The penultimate Wonder Woman in our series of 25 is Dr. Judith Sedgeman, a teacher, mentor, and consultant.
Judy is a life long learner, teacher, and mentor, graduating from Wellesley College with a BA in English and Philosophy in 1964 she went onto Trinity College – Hartford for her Masters in English, returning to school at West Virginia University in 2003 to graduate with a Doctorate in Educational Psychology.
When Judy first graduated she worked as a reporter and columnist at the West Hartford News and Connecticut Life Magazine West covering the human side of major political and social change taking place because of the Viet Nam War era political upheaval and Civil Rights Movement, developing a popular weekly column, “Bubbles from the Soap Box”.
Judy, married to an Air Force Captain, moved to Bradenton in 1970 and joined the St. Pete Times, covering the police, city, and county government beat before becoming an investigative reporter. Judy won numerous state journalism awards and also served as an evening reporter for the first cable newscast in Bradenton. She was truly one of a generation of pioneering women in the newspaper world. In 1978 Judy became the Editor for The Floridian Magazine, the St. Pete Times Sunday magazine, revamping the format and focus and in two years turned it around to become the best-read section of the newspaper.
In 1983 Judy joined Community Bank of Manatee as VP of Human resources and then in 1985 started Medical Care Management Systems, Inc. a company that provided business management and planning to medical practices and grew to 44 employees in service to 170 physicians in the Central Florida area.
Judy’s life’s passion for more than three decades has been awakening creativity, resiliency, and well being in people through the understanding of the Principles of Mind, Thought, and Consciousness. She started working in this field in 1990 with Pransky & Associates where she provided individual leadership and strategic planning mentoring and seminars to business groups and executives from all over the country. Eight years later Judy established an institute at the West Virginia University Health Sciences Center with goals to expand the vision for wellness in bio-psycho-spiritual health and its implications for global public health; travelling the country and the world Judy consulted and held seminars while also developing a graduate course for the WVU Master’s in Public health Program. Judy is now an Adjunct Professor at WVU, providing online graduate courses in Prevention through Resiliency and Health-Based Leadership for the West Virginia University Masters in Public Health Program at the West Virginia University School of Medicine.
Judy started her own company Sedgeman Consulting in 2009 using the Three Principles of Living where she works with the “human factor” in leadership, change management, and optimal performance, inspiring people to understand their capacity to express wisdom, to eliminate stress and to access individual leadership and creativity. She teaches people how to tap into their innate resiliency to bring out the best in themselves and others in any circumstances. She offers a very popular program called “Less Stress, More Joy” at the Women’s Resource Center of Manatee three times a year.
Currently, in addition to all the Three Principles Judy does through Sedgeman Consulting, LLC, she also is an Initiative Consultant for The Patterson Foundation of Sarasota; Her project is a transformational evolution for curriculum at The Ringling College of Art & Design.
Judy served as the Director of the Institute for Public Policy and Leadership (IPPL) at USF Sarasota-Manatee for two years, departing that position in January 2012 to devote herself more to global outreach in Innate Health through her own consulting practice. However, she has devoted much of her efforts over the years to community services recently chairing the Manatee Tiger Bay Club and the Realize Bradenton Board.
Judy is a very proud mother to Sarah and an even prouder grandmother to Anthony and shows no sign of slowing down in her quest to help people live happy and fulfilling lives.