Judy Carter is an author, speaking coach, and humorist. Her message of using comedy techniques to decrease cubicle stress makes Carter an in-demand speaker for Fortune 500 companies where her keynotes entertain and inspire.
Judy's been featured on over 100 TV shows, nominated for Atlantic City's Entertainer of the Year, and has been featured in the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, The Oprah Winfrey Show and on CNN.
When she's not speaking, snowboarding, or scuba diving, Judy coaches people how to improve their presentational skills by finding their authentic message and making it funny. Her private clients include TV stars, pro wrestlers, celebs and even a United States senator.
As an author, Judy doesn't like to brag, but she did write the Bible. No joke, she's the author of The Comedy Bible (Simon & Schuster) as well as, Standup Comedy: The Book (Dell Books) which was featured on Good Morning America, CNN and The Oprah Winfrey Show, where Oprah recommended the book to anyone who wants to lighten up.
Judy's new book, The Message of You: Turn Your Life Story into a Money-Making Speaking Career (St. Martin's Press, Feb 2013), teaches readers how to use life stories to inspire others and launch a speaking career.
SJ Hodges is a eight-time published playwright and novelist who completed her MFA in Dramatic Writing at NYU's Tisch School of the Arts where she received the Harry Kondoleon Playwriting Award. She's received a MacDowell Colony residency, a Jerome Fellowship and was a Fulbright nominee as well as a Center Theater Group Sherwood finalist. She has been the recipient of an NEA grant, a MN State Arts Board Career Opportunity Grant, a WV State Arts Grant and The Pilgrim Project Grant.
She won the 2008 LA Weekly Annual Theatre Award for Playwriting for her play How Cissy Grew which was published by Dramatic Publishing in July 2009. The play that launched her career, Old Woman Flying, debuted at The O'Neill Playwright's Conference, won the Norfolk Southern Foundation New Play Contest, was a finalist for the Princess Grace and went on to production at Mill Mountain Theatre. She's received three commissions for TYA plays, all of which have moved from production to publication with One Girl Drummer debuting in New York at City Lights Theatre and moving to a second production at the AATE/ATHE Conference.
Mimi is a superstar in the speaking business, keynoting with celebrities for audiences of thousands. Her rare combination of sophisticated humor and solid content makes her one of America's most popular funny females.
Mimi has created speeches for executives, celebrities, and entrepreneurs, including Betsy Myers, former senior official in the Clinton Administration, and then Executive Director at Harvard's Center for Public Leadership at the Kennedy School of Government. Also, Dan Moriarty, national radio personality and sideline commentator for the L.A. Kings.
She was the "pitch coach" on ABC TV’s American Inventor, coaching the contestants to success persuading the judges and all of America. Mimi has been a visiting professor at Harvard University's Center for Public Leadership at the Kennedy School of Government.
Before starting her speaking and coaching business, she was a Human Resources Specialist with Walt Disney Company, Northrop Aircraft, and Rockwell International. Mimi is a master of structure, so you won’t have to "wing it" and your audiences will be nodding and "taking it in" the whole time.
Shannon has been wowing audiences as a club and corporate comedienne for the past decade. Her raucous humor and sharp comedic insight won her top spot at the California Comedy Conference in 2006, and took her all the way to the finals of California's Funniest Female in 2007. Her work has received critical acclaim, including a rave review in the Wall Street Journal online.
In 2005 Shannon began coaching at Judy Carter's Comedy Workshops and two years later she launched Comedy Relief, teaching stand-up comedy and Improv to adults and teens all over Southern California. She is now the "Dean" and stand up teacher at Flappers University in Burbank, CA.
"Last summer I invested $5K in a speech coach who will remain nameless, but whom we both know and love. Suffice it to say that I got more out of the Table of Contents of your book than I did from his coaching!"
- Jennifer H. Ledet
"Judy, the speech went fantastic and the heart story touched many. Now, they didn't laugh as much as I wanted but hey - they are CPAs! A lot of people came up to me and congratulated me and I got a standing ovation. Well, at the end I had everyone standing saying - YES AND, I am a Super CPA. There is a picture of me in my super CPA t-shirt on twitter #vscpa. You rock!"
- Peter Margaritis
"After learning your speaking and marketing techniques, I got my first paid gig! $750 plus a nice lunch! Thanks Judy."
- Jodi Weisberg
"Judy Carter is one of the most talented women I have ever met in terms of the quick wit that she infuses within a story, hers or the person she is working with… I first saw this at her humor conference years ago. Will you be having more conferences about what’s your message?"
- Brenda Elsagher, National Keynote Speaker, Author & Comic