Carol Kent is the founder and director of the Speak Up Conference. With her husband, Gene, she founded the non-profit organization, Speak Up for Hope, which provides support for inmates and their families. An international public speaker, Carol has appeared on a variety of radio and television programs including Dateline, NBC, CNN and the Billy Graham Prime Time Special. She holds a bachelor's degree in speech education, and a master’s degree in communication. Carol is the author of over 20 books including, Staying Power, A New Kind of Normal, Between a Rock and a Grace Place, and He Holds My Hand.