Meet IAHCSMM's Opening Keynote Speaker: Leeza Gibbons
Emmy Award winner Leeza Gibbons is one of the most well‐known pop‐culture icons on the air. In addition to her impressive background in entertainment and news media, Leeza is an instrumental advocate for healthcare, wellness, and caregiving. She is also a wife, mother, businesswoman, EMMY award winner, New York Times best-selling author and has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
Leeza’s career is diverse and impressive. Her on‐camera hosting and reporting dominance ranges from Entertainment Tonight, (where she was on the air for 16 years) to her award‐winning daytime talk show, Leeza, which ran for 7 years.
More recently, Leeza spent 4 years as co-host of the syndicated news magazine show America Now while simultaneously hosting the PBS Show My Generation for which she won the 2013 Daytime Emmy Award for “Outstanding Talk Show Host.” In the same year, Leeza’s book about personal growth, Take 2 became a New York Times Bestseller.
In 2015, Leeza became the winner of NBC’s Celebrity Apprentice. Having raised over $700,000 for her foundation, Leeza became the second woman ever to win the title and causing Donald Trump note that she "led with kindness." At the urging of many who wanted to learn her strategy for winning without sabotaging others, Leeza wrote Fierce Optimism; Seven Secrets for playing Nice and Winning Big, which was released this to critical acclaim this spring. The book is Leeza’s timely and prescriptive guide to succeeding in life and business, focusing on the tools she has used throughout her decades long career. The Hollywood veteran shows readers that with kindness, authenticity, and real teamwork, you can play it your way and win.
A pioneer in the Direct Response industry, Leeza recently crossed the One Billion Dollar mark in sales and was named the industry's Icon Award winner and inducted into the Electronic Retail Association's Hall of Fame.
Recognized as a social entrepreneur, Leeza has become one of the leading voices for issues facing family caregivers. In 2003, when her mother and grandmother were struggling with Alzheimer’s disease, she created what she wished her family had and started the Leeza Gibbons Memory Foundation. Through its signature program, Leeza’s Care Connection, family caregivers receive free services of programs and support allowing them to "call on their courage and summon their strength" for the journey ahead.
As further venues for her advocacy in healthcare, in 2016, Leeza was named the spokesperson for Philips Healthcare, a worldwide leader in diagnostic, treatment and preventative care. She also provides education and support for families facing care-giving challenges through her partnership with Senior Helpers.
Leeza has become known as a trusted girlfriend, valued confidante, and source of inspiration and information, empowering others to show up for their lives with confidence and pride. Whether it’s her scrapbooking honoring the value of memories, her jewelry collection to symbolize transformation, or her cosmetic products to reveal inner and outer beauty, Leeza develops programs and products to help people claim their strength and rewrite the story of their lives.
Leeza currently resides in Los Angeles with her husband, New York Times best-selling author, Steven Fenton and, has three children - daughter Leksy and sons Troy and Nathan.
IAHCSMM's Closing Keynote Speaker will leave you with tools to help create communication cohesion and elevate your self-confidence for leadership and life: Tami Evans
Are you or your team a bit rusty on relationship skills, a little crunchy on communication concepts and pooped-out on positivity? Soft skills are the new black and if you want to make the most of your personal and professional life, you had better know how to wear them!
Motivational Speaker Tami Evans shares her energy, passion and humor to create an unforgettable experience for audiences.
Recently appearing on The Dr. Oz Show (where she taught him to chair dance) Tami lives her belief that laughter is a vital part of learning. Her entertainment-based content celebrates and motivates participants, engages and empowers employees, creates communication cohesion, boosts confidence and busts stress!
Genuine & funny, Tami is a professional speaker who specializes in fast-paced, interactive programs, filled with lots of learning and laughter.
She has a broad professional history which includes working as a; University Professor, Communications Specialist, Professional Actress in NYC, Fashion Designer for Banana Republic, Personal Assistant to Nell Carter, Every kind of Waitress you can imagine, Stand-in for Melanie Griffith (pre-Antonio), accidental illustrator, and author of “Half Full of It: Activating Optimism and Other Hard Core Soft Skills.”
Tami is an energetic motivator and performer, with both corporate and independent experience. She holds an MFA, and BAA in Broadcasting Communications, and Theatre.
Tami shares important communication and leadership tools along with fresh ideas like Personality Upstages Perfectionism, you can Fail with Flair, and we all need to Embrace our Inner Dork!
Serving on the Board of Directors for the National Speakers Association, and President of the New York City Chapter 2015-2016, Tami was also recently honored with the distinction “Best Avocado Sandwiches on the Planet” by her young son.
Originally from the beautiful state of Michigan (show me your Hand Map!) Tami now lives just outside New York City.