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?

  • Grenae Thompson

    What a wonderful experience for you, Brenda! My husband surprised me recently with tickets to TEDxUGA in March. Had no idea I would be so excited but can hardly wait. Looking forward to watching your presentations. Thanks for sharing your excitement.

    • brendachapman

      Thank you! I hope you have a great time at TEDxUGA!

  • Dwight Chapman

    Again, I am very proud of my “little sister” and the commitment and contribution she is making to equality for the role of women in films and society!

    • brendachapman

      Awww… thank you, Dwight! xo

  • I LOVE Ted talks, especially the ones by Brene Brown. They’ve really impacted me. I’d love to go to a Ted event someday. And I hope to see a recording for your new talk on YouTube soon. I just saw your first TEDx talk and Wow, your stories really moved me. I relate in so many ways and I’ll take your challenge. Good luck TODAY!

    • brendachapman

      Thank you! I had a great time. They are working on putting the videos together – so it won’t be done for a couple of weeks…

  • June Fujimoto

    Brenda… you are awesome! Great presentation!

    • brendachapman

      Thank you so much, June!! It’s been a long time, lady!!

  • LAHill

    Looks like you had a great day! I love that you are getting a chance to share your thoughts and ideas in the hopes of helping to create a better future. Take care!

    • brendachapman

      Thank you so much. It was a great day. A lot of fun. A lot of young people. It was good to see their passion to make the world a better place.

  • Hi Brenda – I’d love to watch the video – couldn’t do it in real time. Is there a link you can share?

    • brendachapman

      Hi, Nancy. The video isn’t quite ready. They are working on it and hopefully it will be out in a couple of weeks. Thanks for the interest! 🙂

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