2022 KEYNOTE SPEAKER: Rebekah Gregory
In the Spring of 2013, Rebekah Gregory’s life was forever changed by an act of terrorism that shook the entire world. A bystander at the Boston Marathon, along with her (then) five-year old son, Rebekah was just 3 feet away from a bomb in a backpack when it exploded. Her life would never be the same. The explosion claimed Rebekah’s leg, but it could not steal her fighting spirit.
Since then, Rebekah has become a force to be reckoned with. She has inspired audiences all over the world including the Ambassador of the Holy See in Rome, Italy, the United Nations, Asics, ESPN Women’s, and has been featured in thousands of media outlets, including People Magazine and Runners World.
In 2017, Rebekah wrote her first book “Taking My Life Back,” in which she details the attack, and her courageous fight back from pain to finding her purpose. Shortly after, she launched "Rebekah’s Angels Foundation", which she and her husband created to provide funding for mental health treatment to children and families suffering from trauma.
Rebekah travels the world sharing lessons of strength, hope and tenacity with audiences of all sorts. Through her gift of humor, and the ability to share from a deep and personal place, she reminds people that while they may never get blown up by a bomb at a marathon, everyone may have life "blow up in their face" in some way. But there is still life to be lived, even if you are on your last leg!