Famed influencers, innovators to present at Victory Road Leadership Conference

Feature_VictoryRoadBy Alison Stanton

A host of high-profile speakers are booked for the Victory Road Leadership Conference on Jan. 14 at the Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, with a portion of the event’s proceeds going to the McDowell Sonoran Conservancy.

Speakers at the event include Merril Hoge, former NFL star and ESPN analyst; Alison Levine, team captain of the first American Women’s Everest Expedition; Kirk Lippold, commander of the USS Cole; Tori Murden McClure, the first woman to row solo across the Atlantic Ocean; Chris Waddell, the first paraplegic to reach the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro; Eric Kapitulik, founder of “The Program” and U.S. Marine special operations officer; Jack Andraka, an inventor and scientist and the youngest nominee for the Nobel Prize; and Pat Williams, an NBA Hall of Famer and vice president of the Orlando Magic.

The event’s theme is “Breaking Boundaries Beyond Expectations,” and speakers will encourage people to step outside of their comfort zone so they can become more successful on professional and personal levels.

“The 2015 program will highlight the compelling stories of some of the world’s most influential and dynamic leaders and groundbreaking innovators who have made profound, amazing leaps, often facing great adversity, while building a winning culture with the hopes of cultivating new leaders,” says Edward Phillips, director of development and communications for the McDowell Sonoran Conservancy.

As a beneficiary of the event, the conservancy will use funds to champion the sustainability of Scottsdale’s McDowell Sonoran Preserve—the largest urban preserve in the United States—for the benefit of current and future generations. The conservancy, through its more than 600 volunteer stewards, connect the community to the 30,000-acre preserve through education, research, advocacy, partnerships and safe, respectful access, Phillips says.

The Victory Road Leadership Conference, he adds, will bring together “an eager community of energetic, passionate and highly motivated men and women to immerse and engage with world-changing messages.”

McDowell Sonoran Conservancy is at 16435 N. Scottsdale Road, Suite 110. For more information on Victory Road Leadership Conference or to purchase tickets, visit www.myvictoryroad.com