TEDxJacksonvilleWomen- Mych Talks

20131209-111043.jpgAm I considered a TEDster yet?

Friday night I attended TEDxJacksonvilleWomen at UNF (SWOOP). TEDxJacksonville teamed up with Taylor Leadership Institution at UNF to live-stream the TEDWomen Conference from San Francisco. 3 sessions of women who are unapologetic in our world. Unapologetic for breaking barriers, world records, and stereotypical ideas of women in general. To me, these were all ideas worth spreading.

I originally attended to see COO of Facebook and Author of Lean In, Sheryl Sandberg, speak again because I loved her first TED talk so much, but was surprised when I  heard from swimmer Diana Nyad (the woman who swam from Cuba to Florida), and maybe the world’s youngest entrepreneur (at least to my knowledge), Maya Penn.

13 year old Maya Penn came to the TEDWomen Stage and talked about how she started making environmental friendly clothing at the age of 10, the same age she was contacted by Forbes Magazine. How inspiring for young women all over the world! You go Maya!

Nyad had me in tears as her talk began with a video of the completion of her swim from Cuba to Florida. Such an inspiring woman in her sixties who decided to never give up. I liked this women instantly, but fell in love with her when she used the quote by Teddy Roosevelt…

It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.

If a sixty year old women can swim 110 miles in open water, what can’t we do? Yes, WE! We have the ability to metaphorically jump into any body of open water and swim! Just keep swimming, swimming, swimming, what do we do ? We swim, swim! The motto of her team was “Find a way!” and that she did.

Sandburg continues to find a way to reach women at home and in the work place, at least that what she explained in her interview on the TEDWomen stage. I have always admired this woman’s honesty about being a mother and a COO. She ended her interview by saying “We should get rid of the word ‘bossy’ and bring back the word ‘feminist.'”


Poor quality photo of Sheryl Sandberg @ TEDWomen via live-stream

Before Friday, I had no idea that the earth’s atmosphere is only 3 hairs thick (thanks Dava Newman) or that drumming in Rwanda was forbidden for women until recently (Odile “Kiki” Gakire Katese).

Every TEDxJacksonville event I’ve attended thus far, has been a mind blowing experience that I can’t wait to share! Thanks again to TEDxJacksonville for putting on another awesome event!

Keep checking in to see these TEDtalks published online, and save the date: Feb. 20th TEDxJacksonville will be having another event! See you then.