In celebration of AIM Center's 25th anniversary, the Board of Directors continues the tradition of Creativity and Courage in Mental Health Speaker Series. The series presents inspiring stories of individuals who have overcome the obstacles of their mental illness and lead creative and productive lives. Event Chairs, Carla Donina and Jerry Mitchell, are pleased to announce award winning broadcast journalist and bestselling author, Jane Pauley as the 25th Anniversary Celebration guest speaker. Ms. Pauley is a highly regarded spokesperson in mental health. In 2001, at the age of fifty, she was diagnosed with bipolar disorder. In her 2004 memoir, Skywriting: A Life Out of the Blue, Ms. Pauley writes about living with mental illness and her willingness to talk about it publicly, despite her doctor's concern that doing so would be detrimental to her career. For the past 14 years, Ms. Pauley has been committed to changing the narrative on mental illness from stigma to "normalizing" how we talk about it.
Established in 2002 as a fundraiser to support the programs of the AIM Center, Creativity and Courage in Mental Health has sought to eradicate the stigma of mental illness through educational presentations demonstrating the close relationship between mental disorders and the creative brilliance of mentally ill persons who have enriched our lives and communities.
The series has hosted inspiring actors, musicians, and mental health professionals, each telling their story of managing mental illness, while pursuing a successful career and a meaningful life. Guest speakers Patty Duke, Carrie Fischer, Christopher Kennedy Lawford, Kay Jemison and Richard Kogan have reminded audiences that having mental illness, while not a choice, has had a positive influence on their creative and intellectual endeavors. By speaking about their experiences, these individuals have chosen to lessen the stigma surrounding mental illness in society.
Past Event Chairs have included Olan and Norma Mills, Karen "Candy" Kruesi, Miller and Karen Wellborn, Clara and Rody Davenport, Sonia Young, Susan Waterhouse Bryan, Frank Schriner and Dr. B W. and Rhoda Ruffner.
A familiar face on morning, daytime and primetime television, and one of broadcasting’s most respected journalists, Jane Pauley joined CBS News Sunday Morning in 2014. Pauley began her network career as co-host of TODAY for thirteen years, anchored Dateline NBC for more than a decade and hosted her own daytime program, The Jane Pauley Show.
Pauley is the recipient of multiple Emmys, the Walter Cronkite Award for Excellence in Journalism, the Edward R. Murrow Award for outstanding achievement and the Gracie Allen Award from the Foundation of American Women in Radio & Television. Pauley is a member of the Broadcast and Cable Hall of Fame.
Pauley has written two New York Times bestsellers: a memoir, Skywriting: A Life Out of the Blue (2004) and Your Life Calling: Reimagining the Rest of Your Life (2014) based on her award-winning series on TODAY—2009 to 2013—about people 50+ starting different careers, learning new skills, making a difference or pursuing their dreams.
A longtime advocate in children’s health and education, Pauley is also a highly regarded spokesperson in mental health. She and her husband, Doonesbury cartoonist Garry Trudeau, are the parents of three grown children.
AIM Center is a non-medical psychiatric rehabilitation facility founded in 1989 by Chattanooga families. Our programs are open to people ages 18 and older who suffer from severe mental illness diagnosis.
AIM Center provides psychiatric rehabilitation services featuring a Clubhouse program that enhances recovery in living, working, learning and social environments.
We are a private, not-for-profit organization funded in part by grants and donations. Proceeds for this event will support the AIM Center's mission of helping adults with mental illnesses achieve productive and meaningful lives.