Victoria Arlen
Victoria
Arlen
Paralympian, Actress, and ESPN Television Host

Victoria Arlen’s life drastically changed in 2006 at the tender age of eleven when she developed two rare conditions known as Transverse Myelitis and Acute Disseminated Encephalomyelitis. This was an incredibly rare scenario and Victoria quickly lost the ability to speak, eat, walk and move. She slipped into a vegetative state in which doctors had written her off as a lost cause. Victoria spent nearly four years “locked” inside her own body completely aware of what was going on just unable to move or communicate. Doctors believed there was little hope of survival and recovery was unlikely. Victoria, however was not ready to give up. In 2010 after almost four years she began the nearly impossible fight back to life. Learning how to speak, eat and move all over again.

Victoria went on to exceedingly defy the odds and not only recovered but has since become an accomplished Motivational Speaker, Actress, Model, and Swimmer. Her swimming resume includes three Silvers and a Gold medal from the London 2012 Paralympic Games as well as multiple World, American and Pan American Records.

In April 2015, Victoria made the transition from professional athlete to sportscaster and joined ESPN as one of the youngest on air talents hired by the company and reports/hosts for various platforms. More recently Victoria defied yet another odd and after spending nearly a decade in a wheelchair paralyzed from the waist down was able to learn how to walk. Victoria has become world famous not only for her story and accomplishments but for her message: “Face It, Embrace It, Defy It, Conquer It“.

Sessions

Wednesday, May 6
9:45 am - 10:45 am
Guest Keynote: Face It. Embrace It. Defy It. Conquer It!

As a young girl, Victoria Arlen came down with two rare neurological disorders which put her in a vegetative state for four years. She was locked within herself, unable to communicate with those around her. When she finally emerged from the coma, she was paralyzed from the waist down because of damage to her spine. However, Victoria didn’t lose her strength or steadfast determination, and went on to win a gold medal for swimming at the London 2012 Paralympics. Then, after years of therapy, she regained the ability to walk and realized her dream of becoming one of the youngest on-air hosts ever hired by ESPN. In her keynote, Victoria shares her own story and how to confront any challenge life delivers. She speaks about the perspective we give to the obstacles in our lives, how to change it, and how to push off of those roadblocks to achieve greater heights.

Add to Calendar 5/6/2020 9:45 am 5/6/2020 10:45 am America/Phoenix Guest Keynote: Face It. Embrace It. Defy It. Conquer It!

As a young girl, Victoria Arlen came down with two rare neurological disorders which put her in a vegetative state for four years. She was locked within herself, unable to communicate with those around her. When she finally emerged from the coma, she was paralyzed from the waist down because of damage to her spine. However, Victoria didn’t lose her strength or steadfast determination, and went on to win a gold medal for swimming at the London 2012 Paralympics. Then, after years of therapy, she regained the ability to walk and realized her dream of becoming one of the youngest on-air hosts ever hired by ESPN. In her keynote, Victoria shares her own story and how to confront any challenge life delivers. She speaks about the perspective we give to the obstacles in our lives, how to change it, and how to push off of those roadblocks to achieve greater heights.

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