Dr. Vonda Wright - Speaking Information

Dr. Vonda Wright is a dynamic and engaging speaker whose style continues to captivate audiences from Corporate Expo to academics, community groups to the boardroom.  She likes to speak to organizations that want to want take control of their individual and corporate health to live the best of life.


Drawing from more than 20 years of experience, Dr. Wright couples her clinical and research pedigree with her love of teaching to educate, inspire, motivate and entertain.


A Little About Dr. Wright

Dr. Vonda Wright is an orthopedic surgeon and internationally recognized authority on active aging and mobility. She believes with mobility, smart nutrition and building relationships we can harness our own power to control 70% of our health and aging.

Dr. Wright specializes in sports medicine and is one of only a few female orthopedic surgeons in the United States. She is the founding director of the Performance and Research Initiative for Masters Athletes (PRIMA) and the inaugural Medical Director of the UPMC Lemieux Sports Complex. Her pioneering research in mobility and musculoskeletal aging is changing the way we view and treat the aging process.

Dr. Wright speaks worldwide and has authored two mainstream books, “Fitness After 40: How to Stay Strong at Any Ageand “Guide to THRIVE: 4 steps to Body, Brains & Bliss.” Her current book project is entitled, “Prescription for Prosperity.”  In 2013, Dr. Wright ignited a national conversation on Women’s Health via her online and live conference series, Women’s Health Conversations, focused on educating and empowering smart savvy women to make the best health decisions for themselves and those they touch.

Dr. Wright regularly appears on national TV shows including “Dr. Oz” and “The Doctors.” She is frequently quoted in the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, USA Today and U.S. News & World Report, in magazines such as Maxim, Prevention, Fitness, MORE, Runner’s World, Best Life and Arthritis Today, and in numerous online publications.

Dr. Wright earned her medical degree from the University of Chicago, completed a residency in Orthopaedic surgery at the University of Pittsburgh and a fellowship in sports and shoulder surgery at the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York.

Dr. Wright practices at the UPMC Center for Sports Medicine, serves as the team doc for the University of Pittsburgh Olympic Sports Teams and the Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre and lives with her husband, 2x Stanley Cup Champion, Peter Taglianetti and their blended family of 6 children in Pittsburgh.



Dr. Wright Speaking Topics


Public Policy
Productivity in Prime Time – vitalizing the aging workforce
Recently invited to present this topic before a US Congressional Briefing, Dr. Wright discusses the strategies and challenges of maintaining the vitality of our aging workforce.  Business leaders recognize the acumen of this brain-trust and must take action to stimulate continued productivity.

Personal & Corporate Wellness
Live Long and Prosper
This speech inspires and informs people to make the rest of their life the Best of their life.  Dr. Wright explains how to add high-quality years to your life and empowers listeners to embrace a healthy, vital, active…Thriving future.  Ideally suited for the corporate or community groups seeking to energize membership. Based on: Dr. Vonda Wright’s Guide to THRIVE

Personal & Corporate Wellness
4 Steps to Body, Brains, Bliss
Dr. Wright explains how the best health is no accident but requires purposeful strategic planning.  This fun speech or workshop unfolds the 4 steps for Creating A Vision for your future, taking Action via Move-ing and Eat-ing, addressing Attitudes that create barriers tohealth and the amazing science between the body-brain- connection and measuring Achievement in short and long term health.  Perfect for executive innovation seminars, university or community groups.  Based on: Dr. Vonda Wright’s Guide to THRIVE

**This program can also be modified for investment/financial groups as the strategic planning is couched in parallels to “Physical Wealth, ROI, diversification, dividends, etc”

Fitness After 40
Still Got Game – Fitness After 40
Whether you are an adult onset exerciser, weekend warrior or elite masters athlete you can maximize performance and minimize injury by learning to F.A.C.E. your future via Wright fitness and smart nutrition.  Dr. Wright teaches participants the true biology of aging and peak performance. Ideal for sports and community groups. Based on: Fitness After 40

Business & Entrepreneurship
Playing with the Boys
In a profession comprised of more than 97% male colleagues, Orthopaedic Surgeon Dr. Vonda Wright has learned a few things about succeeding in a “man’s” world while not giving up the advantages of being a woman.  Dr. Wright lays out strategies for not only surviving but also thriving in business and academia.  This informative and entertaining speech is perfect for female executives, women’s groups and the university setting.

Business & Entrepreneurship
Business Success stories as told by the Disney Princesses
Blending her roles as entrepreneur and mommy, Dr. Wright presents a playful discussion of hard-core business success principles as illustrated via the Disney Princesses. These ladies are not just pretty faces but overcome great odds to rule kingdoms and conquer armies.  A perfect interlude for women’s groups, executives, and mommyprenuers.


Science Fiction is now Reality – regenerative medicine is changing how we live
We live in an amazing age of medical discovery and innovation.  The imagination of science fiction epics is becoming reality as we harness the body’s potential for healing and regenerating itself as well and fuse the line between man and machine.  Dr. Wright draws on her more than 20 years of research experience to illuminate today’s “wonders of the world” for non-science business and community audiences.



Current Speaking Engagement Calendar


February 9, 2014- “3 Tips for raising healthy young athletes” Children’s Expo, Monroeville, PA

February 20,2014- Women’s Health Conversations Webinar


Every Tuesday- Dr. Vonda Wright’s Total Body Cross Training for Runners
Pittsburgh Athletic Association,4215 5th Avenue, Pittsburgh, 15213 | 6pm

March 11-15, 2014- AAOS Annual Meeting and Communication Cabinet Meeting | New Orleans LA

March 20, 2014- Women’s Health Conversations Breakfast


April 5, 2014- Dick’s Pittsburgh Marathon’s WOW on WALNUT!  Dr. Wright stops traffic and leads 500 runners in an amazing dynamic warm-up before their big run!  An event NOT to be missed for runners.  WATCH the 2013 sizzle reel!  10am

April 9, 2014-Partnership to Fight Chronic Disease Obesity Panelist.  8:30-11am University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, Scaife Hall


May 1, 2014- Women’s Health Conversations Breakfast

May 2, 2014- Pittsburgh Today LIVE- Women’s Health Conversations

May 2, 2014- Dick’s Sporting Goods Pittsburgh Marathon Expo- “RaceDay Morning After” and RaceDay SOS” 12-1pm

May 3, 2014- Femoral Acetabular Impingement (FAI) Symposium Speaker- Manchester University, Canada

May 7-9, 2014- Keynote Speaker for UPMC Nurses Week Conference- “Guide to THRIVE.” Cumberland Woods Village- 8:30am

May 22, 2014- Instructor- PIVOT/Stryker Medical Hip Arthroscopy Workshop- Pavilion X, Pittsburgh PA 6-9pm

May 24, 2014- Keynote and Conference Director- UPMC Sports Medicine Hip Arthroscopy Conference- 8-4pm


June 5,2014-  Women’s Health Conversations Breakfast: “Prescription for Prosperity” Keynote for Meyer, Unkovic & Scott, Pittsburgh, PA

June 6, 2014- Pittsburgh Today LIVE guest 

June 20, 2014- “Basic Science of Aging: Implications for the Male and Female Athlete” and “Performance Optimization in the Masters.”  AAOS Advanced Care of the Aging Athlete, La Jolla, CA


July 3, 2014- Women’s Health Conversations Breakfast

July 9-12, 2014- American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine, Seattle, WA

July 31, 2014- “Prescription for Prosperity” Keynote for Pittsburgh Magazine’s Women in Business Event, 5-7pm


August 7, 2014- Women’s Health Conversations Breakfast


September 4, 2014 “Women’s Health Conversations” Breakfast Keynote for Pittsburgh Magazine


October 10, 2013- International Society for Hip Arthroscopy | Radiographic Evaluation of Cartilage lesion of the Hip | Munich Germany

October 18, 2013- ACE Symposium EAST | Masterful Care of the Aging Athlete | Orlando Florida

October 19, 2013- ACE Symposium EAST | Training Guide to Maximizing Performance and Minimizing Injury in the Master Athlete | Orlando Florida


November 6, 2014- WOMEN’S HEALTH CONVERSATIONS, David L Lawrence Convention Center Ballroom



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