I am so excited and honored to join the panel of distinguished speakers for this year’s Tedx event.
While I am used to speaking publicly, I have come to realize that Tedx is not like speaking at a fundraiser or doing a training session, a lot more powerful. The application process was easy in a sense that the directions were great, but the topic and trying to come up with what people want to hear and what will empower them to act, comes with responsibility.
I applied because I believe that we are all called to serve in one capacity or another- that service sometimes takes on the roll of being a voice for those who do not have one. I wanted to show that suffering can be beautiful and provide empowerment to conquer fear from trauma.
I was humbled to be accepted this year and honored to represent so many sisters and brothers in the anti-human trafficking movement. This journey has caused me to dig deep and to trust who I am. I always say to people that you cannot be a fair-weather activist and that you must continually “Show Up” for what you believe in- this applies to me as well.
I think it is human nature to be nervous, but in my case, it is not about whether I can do it, it is whether I can empower, engage and create a movement in people who do not know otherwise what I fight for daily. For this, I am incredibly grateful to Tedx for providing this platform, for believing in what I do and for allowing a stage for differing experiences to come to light.
Together we can change cultures and hearts, through our action, which exceeds far beyond any words we say.