Joy Conference

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Due to many uncertainties, we decided that we are not going to plan a conference in 2021.  We are unsure what the future holds for large conference with safety and affordability issues to consider.

A new outreach will be an email entitled, “Glimmers of Joy.”  This brief email will offer a quick glimpse into ways you can continue to find joy in your life and share it with others.  It is still under construction, so ideas and insights will be welcomed! Sign up for Glimmers of Joy at the following link: https://bit.ly/JoyEmail

Joy — Those were the days my friend! Below is a listing of past presenters.

1976 – The Joy of Being A Woman

  • Keynote: Marge Engleman – “Women: The Way We Were, Are and Will Be”
  • Sister Toni Ann Palermo – “The Psychology of Women”
  • Dr. Vivian Munson – “Women in History”
  • Dr. Barbara Pillinger – “Pack Your Own Chute”
  • Carol Toussaint – “Make Your Voice Count”

1977 – The Joy of Being Me – Today for Tomorrow

  • Keynote: Marion Thompson – “The Emerging Woman – Today for Tomorrow”
  • Vivi Delwig – “How Laws are Affecting Me”
  • Ken Engleman – “Who Am I – Today for Tomorrow”
  • Mary Syburg – “Being In Charge of Myself – Today for Tomorrow”
  • Jane Tybring – “I’m Not Getting Older, I’m Just Getting Better – Today for Tomorrow”

1978 – The Joy of Being Awake, Aware, Alive

  •   Keynote: Justice Shirley Abrahamson – “There Are Many Me’s”
  •    Susan Belden – “The Joy of Moving Beyond Should’s”
  •    Baylee Gordon – “The Joy of Being..Financially Informed”
  •   Terry Gibson – “The Joy of Being..Me & Thee – It Takes Two To Communicate”
  •   Mary Syburg – “The Joy of Being…Unafraid of Telling You Who I Am”

1979 – The Joy of Real Women – Real Lives

  • Keynote:  Sister Joel Read – “Life Has Got to be Lived”
  • Alice Huck &Fern Smith – “Living the Single Life”
  • Celia Lausted – “Personal Identity in a Shared Life”
  • Cam Maurice & Cody Splitt – “There is Life after Divorce”
  • Jane Tybring – “There is Life after Widowhood”
  • Jane Voichick – “Diet, Health and You”

1980 – The Joy of Reaching Beyond Me

  • Keynote:  Mary Fick – “Fun with Camping, Kids & Watercolors”
  • Susan Belden – “Directing Your Symphony”
  • Anne & Stephen Hintz – “Having It Both Ways”
  • Kay Lewis – “Reaching..For What?”
  • Camille Maurice – “Light Your Own Fire”
  • Debra Schroeder & John Dutton – “The Volunteer – Sucker or Saint?”

1981 – The Joy of Change

  •  Keynote:  Dr. Alma Baron – “Coping With a Changing Society”
  •  Mary Syburg – “Exploring the Unknown”
  •  Dr. Ken Engleman – “Beginnings & Endings: Seasons of a Man’s Life”
  •  Camille Maurice – “Who’s Really Stopping You?”
  • Dr. Ken Engleman & Panel – “What Is a Family – Anyway?”

1982 – The Joy of Being Alive While Living

  • Keynote:  Dennis & Wendy Mannering – “Life is Terrific…Get With It”
  • James Sparks – “The Art of Friendship”
  • Sally Lynn Johnston – “Do I Ever Like Me”
  • Nancy Warner & Diane Freehill – “Exploring My Higher Self”
  • Kermit Graf – “Releasing the Clown Within”
  • Marilyn Herman- “Eating Healthy – For Life”

1983 – The Joy of Getting In Touch

  •  Keynote:  Raymond Spies – “The Joy of Getting in Touch”
  •  Tom Jadin – “Getting in Touch with Feelings”
  •  Sally Lynn Johnston – “Getting in Touch with You”
  •  Shirley Bender – “Getting in Touch with a New Beginning”
  •  Shirley Boldt & Gary Streufert – “Getting in Touch through Body Language”

1984 – The Joy of Personal Enrichment

  • Keynote: Marilyn Berger – “Take Your Shoelaces with You”
  • Raymond Spies – “Your Image is Showing”
  • Linda Schwallie – “Criticism: Effectively Giving & Receiving It”
  • Robert Najem – “Paris: The City That Never Grows Old”
  • Bill Borcherdt – “What the Positive Thinkers Fail to Tell You”

1985 – The Joy of a New World/New Me

  • Keynote:  Camille Maurice – “The Joy of a New World/New Me”
  • Roger Williams – “Beyond Loneliness”
  • Mary Schelb – “Staying Whole in the Midst of Change Adjustment to Life Changes”
  • Daniel Burrus – “Futureview – A Look Ahead”
  • Douglas Wenger-Marsh – “Strengths of One – A Woman’s Self Defense”

1986 – The Joy of Creative Enlightenment

  • Keynote: Daniel Burrus – “The Creative Edge”
  • Dennis Kral – “Let’s Dry Out Some Wet Blankets”
  • Marilyn Berger – “Creatively Coping with Stress”
  • Greg Risberg – “Reach Out and Touch Someone”

1987 – Joy!  Living Life on Purpose

  • Keynote:  Susan Stephani – “Living Life on Purpose”
  • Kathe Ana – “Your Life…Your Story”
  • Kent Hodgson – “Why Am I Here?”
  • Greg Risberg – “Joy: Mostly an Inside Job”

1988 – Joy of Being in Charge

  • David Zach – “The Future Isn’t What It Used to Be”
  • Susan Stephani – “Conquering Procrastination”
  • Marilyn Berger – “Jet Pilots Don’t Use Rear View Mirrors”

1989 – A Journey Toward Personal Joy

  • Sally Lynn Johnston-Hoell – “The Joy of Being Wholly You”
  • Jim Morrison – “How to Accomplish Everything in no Time at All”
  • Chris Clarke-Epstein – “Taking Joy into Tomorrow”

1990 – The Personal Power of Joy

  • Marilyn Berger – “You Cannot Lead a Calvary if you Look Funny on a Horse”
  • Susan Stephani – “Being the Person You Want to Be”
  • Mark Therrien – “The Power of Positive Insanity”

1991 – Discover the Joy in your Life

  • Camille Maurice – “How to Make Loneliness an Enriching Experience”
  • Chris Clarke-Epstein – “Making the Future Work”
  • Mary McBride – “Give Us This Day our Daily Wit”

1992 – The Joy of Growth From Within

  • David McNally – “Living with Joy and Purpose”
  • Beth Harwood – “Communicating with Credibility”
  • Edie Raether – “Making It Happen”

1993 – Joy–Making It Happen

  • Rochelle Lamm Wallach – “Oatmeal on My Blazer:  Having It All and Other Myths”
  • Sally Lynn Johnston-Hoell – “The Value of Sharing Your Wisdom and Your Gifts”
  • Mark Therrien – “Creating Joy Through Recognition”

1994 – Joy–Developing New Perspectives

  • Darold A. Treffert – “Have You Never Been Mellow?”
  • Sue Lerdahl – “Take Time for Laughter”
  • Jeffrey B. McMullen – “Living Life at the Pinnacle”

1995 – Joy:  Twenty Times Over

  • Camille Wade Maurice – “Joy Sources * Joy Forces”
  • Alan W. Altmann – “Personal Empowerment”
  • Rev. Dan Felton, Rev. Jeffrey VandenHeuvel – “A Journey of Comedy, Tragedy and Fairytale”

1996 – Joy: It Bears Repeating

  • Jackie Pflug – “A New Beginning”
  • Tom Hegg – “My Cup Runneth Over”
  • Kathy Brown – “How to Live Happily Ever Laughter”

1997 – Embrace the Joy

  • David M. Kohl – “The Megatrends of Life:  Looking to the Future”
  • Molly O’Connell – “Love of Life–Don’t Watch It, Live It!”
  •  Jolene Brown – “Who’s Hiding the Humor?”

1998 – Joyful Encounters

  • Chris Clark-Epstein – “The Four Basic Guilt Groups”
  • Michael P. Scot – “Breakthroughs to Balance: Life Management Strategies to Keep You From Fizzling Out in Today’s Fast-Paced World”
  • Marty Burns-Wolfe – “Changing Room”

1999 – Future Visions of Joy

  • Susan Stephani – “Setting Your Vision for Change in Your Future”
  • Karen Diedrich & Robert Lemke – “Endearing Moments: Enduring Joy”
  • Bobbi Staten – “I’m Going to be Happy When…”

2000 – 25 Years of Joy

  • Jackie Nink Pflug – “Miles to Go Before I Sleep”
  • Janie Jasin, C.S.P. – “Simple Gifts – 25 Years of Joy!”
  • Frances Weaver – “Catch Your Joyful Wind!”

2001 – A Joy Odyssey

  • Jeff McMullen – “Living Life at the Pinnacle!”
  • Jana Stanfield – “I’m Not Lost, I’m Exploring…Navigating Your Journey of a Lifetime”
  • Scott Friedman – “The Best Way to Predict the Future is to Create it”

2002 – Ode 2 Joy

  • Jane Jenkins Herlong – “From Bare Feet to High Heels”
  • Mikki Williams – “A Balancing Act: Walking the Tightrope of Life”
  • Tim Gard – “Developing a Comic Vision”

2003 – Heart Full of Joy

  • Mary LoVerde – “I Used to Have a Handle on Life But it Broke: Power Solutions for People Who Have Too Much to Do”
  • Patty Hendrickson – “Who I am Depends on Me”
  • Brad Montgomery – “Ordinary Magic: The Art of Being Reminded How Astonishing Life Is!”

2004 – A Time to Laugh, A Time to Cry and A Time for Joy

  • Joan Brock – “More than Meets the Eye”
  • Scott Sheperd, Ph.D. – “Who’s in Charge?”
  • Mark Therrien, C.S.P. – “Creating Joyful Lives”

2005 – The Joy of Change

  • LaDonna Gatlin – “Tune Up Your Life!”
  • Randy Snow – “Pushing Forward When Things Change”
  • Camille Wade Maurice – “Can You Spare a Little?  Dare a Little?”

2006 – Joyful Journeys

  • Suzie Humphreys – “I Can Do that!”
  • Jana Stanfield – “Let the Change Begin”
  • Marni Vos – “Celebration of Laughter”

2007 – Ripples of Joy

  • Sally Baskey – “Laughter, My Drug of Choice”
  • Donna Hartley – “Change and Healing:  Fire Up Your Life”
  • Greg Risberg, C.S.P., M.S.W. – “Humor, Hugs and Hope”

2008 – Joyful Living

  • Linda Henley-Smith – “Full Esteem Ahead”
  • Leslie Charles, C.S.P. – “Life is Not a Duress Rehearsal”
  •  Dr. Stuart Robertshaw – “The Healing Power of Humor”

2009 – A Heart Full of Joy

  • Mike McKinley, C.S.P. – “Balancing Life’s Expectations”
  • Cheryl Kirking – “Ripples of Joy”
  • Bobbie Staten, C.S.P. – “Why They Drive You Crazy”

2010 – Celebrating Joy

  • Peggy O’Neill, C.S.P. – “Walking Tall Through Challenges”
  • Karen Vadino – “Laughing Just for the Health of It”
  • Mary Pierce – “The Joy of Connection”

2011 – In Pursuit of Joy

  • Amy Dee-Kristensen – “Living Everyday Bliss”
  • Robin Rose – “Your Brain, Your Best and Your Breath”
  • Dave Caperton – “Laughter, the Language of Joy

2012 – It’s All About Joy

  • Beth Terry – “Finding Resilience in a Changing World”
  • Eric Gnezda – “Hope, Humor and Harmony”
  • June Cline – “The Gift of Laughter, the Grace of Humor”

2013 – When all else fails. . . Choose Joy!

  • Janie Jasin and Chez Raginiak – “The Surprises of Life”
  • Kinza Christenson – “Laugh and Live Your Dreams”
  • Barbara Bartlein, C.S.P. – “Balancing Act”

2014 – Everyday JOY

  • Pamela Jett, C.S.P. – “Success is an Attitude”
  • Jeff McMullen, C.S.P. – “Staying Positive in a Pessimistic World”
  • Molly Cox, “Lighten Up and Laugh”

2015 – Celebrating Joy

  • Jane Jenkins Herlong, C.S.P. – “Don’t Throw Tomatoes at My Field of Dreams”
  • Tami Evans – “Half Full of It™”
  • Bobbie Staten, C.S.P. – “Batteries Not Included”

2016–  Joyful Moments

  • Kay Frances – “The Funny Thing About Stress”
  • Samantha Schroth – “More than Lemons”
  • Glen Ward – “Joy: Seen, Heard and Felt”

2017 – A Dash of Joy

  • Jan McInnis – “Finding Funny in Change”
  • Kelly Swanson – “Who Hijacked My Fairy Tale?”
  • Scott Friedman – “GPS: Gratitude, Play and Surprise”

2018 – Legacy of Joy

  • Brenda Elsagher – “Joy Through the Journey”
  • Matt Booth – “Check your Attitude”
  • Renee Rongen – “Life’s Your Legacy – Live it!”

2019 – Our Joy Continues

  • Gaye Lindfors  — “This is Livin’!  Moving from Messy Moments to Happy Places”
  • Annie Meehan – “Be the Exception!”
  • Lannelle Vasichek – “Best Day Ever!”

2020 – Celebrating 45 Years of Joy!

  • Jean Abbott – “Misdiagnosed:  Discovering Joy in the Midst of Adversity”
  • Neil Ihde – “Joy Spreaders: Who They Are, What Makes them Tick and Why You Desperately Need Them”
  •  Dr. Danielle Hairston-Green:  “My Happy Place: Latte and Laughter”
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