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John Baumann Brings His 15 Years To Coaching Individuals

John Baumann’s mission statement is “what you have done matters, what you are doing matters more, but what matters the most is what you have left to do.”

Mr. Baumann graduated from Cornell Law School, passed three state bar exams, worked for 28 years as an attorney, was on the faulty of the University of Louisville College of Business and was the Chair of the Kentucky Make-a-Wish Foundation.

Following his diagnosis of Parkinson’s disease in 2002 at 41 years old, he committed to focus his energy (fatigue was one of his symptoms), on finding out what he could do to slow, if not cease, the progression of the disease, then how to summon the inner strength and self-discipline to do what he needed to do.

Mr. Baumann has reinvented himself into a National Speaker Association presenter on how to have the best quality of life possible after an adverse life-changing event (for example, Parkinson’s or becoming a care partner), how to become more successful at just about anything, and how to create a more positive and cooperative workplace culture.

Professor Baumann also wrote a book entitled, “Decide Success – You ain’t dead yet.” John has become is a life-coach for People with Parkinson’s, their care partners, and anyone else dealing with a significant life event. John has been on numerous radio shows, been the subject of dozens of articles, contributed to several other books and appeared on live TV, including CNN Headline News.

John has presented at over 100 Symposiums across the United States and Canada as well as France, Malaysia and Puerto Rico. Mr. Baumann was recently honored to be elected to the World Parkinson’s Program Board as the Patient Mentorship Committee Chair. His mission (or purpose) is to present his life philosophy to everyone involved in the Parkinson’s community and beyond …


Upcoming Opportunities to hear John Baumann LIVE

1) August 20 in Las Vegas, Nevada at the Friends of Parkinson’s event.
2) September 3 in Tallahassee, Florida.
3) September 17 in Summit, New Jersey.

CALL for details. 502-262-3300



The World Parkinson’s Program Board is honored to introduce its newest Board member, John M. Baumann, who will be chairing the Patient’s Mentorship Program. Mr. Baumann is uniquely qualified for this position due to his skills as an internationally recognized inspirational and motivational speaker. John has been diagnosed with Parkinson’s for the past 14 years and his success in managing Parkinson’s serves a tremendous role model and inspiration for others.

John graduated from Cornell Law School and the faculty member of University of Louisville for over a decade. He was a corporate attorney for 22 years.

John is also an author of several publications including Decide Success (You Ain’t Dead Yet), Roadmap to Success (with a chapter contributed by Deepak Chopra), Courageous Stories of Inspiration, The Art of Mentorship, and Adopting a Proactive Prevention Program. John has been a guest commentator on CNN Headline News and countless other TV and radio shows.

John is a member of the National Speakers Association in the United States.
He has been the chair and board member of Kentucky Chapter of the Make-A-Wish Foundation, Kentucky Chamber of Congress, Board of Junior Achievement, and Parkinson’s Support Center of Kentucky and Southern Indiana.

Mr. Baumann has delivered keynote inspirational speeches to audiences in several countries including Malaysia, France, Puerto Rico, Canada, and throughout the United States.

He and his wife, Bernadette, live near Tampa, Florida. USA

Mr. Baumann is extremely excited to take on this role with the World Parkinson Program and enjoyed delivering the keynote speech at the WPP Gala held in Toronto in April 2016.


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Ali teaches us to ‘go confidently’
Ali teaches us to ‘go confidently’
As we mourn the loss of Louisville’s native son, a reflection on what it means to be your greatest self.
Published June 09, 2016
“I’ve never let anyone talk me into not believing in myself.” – Muhammad Ali

Words to live by. What a gift to be blessed with this seemingly inborn confidence. It’s something many of us strive for every day. And it’s something we at Norton Healthcare had in mind when we created our Go Confidently speaker series.

It’s clear from the outpouring of emotion following Ali’s death that “going confidently” through life is exactly what he taught so many of us to do.

As I reflect on The Champ’s accomplishments, I wondered what role he played in the lives of our Go Confidently speakers.

John Baumann, a 2015 Go Confidently speaker, has Parkinson’s disease and says he looks to Ali for inspiration. Baumann told us to tap into our inner strength when going through life’s challenges, to have the confidence reflected in Ali’s now-famous sentiment: “I am the GREATEST. I said that even before I knew that I was.”

Baumann shared his thoughts after learning of Ali’s passing: “Tears have been rolling down my cheeks off and on since I learned of Muhammad Ali’s hospitalization and subsequent death, (because of) what Muhammad Ali has done since he was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease. He remained Muhammad Ali over 30 years living with, fighting, dealing with and embracing this horrific disease. He kept his identity. That’s why tears roll down my cheeks — tears of admiration, tears of strength, tears of pride, tears of power, tears of hope. He was the same comedian, magician, showman, family man that he has always been. The difference that Muhammad Ali made in my life, 15 years with Parkinson’s, is to set aside the fact that I have Parkinson’s and go on living. Be lovable. Inspire others.”

To our Go Confidently community, we know you are mourning the loss of our beloved native son in your own way. Join your like-minded friends, family and neighbors at our next Go Confidently experience on June 30. Allison Massari will deliver another message that Ali personified during the last years of his life: to intentionally make a choice to find joy alongside pain.

Thank you, Muhammad Ali, for the inimitable role you play in helping us all go confidently.

– Elicia Newcom Gregory

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