VAIL — TEDxVailWomen returns to the Vail Valley for a fourth year on Dec. 5 with a line-up of accomplished women who will speak to this year’s theme, “Naturally.” The event will again be a combination of live speakers paired with a live video stream from TEDWomen in San Francisco themed “Invented Here,” joining more than 150 events worldwide. Live music, interactive sessions, networking, snacks, lunch and a tapas post party make up a full day of inspiring activities. Free childcare will be provided.
Vail native, Dr. Kim Langmaid, founder of Walking Mountains Science School, is one of the eight women who will share ideas live from the stage at the Edwards Interfaith Chapel. Cristina Mittermeirer, who created the International League of Conservation Photographers, will show bold images of native peoples in the wild. Speakers and performers hail from London, Chicago, New York, San Diego, Los Angeles, Victoria, British Columbia, Boulder, and Crestone. Their topics range from saving elephants in the midst of a Jihadi civil war in Mali to the Shero’s Journey, to changing the world through nature photography.
Special guest is 10-year-old Carnegie Hall master pianist Ursula Hardianto. Young women from Stone Creek Middle School will deliver their first TEDx talks. Streamed speakers will address technology innovations; solutions to poverty; approaches to peacemaking; and expressions of art. The result is a truly global conversation — from San Francisco to São Paulo to Seoul — celebrating inventors and designers; thinkers and makers; local problem-solvers and global leaders.
Over the past three years, TEDWomen has launched powerful ideas into the world. In 2010, Sheryl Sandberg gave the talk that led to her groundbreaking book “Lean In.” In 2011, Jane Fonda gave a mind-shifting talk on the unexpected “third act” in women’s lives now. In 2012, Angela Patton told the unforgettable tale of a father-daughter dance … held in prison.
Why attend? According to event organizer and Vail resident, Kat Haber, “This year’s program will deliver groundbreaking ideas presented in bite-sized, beautifully delivered TEDx talks. The conversation of technology, entertainment and design driven by women leaders is a rare opportunity to engage with some powerhouse women who are driving progress. You can join this active force crystallizing change in communities worldwide from right here in Vail Valley. From small, local solutions to global movements, the power of women’s invention is moving creativity in every region, in every field.”
TEDxVailWomen sold out last year so early registration is encouraged. Cost of the event is $50 through Nov. 15, then $65 through Dec. 4. Student scholarships are available.
Men and volunteers are also welcome and encouraged to be part of this community event.
Live music, interactive sessions, networking, snacks, lunch and a tapas post party make up a full day of inspiring activities. Free childcare will be provided.