Founder & President, Ignite International
A former NCAA Division I volleyball coach, Judy Fox's 30-year impact through sport is evidenced by her induction into four halls of fame. In 2003, Judy founded Ignite International, Inc. She is a visionary partner to several global sport organizations and has personally mentored hundreds of athletes. Judy's fingerprint extends from national teams to schools, youth detention facilities, children's homes, programs for the disabled and for the elderly. She played a key leadership role in these historic "firsts":
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Raised in a fatherless home with her only consistent mentors the harsh trio of trauma, trial and error, Katie Phipps personifies the power to overcome. As her mother strove through severe addiction and alcoholism, Katie endured homelessness and trauma. As a teen, while her peers prepared for college, Katie prepared to bring her second child into the world. In her twenties life went for the knockout as Katie was wrongfully charged with a significant crime. She spent 15 months in jail insistent of her innocence until evidence the prosecution assumed would ensure her conviction, instead affirmed her insistence. Destiny would not be denied. Katie was released.
This chapter of life, though excruciating, led Katie to an intersection with purpose and birthed a new future. She is now completing her degree in Legal Studies with plans to attend law school to become a criminal defense attorney. The prosecutor who charged Katie has not only emphatically and very publicly apologized, but has also offered compelling support toward her aspirations. Katie's case has been featured by Dateline NBC, The Real Story with Maria Elena Salinas - Investigation Discovery, and Killer Affair - Oxygen Network.
Katie is the inspiration behind Ignite You First. Her experiences offer relevance. Her professional expertise provides strategic leadership. Her authenticity leaves an undeniable impact. She is a captivating communicator cased within the beauty of gracious strength. Katie is the evidence of the paradox, choosing resurrection rather than accepting fate as a statistic.