Keynote Speaker

Tricia Downing
Tricia Downing
Speaker & author
“Redefining Able”

In one instant, on Sept. 17, 2000, Tricia Downing went from being a competitive cyclist to a paraplegic requiring a wheelchair for mobility. Her life was changed forever, but Downing’s competitive spirit and zest for life continued on. Through her experiences in both rehab and racing, she has overcome adversity and learned what it takes to perform at the top of her game. Having made the transition from able-bodied cyclist to an athlete with a disability, Tricia knows the true meaning of the words challenge and change, and has learned a wealth of lessons to deal with the obstacles we all face in reaching for our personal goals.

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Breakout Speakers

Returning favorite:

Allison F. Stockdale 
Sweet Briar College Class of 2000
Drug program manager, U.S. Department of Interior

“Advice I Would Take Again”

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Lt. Col. Kate Polevitzky
Sweet Briar College Class of 1993
Commanding officer, United States Marine Corps

“Servant Leadership”



Molly Cousins
Hiring manager, J.Crew

“Exploring & Defining Your Own Inner Courage and Confidence”



Gloria T. Witt
AREVA Human Resources, People Development,
Define Success Coaching and Facilitation Services, LLC. 

“Lessons Learned and Advice for the Real World”