Over the course of his career as a writer, speaker, and consultant, the Honorable J. Basil Dannebohm worked with an international clientele from a broad range of industry including: technology, real estate, radio, television, newspapers, magazines, religious and non-profit organizations, film festivals, tourism and entertainment venues.
Accustom to a fast paced, jet setter, on-the-go lifestyle, Basil’s way of life took a dramatic turn in the summer of 2012 when he was diagnosed with Young Onset Parkinson’s Disease.
Trading the corporate world for his, “new normal,” Dannebohm focused his attention on speaking engagements where he would address such topics as economic development, social media engagement, and collaborative approaches to business and community. Basil’s presentations have been enjoyed by audiences nationwide. Known for his straight forward candor and often humorous approach, he has a distinct style of presentation that’s anything but boring.
In 2015, he briefly served in the Kansas House of Representatives, representing the 113th District. While his time in politics was cut short due to his health, Representative-Emeritus Dannebohm stood for his convictions and his constituents, even when it meant going against the “platform.” His political career caused Basil to be admired by some and sharply criticized by others. From his point of view, the experience could either be a stumbling block or a stepping stone in life’s journey he chose the latter.
Learning how to live with an incurable illness remains a task for Dannebohm. He no longer serves as a business consultant and accepts very few invitations for speaking engagements. While he remains a sought after advisor, straight-forward life coach and candid counselor, the majority of Basil’s time is focused on writing.
He is currently working on his first book and serves as executive producer of, “Song of the Century,” a new documentary film revealing how “Over the Rainbow ” came to be and detailing its ongoing legacy; beyond Oz, crossing all cultures and generations, inspiring hope in the best of what the world can be.