Sneak Peek of Phoenix WBC!

Written on August 06, 2020

Phoenix World Burn Congress

October 23 - 25, 2020

This fall, join the burn community for 2 ½ days of healing, connection, laughter, and learning.

Thanks to your feedback and support, we're offering our most diverse, iconic, and affordable conference ever. One that allows you to pop in and out as your schedule permits and includes a historic line-up of special guests.

Don’t miss the unique magic of Phoenix World Burn Congress (WBC)!

Phoenix WBC Cost: $50 per person

What’s Included:

  • Connection to a global community of burn survivors and loved ones 

  • Access to live keynote sessions, Open Mic, learning sessions, support groups, and more 

  • Access to recorded sessions for 30 days 

  • Some sessions, such as support groups, will not be recorded for privacy reasons 

  • Access to private Phoenix WBC Facebook group 

  • Register by October 9 to receive a special Phoenix WBC gift mailed to your address (Shipping times vary; it’s possible your gift will arrive after the conference) 

Register for Phoenix WBC 

Amy Acton shares her gratitude for the community's support as we develop a virtual conference experience.

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Want to receive the latest Phoenix WBC updates and information? Fill out the form below and you'll receive email notifications as registration opens, keynote speakers are announced, and more. 

Announcing our Emcee!

J.R. Martinez, burn survivor and past Phoenix Society board member, is thrilled to lead us through this historic Phoenix WBC as our conference emcee. 

J.R. is an Army veteran, actor, motivational speaker, New York Times best-selling author and Dancing with the Stars season 13 winner. J.R has traveled the world speaking with troops at various bases, as well as serving as keynote speaker for numerous major corporate events, non-profits, Universities and Fortune 500 companies. J.R. devotes himself to spreading his message of resilience and optimism. 

What to Expect – Schedule Sneak Peek!

We’re still evolving the conference schedule, but we couldn’t wait to share it with you. Expect more information – such as keynote speakers and panelists – soon!

Friday, 10/23

Opening Message with performance by Kechi Okwuchi — 10:00am - 10:45am (EST)

Keynote Address — 11:00am - 12:00pm (EST)

Learning Sessions (choose one) — 2:00pm - 2:50pm (EST)

  • Calming Trauma: Understanding the Brain Can Help

  • Nurturing the Soul: A Virtual Journaling Session

  • Laser Treatment for Burn Scars

Learning Sessions (choose 1) — 3:00pm - 3:50pm (EST)

  • Navigating Resources After a Burn

  • Decrease Trauma Sensation: Experience Tapping

  • Managing Pain & Itch After a Burn

Parent Panel — 2:00pm - 3:30pm (EST)

Support Groups / Regional Roundups — 6:00pm - 7:30pm (EST)

Saturday, 10/24

Keynote Address — 11:00am - 12:00pm (EST)

Healing Through Our Stories (Open Mic) — 12:30pm - 2:00pm (EST)

Learning Sessions (choose one) — 3:00pm – 3:50pm (EST)

  • Calming Trauma: Understanding the Brain Can Help

  • Massage Instruction for Caregivers

  • Laser Treatment for Burn Scars

Learning Sessions (choose one) — 4:00pm - 4:50pm (EST)

  • Telling Your Story to Make a Difference

  • Burns, Nutrition, and Inflammation: What’s the connection?

  • “Is this normal?” Talking to your medical team about your recovery

Support Groups / Regional Roundups — 6:00pm - 7:30pm (EST)

Sunday, 10/25

Healing Through Our Stories (Open Mic) — 11:00am - 12:30pm (EST)

Closing Message + Slideshow with address from John O’Leary — 1:00pm - 1:45pm (EST)

Tending Your Family's Tree

Phoenix Youth + Family

Monday, October 19 – Thursday, October 22

Explore your family’s tree from roots to branches through this innovative virtual experience. In the week before Phoenix WBC, daily activities will support the whole family to grow and thrive after a burn injury.

Choose between two sections:   

  • 6-7pm (EST) / 3-4pm (PST) 

  • 9-10pm (EST) / 6-7pm (PST) 

Registration Cost: $25 per family 

Registration Deadline: October 9 

Continue the experience during Phoenix WBC with a parent panel, support group for teen survivors, and support group for teen siblings and family members. (Separate registration required.) 

What's New?

Regional Roundups: Connect with local support and meet new people from your region. We are working with our partners in regions across the globe to host virtual meet-ups during Phoenix WBC.

Virtual Open Mic: Phoenix WBC wouldn’t be complete without a chance to find healing through our stories. We’re including two virtual open mic sessions in the conference schedule. If you just can’t wait, join us in August and September for Healing Through Our Stories – Virtual Open Mic. Keep an eye on our Facebook or sign up for our newsletter for the latest news.

Physical After-Care Sessions: Take charge of your physical recovery by attending interactive learning sessions to get educated and get involved in the journey of physical healing. Topics include lasers, pain/itch, and communicating with your medical team.

Viewing Parties: We can’t gather as one group this year, but you don't have to attend Phoenix WBC alone. Where it is safe to do so, organizations can host a local viewing party. We’ll provide a party guide with tips and ideas, along with a special resource bundle for attendees.

Young Adult Workshop: Explore themes of identity and relationships with Young Adult Workshop (age 18-25). Join us for a special session Thursday, October 22, to dive into these themes. Keep the conversation going with a young adult support group and social offerings during the conference. (When you register for Phoenix WBC, indicate that you’d like to participate in Young Adult Workshop. You will also have access to all general conference sessions.)


How it works

When you register, you’ll create a profile on the Phoenix Society website. You'll use this log-in information to attend sessions, access recordings, and manage your profile. You will also receive a code via email to join the Facebook group about two weeks prior to the conference.

Registering a group?

Each individual will need their own unique email address. Because this email address will be used to manage profiles and passwords, this should be an account the individual can access easily. If you are registering a group of attendees, please collect individual email addresses prior to registration.

Payment is due by credit card at the time of registration.

If you require an invoice, contact us directly. Please note that attendee accounts will not be created until payment is received. Registrations requiring invoices must be received by October 9.


You can access virtual Phoenix WBC from anywhere! Most offerings will use the video-conferencing platform Zoom. Both webcam and call-in (phone only) options will be available. If you don’t have reliable wifi access, join us by phone to stay connected.

If you’re concerned about your ability to participate in virtual programming, contact us and describe your issue. We’d be happy to help you find ways to eliminate roadblocks.

Give virtual connection a try by attending any of our ongoing offerings. Check out our community calendar for upcoming events.