2019 KEYNOTE SPEAKER
Jimmy Wayne is a former foster kid turned award-winning country music artist whose songs and story highlight his mission to raise awareness for children in foster care.
Jimmy’s career achievements include:
In 2010, Jimmy walked halfway across America (from Nashville to Phoenix) to raise awareness for kids aging out of the foster-care system
In 2012, Jimmy helped get legislative bills passed extending the age of foster care to 21 in California, Tennessee, North Carolina, and Ohio
In 2014 he released Walk to Beautiful: The Power of Love and a Homeless Kid Who Found the Way, a three-time New York Times bestselling memoir, which in just 18 months, crossed the 100,000 print sales milestone
In 2016, Jimmy received the prestigious Points of Light award from President George W. Bush (41)
In 2017, he received an honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters from William Woods University
In 2018, Jimmy received an honorary Doctorate of Fine Arts from Cal State University San Marcos
Jimmy has performed on the Grand Ole Opry 222 times. He lives in Nashville and continues to work tirelessly on behalf of at-risk foster youth by performing, writing books, and keynote speaking.