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Phyllis George, Life Balance Speaker

Phyllis George

    Former Miss America, Humanitarian, Author and Keynote Speaker
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$10,000 - $15,000

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Phyllis George

Phyllis George

Phyllis George has become one of America's most accomplished women.

Phyllis has had many firsts in her career. She was 50th Miss America and the first to receive a gold crown, the first co-host of "Candid Camera", the first network female sportscaster on the NFL today show, the First Lady of Chicken (founder and owner of Chicken by George), the First Lady of Kentucky. She is one of the first Miss America's to be named to the Miss America Organization Board, after Donna Axum Whitworth. Phyllis was also named one of the "50 Greatest Women in Radio & Television".

In addition to these various accomplishments, Phyllis George is also a well-known author, who has written over six books, including Kentucky Crafts: Handmade and Heartfelt, Craft in America: The Creative Work of the Hand, and the History of American Quilts. Her latest book is Never Say Never : 10 Lessons to: Turn You Can't Into Yes I Can.

She was in one of the all time great money making movies at age 50, called Meet the Parents. She played the role of Linda Banks.

Her humanitarian effort stretches far and wide. She is the founder of the Kentucky Museum of Art & Craft in Louisville. She has worked with Save the Children for over 27 years and has sponsored children in Applachia and other places around the world. Recently, she received the prestigious Rita Hayworth Alzheimer's Award for her commitment to the cause at the annual gala in New York. The event raised a record breaking 3.2 million to help find a prevention and cure for Alzheimer's. Phyllis's mother died of this disease.

Phyllis George recently returned to live in Lexington, Kentucky, her main residence, where she was married to Governor John Y Brown, Jr. and raised her children. Her proudest accomplishment is being the mother of Pamela, 25 (a UNC Chapel Hill graduate) who is a reporter for the ABC affiliate in Washington DC, (7 and 8) and Lincoln, 29(a Wharton graduate) who is an entrepreneur and is President and CEO of two companies. She's thrilled to be back home. To book motivational speaker, Phyllis George call Executive Speakers Bureau 800-754-9404.

Never Say Never...Ten Lessons to Turn You Can't into Yes I Can
Phyllis shares 10 essential lessons she learned from her vast and varied experience from turning adversity into success, from Miss America to the first woman co-anchor of the national football pre-game show "NFL Today," to first lady of Kentucky, actress, entrepreneur, and award-winning humanitarian and businesswoman. She includes inspirational stories from high-profile personalities, such as Walter Cronkite, Larry King, Roger Staubach, Barbara Taylor Bradford, Muhammad Ali, Paula Zahn, Terry Bradshaw, and many more.

Alzheimer's: Finding A Path to Peace
Phyllis presents a passionate talk on her personal story dealing with losing her best friend, her mother, to Alzheimer's disease. She explains how she provided a dignified life for her after going through denial, depression, and determination. Phyllis understands that many people do not feel comfortable talking about the subject and don't know what to do when they face the facts. Phyllis provides encouragement and inspiration for caregivers as they go through this difficult time in their lives and that of the person for whom they are caring.

Taking Care of the Caregiver
Like many baby-boomers in the sandwich generation, caregivers can be so concerned about taking care of their loved ones that they lose sight of their own health and well-being. Phyllis talks about juggling several responsibilities: a long distance primary caregiver for her elderly parents in Texas, as well as taking care of her former husband after heart by-pass surgery, coupled with raising two children and finding time for her own needs. Many caregivers feel alone, helpless, confused, unprepared, frustrated, angry, stressed, depressed, and unable to provide for the needs of their family members. Phyllis gives ways to cope for caregivers through hope, support, and guidance through difficulties of this illness. Phyllis is working on her sixth book called Loving Care: Lessons for Caregivers.

At the Heart of It All
Phyllis shares many personal stories about her father, who died from heart disease, and her former husband who had two bypass surgeries - one life-threatening. She remembers her own wake up call when she had seven out of ten symptoms for a heart attack (which luckily turned out to be stress related) and ended up in the emergency room. Phyllis talks candidly about how to handle stress and is very passionate about raising the awareness of heart disease-the #1 killer for men and women.

An Evening with Phyllis George
Invite Phyllis to share her amazing life in the public eye from becoming Miss America in 1971, to the former first lady of Kentucky, through the myriad channels of TV from hosting Candid Camera and NFL football, to being an entrepreneur as the founder of Chicken by George. She's a mother, role model, actress, author, and award-winning humanitarian. It's an evening you won't forget. She will enlighten you with her humor, knowledge, wit and passion.

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