2015, she and Wynonna surprised fans across the world by pairing up again. The Judds performed “Girls Night Out,” a nine-show residency at Las Vegas’ The Venetian to sold-out audiences.

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.” Her mission: to empower people through holistic health and wellness advocacy that incorporates the mind, body, and spirit.

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 8 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.

Cool – Down Speaker: Rachel HollisRH_headshot

Rachel Hollis is the founder of the popular lifestyle blog www.thechicsite.com and Los Angeles-based event-planning firm, Chic Events. At 27, she was named by Inc. Magazine as one of the “Top 30 Entrepreneurs under 30.” She has designed and produced fabulous parties for many of Hollywood’s elite, including Bradley Cooper, Rashida Jones, Al Gore, Jennifer Love Hewitt, Ivanka Trump, Jamie King, and Cuba Gooding Jr. (just to name a few). Hollis is also the author of the Amazon Bestselling women’s fiction series, “The Girls” published by Lake Union Publishing. The second book in the series, Sweet Girl was released in May 2015 and the third in the series, Smart Girl is slated for January 2016. In addition, Thomas Dunne Books will publish Rachel’s cookbook entitled Upscale Down Home in September 2016. Upscale Down Home is an irreverent collection of recipes for affordable meals presented so polished you’d never know their “lowbrow” origins. Most recently, Hollis garnered notoriety for an inspirational Facebook post that went viral receiving 470k likes and 64k shares to date. Virtually every major media outlet covered the post across the world, specifically Today.com, Yahoo.com, Good Morning America, and People Magazine. Better Homes and Gardens also named Hollis the Best Blogger for Entertaining.

In addition, Rachel has appeared as a lifestyle expert for The Rachael Ray Show, The Talk, EXTRA, The Nate Berkus Show, The Steve Harvey Show, KTLA Morning News, Fox 5, Better TV and a regular contributor on PopSugar TV and Celebrations.com. She has been featured in People, InStyle, Cosmopolitan, Redbook, Parade, OK! Weekly, Entertainment Weekly, Better Homes and Gardens

Traditional Home, Entrepreneur, and Grace Ormand and on the TV shows Jilted and I Do Over for the WE Network, The Traveler’s Guide to Life on the Travel Channel and Self Made for WealthTV.