Taking the Stage at TEDxBerkeley

Last fall I had the experience of a lifetime when I given the honor of speaking about Role Models and Resilience at TEDxUNPlaza. Not only did I get to share my mother’s story and the importance of teaching resilience to women and girls, but I was inspired listening to and learning from all the other speakers and performers who shared that day. As I wrote soon after, it was an amazing group of people who are making the most of every day, putting their words into action. I walked away from the UN Plaza so much better than when I arrived, thanks to my experience and the influence of my fellow speakers.

And now, it seems, I am going to be fortunate enough to have another such brilliant experience. In just a few short days, I’ll be joining a wonderful lineup of speakers at the TEDxBerkeley event at UC Berkeley’s Zellerbach Hall. If you’re in the area, I hope you’ll join us on Saturday February 8th. The event runs from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and it is going to be phenomenal. The theme of the day is “Rethink. Redefine. Recreate.” and I’ll be speaking on “Observation and Change” as it relates to messages in my work. I hope you’ll join me as I explore the messages in the old Disney films compared with the messages of real life…. and changes that have been made and still need to be made in regard to the role of women as well as minorities in these films.

Other speaking topics are sure to be fantastic as well -the speakers list for TEDxBerkeley is a “Who’s Who” of musicians, advocates, visual artists, and executives including Guy Kawasaki, Kare Anderson, Sarah Hillware, and Paul Rucker. If you’re going to be in the area, you can get  tickets for TEDxBerkeley via EventBrite and save 20% by using the promo code Brenda20.  If you’re not local, I hope you’ll attend for free via live stream at www.tedxberkeley.org.

I’m excited about once again being a part of a creative, active group of thinkers and doers at this TEDx event. I know that what’s shared there will spark new ideas in some and inspire others to continue working toward important goals. There will be so much knowledge, skill, and creativity expressed– I hope you’ll join us in whatever way you can! And I’ll make sure, of course, to report back after the event.

Have you ever been to a TED or TEDx event before? What did you think?

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