2019 Keynote Speaker

Kay Elmsley Weeden

Kay Weeden


Bilingual Educator

Community Activist

Storyteller/Bilingual Educator/Community Activist:

Kay Elmsley Weeden is on a mission to share stories and anecdotes that touch our lives and spread joy and humor. For more than 25 years she has recounted tales of intrigue and compassion, spinning yarns that illuminate the humanity in all of us. Kay’s stories give rise to thoughtful reflections and offer gentle inspiration to be all we were meant to be.

Kay draws inspiration for her stories from her eclectic life’s experiences as an immigrant and unsupervised youth, a wife and mother, a dedicated non-profit organizer, a reluctant Army National Guard Member, a striving writer and a story researcher.  Kay performs in festivals, conferences, schools, libraries and gatherings across the nation and around the world. Her stories have been broadcast on Wisconsin Public Radio and NPR’s The Moth Radio Hour.

Kay lives with her family in Stoughton, Wisconsin.  She is originally from England and has also lived in Canada, Puerto Rico, Spain, and Costa Rica. Formerly a public school teacher, she discovered storytelling as a fun, captivating and powerful teaching tool.

To learn more about Kay Elmsley Weeden please visit her website at www.kaytales.com.