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About Emerging Leaders Summit
An Event for High School and College students from the Western Treasure Valley!

We are the only leadership event that is 100% free to attend for all students. We are building the next generation of leaders in our community through connection, education, and inspiration!

The TVCC Foundation has awarded thousands of dollars in scholarships and other community organizations sponsor prizes for those who attend.

2020's Emerging Leaders Summit was Postponed to Fall 2022 due to COVID-19.

Past Speakers

2019 - EJ Carrion

EJ grew up in low-income communities and a single-parent home. He quickly began falling behind academically, but after a powerful life-changing event, EJ used the wake up call to transform his trajectory and future. He eventually graduated from high school and went to receive a prestigious Bill Gates Scholarship that he used to become the first college graduate in his family.

EJ has spoken to over hundred thousand people in audiences all over the world and more than 33 US states…all while still in his mid-twenties. Here is EJ speaking at the Bill Gates Millennium Scholars Conference to 500 college freshmen who received the award.

EJ is the cofounder and CEO of Student Success Agency, a premier academic training organization that pairs teens with near-peer advisors to help improve their high school-to-college transitional skills and help them succeed in the real world. The Student Success Agency serves students across the US, and was awarded the Impact Award.

At the 2014 Educational Datapalooza Second Annual Event hosted by the White House EJ’s company Student Success Agency was highlighted for being an innovative and impactful solution that can help students get to and through college.

For more information about EJ visit


2018 - Justin Skeesuck and Patrick Gray

In 2014, the two lifelong friends tackled the impossible, a 500-mile pilgrimage on the Camino de Santiago through Spain, one pushing the other in a wheelchair. While Patrick, and others, physically pushed Justin the distance, Justin pushed Patrick, mentally and emotionally, beyond fear and insecurity, into a whole new world of joy and freedom.

Through their speaking, writing, and training, Justin and Patrick help others overcome limitations in work, relationships, and in life, by embracing vulnerability and turning to the power that exists within a community of friends, family, and co-workers.

Using humor, heartfelt storytelling, and their incredible 500-mile journey through Spain, Justin and Patrick inspire people to move beyond the limitations they believe they possess and engage each person in a conversation about how we all can achieve more, together.

For more information about Justin and Patrick, visit

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