ESPN announcer and Paralympian Victoria Arlen will be one of the headline speakers at the fourth annual “Empowering Girls for Life,” a free event to be held virtually September 12th.
Victoria lost the ability to speak, eat, walk and move at age 11. At age 15, she began the nearly impossible fight back to life, learning how to speak, eat and move all over again. She has since worked as a motivational speaker, television host and swimmer, winning three silvers and a gold medal at the London 2012 Paralympic Games. In 2015 she joined ESPN as one of the youngest on-air talents and then learned to dance as a contestant on Season 25 of Dancing with the Stars.
“The purpose of the event is to reach out to young women and girls and to get the message out on motivating and empowering young girls to be the best that they can be,” said Empowering Girls for Life creator Bill Conroy. Conroy started the Beverly Bandits, a nationally recognized elite fast pitch softball team that has won numerous national championships and has sent more than 400 young women to Division 1 college scholarships over the last 20 years.
Empowering Girls for Life is committed to shifting the perception that women do not have the ability or opportunity to achieve as much as their male counterparts. By creating channels to meet, interact with and learn from diverse, high-profile women, Empowering Girls for Life aims to inspire and enable personal and professional success for girls and women everywhere.
The free virtual program will start at 8:30 AM CST and a complete schedule of events will be released in July.
To register or receive more information, go to: www.empoweringgirlsforlife.com. The entire event can be viewed until September 26th with registration. Attendees can choose to watch one or multiple speakers throughout the two weeks that the event will be available. All registrants will have access to an exclusive virtual swag bag as well as the ability to engage with sponsors.
Empowering Girls for Life is powered by ComEd, an Exelon Company. ComEd not only provides electricity to approximately 4 million homes and businesses across northern Illinois, it supports programs that help young women pursue their interests in STEM-related education and be better prepared to join the workforce of tomorrow.