Award-winning actress Jane Seymour, who 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, will address a special program on Saturday, February 16, 2008, at the 17th Annual Conference. Her topic will be the subject of the autobiographical Remarkable Changes: Turning Life’s Challenges into Opportunities, which profiled her own and 20 personal stories of others who have experienced positive transformation in the face of life-changing crisis.
Seymour's film credits include the iconic James Bond film Live and Let Die and the cult classic Somewhere in Time. She recently co-starred in the hit comedy film Wedding Crashers alongside Owen Wilson and Vince Vaughn as well as in the comedic feature Blind Dating with Chris Pine and Eddie Kaye Thomas and directed by her husband, James Keach. Seymour also recently participated in the 5th season of the Emmy nominated hit program Dancing with the Stars.
Dubbed a "Renaissance Woman" by the press, Seymour recently launched the new Jane Seymour Home Collection – a national lifestyle brand inspired by her homes, art and family-centered lifestyle. Rolled out in 2007, this collection of home textiles, lighting, home fragrance and decorative accessories is available at such retailers as The Great Indoors, Amazon.com, home décor specialty stores and on Seymour's e-commerce website www.janeseymourhome.com.
Seymour is also an established author. She has just completed her eighth book, Making Yourself at Home, a decorating book featuring her home and lifestyle tips that hit shelves in 2007. Amongst her other books is The birth of her twins John and Kris in 1995 inspired Seymour to team with her husband, director/producer/actor James Keach, to write a series of exceedingly successful children’s books entitled This One ‘N That One, inspired by the changes having twins brought into their lives. She is also the author of Two at a Time: A Journey through Twin Pregnancy and Birth and Jane Seymour’s Guide to Romantic Living.
When she is not acting, writing or designing, Seymour can be found in her painting studio. With a thriving career as an artist and her own art gallery in Los Angeles, she has exhibited in numerous galleries and venues across the nation. Her art also serves as inspiration for her designs that include an exclusive collection of art to wear handbags and scarves.
In addition to her busy life of acting, writing, designing and 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 twenty-five years. She serves as the Honorary Chairperson for City Hearts, an organization that enriches the lives of inner-city children and disadvantaged youths, and is an International Ambassador for Childhelp, a national organization dedicated to the research, treatment and prevention of child abuse. She is, as well, 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.
Seymour is an advocate of combining traditional Western Medicine with alternative medicine practice, after witnessing the amazing results the combination had upon her ailing father in his last days, as well as the positive influence this theory has had on her other family members.
The 17th Annual Conference program also includes Congressman Michael Bilirakis, who will open the Conference on Thursday, February 14 with an address on Advocating Hellenic Issues in the U.S. Congress and Ambassador Loucas Tsilas, Executive Director of the Alexander S. Onassis Public Benefit Foundation (USA), who will address a luncheon the same day on The Importance of Hellenism Today.
The Forum on Hellenism, titled Presenting Greek Art in America, is scheduled for Friday, February 15 and will feature Dr. Christine Kondoleon of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, and Kenneth Dean Shapiro Lapatin of The J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles.