Tuesday Blink: I’m Speaking at TedxWaterlooWomen

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TedxWaterlooWomen logo Sometimes, you have to push yourself to do somewhat terrifying things.

I’m doing that December 1.

I’ll be on the speaker bill for TedxWaterlooWomen (I’ve submitted my bio, but it’s not up yet).

If you’re not familiar with the Ted movement, read about it on the main Ted site.

The event, which is an offshoot of the main TedxWaterloo event, is being run concurrently with a TedWomen event in Washington, DC (speaker list here) the same day.

From what I understand, I’ll be one of four live speakers at the Waterloo event, which will run between videos from the main event.

TedxWaterlooMy topic is evolving (I’m about two thirds of the way through drafting my speech), but the title is Having it all: Why we need better stories about female superheroes.

It’s a partial response to Anne Marie Slaughter‘s Why Women Still Can’t Have It All article for The Atlantic.

I’m excited and more than a bit scared (YouTube is forever).

And that’s a good thing.

My Previous Tedx Experience

TedxToronto crowd shot
It’s like Where’s Waldo, only you’re looking for me.

On October 26, I went to TedxToronto. I’ve been involved in curating a Tedx event (the inaugural TedxYorkU in 2010), but it was fascinating to have a seat at the biggest Tedx show in Canada.

Speakers from TedxToronto have ended up with their content featured on the main Ted site, most recently including Adam Garone‘s talk about promoting men’s health through Movember‘s moustache-growing campaign.

My favourite three talks of the day were:

I also ended up meeting a bunch of the other organizers for Tedx events (fun group, by the way), which led to introductions to the TedxWaterlooWomen event.

I appreciated the chance to watch so many excellent speakers. Between that, all the Ted videos I’ve been watching and the writing itself, I should be well prepared come December 1.

I’ll post the video when it’s available.

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