A random series of fund raising, marketing and event planning jobs + a real faith in the importance of working for amazing people led me to planning and producing TEDxSMU and TEDxKids @SMU in Dallas in the fall of 2009. The programs are a co-production of Southern Methodist University in Dallas, and the Dallas IdeaSpace (my organization).
TEDxKids! Taking the unbelievable TED philosophy to middle school kids through the TEDx program. What a crazy difference that would make.
Baking red velvet cake.
I drank the Kool Aid after being asked to return to Dallas after 14 years away to run TEDxSMU and TEDxKids @SMU. At the time, I thought TED stood for Texans for Economic Development (the gaming lobby in Texas), so it was thanks to a deep immersion by Jim Young, Sr. and Geoffrey Orsak that I quickly learned how wrong I was. Two weeks after TEDxSMU and TEDxKids @SMU, I went to my first "Big TED" conference, TEDIndia, followed shortly by TEDActive. Now I'm hooked.
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