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John Baumann has had many “successes” in his life overcoming challenge after challenge. One such challenge was to obtain sufficient grades as a business management major at a public university to be admitted into the best law school possible. He was successfully admitted into Cornell Law School, an ivy league institution.

Another challenge was to be an extraordinary attorney. John started his career at Exxon, took the Assistant General Counsel position for the buyer of the refinery he was working at the time, and finally became the General Counsel & Executive Officer of a market-listed public company. He held that position or 12 years.

John now faces the biggest challenge of his life. In 2002, at 41 years old, John Baumann was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease.

In response, John Baumann has successfully reinvented himself: Inspiring Success Speaker Powered by Purpose & Parkinson’s since 2002.

Upon being diagnosed, John joined the faculty of the College of Business at the University of Louisville and was selected to be the Chair of the Make-A-Wish Kentucky Board of Directors.

He also wrote a critically-acclaimed book entitled, DECIDE SUCCESS, and became an internationally-recognized inspirational success speaker. From Malaysia to France, from Vermont to Tucson, from Portland to Miami, and over 100 places in between, John has presented to audiences from 15 to 1,500.

His informative, inspirational and surprisingly funny presentations address subjects as varied as how to successfully live a full life with a chronic illness to successfully building a workplace proactive prevention culture to success as a supervisor by simply being respectful and appreciative.

As to his Parkinson’s, John has gotten himself in the best shape of his life via a combination of positive thinking, a healthy diet and vigorous exercise. His healthier lifestyle has allowed him to successfully minimize the progression and degenerative effects of this chronic illness as you will see in the two You-Tubes on the opening page of his website:

His journey has been the subject of many articles, most recently at

John Baumann makes himself available as a keynote speaker, a workshop facilitator, and a success coach. Depending upon the subject matter, time commitment, and necessary travel, John’s daily fee ranges from $1,000 to $10,000.


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  1. Bill Wiltrack
    Sep 8 2010

    I believe in the inherent good of Organized Labor.

    I believe the concepts and contracts of Organized Labor bring mankind forward in our evolutionary path.

    Could you tell me where I could find your thoughts upon Organized Labor?

  2. John Baumann
    Sep 8 2010

    I agree, though for the most part unions today have not evolved, changed with the times.
    Sure, there are isolated employers who need unions to wake them up: the only employer that become union today deserve them.
    Unions have become, for the most part, businesses, increase membership to increase revenue (dues) and do as little as possible thereafter to minimize expenses.
    Revenue minus expenses equals profit.

  3. Kimberly Sirok
    Dec 12 2010

    My Grandfather had Parkinsons’ as well. Unfortunately, he passed away in March of this year because of other medical conditions, but my Grandfather played a large role in my life, and therefore so did Parkinsons’. I made it my mission in life to succeed in everything I do, because one day, not only do I want to be like my Grandfather, but I want to help people who suffer from the same disease as he did for so many years. As he would say, “always fight the good fight”; good luck with all that you do Mr. Baumann, surely we’ll cross paths later in life again.

  4. Jan 2 2011

    Hi again Mr Baumann,

    just watched a video
    and am putting a link to my website.
    Keep up the good work and good luck with your new book. Looking forward to reading it.
    Julie Wilks

  5. celeste stoddard
    May 21 2011

    How do I obtain a copy of your 12 steps? I have your CD from the NPF. It is wonderful and you are an inspiration to all of us with Parkinson’s Disease. Thank you,

  6. celeste stoddard
    May 21 2011

    Would your new book contain the 12 steps? How do I obtain it? Thank you. Celeste

  7. Bruce
    Nov 21 2011

    One the biggest challenges in the life of today’s professional speaker is simply not having time to make the large amount of telephone calls necessary in order to build their clientele.

    This is all we do! My company, QualifiedIntro gets on the phone and calls prospects for you. We call, we qualify and – based upon your needs – either close or schedule an appointment with the appropriate person in your office. Our service is customized to fit *your* needs.

    If you feel this could provide value to your speaking practice and help you to increase your bottom line, please feel free to call. I’ll be honored to discuss with you whether or not our services can provide you with exactly what you need.

    Sincerely yours,

    Bruce R. Goldman

    “You can have everything in life that you want if you just give enough other people what they want.”
    ? Zig Ziglar

  8. May 3 2013

    Hi John,
    I would love to interview you on my radio program Please contact me at 503-949-2464 or let me know how I can reach you.

    We are fellow NSA members, and we’re both passionate about helping others, so I’m excited to connect with you.


  9. Kathleen VanScoter
    May 2 2014

    John, my husband and I heard you speak at a Parkinson’s Symposium in Rochester, NY in April. I spoke with Bernadette after the mtg. I am interested in making my Maltese a Theraphy Dog so he can travel with us. Could you please have your wife contact me by email.
    my address is –

  10. mike achin
    May 6 2014

    You forgot to mention in NY you also had a great meeting with team dominACHIN!!! Great talking to you and your wife, still working on getting you to Boston to speak!

    Unite to fight!!

    Mike A / team dominACHIN

  11. Kathleen VanScoter
    May 7 2014

    My husband and I heard John speak at the Parkinson Symposium in Rochester, NY in April this year. After a long day of devouring excellent information from many doctors; we left with a little extra spring in our step when John gave his motivational speech. The information from a person who actually has Parkinson’s Disease is invaluable. How he turned his diagnosis into a positive for his overall health was inspiring to all. We sat with a group of people of different ages; but with all the same thing in common (all our husbands have Parkinson’s). What a nice surprise when John’s wife, Bernadette, got up to speak as well. Bernadette’s view as a caregiver was so interesting. The support she has given John was inspiring and encouraging to all of us. She also is a great role model.
    We hope that they are able to come back to Rochester again so we can follow all the great work they are doing for the National Parkinson Foundation.

  12. Thank you John for being an inspiration to all of us. As a nurse I am very impressed my your courage to live with Parkinsons and make a difference in the lives of others.

  13. Nov 24 2014

    Thank you for the inspiration! I’ll be highlighting you in our PD blog about living with disease soon. Your work is important.

  14. Nov 24 2014

    (Correction to previous email address given.)

  15. Shannon G.
    Dec 23 2014

    I help lead a Parkinson’s Support Group in the South Central KY area and was wondering if it would be possible to speak with you about addressing our group. Could you please contact me via email or you may reach me at 270-782-6900 ext 203.

    Thank you,

  16. Feb 2 2015

    John Baumann… has really been great meeting you and Bernadette since you have moved out to Arizona. Your passion for combating and living a very exciting life with Parkinson’s is exciting and refreshing. Your recent talk given at the All Star Conference for PD, in Phoenix, AZ, was very well presented. I enjoy your sense of humor and your ability to make light of living with PD. We look forward to getting to know you better. Keep up the positive work!

  17. Mar 20 2015

    Having Parkinson’s Disease has opened up a whole new world to me and has given me the opportunity to meet many new people and get involved in new activities that I doubt I would have ever done if I did not have PD. Having the opportunity to meet new friends like John Baumann and his sweet wife Bernadette is one the great rewards. I have appreciated the dedication they give to the PD community and the energy that comes with them. John is a great example of how to live a very positive life with a challenging disease. I applaud him for his efforts to influence others to follow his lead. Keep up the great work John! I am grateful that you moved to Arizona and hope to have some great experiences together.

  18. Jul 13 2015

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  19. Nov 28 2015

    My husband and I have a nonprofit called Parkinson’s Fitness, here in Salem, Massachusetts. We teach exercise classes to those with Parkinson’s. My husband was diagnosed ten years ago.
    What are your speaking fees and do you ever find yourself in the Boston area??

  20. Feb 10 2016

    Sorry it took me so long to respond. Please call me at 502.262.3300

  21. Jul 15 2016

    Hi John. I recently began a blog to bring awareness to Parkinsons as well as giving people from an immersive point of view of my travels with PD. I have had this ugly companion with me for about 10 years now. Not a road I would wish on anybody! Thank you for sharing your journeys also. Very inspiring. Keep up the great work!

  22. Sandra Wright
    Jan 14 2017

    Just trying to get a schedule of your upcoming events. Please send schedule, dates and locations if possible. Hope you and Bernadette are doing great. Everything here is going fine.

    Lots of good wishes to you.

    Sandra Wright

  23. Apr 21 2017

    May 13 Buffalo.

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