Joy Conference 2020

The word "Joy" appears over the date, February 1, 2020. "Celebrating 45 years of joy!" also appears in the picture.

In the holiday season we hear a lot about “joy.”  Joy does not end at the end of the year – it continues on!  In fact, in Outagamie County, we are very pleased and proud to share the information regarding the 45th Annual Joy Conference sponsored by the Joy Committee and University Extension Madison in Outagamie County.

We have three wonderful speakers that will share their insights and life experiences.  You will gain perspectives to contemplate and consider for your own life.  The atmosphere at the Joy Conference is amazing and hard to describe in words.   You will not want to miss this event on February 1, 2020.  Create a clearer vision for your life and the life path you want to embark on from this day forward.

Please share with your family, friends and neighbors!

Link to register

Schedule of Events

8:00 am

9:00 am

Registration Begins


9:15 am

Misdiagnosed: Discovering Joy in the Midst of Adversity

Jean Abbott is an author and internationally known speaker. She shares her journey of misdiagnosis and how her sense of purpose along with a positive
attitude enabled her to survive three decades of unnecessary doctors’ appointments, medications and surgeries with genuine gratitude and grace. Everyone is sure to be motivated to live a more positive, purpose filled life.

Learn more about Jean:

Jean Abbott Website



10:30 am


Stretch Break


10:45 am

Joy Spreaders: Who They Are, What Makes Them Tick and Why You Desperately Need Them

Neil Ihde is a speaker, lecturer, consultant and founder of Life IQ where he motivates groups and individuals to work, play, relate and live intelligently. Neil
will share what he’s discovered about Joy Spreaders: Who they are, what makes them tick, and why you desperately need them.

Learn more about Neil:

Neil Ihde Website



12:00 pm




1:00 pm

My Happy Place: Latte and Laughter

Dr. Danielle Hairston Green is the Director for Human Development and Relationships Institute with UW-Madison Division of Extension. Did you know a sense of humor can protect against heart disease? Danielle will explore lessons learned through her mother’s storytelling, and her personal journey to finding joy in her life and workplace through laughter and a cup of coffee, while sharing five tips that could help others find joy.

Learn more about Danielle:

Danielle Harston Green Website



2:15 pm Closing Remarks


Link to register




Fox Valley Lutheran High School

5300 N Meade St
Appleton, WI 54913

Registration Information

$40 per person (includes lunch)



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Joy Brochure PDF





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