In conjunction with TEDWomen, and hundreds of TEDxWomen events across the globe, TEDxDelthorneWomen took place on November 30th at the Marriott Redundo Beach Torrance. The theme of the event was Listen to Her and over 80 people gathered to hear from a diverse lineup of speakers. During the event, speakers delivered a broad range of talks including the importance of financial legacy and wellness. Dana Commandatore, an advertising executive at Deutsch, gave a talk on the importance of hitting the reset button.
"This was one of the most amazing and personally challenging experiences of my life. What a fascinating and informative collection of speakers. The event was run so efficiently which made me so much more comfortable. I am kind of addicted and would love to do more. As a full-time working wife and mother, I don't get to take advantage of too many things that are just for me and doing this TEDx chat has been something I have wanted to tackle for a long time."
There were also a number of performers during the event. Actress Fay Hauser-Price delivered a riveting poetry performance where she took the stage singing,” I Shall Not Be Moved.” Her energy and zeal moved the audience, and gave way for a cultural experience. The call to action song is one of the staples of the Civil Rights Era. Proverbs, a poet and Yale Divinity School graduate performed a piece that discussed sexual abuse she endured as a child at the hands of her father. Many of the talks gave a voice to issues plaguing women and communities all of the world.
It was important to make sure that topic involving women were heard. When I gave my TEDx talk while eight months pregnant the sound went out. It wasn’t until I listened to my mentor and repeated my talk at intermission that I felt accomplished and gratification for all of the hard work I put into preparation. Just like my talk, I was grateful that it was filmed by SheTV Media.
I organized TEDxDelthorneWomen because of my own negative experience with my TEDx talk. VIP and Platinum ticket holders received a swag bag with a book called How to Walk Away, by Katherine Center and other goodies. In order to avoid the technical difficulties faced in my previous talk, PSAV was brought on as the AV team and the sound was perfect, no technical glitches. Jeff Shuford , the only male speaker said that it was truly one of the most amazing experiences of his life. “I have never be around such a diverse group of amazing women and felt so impacted to listen to their advice.”
Toya Webb, a life coach and native southsider who now resides in the suburbs, spoke about the ability to change your story. Cristina Garcia, also a native Chicagoan now living in Los Angeles, discussed her upbringing and Mexican American family heritage. To learn more about the event visit www.tedxdelthornewomen.com.