This was my second time on the Cherry Creek TEDx stage and I never take the opportunity for granted. This year, as we navigated the pandemic and ever-evolving safety procedures, one word kept coming into my mind: resilience. The team behind Cherry Creek TEDx met every changing circumstance with a positive and proactive attitude that ensured a successful event.
As a truth teller, I have to share the unique challenges this year brought. First, our coaching sessions were limited to meeting on Zoom. Last time I gave a TEDx talk we were blending our coaching sessions with a hike, a meal, and always sharing plenty of hugs. This time we weren’t able to be together for the coaching sessions or even reassure our fellow speakers with a hug or a hand squeeze before going on stage. As women, we often show our love and support for one another in these gestures.
Despite the physical constraints, our cohort of speakers found beautiful ways to love and support each other in safe ways. One woman even brought an angel coin for every speaker. We created a WhatsApp group to support and encourage one another. The truly amazing part was the support of the team. Michael, Dafna, Christy and Becky did a blow away job that made the event look like a TEDx talk in the best of times. That is a remarkable feat when there is no audience and a mountain of safety hurdles to overcome.
As all of the pieces of TEDx came together, from the community of speakers to the staff and theme, I realized how much a woman’s voice means right now. These TED talks are pivotal to empowering the messages of women working passionately to make the world a better place. For one day, the women took to the TEDx stage to share messages of resilience, connection, and community. I am honored to have been a part of it, and hopeful the inspiration shared in our talks will create a ripple effect of good in the world.