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TEDxVailWomen engages students, the community

Corinne Hara and Kat Haber, organizers of the 2013 TEDxVailWomen event, have pulled in the largest network of community organizations and volunteers in the history of the Vail event.

VAIL — Tickets are selling fast for the amazing TEDxVailWomen event on Dec. 5 at the Edwards Interfaith Chapel in Edwards. The event features live speakers and live-streamed speakers from the global San Francisco TEDWomen event.

All will offer inspiring talks that elevate the community. What makes this TEDx event special is that it has a global scale and impact but also reflects and engages many diverse parts of the local community.

Students from Stone Creek Middle School will deliver short TEDx talks about their ideas for improving our world. Battle Mountain High School honors students have been working tirelessly, creating interactive “art and ideas spaces” and building sets for the many activities that go along with TEDxVailWomen. These include facilitated art workshops, random-acts-of-kindness card-making, chalk talks, making a community bucket list and integrating inspiring ideas into our community, all of which are facilitated by the Vail Leadership Institute. The Betty Ford Alpine Gardens and Battle Mountain High School students are creating an alpine garden crossword. SKEA will provide a clothing technology station, MCDT Rappers will entertain and a Mayan lunch will be served. A tapas party and celebration closes the evening.

Speakers and topics

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The list of live speakers and their topics reveal diverse perspectives around the theme, “Naturally.”

• Cristina Mittermeier, founder of the International League of Conservational Photographers, will speak about “Enough-ness”, the lessons she has learned from years of photographing indigenous peoples.

• Ursula Hardianto, a 10-year-old Carnegie Hall piano performer, will perform Choin’s Opus 48.

• Dr. Susan Canney, head of the Mali Elephant Project, will talk about how saving a herd of elephants in Mali has transformed perceptions, communities and lives.

• Kim Langmaid, founder of the Walking Mountains Science Center, will offer her perspectives about sustainability leadership in the 21st century.

• Christina Danyluk will explain how it is possible to change a life-threatening condition from an obstacle to a path to freedom, allowing us to live naturally awake.

• Asher Jay, whose work hangs in Times Square, will present “By Design” and explain how to take campaign art and design to an entirely new level.

• Morgan Heim will tell of her adventure to find and protect an endangered animal that lives half a world away and will amuse with her “Foolish Girls Guide to Success.”

• Elysa Walk, general manager of Giant Bikes, will share the joys and freedom of cycling.

• Mikela Tarlow will reconstruct an education vision of the future — one that truly builds world-ready citizens.

New this year

New to the event this year are opportunities for small group participation with several of the speakers during outings on December 4 and 6. Visit http://www.tedxvailwomen.com to register for these great free adventures. Space is limited.

“TED stands for Technology, Entertainment and Design, and we’re offering all of that in abundance this year,” said Corinne Hara, a co-creator of the event. “This is 100 percent a volunteer effort, and we have amazing speakers and local partners stepping up to make it incredibly enriching for the community,” added Hara.

About TEDx events

Cost for the event is $65 prior to the event and $75 at the door (credit cards only at the door). Learn more and register online at http://www.tedxvailwomen.com.

In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TED Talks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group.

These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x denotes independently organized TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized and subject to certain rules and regulations.

Friend TEDxVailWomen on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/tedxvailwomen and on Twitter at #tedxvailwomen. This TEDxVailWomen event is being organized by Vail local Kat Haber. She can be reached at kathaber@aol.com or 907-299-2363.

TED origins

TED is a nonprofit organization devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading. Started as a four-day conference in California almost 30 years ago, TED has grown to support those world-changing ideas with multiple initiatives. The two annual TED Conferences invite the world’s leading thinkers and doers to speak for 18 minutes on a diverse mix of topics. Many of these talks are then made available for free at http://www.ted.com.

TED speakers have included Bill Gates, Jane Goodall, Elizabeth Gilbert, Sir Richard Branson, Nandan Nilekani, Philippe Starck, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Isabel Allende and former UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown. The TED2014 conference will take place in Vancouver, British Columbia, along with the TEDActive simulcast in neighboring Whistler. TEDGlobal 2014 will be held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

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