Award-winning actress, author, artist, philanthropist, and entrepreneur Jane Seymour gave the keynote address during the Opening General Session at the 36th Annual Congress on Tuesday.

Seymour is best known for her Golden Globe-winning performance in the 1981 TV miniseries “East of Eden,” her role in the popular TV series “Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman,” which also won her a Golden Globe, and for playing Solitaire in the 1973 James Bond film “Live and Let Die.”

During her presentation, Seymour shared how she learned to embrace challenges in her personal life and turn them into tools to overcome adversity. She shared some personal anecdotes from her memoir, “Remarkable Changes: Turning Life’s Challenges into Opportunities,” in which she writes about her experiences with divorce and remarriage, being the daughter of a World War II prisoner of war, and a mother to twin boys.

Seymour’s latest book, “The Road Ahead,” is a collection of inspiring stories from people around the world who have faced their own personal struggles.


“If I have a message to the group it would be not to be alone in your pain and find a way to connect with someone else,” Seymour told Congress Today.

Speaking from the heart, Seymour shared with attendees that an important step to finding happiness and purpose is to be open-minded and understanding.

“Everybody has a moment in their life where they will feel inconsolable, whether it is over their health or a relationship or a job,” Seymour said. “It’s very hard to find the good news these days. Good news quite often comes from having been through bad news. Life isn’t perfect, but if you can change as life moves, [you can] reach out to help other people.”