I am from the East coast of the U.S., but have lived in Albuquerque, New Mexico since 2009. I've been working with TEDx since my arrival. I work to build community with some great groups around creativity in the arts, technology, and economic development. I do this through event planning, online community management, blogging, and social media.
By day, I work for a tech startup called @Pay. They make it easier for people to be generous. It's my job to engage the public. I do this online with social media, and offline with things like corporate TEDx events and socials.
Outside of work, I have a few other things I'm dabbling in. I'm currently working to start an art CSA to make the arts more accessible to the community. It's been fun watching the plans grow. I can't wait to see how it develops.
I also got married in November of 2012. My husband is Chinese American, so I'm learning what it means to be part of a multicultural relationship. TED has been really valuable in that way, both personally and professionally.
Preservation of culture, traveling, the arts, CSA's, grassroots economic development, conscious empathy and a desire to understand those different from ourselves.
Road trips, intercultural understanding, TEDx speaker training, design thinking.
Singing. Cutting hair. Making "non-creative" people create. (I don't believe there's such thing as someone who isn't creative, but that's a whole different convo.)
Same as many...I was emailed a TEDTalk about 6 years ago, and I got hooked. Then, in 2009, I moved across the country. I attended a TED-related Meetup event and was introduced me to some like-minded people in the Southwest. Somehow, I got involved in planning our local TEDx event, and the rest is a blur!
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