Vision Talks

How To Be Powerful On Camera And In Life From A High School Dropout

Debra Alfarone
Presented by Debra Alfarone — Debra Alfarone Media

Emmy and Edward R. Murrow award winning TV Anchor Debra Alfarone shares her secret behind her rise from high school dropout to TV Anchor. Hint: It all comes down to one word – choice.

Run Your Own Race: Setting Stretch Goals and Overcoming Obstacles to Achieve Success

Jamie Watts
Presented by Jamie Watts — Jamie Runs The World

Jamie Watts is an athlete with cerebral palsy. Jamie has run over 100 road races, including 5ks, 10ks, 10 milers, half marathons, and in 2018, her first marathon, with a time of 14:33:07. Jamie’s story has been featured in Washingtonian Magazine, the New Your Times nytnow app, USA Today online, and via the Facebook page for Special Olympics, as well as several television affiliates throughout the country. Jamie was also a guest on Harry Connick, Jr.’s talk show, Harry as part of his “Leading Lady” segment.

Jamie will share her inspirational story and talk about how this approach to setting and achieving goals can be applied to business, community engagement, and everyday life.

Hold the Vision. Trust the Process.

Alana Andrews
Presented by Alana Andrews — So Positive, LLC

It is so essential for one to keep working towards their dreams and goals rather than to discard them. Because of the challenging process of turning dreams into reality. Alana’s vision has always been to create products to help her generation (Gen Z) develop the confidence they’ll need to live a healthy and prosperous life. However, along the way, there have been obstacles, and she’s discovered ways to remain on the path to accomplishing her goals.

In life, you’ll be challenged to hold onto your vision and trust the process of those challenges, disappointments, change of plans, and the doubters. In keeping the image and trusting the process, 15-year-old Alana Andrews shares her journey towards creating her dream and trusting the process of life as she speaks about her experience through having to develop the strength, and the willingness to keep moving forward towards her vision.

When the Unimaginable Becomes Reality

Libby Westphal
Presented by Libby Westphal — 110 Fit

Be inspired by 4X Cancer Survivor and how she turned lemons into lemonade by stepping outside her comfort zone when she lost 70 lbs. and reinvented herself at 45 years old. Learn how she fought against self-doubt, feeling helpless and how she changed careers becoming community volunteer/advocate for seniors & veterans, entrepreneur, top 10 body builder and top 5 Mrs. Virginia. Her charter is motivating others toward change and aging gracefully.

Writing Naked

Kelly McDermott Harman
Presented by Kelly McDermott Harman — Yorktel & Caregility

Showing your vulnerability can be frightening — especially when you’re sharing those vulnerabilities with strangers. It’s like standing in front of an audience naked waiting for judgement. It wasn’t until Kelly started sharing her stories, in the true authentic voice, did she realize how powerful it could be. Kelly will be speaking about her experience of “writing naked” and how being authentic in her stories and in her life led her to some amazing adventures.