TEDx talk to feature prominent women in diverse fields
TEDxDelrayBeach is having its inaugural TEDx Women’s Event Friday with the theme of “Invented Here” featuring speakers of leading thinkers, innovators, artist, philosophers and entertainers representing such diverse fields as technology, entertainment, visual and performance art, design, music, ecology and education, among others.
The event, which takes place at the Delray Beach Public Library, 100 W. Atlantic Ave., will also include a live performance by world-renowned opera singer Cynthia Makris. Additionally, there will be a 17-year-old local musical prodigy and the master of ceremonies is internationally recognized author, speaker, trainer, coach, and radio and TV personality, Kandee G.
“It’s pretty incredible,” said Becky Woodbridge, main organizer and license holder for TEDxDelrayBeach. “I’m a woman and I love to inspire and motivate women to be together and grow.”
TEDxDelrayBeach was founded in 1984; the acronym stands for Technology, Entertainment and Design. The annual TED conference brings together some of the world’s most fascinating thinkers and doers, Woodbridge said.
Because of the proximity to the holidays, organizers chose instead to scale down the event, showing a simulcast of the annual conference while guests lounge in comfortable cushions and beanbag chairs.
“This has been a little more challenging because not as many people know about TED,” Woodbridge said. “We’re committed to the cause. We want our community to learn and grow.”
Nanette Saylor, director of admissions at TEDxDelrayBeach, agreed.
A longtime follower of TED talks, Saylor said she is excited the upcoming event will be a collaboration of women.
“It’s all about the big picture. It’s about encouraging dialogue on topics that are increasingly important on the way women are perceived in the world,” she said. “Our opinions are increasingly relevant. I think it’s important as many women as possible be there.”
Woodbridge had her first event in May, in which the audience was 90 percent women.