Leigh Anne Tuohy, Inspiration subject of the Blind Side

Dubbed a “warrior princess” by author Michael Lewis in his best-selling book The Blind Side, Leigh Anne is the inspirational matriarch of the Tuohy family. She graduated from Ole Miss and while there met her husband, Sean Tuohy. Both were ambitious college students: Leigh Anne was a cheerleader and an active member of her sorority, Kappa Delta and Sean became a record-breaking SEC basketball champion (and still holds that record today!). They are the proud parents of daughter, Collins, and sons, Michael Oher and Sean, Jr. Leigh Anne and Sean have been married over 40 years.

Leigh Anne is a motivational speaker and an interior designer by trade. Her work has been featured on numerous TV shows including HGTV, Extreme Makeover Home Edition, Designing on a Dime, and Family Addition in addition has been in countless publications. She has designed for clients from athletes such as Peyton Manning, Scottie Pippen and Isaac Bruce to CEOs, Universities, commercial establishments and residential clients. She is a New York Times best-selling author of In a Heartbeat: Sharing the Power of Cheerful Giving. Another book authored by Leigh Anne, Turn Around, is a five-day-per-week devotional that uses scripture as a springboard to reconsider what it means to give sacrificially, generously, and immediately. After The Blind Side was released the response was overwhelming and as a result Sean and Leigh Anne established their charity, The Making it Happen Foundation, which promotes awareness, provides hope, and improves standards of living for all the children fighting to survive in the invisible cracks in society.

She makes appearances on various broadcasts in the national media, including Fox and Friends, Good Morning America, 20/20, The Today Show, Sean Hannity, CNN, Huffington Post Live and HLN, to name a few. Leigh Anne is a sought after motivational speaker represented by GTN, a United Talent Agency Company.

Through all of their projects, Leigh Anne and her family continue their mission to uplift, inspire hope, promote kindness, ignite generosity, and make it happen for those that are valued so incorrectly but are so deserving, but most importantly the overlooked and underserved youth. They truly believe that everyone has the ability to make a difference.

Here’s What Others are Saying

“Just wanted to tell you how much I enjoyed listening to you at Women for OSU Symposium. Thanks for reminding me to do what I can to help others and to listen to God’s voice.”
Stillwater, OK

“Thank you for coming to speak at Good Sam Luncheon in San Antonio. Just the kind of fire I needed to be more proactive in my own journey. You see I advocate for those who are struggling readers. Those with Dyslexia. Very much like Michael’s story so many students just get passed through grade after grade. No one taking the time to “turn back” when their gut is telling them something is not right here. Taking the time to request testing, and then intervene. You see reading is a basic right and an essential skill for living. You can only imagine the social and financial consequences on one personally and ultimately our society. Although I actively advocate for my own child, I do feel a calling to “do more”. To speak up for those parents and students who just don’t know and trust in a broken system that allows these students to fall through the cracks. Once again thank you. I believe you were divinely placed in my path for a unique purpose.”
San Antonio, TX

“Thank you so much for the impact you made on our event in Scottsdale. So many people said what a joy it was to hear you speak. It was an added delight to have dinner with you and to get to know your heart for making a difference.”
Santa Ana, CA