Award-winning writer Judy Pearson's career began in a tree: a wonderful old maple in her parents' backyard, with a perfect branch on which to sit.
It was there, as a teenager, that she first wrote her thoughts on current events and life in general. Now hundreds of thousands of words later, this Michigan native is still writing.
A graduate of Michigan State University, Pearson has written two decades worth of newspaper and magazine articles, and has published three books.
The first two are biographies about ordinary people who exhibited extraordinary courage: Belly of the Beast: a POW's Inspiring True Story of Faith, Courage and Survival, and Wolves at the Door: the True Story of America's Greatest Female Spy. The latter has been optioned for a movie.
A breast cancer diagnosis caused Judy to depart from biographies to write her third book: It's Just Hair: 20 Essential Life Lessons. A 2012 International Book Award finalist, the book is the first in a series of three, all involving lessons designed to help readers infuse their journey through life with courage and humor.
She also co-founded the Women Survivors Alliance, an organization aimed at transforming survivorship from mood into a movement by empowering, educating, and connecting women whose lives have been touched by cancer. The founder of Courage Concepts, an organization that cultivates courage in women, Pearson provides workshops and keynotes for corporations and organizations.
Judy is an active member of numerous organizations including American Association of University Women, Michigan Professional Women's Resource, National Organization of Female Executives. She is a member of the board of directors the Al-Van Humane Society and the Beacon Club. Judy and her husband split their time between her idyllic little home town on the shores of Lake Michigan and downtown Chicago. And she still climbs trees!
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