The Gift of… Life, liberty and the pursuit of me… yes, me. What’s it all about and where can I find it? We see it, it’s tucked away in a small, unassuming place. “I’m excited to share with you about a gift I gave myself,” said Suzan’, “This gift is very beneficial to use at any time with anyone at any where… I present to you the gift of ‘no.’” Imagine a gift that you never had to return… it’s the right size and color. It will never go out of style or be out of season. Suzan’ asked the audience to turn toRead More →

  Imperfect and Very, Very Loud   “That’s me,” Lindsay says as she introduces the title of her talk.   But it didn’t use to be. Her peers and teachers called her type-A, perfectionist, anxious, geek, book work, nerd, and socially awkward to name a few. They found her weaknesses and they used them to defined her. A few years ago she found out that she’s on the “spectrum.” Her life finally made sense when she found out she has Aspergers. She looked it up in a dictionary and it wasn’t very cheerful. She was hoping for a more positive definition. She wasn’t getting anywhereRead More →

For as long as Laurie can remember, she wanted to know two things: where do you get all of your ideas? what are you doing… now? Hearing the first question over and over can swell your ego; but the second question keeps you grounded. It’s nearly impossible to explain your ideas and an idea in progress usually looks like a big mess. However, most people don’t know where ideas come from; using a stick figure with a lightbulb over its head, Laurie describes its symbolism for an idea, but that it’s a process, no an isolated a-ha moment. But, we’re seduced by this icon; that’s why peopleRead More →

We all deal with fear. Fear always breeds mistrust. Mistrust justifies being prejudice all day long. We’ve seen this in our own backyard. In our own city. Faith and courage are not the solution. Beauty is the solution to fear. The beautiful things in our life overcome the most fearful things in our lives. When I see the beauty in them, I conquer the fears I have about them. Fear knows it can control our emotions but only beauty can shape our souls. Naeem shares stories from his experiences and his family’s experiences of fear. The beautiful moments that pushed the fear in all ofRead More →

It sounds like modesty, but it’s called the Impostor Syndrome. Lou Solomon’s therapist told her that she has been suffering from it for years. Today, Lou helps people call out the imposter like thinking. You can’t call it out completely – but you can definitely call it out. Lou became a self-researcher from the inside out. The imposter syndrom is a feeling of phoniness and unworthiness when it comes to people thinking about success. It’s as if we have snuck in the backdoor of life’s theater anf onto the stage and there’s a big bouncer up there and if he sees us, we’re out of here.Read More →

  Importance of being concise. Be precise. 5 years ago, Scott walked into the room of his family watching internet videos of sharks. Instead of scooting them out the door and away from the screen, he observed how his children watched the videos. They were very aware and concerned about the time that was left on the video. With his background with film he thought, what if we put time into videos? After experimenting with possibility he eventually scraped the idea.  Soon after he was reading a new script and got the idea that maybe he should try limiting a script to 100 words. The firstRead More →

“What is your goal for the audience?” asked Mike Watson, TEDxCharlotte MC. “One, I want them to grow and two, I want them to grow,” replied Ben Vangrift.   What if no one told you that you should pursue a single career path, would your life be different today? We have been mislead by society for a while that specialization is great. It’s not, it’s incest. By nature, people are polymath, or a person of encyclopedic learning. We were born polymaths. How did math, government, society, technology, etc. come about? These are things that we think and interact with on a daily basis. Yet aRead More →

When was the first time you considered your gender? So you remember the day when you said “Am I man or I am a woman?” Almost immediately after birth, you are checked into a box of being feminine or masculine.  As a child, Lara’s femininity was too strong to keep inside even though she was born male. When she was young, Lara’s father struggled with her expression of femininity at a young age. While her mother offered the freedoms to explore which every identity she desired, her father replaced the heels and make up she loved so much with combat boots and toy guns. GenderRead More →

We’ve got a problem with calories. We’ve tried burning, losing, cutting down, no cal, low cal, 50 cal, 100 cal, but we haven’t been able to do it. Let’s talk about storing or pushing them to the cloud to become food for an unnourished kid. Hold onto this: calories are the new air miles; we live in a culture that has millions of platinum level flyers. Using a hyper-focused timeline, he describes the launch of tech and inventions over time – making a reference to Ted Sorenson’s speech for JFK. None of the technology that was needed to go to space had been invented yet;Read More →

Education isn’t the only thing, it’s everything. James E Ford has a problem: “I am obsessed with education.” I cannot look at anything without connecting it back to education. It’s like “I’ve decoded the matrix.” He is fully aware that not everyone can look at things like this, but he spends so much time attending conferences and without fail sees that the conversation of education is limited. He wants to change the way we think about education. STOP looking at it as an isolated entity and realize it’s buried in the foundation of everything. Hyperbolic? Maybe. He asks the crowd to close their eyes andRead More →