TEDx Hagerstown Women
TWO STEPS FORWARD
We learn more about ourselves and our problem solving skills from our failures than our successes. Every failure is an opportunity to learn and grow. It provides valuable insights that can inform your future actions and strategies. In sharing personal failure, Cherish shares pivotal life lessons for success. Through resilience and shifting our perspective of failure, we can have a better relationship and improve based on failure we have experienced. Focus, commitment, and resilience are ways that we can change the perspective of failure as we’re on the path to achieving success.
Have you ever noticed—when someone is asked, “What is your talent?” they answer you with a skill. And when someone asks, “What is your skill?” they answer you with a talent. Is there any difference, or are they the same? At age 4, Ellie discovered a love for singing and began a journey to uncover her talent by developing the necessary skills to entertain the world around her. Exploring the differences between talent and skill, and obstacles sure to come against you, she argues that natural gifts and learned ability are a power that can never be lost. And the world needs you to share your power.
Taking a closer look at the construction industry, women constitute a mere 10.9% of its workforce. It's not gender that dictates ability, but rather the gender gap prevalent in fields like science, technology, engineering and mathematics – that is responsible for this severe underrepresentation. As a business owner and the CEO of a major construction company, Melissa believes that when we stop nurturing self-doubt and start fostering self-confidence, we will witness greater equality in nontraditional roles.
Each day, we generate a staggering 120 zettabytes of data globally, and this figure is projected to grow exponentially year after year. In 2023, the Pew Research Center revealed that 44% of Americans do not believe they regularly engage with Artificial Intelligence (AI). In reality, AI is already deeply embedded in nearly every aspect of our daily lives, whether we are aware of it or not. Women, driven by their curiosity and willingness to explore, play a crucial role in shaping how AI impacts our world. As we adapt to this evolving landscape, it becomes increasingly clear that women's resilience is positioning them as a formidable force within the AI sector.
One out of every four girls in the United States will have experienced abuse before reaching the age of 18. Moreover, due to fear, a staggering 96% of these women or girls will not report the incident until they reach the age of 18, if ever. This issue knows no boundaries and affects all communities, regardless of economic status, race, or religion, according to the Center for Disease Control. Dr. Hill-Murray explores the effects of abuse and offers guidance for communities to support women who bear the scars of abuse. By sharing her own journey of healing a broken heart and breaking free from generational cycles of lack, addiction, and abuse, she offers an empowering message that the way you started, is not the way you have to finish.
Even before she comprehends her place in the world, a seed is being planted. An innocent and loving gesture, in the form of a gift, is gently placed in her arms before she possesses the dexterity to grasp it. She receives a baby doll, and with it comes an indoctrination, an imprint, the beginning of an identity taking shape. A blueprint of what it means to be a woman is handed to her, and over time, she learns that caregiving is a role expected of her. But what happens when women are unable to bear children? In her talk, Naimah challenges the conventional definition of motherhood and confronts the very essence of womanhood. She offers the audience a profound insight into the complexities of childlessness.
Why does it seem like some people find recovery and others struggle? Recovery is not a one-size-fits all solution; there is no quick fix. Chekesha battled opiod addiction for nine years rendering her deaf. A year after embarking on her path to recovery, she was confronted with an unexpected pregnancy, giving birth to her son prematurely at just 24 weeks, he weighed a mere 1 lb 10 oz. Recently celebrating 13 years of recovery, she recovers out loud every day and argues that asking for help is the first step in a lifelong journey.
In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TED has created a program called TEDxWomen. TEDxWomen is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. TEDxWomen events are community-driven and open to everyone interested in speaking or attending, inclusive of all identities across the gender spectrum.
Our event is called TEDxHagerstownWomen, where x = independently organized TED event. This is the first TED event to be hosted in Washington County, MD.
At TEDxHagerstownWomen, video and live speakers will combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. TEDxHagerstownWomen is an exciting opportunity to help move the conversation about the power of girls and women in a meaningful way.
Trauma. Forgiveness. Healing. These three words are an intrinsic part of our human experience. In her TEDx Talk, Tekesha Martinez weaves poetry and metaphor to share her life story of overcoming trauma, forgiving herself and others, and embracing healing.
Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is one of the most common neurodevelopmental disorders in the United States, beginning in childhood and oftentimes lasting into adulthood. Amber Mowery was diagnosed with ADHD and high functioning anxiety as an adult. After embracing her diagnosis, she examined her daily routine and developed new strategies for "unhacking" her brain while living with "focus follies".
Fire is one of the most important technological innovations in humankind. Similar to elemental fire, we all have a metaphorical fire that burns within us. In her TEDx Talk, Nitzalis Rivera asks: what is the fire inside of you, how do you use it to inspire others, and how do you fuel the fire within when its embers are burning low?
Healthy achievement can promote positive mental health-it improves our self perception, increases our sense of self worth, and gives us the confidence to tackle future challenges. But when does achievement become unhealthy and how can we regain balance when we've gone too far? In her TEDx Talk, Eden Teodorovici dissects the myth that high performance leads to true happiness and shares a new philosophy named "B.R.I.T." (Balance, River, Independence, Telescope)
We all have ingredients for life, whether we bought them ourselves or inherited a legacy that we carry with us. Maryland State Delegate Brenda Thiam shares how a southern meal became a touchstone for storytelling and generational blessings in her family.
When you think of fangirls, what comes to mind? In this fun, lively talk, playwright Yve Blake asks us to reevaluate our reaction to the misunderstood passion and power of fangirls, emphasizing why we should all embrace our own unbridled enthusiasm.