You never know who someone’s neighbor, old classmate, or mother is! Our casual and supportive discussion on May 3rd will be infused with the unique insights and experience of our special guest, who just happens to be the mother of two of our members.
MotherCare is extremely excited to be hosting Judy Baer on May 3rd. She is truly an amazing person, whose honest and straightforward approach instantly allows one to gain a deeper understanding of oneself as well as feeling empowered!
MotherCare at Mount Calvary Lutheran Church, Excelsior, Room 207
Judy’s Life/Personal Coaching Website (currently under construction)
Judy’s Writing Website
Judy Baer, MA, PCC, CPCC, is the author of more than 80 books including two non-fiction books. Baer has twenty five years experience in the publishing industry and twelve years in the coaching profession. In addition, she has written features for Woman’s Day, Guideposts’ Faith and Stuff, various regional papers and magazines, taught community education classes in both writing and coaching and done public speaking. She is adjunct faculty of St. Mary’s University, an advisor in the master’s program for MA’s in human development.
Her education includes a B.A. in English and Education from Concordia College, Moorhead, MN, a Masters in Human Development from St. Mary’s University, Minneapolis, MN and certifications in five coaching models.
Her coaching training includes certification as a CPCC (Certified Professional Co-Active Coach) through the Coaches Training Institute, certification as aDreamcoach® through Dream University® and certification in Equine Assisted Psychotherapy Level I through the Equine Assisted Growth and Learning Association. Her most recent training and certification is from Leadership Breakthru. She has the PCC (Professional Certified Coach) rank from the International Coaching Federation. Her other training includes FOL (Foundations of Learning) through the Newfield Network.
Baer, before turning to women’s fiction wrote forty-five books for teens and children like the twenty-eight book Cedar River Daydreams series (Bethany House) which sold over 1.25 million copies and the six book series Live From Brentwood High. She has several million young adult, romance and women’s fiction books in print as well as two non-fiction books for teens. Her books have been translated into several languages and sold worldwide.
To date she has written for publishers including Harlequin, Zondervan, Bethany House, Tyndale, Thomas Nelson, Bantam, Ballentine, Guideposts book division, Willowisp Press and now, Steeple Hill, an imprint of Harlequin. In 2004 The Whitney Chronicles was published, a first person, humorous women’s fiction/chick lit book which Publishers’ Weekly called “Bridget Jones goes to church.” The Whitney Chronicles, chosen as the launch title for the Steeple Hill Café was featured on The Daily Show by Jon Stewart, Paul Harvey’s radio show and the New York Post, among others.
Her books have been honored with numerous awards including several first place for fiction awards from both the National Federation of Press Women and ND Professional Communicators, a Silver Diary and a Bronze Medallion from Romance Writers of America. She has also been a three time RITA finalist and received an Angel Award and a Romantic Times Reviewers’ Choice Award.
As well as being named North Dakota Professional Communicators’ (a part of the National Federation of Press Women) Woman of the Year (1994) and Concordia College, Moorhead, MN, Alumni Achievement Award (1994) and Midwest Fiction Writer’s 2007 Author of the Year, Baer speaks regularly at public functions including key-noting brunches and luncheons, and has participated in panels at RWA national conferences, taught community education and led workshops.
Baer is a member of national writers groups such as MFW, RWA, Novelists’ Inc., MCW, ACFW, FHL chapter of RWA, the Published Author’s Network (PAN) and CAN. She has been part of workshops at Minnesota Christian Writers, Midwest Fiction Writers and Romance Writers of America (membership 9,500) national and local meetings. Baer’s participation in CAN has included being the official writing coach for the organization, offering one coaching (life or writing) session per year per member gratis. She is consistently reviewed In Publishers Weekly and on several sites including Romantic Times, Armchair Interviews, Library Thing, Faithful Reader, All Reader and Library Journal. She speaks and signs at schools, bookstores, book fairs, librarians’ associations, churches and fund raisers, has done a promotional satellite feed and spoken to college groups.
As a coach, Baer has both writing and non-writing clients. Baer is a member of the International Coach Federation (ICF) which has a membership of 13,000 people, the Minnesota Coaching Association (MCA), personal and group blogs and writer web sites.