Olympic swimmer Dara Torres to take Perspectives platform
Perspectives 2011 will feature five-time Olympian swimmer Dara Torres who has proven that age doesn’t limit your dreams. At age 41, Torres, then a new mother, returned to compete in the 2008 Beijing games, winning three silver medals. In all, she has competed in five Olympics—a feat unprecedented for an American female swimmer.
Torres joins Twitter co-founder Biz Stone on stage during the Sacramento Metro Chamber’s Perspectives, set for Friday, Sept. 23 at the Sacramento Convention Center. The event returns for its 17th year in an all-new half-day format that will run 8 a.m. to noon. The final speaker will be announced Aug. 4.
In 2007, at the age of 40, Torres twice broke her own American record, 26 years after she first set the record at just 15 years old. Torres has been named one of the Top Female Athletes of the decade by Sports Illustrated magazine.
Age and experience are advantages, Torres says, “Use them to achieve your goals.”
Outside of swimming, Torres works as a TV commentator and a print model. She was a feature correspondent for Good Morning America, worked on-air for ESPN, TNT and Fox News Channel including stints on NHL Cool Shots and Fox Sports Sunday.
Her memoir, Age is Just a Number: Achieve Your Dreams At Any Stage in Your Life, was published in April 2009 and was listed as a best-selling business book. Her second book, Gold Medal Fitness, was released in May 2010 and was a New York Times best-seller.
Since its founding in 1995, Perspectives has hosted more than 90 of the world’s most influential individuals who share their personal views on world affairs and current events. Past speakers include Condoleezza Rice, Mikhail Gorbachev, Guy Kawasaki, John Glenn, Margaret Thatcher, Sugar Ray Leonard and Elizabeth Dole.
Perspectives continues to offer exclusive opportunities for hosting prospects, clients and employees in a VIP setting. Sponsor packages start at $2,500 and some include a pre-event networking reception attended by Perspective speakers and a VIP breakfast the day of the event. Individual tickets start at $99.
For more details and purchase tickets, visit metrochamber.org/perspectives or call 916-444-1919.
Disclosure: Hal Silliman is communications director for the Sacramento Metro Chamber.