Honorary Chairperson 2017

Tom Shadyac

Tom Shadyac is a Hollywood movie director whose blockbuster comedies (Ace Ventura: Pet Detective, The Nutty Professor, Liar Liar, Patch Adams, Bruce Almighty…) have grossed just under 2 BILLION dollars at the box office.  In 2011, after a near death experience, Tom turned the camera on himself in the thought provoking documentary, I AM, which asks two questions: what’s wrong with the world and what can we do about it.  I AM won numerous awards and continues to inspire viewers throughout the world.

Tom also has a special passion for youth and has taught at numerous colleges and high schools including Pepperdine University, Santa Monica College and the University of Colorado Boulder.   He is currently Filmmaker in Residence at the University of Memphis and teaches weekly classes there as well as at Lemoyne-Owen College.

His first book, Life’s Operating Manual (Hay House, 2012), quickly became a New York Times bestseller.  He has appeared on numerous national television shows, including, Ellen, Oprah, Good Morning America, The View and Real Time with Bill Maher, to name just a few.

Tom recently hosted a national radio show for SiriusXM and currently hosts a show broadcasting from the historic Soulsville neighborhood in Memphis, TN entitled Tell Me More with Tom Shadyac.