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, with degrees in French and English, and post graduate work in Psychology. She has written nearly two decades worth of newspaper and magazine articles, and has published three books.
Her 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. Rights to the latter have been purchased for a television series.
In 2005, Judy founded Courage Concepts, an organization that cultivates courage in women and girls, providing workshops and keynotes for corporations and organizations on the subject of women’s courage.
A diagnosis of breast cancer in 2011 caused Judy to depart from biographies and write her third book. It’s Just Hair: 20 Essential Life Lessons was selected as a 2012 International Book Award finalist. Recognizing that helping is healing, Judy’s survivorship led her to found A2ndAct.org. The non-profit organization supports and celebrates women survivors of all cancers as they use their gifts of time and experience to give back to the greater good.
Judy conducts keynotes and workshops on the importance of creating 2nd Acts, not just after a cancer diagnosis, but after any life changes and challenges. Her writing includes women’s health, advocating for women cancer survivors, highlighting courageous women today and yesterday, and topics that bring joy to her heart.
Recognized as one of Chicago’s most inspirational women, Judy and her husband recently left the shores of Lake Michigan to relocate to Phoenix. They, and their chocolate lab, Izzy,cowboy up every day, loving their new desert home!