Brave: United in Action [Or Why I’m Headed to the United Nations]
Have you been inspired by a TEDx talk? I sure have—and so, when Kunal Sood of TEDxUNPlaza approached me about appearing at an independently organized TEDx event, I was incredibly honored.
And the time is drawing near! I’m in New York and headed to the United Nations to participate in BRAVE: United in Action this Monday, September 16. It’s a one-day event that unites some truly amazing speakers to discuss four important themes: Women’s Empowerment, Change Everything, Being Human and Ideas to Action. I’m participating in the Women’s Empowerment segment and am excited to join our host, Joris Luyendijk, along with Sarah Hillware, Steven Rogers, Deepika Mehta and Dr. James Doty.
I’m really excited… and really nervous, too. I can’t believe I’m going to participate in such an inspiring event! Me? At the UN? Not someplace I’d ever be asked to speak. What makes it a little easier is that I’ll be talking about something I truly love: how women can empower themselves through resilience. I’m passionate about resilience because I believe it’s key to helping girls and women take control of their lives, stand up for themselves and make their dreams reality.
This will be a special presentation for me for a variety of reasons. One of the most important–I’ll get a chance to pay tribute to my first role model: my mother. Not only did she teach me resilience—she also gave me the tools I needed to work for my dreams and make a career out of my passion for storytelling through drawing, writing and filmmaking.
To say I’m excited for this opportunity is an understatement. To those who will be in attendance, I can’t wait to see you. And for those who aren’t, please follow TEDxUNPlaza on Twitter and Facebook for updates from the event.
As I put the finishing touches on my presentation, I’d love to hear more about your role models and who taught you the power of resilience. Feel free to share your thoughts and stories with me! Oh, and if you’ve got some spare luck hanging around, please cross your fingers that I do a good job.
Image via TEDxUNPlaza