Meet 2018 Speaker, Leigh Anne Tuohy!
Inspirational Subject of The Blind Side
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Strong willed and caring - Leigh Anne Tuohy’s story truly began when she married college sweetheart Sean Tuohy in 1982. The pair was always an ambitious and proactive team: Leigh Anne was a cheerleader, sorority sister, and homecoming maid, while Sean was a record-breaking SEC basketball champion.

Together, Sean and Leigh Anne Tuohy were raising two children, Collins and Sean Jr., when they added a new member to their family in 2004 by legally adopting the teenage foster child they had already taken in and considered family. They raised him, gave him the opportunity to get the education they knew he deserved, and encouraged his passion for football. With Leigh Anne’s limitless amount of love, support and protection, that once homeless and hopeless seventeen-year-old boy grew to be none other than NFL Super Bowl Champion, Michael Oher.

Her personal journey was later documented in Michael Lewis’ New York Times best-selling 2006 story The Blind Side: Evolution of a Game, which follows Oher from his impoverished beginnings, to how Leigh Anne and Sean adopted him, to reaching football success. In 2009, the book was adapted into film The Blind Side in which Sandra Bullock portrayed Leigh Anne in an Acadamy Award-winning role.

Leigh Anne is also a New York Times best-selling author herself. Her newest release, Turn Around: Reach Out, Give Back, and Get Moving, challenges readers to rethink what it really means to be a generous person. Using scripture as a springboard, Turn Around is a five-day-per-week devotional that reconsiders what it means to give sacrificially, abundantly, and immediately within your own community.

Leigh Anne and her family’s inspirational journey is proof that when we give a bit of ourselves to other people, we can make the world a better place and perhaps, even save a life. She shares her personal “Blind Side” observations, from seeing Michael Oher for the first time to how the experience changed her as a person—and the Tuohys as a family. As well, Leigh Anne focuses on the importance of recognizing the full potential of individuals in our communities, inspiring all of us to recognize the value in those who society has deemed valueless, and give whatever we can, whenever we can.

Leigh Anne is a daring, superb, encouraging, and motivational speaker who has lectured for a broad spectrum of audiences; from religious groups and town halls to some of the country’s largest corporations, Leigh Anne’s drive is contagious.

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