June 4th, 2006 06:20 EST
Judyth Piazza chats with Joan Brock, More Than Meets the Eye
More Than Meets the Eye: The Joan Brock Story Set in the mid-`80s and early `90s, this made-for-cable drama is the true story of Joan Carey Lowell, a 32-year-old teacher at a Tucson school for the blind. In a stroke of tragic irony, Joan loses her own sight in a short three weeks due to accelerated muscular degeneration.
The tragedy is compounded five years later when Joan`s husband Joe dies of cancer, leaving her to raise their eight-year-old daughter Joy alone. Armed with an inexhaustible supply of resilience and an extremely well-developed sense of humor, Joan carves out a whole new, successful career for herself as a best-selling author and motivational speaker, aided and abetted by her former high school sweetheart (and, ultimately, second husband) Jim Brock (Dylan Walsh). Filmed in Winnipeg, Manitoba, More Than Meets the Eye: The Joan Brock Story first aired June 16, 2003, on the Lifetime network, marking actress Carey Lowell`s return to television after a voluntary six-year absence. ~ Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide
Prior to her loss of sight, Joan worked at The Iowa Braille and Sight Saving School, where she frequently addressed groups on behalf of the school. From there it was a natural transition to a professional speaking career. She now resides in Arizona, traveling extensively on speaking engagements.
Joan is the co author of More Than Meets The Eye, which has been translated into several languages and is also a Reader`s Digest Condensed Book. She won the hearts of the insurance industry`s "Million Dollar Round Table" and the NBC Today Show with her story of courage, perseverance and acceptance.
In 2000, Joan was named national spokesperson to Prevent Blindness America, a non-profit organization dedicated to eye health safety training and research.
Joan`s keynote address, More Than Meets The Eye, is a surefire attention grabber as Joan draws parallels between her own story and the challenges which face organizations. The very nature of today`s business environment means the possibilities of merger, reorganization, or economic turndown are constantly on the horizon, and organizations must absorb such events with a minimum of disruption. As Joan puts it, "Life is full of irreversible opportunities, and you have a choice to see them as assets or obstacles." Urging audiences to "play the hand you`re dealt," Joan helps organizations see corporate challenges from a new perspective.
Joan`s Target Topics include :
Changes · Insurance · Women`s Issues · Financial · Faith · Organization · Humor · Education ·
Wellness & Medical · Family Issues Communication
Joan also facilitates one Breakout Session, Come To Your Senses. In this lively, interactive session Joan introduces groups to the world of heightened perception; a world where all the senses come into play. Audience members are invited to take a step beyond their normal frame of reference and experience, for just a few moments, a new level of communication, teamwork and observation. This fun, thought-provoking and insightful exercise provides participants with a new set of skills they can immediately put to work in both their business and personal lives. Please note that this session is most effective for groups of 100 or less in a classroom setting.
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