2018 Keynote Speaker Leeza Gibbons
Emmy Award winner Leeza Gibbons has taken her decades of dominance in the fields of on-camera hosting and reporting along with her passion for health advocacy to craft a unique position as a leading voice for personal growth and empowerment. Using her experiences hosting, producing and writing for shows such as Entertainment Tonight, Extra and her own talk show, LEEZA, Gibbons became an instrumental advocate for healthcare, wellness and caregiving, ultimately becoming a social entrepreneur creating the non-profit Leeza's Care Connection. There she offers free services and support to those trying to answer the question, "Now What" when someone they love gets a diagnosis of a chronic illness or disease.
Family is at the core of many of Leeza's pursuits and it was her mother's struggle with Alzheimer's disease that inspired many of Leeza's actions. After winning Celebrity Apprentice, (Donald Trump’s final season as host), Leeza took her earnings and invested them in her home town, Columbia, SC to support family caregivers at her flagship Leeza's Care Connection location. Her focus on helping others "call on their courage" and "summon their strength" during a health challenge is a common theme to her life.
Her books, including NY Times Bestseller, Take 2; Your guide to happy endings and New Beginnings and Fierce Optimism; 7 Secrets for Playing Nice and Winning Big highlight Leeza's ability to provide practical inspiration and encouragement to anyone who believes they can create a successful life of happiness and purpose without selling out or giving in.
Leeza has received numerous recognitions for her achievements, including An EMMY, star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and the Electric Retailing Associations ICON Award for her work selling over a billion dollars in products through Direct Response. While appreciative of all of the abundance in her life, she is most grateful for her family.
Leeza lives in Los Angeles with her husband NY Times Bestselling author, Steven Fenton and their rescue pup, Biggie. She has three children, daughter, Leksi and sons Troy and Nate.