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Announcing Coach Dar as Our Featured Speaker for YEP’s Youth Empowerment Luncheon

Feb 16, 2023 |

Time is running out to get your free seat. 

Coach DarAre you attending the Youth Empowerment Luncheon? Seats are filling up quickly, and so is the list for financial assistance. You don’t want to miss out on this great event.  

We are excited to spotlight our featured speaker, Darleen “Coach Dar” Santore. Coach Dar works with NFL, NBA, and MLB players and celebrities on the art of bouncing back and more.

After suffering three strokes, the last leaving her without the ability to speak, Coach Dar fought her way back and now shares her powerful message around the globe. Through live events, videos, podcasts, books, and articles, she helps others take back control, inspiring them to reach for their highest potential … and then to reach even higher. 

A board-certified occupational therapist, leadership adviser, and mental skills coach for some of the top CEOs in the country and professional athletes in the world, Coach Dar shares her proven methods that any business professional can use to bounce back from setbacks and thrive even in the toughest times. Recently named Senior Fellow of PathNorth—an organization of world leaders and CEOs of Fortune 100 companies, she continues to reach a global audience. 

As a mental skills and leadership coach, she helps athletes, business leaders, career-minded professionals, and entrepreneurs up their game, overcome obstacles, gain a mental edge, get out of slumps, and become better leaders. The result? Individuals, corporate executives, and professional athletes and teams aim higher and achieve more.  

Additionally, Coach Dar is a trailblazer for women and was awarded the Most Inspiring Woman by the WNBA. Darleen’s first book, The Art of Bouncing Back, due to be released in February 2023, walks readers through her proven process of overcoming setbacks quickly and effectively using actionable techniques and strategies. It contains inspiring stories that highlight one overarching truth: We’re not defined by our setbacks but by how we get back up! 

Join us Friday, March 10, from 7-8:30 p.m., for a Welcome Reception. On Saturday, the Youth Empowerment Luncheon will have an afternoon packed with informative sessions covering resilience, mental health, self-care, independent living, career mentorship, and more. 

The event is free for amputee youth, and you must be registered with YEP. If you require assistance to attend the luncheon, email The list is filling up quickly for financial assistance. 

The opportunity for your teen or child to learn from Coach Dar is invaluable, so join us Saturday, March 11, at the Westin Lombard, Lombard, IL, noon-6 p.m. You will be in for a treat! 

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