On December 6th, I had the pleasure of attending the 2013 TEDxCentennialParkWomen in Atlanta, Georgia. The 2013 TEDWomen main event was held December 4th-6th in San Francisco. Throughout December, over 200 TEDxWomen independently organized events will be held around the world.
What is TEDx?
TEDx was established with the same intention of TED’s mission “ideas worth spreading.” Organized at the local level, TEDx serves as a platform for organizations, individuals and communities to begin dialogues through “TED-type” experiences. TEDxWomen aims to empower women at every level who have unique and creative ideas that are without a doubt worth sharing.
There were so many inspiring speakers present at TEDxCentennialParkWomen. It was exciting to be a part of the conversation and to hear women in my own community describe how they are creating change around the world.
Here are some of the highlights:
Karyn oversees the Insights and Innovations team at Turner Broadcasting in Atlanta. Karyn talked about her reaction to the recent announcement about the relaxation of China’s one-child policy and abolition of labor camps. She spent the first part of her life in China and explained the reality of living under the policy and in a home directly affected by labor camps. In Karyn’s TEDX Talk, she shared how her experiences in China motivate her to infuse innovation, fun and creativity into every aspect of life. Karyn plans to share more of her story on Girls’ Globe so stay tuned to learn more!
Adriane is the Director of the BrainLab at Kennesaw State University in Georgia. Adriane leads ground-breaking research to discover solutions for brain-computer interfacing. With this technology, Adriane and her team hope to help people whose disabilities prohibit them from utilizing their muscles to control technology. Adriane is passionate about empowering women in tech and inspiring women to create change through technology.
Throughout the event, the audience was encouraged to answer the question:
What would you invent?
Inspiration and innovation spread as ideas were read allowed during the course of the day.
Henna Inam, CEO of Transformational Leadership Inc. and TEDxCenntenialParkWomen’s main organizer, closed the event encouraging women to turn their ideas into action. She believes that women truly have the power to change the world.