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 and write. Now hundreds of thousands of words later, this Michigan native’s voice is still inspiring!
Judy is a graduate of Michigan State University and an award-winning writer, with two decades worth of newspaper, magazine online articles, and four books to her credit. She is also an accomplished presenter and speaker.
A diagnosis of Triple Negative Breast Cancer caused Judy to found A 2nd Act. The nonprofit organization raises funds through live storytelling performances, publishes a book (an ever growing collection of the stories told on their stages), conducts workshops helping guide women survivors discover their 2nd Acts, and makes micro grants to survivors ready to launch or grow their 2nd Acts after cancer.
Honored in Washington D.C. by the American Association of Cancer Research and featured in their National Cancer Research Progress Report, Judy is also member of the Society of Integrative Oncology, a member of the American Psychosocial Oncology Society. She is a founding board member of Arizona Women for the Arts, a member of the American Association for University Women, a member of both Women of Central Phoenix and Women of Scottsdale, and a past board member of the Michigan State University Alumni Association. Judy was named one of Chicago’s Most Inspirational Women, was selected as a finalist for the Arizona Healthcare Leadership Awards and named a Phoenix Healthcare Hero the same year.
Judy and her husband, David live at the base of the Phoenix Mountain Preserve making one another laugh and loving every day.