Keynote Speakers for March on Washington | Private Duty Conference Announced
March 13, 2013 09:54 AM
With the 2013 March on Washington | Private Duty Integrated Conference set to start next week, NAHC is proud to announce two keynote speakers to what is already an impressive lineup during general and educational sessions. Karyn Buxman will address attendees on March 18 during the afternoon general session and Barbara Kennelly will be the keynote speaker during the March 20 lunch session. Both women are captivating and compelling speakers who will both motivate and inspire members of the homecare and hospice community.
Barbara Kennelly is a former Democratic Member of Congress from Connecticut who served nine terms starting in 1982. The daughter of John Bailey, a former head of the Democratic National Committee who is credited with helping John F. Kennedy win the presidency, Congresswoman Kennelly was born into a family of public service and carried on that tradition in her own right.
During her time in Congress, Ms. Kennelly was appointed to the powerful House Ways and Means Committee as well as becoming the first woman appointed to the Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence. Congresswoman Kennelly was also the first woman to be appointed Chief Deputy Majority Whip, where she worked closely with House Speaker Thomas “Tip” O’Neill.
After leaving Congress, Ms. Kennelly was appointed by President Bill Clinton to be Associate Commissioner and Counselor to the Commissioner at the Social Security Administration, overseeing the office of retirement policy, in 1999.
From 2002 to 2011, Kennelly served as President and CEO of the National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare, a national advocacy group for seniors. Ms. Kennelly also served on the Policy Committee for the 2005 White House Conference on Aging, as well as being appointed to the Social Security Advisory Board by Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi in 2006.
Karyn Buxman is Founder and President of HUMORx, a humor based stress management and communications company. Her vision to leave a legacy of humor and laughter across the world is what drives her and her business to continually inform and inspire people in all aspects of life to gain the maximum benefits of humor and laughter in their personal and professional lives, thereby contributing to healthier and happier communities.
Karyn’s commitment to spreading the good news of humor is evident in her contributions to several book anthologies, including Chicken Soup for the Nurses’ Soul, Chicken Soup for the Christian Woman’s Soul and Give Stress A Rest. For 10 years she was a contributing editor for the Journal of Nursing Jocularity and for 5 years edited the national newsletter for AATH. Her articles appear in numerous professional and industry journals such as Humor and Health Journal, Tax-Pro Monthly and Healthcare Review. Karyn also wrote and published, “This Won’t Hurt a Bit! And other Fractured Truths in Healthcare,” a 96-page collection of stories, quotes, jokes and cartoons for those on the giving and receiving end of healthcare and is currently working with her agent on her latest book in which Karyn will reveal her “Laugh Strategies” to the world.
Karyn’s impact is also felt globally through her involvement with the International Society of Humor Studies (ISHS) and in 1999, she co-founded The World Laughter Tour; an organization that strives for world peace through laughter. Their creed: "Together we can lead the world to health, happiness, and peace through laughter." Her 4 websites as well as the World Laughter Tour site, receive hits from readers around the world.
NAHC encourages all of its members to register to join their colleagues during the March on Washington | Private Duty Conference to hear these two inspiring speakers and to make their own voice heard on behalf of the home care and hospice community.