During our sold-out 2017 TEDxCentennialParkWomen event, our speakers helped us build bridges from ordinary to extraordinary (James Dallas), from what we think is impossible to what we can do if we dream big and have the right team in our corner (Linda Matzigkeit). We were inspired to create organizations that heal (Raj Sisodia) and discovered the impact of collaboration on global health (Judy Monroe). We learned about the bridge between the plan you create and the inner reserves you find when you get punched in the face (Jennifer Hidinger).
We now know more about the bridge between human intelligence and artificial intelligence (Irfan Essa) and the bridge between fear and innovation & creativity (Nicole Jones). We learned about the bridges OnBoard is building to help more women get on boards (Sarah Ernst). And we witnessed the ripple effects of a mentor/mentee relationship (Melody Jackson and Adriane Randolph).
We experienced the day through our senses (Siana Altiise Degitz) and had moments of warmth and laughter with friends (Rose Scott). As introverts and extroverts we learned networking techniques (Jennifer Kahnweiler). And we had fun rethinking our personal presentation (Morgan Wider).
Our audience endured through some of the more emotionally difficult topics, including confronting the issue of human trafficking (Bob Rodgers). As concerned citizens of our workplaces and our communities, the capacity to stay present in difficult moments is a meta skill to develop.
We encourage those who attended and those who observed through social media or the event videos to remain engaged with the TEDxCentennialParkWomen community and come together to continue to build bridges that empower, educate and inspire women. Our mission is simple. We want to make Atlanta a city where women leaders thrive.
As Jennifer Hidinger shared the words of her husband Ryan, “Anything long lasting or worthwhile takes time and complete surrender.”