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    12+ Speakers Succeeding Without Sight

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    Learn about Parenting, Education, Workforce Success & More!

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    6 Hours Of Inspiration and Practical Strategies

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    What Is the Succeed Without Sight Summit?

    The Succeed Without SIght Summit is a full-day, virtual event hosted by the Founders of Thriving Blind Academy to connect you to people that are living, working, and succeeding with vision loss. The summit has inspired and motivated thousands of individuals and families from all over the world to take the next steps to thrive.

    In a world not built for blindness, it is challenging to find others that know the feelings you feel in adjusting to vision loss. In this community, we understand. Summit speakers and attendees know the fears, doubts, anger, etc involved in this journey. We also know the joy, relief, and energy that comes from being inspired and empowered to take control of your life.

    During the event, you'll be able to learn from those thriving with blindness and low vision and will be empowered by resources and knowledge to succeed in YOUR life. 

    Succeed Without Sight Topics

    These are the pressing topics our community wants to know more about! Stay tuned for updates of specific hour by hour schedule, speakers, and more!

    • A few of the Key Topics that will be covered:

    • Summit Day is Packed with Inspiring Folks That Give Real Life Strategies for Success

      and we have a heck of a lot of fun all day long!

      This is not your typical conference about blindness and low vision! 

    • Parenting children that are blind/low vision

    • Assistive Technology Talk

    • Thriving Blind in Business: Getting Back Into the Workforce

    • Thriving with Sports for the Blind/VI

    • The Brain's Role in Thriving

    • Thriving with Cortical Visual Impairment

    • Thriving Blind in the Early Years

    • Secret Ingredient to Thriving: Being A Go-Giver

    • Summit Schedule

    • Summit time is

      10:00 am to 4:00 pm (Eastern)

      *See Speaker Bios Below!

      **All TBA Members and VIP ticket holders get access to all session recordings.

    • 10:00-11:00am


      Thriving Mindset

      Charlie Collins, Kristin Smedley, L.A.Williams

    • 11:00-12:00

      The Impact of Being a Go-Giver:

      A Special Conversation with Bob Burg

      Thriving Blind: Parenting

      Lauren L. Barron, Ph.D. LMFT-S

      The Blind Psychologist



      Assistive Tech Talk

      Sam Seavy, Charlie Collins



      Brain Talk 

      Cortical Visual Impairment (CVI)

      Stanley Dietrich, Stephanie Duesing, Tina Zhu Xi Caruso,







      Thriving with Sports

      Elizabeth Baker






      Entrepreneurship with vision loss

      Dave Epstein

      Getting Back into the Workforce

      Wrap Up, Special Announcements

      Kristin Smedley, Charlie Collins, Clarke Reynolds

    • *Schedule and Speakers subject to change.

    The event has ended.

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    Check out this line-up of thrivers!

    Meet our presenters and panelists for the event. Learn from them how to grow from surviving to thriving with vision loss! Check back often as we update the list! 

      Sam, bald and a dark beard, holding a few white canes

      Sam Seavey

      Assistive Tech Talk

      Sam is Founder of the YouTube channel, The Bind Life (49,000+ subscribers), deicated to sharing his experiences with vision loss. Sam was diagnosed in early adolescence with Stargardt’s Disease, a form of macular degeneration, and was legally blind by his mid-teens.

      Bob Burg with white hair and black glasses, smiling

      Bob Burg

      Author, The Go-Giver

      The Go-Giver, a Wall Street Journal and BusinessWeek Bestseller, has sold over a million copies. Since its release it has consistently stayed in the Top 25 on Porchlight’s (formerly 800-CEO-READ) Business Book Bestsellers List. The book has been translated into 30 languages. It was rated #10 on Inc. Magazine’s list of the Most Motivational Books Ever Written, and was on HubSpot’s 20 Most Highly Rated Sales Books of All Time.

      Elizabeth Baker with reddish hair wearing a blue USA nike jacket

      Elizabeth Baker

      Sports for Blind/VI

      2016 Paralympic Games, 4th Seven-time World Paratriathlon Event medalist (2 golds, 5 silvers)Two-time World Triathlon Para Cup medalist (1 gold, 1 silver)Three-time CAMTRI/PATCO Paratriathlon American Championships gold medalist (2017, 2018, 2019)Two-time USA Paratriathlon National Championships medalist (1 gold, 1 silver)2015 ITU Paratriathlon World Championships Open Division Champion

      Charlie smiling with short dark hair and wearing a blue shirt and dark blue sort jacket

      Charlie Collins

      Assistive Tech Talk

      Charlie is Co-Founder of Thriving Blind Academy and the SuccessAbility channel on YouTube, a certified Success Principles speaker/coach, and author of the book Tripping Into the Light. Charlie has been featured in two of Jack Canfield's The Success Principles books. Charlie was diagnosed with Stargardt's Disease in his teens and is legally blind.

      Lauren Barren with long dark brown hair, smilng

      Dr. Lauren Barren

      The Blind Psychologist

      Dr. Lauren Barren a Licensed Psychologist and Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist based in Texas. She was born with RP and has been living with vision loss since she was six years old. Dr Barren specialize in helping individuals, couples, and families adjust to vision loss through individual and group therapy.

      LA Williams an African American man wearing a black suit and orange bow tie

      L.A. Williams

      Keeping a Success Mindset

      L.A. Williams is the Vice President of Dealer Synergy. He has 10+ years of automotive sales experience. LA has trained thousands of Automotive Sales professionals, Internet / BDC professionals, Sales Managers, General Managers and Dealer Principals. LA is also a very successful music producer. He has produced tracks for Dr. Dre, Lil Wayne, Katy Perry, Karina Bradley, and scores more.

      Kristin Smedley a white woman with long black hair

      Kristin Smedley

      Raising Thriving Children

      Kristin Smedley is author of the best selling book Thriving Blind:Stories of Real People Succeeding Without Sight and soon to be released children's book, What I Can Be Is Up To Me. Kristin is Co-Founder of Thriving Blind Academy and the SUccessAbility You Tube channel. She has two sons that are blind due to CRB1-LCA and a sighted daughter. All three of her children are thriving.

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      Stephanie Duesing

      Cortical Visual Impairment

      Stephanie Duesing is an author, speaker, and international advocate for all people who have cerebral/cortical visual impairment (CVI.) She is the author of "Eyeless Mind: A Memoir About Seeing and Being Seen," which is the true story of how she, an ordinary music teacher, made a major medical discovery in the field of visual neuroplasticity. Stephanie’s son Sebastian is the only person in the world known to process his vision verbally, which means that he sees with words like a bat sees with sound. 

      Stanley wearing a bright green shirt, white male, grayish black hair

      Stanley Dietrich

      Brain Maverick

      Stanley Dietrich is a Certified Life Coach at 360 Life Without Limits and a Certified Egoscue Postural Alignment Specialist, a non-medical approach to becoming Pain-Free. Stanley's job starts at the point where doctors give up and tell clients to ‘get used to the chronic pain. He guides clients to live pain free and design the lives of their dreams. He is also a Certified Brain Health Coach and Licensed Neuroencoding Specialist trained to master a handful of modalities in behavior modification and human transformation.

      Tina with short dark hair, glasses, holding her white cane

      Tina Zhu Xi Caruso

      Cortical Visual Impairment + College Life

      Tina is a photographer and student at MASSART living and thriving in Boston with Cortical Visual Impairment. Tina is featured in the upcoming children's book, What I Can Be Is Up To Me.

      Dave Epstein a hite male with dark tan skin wearing a black baseball hat

      Dave Epstein


      Dave Epstein (aka "Sedona Dave") is a blind hiker in Sedona, Arizona and Founder of Awarewolf Gear, High Visibility Clothing for Low Vision People.

    Summit Ticket Prices

    Thanks to our generous sponsors, we are able to off the Summit at no cost. Please check out the VIP upgrade and ultimate upgrade, a one year Membership to Thriving Blind Academy!



  • Access to all Summit Sessions 

  • Access to all Summit day Q&A Sessions

  • Membership in private Thriving Blind Academy Facebook group



    TBA Membership

  • Access to the entire online portal of recordings, masterclasses, webinars, trainings of success principles for thriving with blindness/low vision

  • Weekly LIVE group mentorship calls (and recordings)

  • Recordings of all Summit speakers

  • Access to all Summit Sessions 

  • Access to all Summit day Q&A Sessions

  • Access to the private Thriving Blind Academy Facebook group




    • Recordings of all Summit speakers

    • Access to all Summit Sessions 

    • Access to all Summit day Q&A Sessions

    • Membership in private Thriving Blind Academy Facebook group


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