Best-selling and award winning author 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 has newspaper, magazine, online articles, and four books to her credit. She is also a much-requested presenter and speaker. But her favorite title is “story teller,” as exemplified by the biographies she writes. Her second, Wolves at the Door, is not only a best-seller, but has been purchased for a movie.
Judy’s next book, From Shadows to Life: A Biography of the Cancer Survivorship Movement, will be released in early 2021.
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 and 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 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 loving life and making one another laugh every day.