Monday, Leadership Luncheon Keynote, Annual Conference
Ronda Rich, best-selling author and syndicated columnist, first exploded on the national stage over a decade ago with the wildly successful What Southern Women Know (That Every Woman Should), a book now in its 33rd printing. The popularity of that book launched her as a storyteller who rivets audiences with tales of the South as seen through the eyes of its people.
Her latest book, There’s A Better Day A-Comin’, is a personal accounting of dozens of people – famous and non-famous – who triumphed over tribulation and setbacks to push through adversity and find a better day. Uplifting and encouraging, each provocative story has a prevailing theme: No matter how hard times get, a better day always comes again. Always.
As was the case with two other of her books, There’s A Better Day A-Comin’was the subject of an auction among several publishers bidding for the right to publish such a timely, inspiring tome. She is also the author of the best-selling What Southern Women Know About Faith, What Southern Women Know About Flirting, My Life in The Pits (a critically acclaimed memoir of her years in NASCAR racing as a reporter and publicist) and the novel, The Town That Came A-Courtin’, that premiered in 2014 as a television movie starring Lauren Holly and the much beloved Valerie Harper.
A former award-winning sports writer, Ronda returned to her newspaper roots in 2003 with a self-syndicated column which appears in over fifty newspapers. Alternating between humorous, sentimental and wise, she delivers a punch of Southern life weekly to over a million readers who revel in a story well told, one that often is entwined with a moral or lesson learned.
She has appeared on dozens of television shows including The View, Fox and Friends, The Other Half, Fox Sports, CNN as well as in the pages of People, USA Today, Redbook, Cosmopolitan, New York Times, Washington Post, Southern Living and Woman’s Own.
Ronda and her husband, John Tinker, an Emmy award-winning television drama producer and writer, live in the countryside outside of Atlanta, Georgia.