Good Days is excited to announce the official launch of Empowered Us. Empowered Us is a storytelling and resource hub led by the national non-profit Good Days.

We explore the challenges and opportunities of the healthcare journey and share solutions for our community of patients, caregivers, and healthcare professionals.

We'll be launching new podcast shows and brand-new episodes in the coming weeks.

Visit EmpoweredUs.org to learn more!

 

Join Good Days for our 13th Annual Exchange - The Next Chapter

September 28-29, 2022

Our 13th Annual Good Days Exchange event will feature keynote speaker Selma Blair. This year’s event will focus on the power of hope, perspective, strength and community as we bring key healthcare stakeholders, advocates, and patients together to help continue to drive awareness, advocacy, and assistance. These are OUR people, this is OUR community, this is OUR opportunity, and this is OUR story! Together, we will write The Next Chapter!

2022 Event Schedule

  • Wednesday, September 28th

    Welcome Reception

    6:30 pm – 9:00 pm | Networking Dinner & Drinks

  • Thursday, September 29th

    Day Conference

    8:00 am – 8:55 am | Networking Breakfast

    9:00 am – 11:45 am | Introduction & Morning Sessions

    11:45 am – 12:45 pm | Networking Lunch

    1:00 pm – 2:15 pm | Afternoon Sessions & Closing

    Feature Dinner

    6:00 pm – 6:55 pm | Networking Reception

    7:00 pm – 9:30 pm | Feature Dinner

Location, Accommodations & Sponsor Details

Event location

Gaylord Texan Resort & Convention Center
1501 Gaylord Trail
Grapevine, TX 76051

Make a reservation

Group Rate—$219 per night, plus a $20 resort fee and applicable taxes. Room rate and availability is guaranteed until September 6, 2022. Rooms are reserved on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Click here to make your reservation online. To make your reservations by phone, please call the resort directly at 1-877-491-5138. For timely service, mention Good Days and/or The Exchange 2022 Conference.

Become an event sponsor

If interested in becoming an event sponsor, please contact (972) 608-7173 or email TheExchange@MyGoodDays.org.

Sponsors (Platinum, Gold & Silver) will receive a Promo Code to use for registering their organization’s attendees once sponsorship is confirmed.  

Event Speakers

Selma Blair

Keynote Speaker  •  September 29th  •  7:00 pm (CST)

Throughout her diverse career, Selma Blair has been one of the most versatile and exciting actresses on screen. Blair's longstanding career began with her comedic roles in pop culture classics in the early 2000s. Blair has worked with an array of acclaimed directors including Guillermo del Toro and Todd Solodnz, to name a few. Additionally, Blair was named one of Time Magazine's People of The Year in 2017 as one of their Silence Breakers.

Soon, Blair will be releasing her first Memoir titled "Mean Baby" in which she tells the captivating story about growing up and finding her truth. Over the course of the beautiful and, at times, devasting memoir, she lays bare her addiction to alcohol, her devotion to her brilliant and complicated mother, and the moments she flirted with death. There is brutal violence, passionate love, true friendship, the gift of motherhood, and, finally, the surprising salvation of a multiple sclerosis diagnosis. "Mean Baby" will hit stands on May 17, 2022.

Blair can recently be seen as the subject of the documentary, Introducing, Selma Blair, which premiered to rave reviews at the 2021 SXSW Festival, where the feature won the Special Jury Recognition for Exceptional Intimacy in Storytelling. The film also won the New York Women in Film & Television Documentary Award at the Hamptons Film Festival and received three Critics Choice Documentary Award nominations, including Best Documentary Feature. The documentary, which reveals Blair's intimate and raw journey with Multiple Sclerosis, opened in theaters on October 15th. The film was released on Discovery+ on October 21st and is currently streaming on the platform.

Previously, Blair starred in the comedy/horror thriller Mom and Dad, alongside Nicholas Cage. The film, which follows a teenage girl and her younger brother as they must survive a wild 24 hours during which a mass hysteria of unknown origin causes parents to turn violently on their own kids. The film premiered at the 2017 Toronto International Film Festival and later screened at the 2017 Sitges Film Festival and the 2017 Molins Film Festival, where it was nominated for the Jury Prize for Best Film and the Audience Award for Best Films. VARIETY critic Dennis Harvey wrote "She [Blair] covers a gamut from bittersweet sympathy to farce to monstrousness, running amok like a cat on piano keys, yet hitting each note perfectly. "Mom & Dad" isn't the kind of movie they give acting awards to -- but in a just world, it would be."

On television, Blair was recently seen co-starring as "Kris Jenner" in FX's The People vs. OJ Simpson: American Crime Story for Ryan Murphy.

Blair also starred in Todd Solodnz's Dark Horse in 2011 as Miranda (formerly 'Vi'), alongside Christopher Walken and Mia Farrow. The film debuted at the Venice Film Festival and was later released by Virgil Films & Entertainment. Blair also starred in Todd Solodnz's Storytelling in 2001.

Ashley Rhodes-Courter

Daytime Session Speaker • September 29th • 9:10 am – 10:10 am (CST)

Since her first National Keynote at age 14, Ashley Rhodes-Courter has shared her story with thousands in the United States and in over 7 countries. Ashley Rhodes-Courter, MSW, is the quintessential American success story. Born in 1985 to a single teen mother, by the age of 3 she was in Florida’s foster care system where she spent almost ten years being shuttled between 14 homes—some quite abusive—before being adopted from a Children’s Home at the age of twelve.

Despite her ordeal, she excelled in school because she believed that, “my education was the one thing nobody could take from me.” Early in her life she felt compelled to advocate for herself and the other children she lived with, particularly in the abusive foster homes.

Her efforts and academic achievements landed her Eckerd College’s Trustee Scholarship where she graduated with honors and ahead of schedule earning a double major in Communications and Theater and a double minor in Political Science and Psychology. Ashley then went on to earn a Master’s Degree in Social Work from the University of Southern California.

During her undergraduate studies, she was one of 20 college students selected for the USA Today All-USA Academic Team and was named one of GLAMOUR Magazine’s Top Ten College Women. She was also selected as one of the four Golden BR!CK Award winners for outstanding advocacy for community change by DoSomething!. As part of their campaign, she was featured on 25 million bags of Cool Ranch Doritos.

By the age of 22, Ashley had become a New York Times Bestselling Author. Her first book, “Three Little Words” is now an International Bestseller and has been published in at least 4 countries. Her second book, “Three More Words” debuted at #1 on Amazon Bestseller’s List. Both books are used in classrooms across the country in various community and First Year Experience Collegiate programs.

Ashley has received State, local, and National awards for her speaking, advocacy, and philanthropy. She has spoken on Capitol Hill and has been invited to the White House twice. “Three Little Words” is now being made into a major motion picture. Learn more about Ashley at: http://rhodes-courter.com/about-ashley/

Dr. Kien Vuu

Daytime Session Speaker • September 29th • 10:20 am – 11:20 am (CST)

Kien Vuu, MD— popularly known as Doctor V—is an assistant professor of Health Sciences at UCLA, speaker, media expert, founder of VuuMD Performance and Longevity, and best-selling author of Thrive State: Your Blueprint for Optimal Health, Longevity, and Peak Performance. Dr. V has been practicing medicine for over 14 years and combines his knowledge as a doctor with his personal experiences overcoming chronic disease.

Dr. V has survived remarkable odds to be here today. As an infant refugee, he survived dysentery, living on a boat for eight months when his penniless parents traveled to America. As an adult, he struggled with diabetes and high blood pressure, until an encounter with a patient changed his life and set him on a new course.

Dr. V was first trained in Interventional and Diagnostic Radiology and became an expert in the diagnosis and treatment of disease using state-of-the-art medical imaging and non-invasive surgery. Dissatisfied with the disease-based model of modern medicine, Dr V sought out additional training with world experts in nutrition, personal development, spirituality, as well as performance and longevity medicine. He also pursued fellowship training and board certification by the American Board of Anti-Aging and Regenerative Medicine.

Today, Dr. V directs a concierge practice to help his clients optimize their health and rediscover their unique contributions to the world through time-tested, science-driven protocols that combine ancestral wisdom and modern medicine. Dr. V’s clientele includes corporate and professional athletes, physicians, c-suite executives, as well as known celebrities and TV personalities.

When not working with clients, Dr. V is a health media expert and speaker, sharing knowledge to raise health consciousness on various platforms, including ABC News, TEDx, The Doctors, and Access Hollywood.

Simon Keith

Daytime Session Speaker • September 29th • 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm (CST)

Simon Keith is the first person in the world to play a professional sport after undergoing a heart transplant, having received the heart of 17-year-old welsh boy in 1986. Their story has been well chronicled including an ESPN E:60 feature, “A Change of Heart”.

Simon Keith is not just a former professional soccer player and one of the longest-living organ transplant recipients in the world, Simon is world renown speaker, having shared his remarkable story at the Whitehouse, as well as the British and Canadian Parliaments, and with audiences around the world. Captivating audiences with his incredible story, Simon challenges people to find their “moments of truth” and dares them to live.

After receiving the gift of life at just age 21, and in the middle of a remarkable soccer career, Simon resumed his soccer career at the University of Nevada Las Vegas (UNLV), playing two seasons with the Rebels and garnering many honors, including being named Student-Athlete of Year for the Conference as well as being voted as the USA’s Most Courageous Athlete. After his senior season, Simon was named the Most Valuable Player at the Senior Bowl and was drafted #1 overall into the Major Indoor Soccer League. Simon was drafted #1 overall into the USA’s Major Indoor Soccer League just three years after his surgery.

In 2011, he founded The Simon Keith Foundation, an organization dedicated to increasing organ donor awareness and supporting and educating transplant recipients. In 2018 The Simon Keith Foundation sponsored every child in the USA and Canada to attend the Transplant Games in their country.

His autobiography, Heart for the Game, details his unique life-journey, and he directs the proceeds from his book sales toward providing athletic training for other transplant recipients who undertake an active and healthy lifestyle.

In addition to his philanthropic efforts and professional soccer career, Simon is a successful entrepreneur who successfully built and sold 4 different companies over a span of 15 years. Most recently Simon served as the Chief Operating Officer for the Nevada Donor Network, a federally designated not-for-profit Organ Procurement Organization, leading the organization from a ranking of 53rd (out of 58) in the USA in 2011 to #1 in the USA from 2015-2019 (and the world) in terms of number of organ donors & organs recovered for transplant per capita.

Now one of the longest living organ transplant recipients in history, Simon has signed a major movie deal about his life with Kennedy Marshall Entertainment and the legendary movie producer Frank Marshall (Jurassic World, Jurassic World; The Fallen Kingdom, The Jason Bourne movies: Identity, Supremacy, Ultimatum, Legacy, Jason Bourne, Sully, Back to the Future 1, 2 and 3 , Raider of the Lost Ark, and many, many more).

In 2018 Simon fell ill, as his heart and kidneys began to fail. (Heart transplants average longevity is just 10 years). In an astounding twist of fate, in March 2019, Simon underwent a second heart transplant, as well as kidney transplant. Against all odds, due to a complicated immune system, Simon stood less than a 1.75% chance of ever receiving the critical lifesaving gifts needed to save his life and continue this already, remarkable, story.

Simon belongs to the Greater Victoria Sports Hall of Fame and the Southern Nevada Sports Hall of Fame, and in 2015 was named Canada’s Humanitarian of the Year.

In addition to Simon sharing his incredible story, Simon is considered an expert in leadership development, organizational culture, and entrepreneurship.

 

If interested in becoming an event sponsor, please contact (972) 608-7173 or email TheExchange@MyGoodDays.org.

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