2014 Keynote Speaker:
Award-winning actress Jane Seymour has showcased her talents on the Broadway stage, in motion pictures, and on television, blazing the trail for family-friendly programming with her Golden Globe-winning role as “Dr. Michaela Quinn” on Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman. Seymour's film credits include the iconic James Bond film Live and Let Die and the classic Somewhere in Time. She co-starred in the hit comedy films Wedding Crashers and Blind Dating.
Seymour is also an established author and accomplished painter, lending her talents to many charitable causes. Seymour continues to raise much-needed funds and gives through donations of her artwork to numerous local and national charities. An ardent advocate for the importance of heart health, she lent her artistic talents to the Art for Heart campaign to support the California Pistachio Commission's partnership with the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute's The Heart Truth campaign. Seymour is a Goodwill Ambassador for the World Heart Federation, working tirelessly to educate people – especially women – of the dangers of heart disease and the steps that can be taken in our daily lives to help prevent it. Most recently, she has been named the face of a continental European atrial fibrillation and stroke awareness campaign, 1 Mission 1 Million: Getting to the Heart of Stroke.
In addition to her busy life of acting, writing, designing, painting, and mothering six children, Seymour is a dedicated activist for a number of charities seeking to improve children’s lives around the world and has been actively involved in charitable endeavors for over 25 years. She serves as the Honorary Chairperson for City Hearts, an organization that enriches the lives of inner-city children and disadvantaged youths by teaching and involving them in arts programs including painting, dancing, photography, and acting. She is also an International Ambassador for Childhelp, a national organization dedicated to the research, treatment, and prevention of child abuse. In addition to winning that organization's "Woman of the World" Award, she has also the recipient of many other honors for her social and charitable achievements. She is a member of the American Red Cross Celebrity Cabinet and spearheads their campaign to eradicate measles as the number one killer of children in Africa.